Power promotes hypocrisy, study finds
Dec. 29, 2009, 2009 may well be remembered for its scandal-ridden headlines, from admissions of extramarital affairs by governors and  
UN brings Sudanese tribes together for historic peace talks
29 December 2009 - The United Nations has paved the way for historic talks between clashing tribes to bolster the fragile peace in 

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 15, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is the message Benedict XVI wrote for the Jan. 1 World Day of Peace. The letter was

Secretary-General calls for greater international cooperation and solidarity
21 December 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for greater collective action as he marked International Solidarity Day during 

UN agencies ramp up fight against hunger
The food crisis of 2007/2008 is far from over. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that over a billion people suffer

Ban calls on leaders to attend Millennium Development Goals summit next September 
21 December 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on world leaders to attend a summit next September to boost efforts 

Too many migrants continue to be victims of rights violations - top UN official
18 December 2009 - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights marked International Migrants Day today by drawing

UN hails first female winner of national youth music contest in Liberia 
21 December 2009 - United Nations officials in Liberia have congratulated 19-year-old Vivian Akoto on becoming the first female to win A  

Assembly President hopes next year's Mexico meeting will forge climate pact 
22 December 2009 - While most countries are not happy with the outcome of this month's summit on climate change in Copenhagen, 

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 22, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is urging Finland, and all of Europe, to cling to values promoted by religious

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 20, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Christmas is much more than the season of Santa Claus and sugar plums; it's God's answer 

Obama reaches climate deal with emerging powers
19 Dec 09, COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama forged a climate deal with emerging economic powers on Friday, 

U.N.: Climate deal could change history 
15 Dec 09,  (CNN) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged both industrialized and developing countries to do more during 

Climate change deal marks an 'essential beginning,' Ban says
19 December 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the climate change deal reached by world leaders at a United 

Secretary Clinton and Tony Blair hold Middle East talks at "difficult moment" 
Posted 21 December 2009 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Quartet Representative Tony Blair met today in Washington DC to 

Obama announces climate change deal with China, other nations
18 December 2009 - U.S. President Barack Obama announces what he called a "meaningful, unprecedented" climate change deal with 

At UN forum, Asian ministers agree to set up inland transport hubs for landlocked States
18 December 2009 - Transport ministers from across Asia agreed today to work on a treaty to develop so-called dry ports - inland transport 

Ban appeals for corporate leadership in building sustainable, inclusive markets
18 December 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the private sector to take the helm in the “urgent task” of building markets 
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UN welcomes new tariff cuts in Asia
15 December 2009 - Hailing new tariff reductions announced by six Asian countries that include three of the region's largest economies, 
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Ordinary citizens can help world's hungry billion through online UN campaign
17 November 2009 - As the number of chronically hungry people tops one billion, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme  
Read more.

UN crisis relief fund looks to multi-year commitments for sustainability
15 December 2009 - Several major donors have made multi-year commitments to provide significant funding to the United Nations Central 
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UN official welcomes European Union approval of Internet copyright treaties
14 December 2009 - The head of the United Nations agency tasked with safeguarding intellectual property rights today welcomed the 

Climate change driving displacement, says UN refugee chief
16 December 2009 - Climate change is the biggest factor driving forced displacement, a top United Nations official said today, underscoring 

Majority of disaster deaths in 2009 climate-related, says UN
14 December 2009 - More than three quarters of those people who died in disasters this year lost their lives to extreme weather events, 
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HM King Mohammed VI congratulates leaders of Islamic countries on New Hegira Year
17 Dec 09,  Rabat - HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, sent congratulation messages to leaders of Islamic countries on the 

More than just a shipping container 
17 Dec 09,  The shipping container is continually shown to be a rather versatile item. Recently, in Australia two 40-foot containers were 

Thousands flee volcano in Philippines 
15 December 2009 - Thousands of villagers have been evacuated after authorities raised the alert level on the Philippines' most active

UN brings voices of people suffering impact of global warming to World leaders 
12 December 2009 - World leaders arriving at the United Nations conference in Copenhagen next week will be greeted with over 100 real-

As drug trafficking undermines peace and security, UN calls for global measures
8 December 2009 - The Security Council today called for greater international cooperation in fighting drug trafficking, with Secretary-General

'Bad boy' action star Nicolas Cage steps into real-life 'good cop' role for UN
4 December 2009 - Acclaimed actor and filmmaker Nicolas Cage, whose action roles have included both a contract killer and a federal

