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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2014 Inter-agency Games in Namibia

07 September 2014
Relay Race

The Inter-Country United Nations (UN) Games hosted by the UN in Namibia brought together about 500 United Nations staff members from Botswana, Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia from 5 - 7 September 2014. 

The right of access to and participation in sport has long been recognized in a number of international conventions, including the UN Charter. As a reflection of the Global UN Inter-Agency Sports, and as part of adhering to the fundamental principles of the United Nations in relation to Sport and human rights, the UN in Southern Africa has been holding UN Inter-Country Sports since 2007.

The aim of the Inter-Country UN sports is to encouraging UN staff to participate in a healthy life style, promoting human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness, at the same time giving the opportunity for UN staff to create linkage and friendship with staff members of different UN agencies from different countries and within countries.

Participating countries competed in various sport disciplines including, soccer, netball, 100m relay, long jump, basketball, tennis, etc.  The Namibian team excelled in netball, athletics and in soccer, winning the final game against South Africa on penalties.

On the other hand, Zimbabwe outshined all participants in basketball and tennis. The Games provided more than a pleasurable diversion from the daily routine for many UN Namibia staff, who were proud to been crowned the overall winner of the 2014 UN Games.

The UN Southern African Development Community (SADC) engagement also created moments of memorable fun with a “Mr. and Mrs. UN Games 2014” beauty pageant being held.  The winners of the beauty contest were Chriswell Mhembere and Trish Dlamini, both representing UN Zimbabwe.

The competitive initiative was rounded off with a gala dinner and prize giving ceremony at the UN House in Klein Windhoek.

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HPAIR Asia Conference 2014

26 August 2014
Participants at the event


UNIC Tokyo collaborated with The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) during their annual conference, held in Tokyo from 22-26 August, where our director, Ms. Kaoru Nemoto, gave a lecture on Women’s Rights. The lecture utilized multiple U.N. produced videos that focused on gender inequality and articulated the importance of women’s empowerment. It was attended by 50 university students from around the world, representing universities like Harvard University, University of Tokyo, and Keio University. 

Woman’s Rights are an important issue for the U.N. and after speaking to the group of students it was apparent that it is a concern for the young generation as well. The current situation was assessed and future goals in improving the situation of women was discussed during the lecture. Upon opening the floor to the students to hear about their ideas for increasing awareness and action for Women’s Rights, some effective and practical proposals were heard. 

The students discussed spreading awareness and initiating action through efforts like creating social media buzz with hashtags, collaborating with media companies and fashion brands to create brand campaigns and working with financial companies to provide micro-financing to women in developing countries, to name a few. Increasing action for Women’s Rights is one of U.N’s goals as demonstrated in the MDGs and other United Nations initiatives.

The discussion focused not only on Women’s Rights in developing regions, but also on global perception of women throughout the world by using some poignant United Nations produced videos. One of the videos that had special resonance focused on Google autofill searches using tags such as “Women should…”, “Women cannot…” etc. called “The Auto Complete Truth” (produced by UN Women) which reveals our society’s underlying sexism and discrimination. The students really responded to this video and their proposed ideas to help Women’s’ Rights action also addressed this in the form of increased education, especially for youth. Women’s Rights need concrete strides towards improvement and United Nations initiatives such as this lecture and educational videos are the right stimulus to raise awareness and resourcefulness within today’s youth, who are the true ambassadors of change.  

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