News

The International Pledging Conference on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza was convened in Beijing, China on 17-18 January 2006 under the co-sponsorship of the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the European Commission and the World Bank and in close coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

27th of January is the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL -- MESSAGE TO INTERNATIONAL PLEDGING CONFERENCE ON AVIAN AND HUMAN INFLUENZA Beijing, 17-18 January 2006

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Global Compact (GC) forum was organized in Kyiv on 6 December by the United Nations Office in Ukraine. This high-level forum was the first gathering of its kind representing several UN agencies, Government officials, Ukrainian business leaders, trade and labour unions, international development agencies, media, academia and non-governmental organizations. The main intent was for all to discuss corporate citizenship, share experiences and knowledge in the area of CSR, and generally to enhance the dialogue between business, government and NGOs. The event was attended by over 70 participants.

Statement by Kemal Dervis Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme On the Occasion of International Human Rights Day 10 December 2005

On the Human Rights Day, 10th December the International Human Rights Film Festival will start with the opening gala at O. Dovzhenko Film Studios - Pavilion I.

In this, my first message on occasion of International Volunteer Day as Administrator of UNDP, I welcome the opportunity to applaud the efforts of volunteers worldwide who, together with the United Nations and the international community, are contributing to global efforts to fight extreme poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

On December 6, 2005 the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Global Compact Forum will take place in Kyiv. The opening ceremony of the one-day forum will start at 15:00 at the Hotel “Natsionalny” (5 Lypska St.). The forum is organized by the United Nations in Ukraine with the support of private sector, government of Ukraine, trade and labor unions. The forum is aimed at promoting the corporate social responsibility concept and Global Compact principles, encouraging the adoption of socially responsible practices as a positive force for change in the Ukrainian marketplace and involving businesses in the socio-economic development process in Ukraine.

UN LAUDS UKRAINIAN REFORMS,EU MARKET ECONOMY STATUS AND LAUNCH OF NEW COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRATIC CHOICE

Kalman MIZSEI, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Assistant Administrator, Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS was appointed by the UN Secretary-General to represent him in the Forum of Community of Democratic Choice to be held in Kyiv on December 2, 2005.

UNAIDS launched the new joint UNAIDS/WHO report, AIDS Epidemic Update 2005, featuring updated global and regional estimates on HIV and AIDS and new trends in the epidemic’s evolution on 21 November 2005, in Kyiv, Ukraine, for the Eastern Europe and Central Asian Region. This year’s report has a special section on HIV prevention.

KYIV, UKRAINE –Ukrainian sports star Liliya Podkopayeva was today designated as UN Goodwill Ambassador on HIV/AIDS in Ukraine.UN Resident Coordinator publicly announced the appointment at a press-conference on the 17th November 2005 at the UN House in Kyiv.

On November 15-16, 2005 UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine Francis M.O’Donnell visited Donetsk and Lugansk regions to meet the representatives of local governance, civil society organisations and business sector.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to strengthen activities that use sport as a tool to promote development and peace.

On November 3-4, 2005 UN Resident Coordinator Francis M. O’Donnell took part in the international conference “Sixty Years of the UN: Taking Stock of Achievements and Paths to Greater Effectiveness in the 21st Century” and delivered to the participants the message from the Secretary General Kofi Annan.

On October 31 – November 2, 2005, in Chernihiv an important regional conference took place: the International Conference “Chernobyl-affected regions in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine – from recovery to new developmental approach”.

On October 27-28, 2005, a delegation of country-partners of the UNDP Crimea Integration and Development Programme visited the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. During this visit the UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine Francis M. O’Donnell, the Ambassador of Switzerland H.E. Christian Fassler, the Ambassador of Sweden H.E. John-Christer Ahlander along with other members of the delegation met with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Boris Deich, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anatoliy Bordugov, other ministers, and heads of different committees of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, as well as rayon and community leaders.

UNICEF and UNAIDS Launch Global Campaign to Invigorate Action for the Millions of Children Affected by HIV/AIDS

Today, as we celebrate sixty years of our United Nations, we must recognize that the world today is very different from that of our founders. The United Nations must reflect this new age, and respond to its challenges - including, first and foremost, the knowledge that hundreds of millions of people are left defenceless against hunger, disease and environmental degradation, even though the world has the means to rescue them.