Corruption major impediment to advancing development, warn UN officials 
9 December 2009 - Corruption kills development and is one of the biggest obstacles to achieving the globally agreed targets to reduce poverty,  
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South Africa 'rugby unity': Fact and fiction
Fourteen years ago Nelson Mandela used the 1995 Rugby World Cup to unite black and white South Africans. A film based on the historic event,
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UN marks Human Rights Day with call to end all forms of discrimination 
10 December 2009 - The United Nations marked Human Rights Day today, the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of 
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Climate change threatens life in Shishmaref, Alaska 
December 3, 2009 -Shishmaref, Alaska (CNN) -- When the arctic winds howl and angry waves pummel the shore of this Inupiat Eskimo village,
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Climate change threatening survival of Himalayan communities - UN report  
11 December 2009 - Climate change is posing a serious threat to communities in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region, bringing both drought and

Football greats seek to score Millennium Development Goals in UN charity game
10 December 2009 - An international roster of football stars meet SL Benfica of Portugal in Lisbon next month in a United Nations 'Match

Progress made on technology in Copenhagen climate talks - UN official 
10 December 2009 - Negotiators at the historic United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, are making good progress Read more.

Global challenges call for stronger cooperation between developing countries - Migiro
1 December 2009 - The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General today called for stronger and more innovative cooperation

Global economy to rise by 2.4 per cent in 2010, but recovery still 'fragile' - UN 
2 December 2009 - The United Nations predicted today that the world economy would bounce back next year with a global growth 
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Slavery remains unresolved, Ban says in call for greater efforts to defeat scourge
2 December 2009 - Contemporary forms of slavery remain a “grave” and unresolved problem across all continents, Secretary- 
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UN-backed report urges Pacific nations to scale up response to HIV/AIDS 
2 December 2009 - A new United Nations-backed report calls on countries in the Pacific Ocean region to scale up their response to 
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Antarctic fragility a reminder of importance of success in Copenhagen - Ban 
1 December 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged action on two fronts ahead of next week's United Nations climate
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UN stands ready to help least developed countries weather global economic crisis  

3 December 2009 - The United Nations agency entrusted with accelerating sustainable industrial development in poorer states today

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Empowering people with disabilities vital for achieving development targets - Ban  
3 December 2009 - Efforts to achieve global development targets must include improving living standards and quality of life for

General Assembly President expresses concern at Swiss ban on minarets 
2 December 2009 - The President of the General Assembly today added his voice to a chorus of United Nations concern over the
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Melbourne hosts multi-faith festival 
3 Dec, Climate change, indigenous rights and the west's relationship with Islam will be the subjects of one of the world's largest
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UK and France propose climate fund for poor
28 November 2009 - UK PM Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have proposed a multi-billion-dollar fund to help
Rich should help Amazon forests, summit says
27 November 2009 - Nine nations in the Amazon region have called on rich countries to provide poorer nations with the funds to 
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23 November 2009 - Speaking at a press conference ahead of the launch of the Africa Commission's report -- Realizing the Potential 
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UN official kicks off Asia-Pacific forum on impact of global economic meltdown
24 November 2009 - A shift in economic direction towards greater domestic spending and social protection in the Asia-Pacific could 
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3 November 2009 - Following is the text of a message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the dinner on the eve of the
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Climate 'is a major cause' of conflict in Africa 
November 24, 2009 --Climate has been a major driver of armed conflict in Africa, research shows - and future warming is likely to 
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Massive icebergs floating towards coast of New Zealand 
25 November 2009 - The icebergs off the New Zealand coast in 2006 (pictured) provided a mini-boom for tourism and helicopter
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Climate change: What price will future generations pay? 
23 November 2009 - Climate change poses a huge barrier to a fulfilling future, argues Lord Puttnam, an ambassador for Unicef UK. In
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UN chief urges leaders to 'seal deal' on climate change
28 November 2009 - The United Nations chief has urged world leaders to "seal a deal" on climate change when they meet in
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Tony Blair meets with 'visionary leader' Paul Kagame during latest two day visit to Rwanda
Posted 24 November 2009 - Tony Blair hailed President Kagame's visionary leadership as he saw for himself the remarkable pace of
Read more.

