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Radio Belarus: Interview of S.Samarasinha ahead of UN Day

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Belapan: UN Works to make a world safer place, S.Samarasinha

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UN in Belarus Holds Public Consultations on MY World global survey
15 November 2014
Yesterday the UN Office in Belarus hosted a round table with civil society organizations representing vulnerable groups of the Belarusian population such as youth, people with disabilities, refugees, elderly people and many others. UN team presented the MY World global survey, which is used as one of the forms for public consultations in Belarus, and explained how to join the process as a partner.
Governments in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia commit to ending violence against all children
13 November 2014
For thousands of children across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, violence is a daily reality. More than two thirds of children in the region have experienced violence at some point in their lives. Today, governments, experts and civil society have come together to reaffirm their commitment to place ending violence against children at the centre of their national dialogue and policies.
Call for Applications for National Youth Advisory Panel Announced
10 November 2014
United Nations in Belarus strives to actively engage young people in its activities. A mechanism that has been introduced to ensure this engagement is national Youth Advisory Panels (YAP) to the United Nations Country Team (UNCT). Youth Advisory Panel is a consulting body that will advise UN Country Team on youth related matters when necessary, as well as will be involved into the youth related activities of the UN agencies. We invite youth aged between 14–31 years old to apply for the membership in the Youth Panel.
On the Meeting of the UN Resident Coordinator with the Minister of Transport
05 November 2014
On November 3, the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha met Anatoly Sivak, the Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus. The issues of climate change and energy efficiency were raised during the meeting. In addition to existing UN projects in this area, the UN is eager to support the Ministry of Transport and Communications in preparation for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in 2015 in Paris.

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Trafficking in children on the increase, according to latest UNODC Report
24 November 2014
Vienna  –The 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons released today in Vienna by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows that one in three known victims of human trafficking is a child — a 5 per cent increase compared to the 2007–2010 period. Girls make up 2 out of every 3 child victims, and together with women, account for 70 per cent of overall trafficking victims worldwide.
Universal Children’s Day
20 November 2014
The one thing all children have in common is their rights.  Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard. These are innate human rights, as inalienable as those held by adults.  But until 1989, these rights were not formally articulated in a legally binding instrument, nor were governments fully accountable to advance these rights for every child.
OPINION: Now is the time to tackle malnutrition, and its massive human costs
19 November 2014
By José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director–General
Margaret Chan, WHO Director–General

The scourge of malnutrition affects the most vulnerable in society, and it hurts most in the earliest stages of life. Today, more than 800 million people are chronically hungry, about 11 percent of the global population. Undernutrition is the underlying cause of almost half of all child deaths, and a quarter of living children are stunted due to inadequate nutrition. Micronutrient deficiencies—due to diets lacking in vitamins and minerals, also known as “hidden hunger”—affects 2 billion people.
UNAIDS reports that reaching Fast-Track Targets will avert nearly 28 million new HIV infections and end the AIDS epidemic as a global health threat by 2030
18 November 2014
GENEVA/LOS ANGELES —The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has announced that taking a Fast–Track approach over the next five years will allow the world to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The new UNAIDS report Fast–Track: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 outlines, that by taking the Fast–Track approach nearly 28 million new HIV infections and 21 million AIDS–related deaths would be averted by 2030.
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