UN Country Team Met with Archbishop Metropolitan Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz 30 October 2014
Today the United Nations Country Team met with the Archbishop Metropolitan Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk and Mahilioŭ to discuss a wide range of questions where the UN and the Catholic Church could work together on, including but not limited to health, youth, people living with disabilities, death penalty.
The Official Launch of Human Development Report Took Place on UN Day in Minsk 24 October 2014
On the UN Day, in the National Press–Center Belarus marked the official launch of the Human Development Report–2014 “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience”. The event was organized by UNDP in Belarus and hosted by the UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha. The Government of the Republic of Belarus was represented by Minister of Economy Mr. Nikolay Snopkov and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Valentin Rybakov.
Logo Design Competition for Social Innovation Lab Announced 23 October 2014
If you are interested in design and social projects this contest is for you! UNDP invites you to design a logo for our new project Social Innovation Lab, which is an umbrella concept aimed at creating a platform for youth engagement and participation, leading to co–development of solutions that tackle the most pressing challenges in the country.
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 30 October 2014
A free and open press is part of the bedrock of democracy and development. Yet in the last ten years, more than 700 journalists have been killed for simply doing their job. Some cases have received international attention – others less so. In the last year alone, for example, at least 17 Iraqi journalists have been executed. Many more journalists and media workers around the world suffer from intimidation, death threats and violence.
World Cities Day, October 31 30 October 2014
With the decision by the United Nations General Assembly to establish World Cities Day, we now have an annual date on which to celebrate one of humankind’s greatest and most complex creations. This new day is one of the legacies of Expo 2010 Shanghai, at which the international community explored urban best practices and concepts from all over the world. So it is fitting that Shanghai is hosting the main inaugural event of this new UN observance.
Signs of Ebola decline in Liberia offer ‘glimmer of hope’ – UN 29 October 2014
The spread of Ebola in Liberia may be slowing, as demonstrated in the decline in burials and sickbed occupancy rates, as well as a plateau in lab–reported new cases in the West African country hardest hit by the virus, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, while cautioning against drawing premature conclusions. “It appears the trend is real in Liberia,” Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO Assistant Director–General in charge of operational response, told a press conference from the agency’s Geneva headquarters. “There may be a slowing of Ebola there.”
Leaders of tomorrow must be heard today, Ban tells Global Forum on Youth Policies 28 October 2014
Young people around the world must “raise your voices” so they are heard loud and clear, United Nations Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon told a packed audience of youth Ministers, experts, activists and volunteers this morning, kicking off the First Global Forum on Youth Policies, in Azerbaijan, itself a nation with more than half of its population under age 29. “Young people are the leaders of tomorrow but we need to listen to them carefully today,” said Mr. Ban, in a video message in his opening remarks to the participants to the event, which runs through Thursday in Azerbaijan’s costal capital, Baku.