Industrialization will help Africa fully join world economy, says Ban
20 November 2009 - Armed conflict, inadequate infrastructure, weak governance, limited financing and technological abilities, and
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Africa: A hot frontier for U.S. and China
November 17, 2009 --Chinese President Hu Jintao gestures the way forward for visiting U.S. President Barack Obama in Beijing on 
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Ban welcomes appointment of new European leaders
20 November 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced the hope for increased cooperation between the European Union
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Ordinary citizens can help world's hungry billion through online UN campaign
17 November 2009 - As the number of chronically hungry people tops one billion, the head of the United Nations World Food
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UN food summit ends without specific targets for ending global hunger
18 November 2009 - The three-day United Nations summit on world food security wrapped up in Rome today with its host lamenting
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Tony Blair praise's Sierra Leone's pro-business climate as it presents potential to international investors
Posted 21 November 2009 - The Government of Sierra Leone marked eight years of widely under-appreciated political and economic
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Australia 'sorry' for child abuse
16 November 2009 - Australian PM Kevin Rudd has apologised to the hundreds of thousands of people, some British migrants, who
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New agreements will deliver funds, expertise to help UN combat hunger
15 November 2009 - United Nations efforts to strengthen agriculture and enhance food security received a boost today, ahead of a
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UN agency calls for global day-long fast as symbol of war on hunger
11 November 2009 - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for a day-long, global hunger strike in
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US and Japan to renew alliance
13 Nov, US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama have agreed on the need to renew their two
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Big profit from nature protection
13 November 2009 - Money invested in protecting nature can bring huge financial returns, according to a major investigation into the
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Resolution to adopt Nelson Mandela International Day unanimous
November 11, 2009 - The Nelson Mandela Foundation and its sister charities are pleased with the United Nations General
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Head of UN agency applauds China-Africa forum's commitment on food security
9 November 2009 - The head of the United Nations food agency today welcomed the declaration by the Forum on China-Africa
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Ban calls on new Lebanese cabinet to fulfil terms ending Israeli-Hizbollah war
9 November 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Lebanon's new national unity government to fully implement the
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China praised for African links
11 October 20009 - Rwandan President Paul Kagame has praised the way China does business in Africa, criticising the West for
Read more.

China's chequebook draws African nations
9 November 2009 - China sees vast opportunity in Africa. Since 2001 total trade has grown tenfold - last year it stood at $107bn
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Millions in the United States lack access to affordable, adequate housing - UN
9 November 2009 - An independent United Nations expert has warned that the United States is an increasingly expensive place to 
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Obama, Netanyahu to meet Monday, White House says
9 November 2009 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boards a plane in Israel on Sunday ahead of his Washington visit.

UN agency to set up museum to spotlight information and communication technology
8 November 2009 - The United Nations telecommunications agency announced today that it has signed an agreement with the

Leaders' call to action in Berlin

9 November  2009 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was joined at the Brandenburg Gate by UK PM Gordon Brown, France's
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Food enters Gaza through crossings while fuel pipeline remains shut down - UN
7 October 2009 - Food and animal feed have entered Gaza from Israel in recent days, but the Nahal Oz fuel pipeline remains closed,
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Greater UN coordination can boost efforts to achieve anti-poverty goals - Migiro
3 November 2009 - Greater coordination among United Nations agencies is crucial to helping countries, including those in the Arab

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Huge amounts of avoidable post-harvest losses worsens hunger for poor - UN 
2 November 2009 - The plight of the hungry in developing countries is needlessly aggravated by farmers losing up to half of their 
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Jerusalem must be capital of both Israel and Palestine, Ban says 
28 October 2009 - Jerusalem must be the capital of two States - Israel and Palestine - living side-by-side in peace and security, with 
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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 3, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Globalization has brought about the international circulation of money, but human persons 

Stock exchanges can promote stable, sustainable global economy - Ban 
2 November 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged leaders of stock exchanges and financial institutions to better 

Truckloads of goods enter Gaza from Israel, UN reports
2 November 2009 - The Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reports that 


Montreal, 30 October 2009 - Constituting a relatively small portion of the world's 6.3 billion people, indigenous and local communities

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UN expert stresses role of States in promoting religious tolerance 

27 October 2009 - Governments have a central role to play in either preventing or contributing to religious friction, an independent 

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General Assembly elects 22 new members of UN Economic and Social Council

26 October 2009 - The General Assembly today elected 22 countries to serve on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one 


