International Day of Peace World Peace Bell Ceremony in Ankara

19 September 2014

Peace Day event

 

International Day of Peace was celebrated at a ceremony jointly organized by the United Nations in Turkey and the Turkish Japanese Foundation. 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sent a message to the ceremony stating, “I congratulate the International Day of Peace with the hope that the calls for peace rising from Ankara will have a reflection in the whole world”.  

To commemorate the Day, a Peace Bell Ringing Ceremony was organized on 19 September at 11.00 o’clock at the Botanical Gardens in Ankara.

The UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Zahidul Huque, Keisuke Yamanaka, Minister Counselor at the Japanese Embassy and the President of the Turkish Japanese Foundation Prof. Dr. C. Tayyar Sadıklar made speeches to mark the international day.

Participants rang the bell to invite world leaders to establish sustainable peace for all.

Students, members of the diplomatic corps and NGO representatives attended the ceremony. 

Ankara is one of 19 countries that hosts a peace bell in their capitals.

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Simulated Model UN on the Security Council

18 September 2014

Participants at the UN Security Council Simulation on the situation in Ukraine

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, said that from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s point of view, organizing simulations – in particular the Model United Nations (MUN) of the Security Council,  is very important and useful. 

In his message addressed to some 38 graduate and postgraduate students of international relations and law from different universities across Iran who participated in “the UN Security Council Simulation on the situation in Ukraine”,  the Foreign Minister added that professors, researchers and students of international relations and law would benefit from simulation techniques in addition to their official academic education.

In his address to the Model United Nations (MUN) held jointly by the International Studies Journal (ISJ) in cooperation with UNIC Tehran on 18 September, The UN Resident Coordinator, Gary Lewis, said that it was important for students to go beyond adopting the “persona” of the country they were representing.  “Today, our planet faces mega challenges of enormous dimensions which will require that UN Member States see beyond what they often consider their immediate national interests”.  

“Climate change, water scarcity, food scarcity, desertification-driving-unsafe-migration, pandemics and transnational organized crime – as Kofi Annan, Former United Nation’s Secretary-General used to say – are ‘problems without passports’, and they cannot be solved by states doggedly pursuing national interest to the exclusion of all else”.  What is required is a greater inclination to look broadly at these problems and formulate regional solutions which focus on these real and immediate human security threats.

Veteran Foreign Ministry Diplomat and one the members of the former UN Secretary-General’s “Panel of Eminent Persons on Civil Society and UN Relationships” Dr. Baqer Assadi, was the honorary guest, and chaired the simulated Security Council.  Additionally, the Head of the Humanitarian Assistance Team in Iran, Hamid Nazari, attended the simulation and guided the participants on the humanitarian issues regarding Ukraine, and elaborated on ways to best conduct the MUN.

The one-day session that was the third in the series of MUNs organized by UNIC and ISJ since 2012. The simulating concluded with the adoption of a resolution, and it was decided that a contact group be composed comprising of the representatives of France, China and the UN Secretary-General so as to find a solution for the question of Ukraine.

Trade and Development 2014 Report launched in Ankara

10 September 2014

Media and audience

 

The Trade and Development Report 2014, one of the flagship publications of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), was launched in Ankara with the participation of the United Nations Resident Coordinator Kamal Malhotra.

The report was presented by Dr. Ricardo Gottschalk, Economic Affairs Officer in the Globalization and Development Strategies division at UNCTAD, and Dr. Yilmaz Akyuz, the Special Economic Advisor to South Centre, a Geneva based Intergovernmental Think Tank. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD. Prof. Ercan Uygur, President of the Turkish Economic Association also made a presentation on the report, and on the Turkish economy.

Presentations were followed by a question & answer session. 

In his opening remarks, UN Resident Coordinator Kamal Malhotra shared the highlights of the report with the participants, composed of members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of government offices, NGOs, think tanks, academia and media.

This year’s report rethinks global development from a historical perspective.

Considering 50 years of UNCTAD, but also 70 years since the Bretton Woods Conference, the report looks beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the development agenda after 2015 by examining the role of the state in developing countries and asking how policy space can be provided for trade and finance decision-making in the future.

Importance of Literacy and Education for Sustainable Development

08 September 2014

-Participants at the event

 

UNO Baku, in cooperation with the Bright Future Youth Public Union and Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, organized a discussion session to celebrate International Literacy Day on 8 September in Mingacevir. The event brought together young NGO representatives, community members and young teachers to discuss this year’s observance themed “Literacy and Sustainable Development”, with the aim of highlighting the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. 

The event started with the screening of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2 - Achieve Universal Primary Education, a video depicting the importance of education and literacy for human beings. After the screening, the UNO Baku team delivered an insightful presentation mentioning the importance of literacy as a key element needed to promote sustainable development -- as it empowers people to make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development and environmental integration. 

“By promoting literacy, you can help people gain awareness that literacy is the foundation of all learning and development,” said Zaka Guluyev, a UNO Baku team member. He also mentioned that it was vital that people reach out to one another in order to educate illiterate people in our communities and societies. 

In order to spice up the event, a short simulation was launched. Each of the participants were assigned to represent their ideas on "the Role of Literacy and Education for Sustainable Development". The participant appeared very excited with the role-play and came up with insightful and interesting speeches. 

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