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.

Launch of the 2014 UNCTAD Report

11 September 2014
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi at the launch

 

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Nairobi organized for a press briefing of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report 2014 at the Hilton Hotel on 11 September. 

The report was presented to the media by Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, the Secretary-General for UNCTAD who was accompanied by the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Eng. Karanja Kibicho. 

Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi said one of the undoing factors to economic growth is the policy mix where monetary expansion is combined with fiscal austerity and wage restraint. He also condemned continued weak employment conditions, low wages, high household debt, rising inequality, low real investment and tax evasion as some of the impediments to capital accumulation in economies.

“To break with the protracted period of low growth, UNCTAD suggests strengthening aggregate demand, especially in surplus developed economies, through reflation, regulation and redistribution.” Said Dr. Kituyi.

On the other hand, Eng. Karanja Kibicho called for the expansion of the policy space and better coordination of policies. However, Kituyi said, greater policy space needs matching fiscal space, which means a bigger budget.

Dr. Kituyi while responding to a question on double taxation from a journalist reiterated the need for private investors to pay taxes in countries where they generate profits and not in their countries of origin. 

In closing, Eng. Kibicho acknowledged UNCTAD’s support to the East African Community (EAC) and said it had directly contributed to accelerating regional integration and development of the East African Community. He also added that Kenya will continue to support the work of the United Nations in Kenya.

The event which was well attended by the media, was moderated by the UNIC Director Nasser Ega-Musa.

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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.