Renewed multilateralism order of the day, Ban tells graduates in Seattle 
26 October 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the need for greater collaboration among nations to address 

UN-backed gathering examining future of the fight against drugs in sport gets under way
26 October 2009 - A United Nations-backed conference tasked with identifying ways to eliminate drug cheats from sport kicked off in 

Record-breaking 173 million people take stand with UN against poverty 

21 October 2009 - Smashing a Guinness World Record, more than 173 million people around the world joined forces with the United

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Arab countries meet at UN-backed forum to save jobs in economic crisis

19 October 2009 - High-level delegates from 22 countries are taking part in a United Nations-backed three-day Arab Employment 


Migiro addresses pilot countries of 'One UN' reform programme 
19 October 2009 - Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today opened a gathering in the Rwandan capital that brings

UN agency calls for harnessing of untapped potential of remittances
20 October 2009 - A new United Nations report calls for the lifting of restrictions and costly fees imposed on the $40 billion that

With concerts, films and ceremonies, UN marks its 64th birthday 
23 October 2009 - The United Nations marked its 64th birthday today with ceremonies around the world, a concert at its New York 

Secretary Clinton and Tony Blair hold Middle East talks in Washington DC at "fragile and challenging time" 

7 October 2009 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Quartet Representative Tony Blair met today in Washington DC to discuss

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UN and INTERPOL are 'natural partners' in boosting global security - Ban 
11 October 2009 - Welcoming a new agreement between the United Nations and International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to enhance policing cooperation in post-conflict areas,

Boom in international trade fails workers in developing world - UN report 
12 October 2009 - The surge in world trade in recent years has failed to improve the working conditions and living standards for the

Economic crisis exposes fragile global food system, new UN report says
4 October 2009 - The economic turmoil sweeping the globe has lead to a sharp spike in hunger affecting the world's poorest,

NEW YORK, OCT. 15, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See is underlining the need for effective and just international laws, especially

Migiro lauds extensive partnership between UN and European Union 

12 October 2009 - Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today highlighted the vital partnership between the United Nations,
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Post offices in West Africa offer electronic money transfer services under UN scheme 
14 October 2009 - Some 300 post offices in six West African countries have begun offering electronic money transfers as part of a

UN calls for action and investment to eradicate global poverty  
17 October 2009 - The United Nations today marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring that the fight against a scourge that afflicts over a billion people around the world is at a critical juncture.
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 9, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The memory of World War II should spur society to build a "true civilization" that is no longer based on hatred, violence and force, says Benedict XVI.

UN must help poor nations meet looming development, climate deadlines - official 

7 October 2009 - The United Nations development system must quickly build the capacity of national partners to meet the multiple challenges facing them...



NEW YORK, OCT. 7, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is the statement Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See at the United Nations, delivered Tuesday on the work of the United Nations at the 64th session of the U.N. General Assembly.


VATICAN CITY, OCT. 8, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI met today with President Mahmud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority today in the Vatican...


New UN satellite communications deal boosts disaster preparedness and recovery efforts 

8 October 2009 - In a bid to strengthen emergency communications before impending natural disasters strike and to save more lives by better coordinating relief efforts in their aftermath..

President Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize 
9 October 2009 OSLO - President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to build momentum behind his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms...
UN convenes world tourism leaders to plan recovery after economic crisis  
7 October 2009 - Some 360 delegates from 112 countries are meeting under United Nations auspices in Astana, Kazakhstan, to determine how the tourism industry can surmount the decline brought on by the economic crisis...
UN report calls for widespread reforms to make the most out of migration 
4 October 2009 - Migration benefits the people who move, their host communities and those that stay behind, the United Nations' latest Human Development Report says,

Top official says UN making progress on improving efficiency and coordination 

2 October 2009 - The United Nations has taken a significant step to avoid duplication and strengthen coordination between nine departments and agencies in so-called rule of law activities,

Assembly President heralds 'new era of engagement' as debate wraps up 
29 September 2009 - Wrapping up the General Assembly's annual high-level debate today, the 192-member body's President today welcomed the “new era of engagement” based on respect among Member States,
Ireland backs EU's Lisbon Treaty  
3 October 2009 - Irish voters have strongly endorsed the European Union's Lisbon treaty- 16 months after their first vote rejecting it plunged EU reforms into deadlock. 
Africa must have full Security Council representation - DR Congo tells Assembly  
28 September 2009 - The Security Council must be fully reformed and enlarged to include a proper African representation, particularly since two thirds of the issues it addresses concern the continent,
African States need to move faster on development, Uganda tells UN debate 

23 September 2009 - The countries of sub-Saharan Africa have spent too long “wandering in the desert of under-development” and need to take faster steps towards building infrastructure and modernizing their economies,

Indonesia: UN mobilizes to prevent epidemics after earthquake  
2 October 2009 - United Nations emergency personnel in Indonesia's province of West Sumatra are mobilizing to prevent the outbreak of epidemic diseases and get children back to school two days after a massive earthquake killed at least 1,100 people,


Thousands of Ugandans return to their farms after 20 years in displaced camps - UN

2 October 2009 - More than a million Ugandans driven from their homes by decades of violent conflict are gradually moving back to their homeland in the north of the country thanks to an innovative United Nations-backed farming project,


UN envoy Bill Clinton to head to Haiti to promote investment 
30 September 2009 - The United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti, former United States president Bill Clinton, will embark on a two-day visit to Haiti tomorrow in a bid to boost private sector investment in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
Ban voices hope ahead of final leg of negotiations on climate change treaty 
3 October 2009 - The frozen positions preventing governments from making progress in negotiations for a new greenhouse gas emissions treaty are beginning to thaw, Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday in a series of speeches in Copenhagen,


Only 10 days left for climate deal, U.N.'s Ban says  
Sat Oct 3, 2:51 pm ET
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday negotiators had just 10 days left to secure a global climate deal and governments must not be hindered by domestic troubles. 


Scores dead in tsunami in Pacific islands 
30 September 209
APIA, Samoa - A powerful earthquake in the South Pacific hurled massive tsunami waves at the shores of Samoa and American Samoa, flattening villages and sweeping cars and people out to sea, leaving at least 82 dead and dozens missing.
World leaders make progress on climate change and disarmament, Ban says 
29 September 2009 - The meetings of world leaders at the General Assembly over the past week have made progress on major issues including climate change,
Global economic turmoil has cemented bonds between poorer nations, UN hears  
28 September 2009 - The strengthening of ties between developing countries has been one of the few positive consequences of the global economic meltdown, the leaders of two Caribbean nations told the General Assembly today.
Windows of the World celebrates success 
23 September 2009 - The inaugural Windows of the World 2009 event united citizens, organisations and communities around projects building capacity for sustainable life. 
Urging faster UN reform, India says world body should lead response to key challenges 

26 September 2009 - The United Nations should be at the forefront of multilateral efforts to resolve the world's most pressing challenges,

29 September 2009 - Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for World Habitat Day, to
be observed on 5 October:



GENEVA, Switzerland, SEPT. 27, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The centrality of the human person, an appropriate environment, justice and equality are the fundamental elements for promoting authentic integral development, according to the Holy See. 


G20 to Be Main Economic Council - PM 
September 24, 2009
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Global leaders will institutionalise the G20 as the world's main economic governing council, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Thursday.
G20 comes to a 'historic' end for Australia 
September 24, 2009
The G20 summit of world leaders in Pittsburgh has ended with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd declaring it a historic day for Australia. 
Honour billion-dollar aid pledges to world's poor, Ban tells G20 summit  
25 September 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) major world economies to fulfil their pledges of tens of billions of dollars in aid to the developing and poorer nations.


Global food security takes centre stage at high-level UN event

26 September 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today brought together representatives from 100 countries to discuss ways to boost global food security,


UN inter-cultural initiative helping world get through troubled times - Secretary-General  

26 September 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the vital role the United Nations initiative to promote inter-cultural understanding plays in building trust and reducing tensions in a world facing multiple crises.

G20 moves to bring IMF into 21st century

Posted: 26 September 2009 1036 hrs
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania - World leaders boosted the International Monetary Fund's central role in the global economy on Friday and backed a bigger voice for developing countries at the fund, long considered a rich nations' club.


G20 economic peer review to start by year-end: Rudd
Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:52pm EDT
PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The world's major economies will begin sharing information about their growth plans by the end of 2009 as the G20 embarks on a novel process of peer review, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Friday.

G20 Final Communique: Energy and climate change
September 26, 2009 - 10:37AM
The Group of 20 rich and developing nations released the following final statement at the conclusion of the two-day meeting on Friday.

When it comes to being smart, our Kev fits the Bill
September 24, 2009
KEVIN Rudd has given Bill Clinton a dose of the nerdy know-all side to his personality - and the former US president is impressed.
Mr Clinton described the Prime Minister yesterday as "pretty smart", rating him one of the world's most intelligent leaders.
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Nations reject unilateralism in face of global challenges at UN 
25 September 2009 - Nations addressing the General Assembly's annual high-level debate today spoke out against unilateralism as the world tackles its most pressing challenges, including the current global economic turmoil and climate change.
At  U.N., Obama calls for new era in world relations 
Wed September 23, 2009
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- President Obama made a forceful call Wednesday for a new era in global relations, urging the United Nations to move past old divisions and disputes to reassert itself as a leading force in confronting the most pressing issues of today. 
At UN debate, China stresses need for mutually beneficial cooperation  
23 September 2009 - Chinese President Hu Jintao called for greater multilateralism and cooperation in international relations in his speech today before world leaders gathered for the annual high-level debate at the General Assembly.


Rudd urges world leaders to learn from GFC in UN address

AAP September 24, 2009,
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has urged world leaders to never forget the human face of the global financial crisis as he addressed the United Nations in New York.


Secretary-General set to urge unity in address to world leaders at UN's annual debate 

22 September 2009 - The world's most pressing challenges can only be solved when countries unite through the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will tell global leaders...

UN unparalleled in ability to solve major global problems, Russian leader says 

23 September 2009 - The current global challenges - ranging from conflicts to climate change - have demonstrated the need for collective international action, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev...


World leaders demonstrated energy, dynamism on climate change, says Ban
22 September 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the world leaders who addressed the opening of today's United Nations climate change gathering - including the...

UN endeavours to ensure that children have a say in climate change moves
22 September 2009 - As negotiations for a new climate change agreement to be reached in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the end of the year enter their final stretch,

General Assembly agrees to hold more talks on responsibility to protect
14 September 2009 - The General Assembly today adopted by consensus its first resolution on the responsibility to protect, agreeing to hold further discussions on the international
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New report from Tony Blair sets out economic benefits of tackling climate change together
Posted 22 September 2009
Action to cut CO2 emissions can increase both GDP and employment in all major economies, with global collaboration significantly cutting the cost of climate change mitigation...
Collective action must be at heart of climate change response - Ban Ki-moon 
21September 2009 - On the eve of the largest-ever gathering of world leaders on the issue of climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the urgent need for collective action to save the planet.


Muslims around the world end fast, usher in Eid
Posted 21 Sep 2009
(CNN)-- Muslims around the world woke up Sunday and welcomed the end of along month of fasting with hearty greetings of "Eid Mubarak," or happy  festivities

Rosh Hashanah
Posted 21 Sep 2009

L'shanahtovah to all those celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. The commemoration of the creation of the world is a very important time for the Jewish community.

Clinton outlines sweeping agenda for U.N. conference
September 18, 2009 -- Updated 1835 GMT (0235 HKT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday laid out an ambitious U.S. agenda for next week's U.N. gathering, citing issues such as nuclear nonproliferation, climate change, women's rights and ongoing wars. 

New General Assembly President opens session with call for UN reform
15 September 2009 - The General Assembly opened its 64th annual session today with its new President, Ali Treki of Libya, calling for reform of the United Nations

As UN marks International Day of Peace, Ban makes appeal for disarmament
18 September 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on nations to intensify efforts to reduce stockpiles of weapons capable of inflicting large-scale devastation and
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General Assembly agrees to hold more talks on responsibility to protect
14 September 2009 - The General Assembly today adopted by consensus its first resolution on the responsibility to protect, agreeing to hold further discussions on the international
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Most vulnerable must not be forgotten, says chief of UN anti-hunger agency
16 September 2009 - With the global economy beginning to show signs of turning the corner, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today issued an urgent plea

Tackling impunity and discrimination among top priorities for UN rights chief
15 September 2009 - Discrimination remains a “scourge” that affects every country, the United Nations human rights chief said today, adding that combating it has become one of her office's top priorities,

Ban emphasizes 'power of prayer' in tackling global challenges
15 September 2009 - Faith has a key role in addressing current global challenges, ranging from disarmament to climate change to the economic crisis, and in bringing people together
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NEW YORK, SEPT. 16, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The United Nations needs to be reformed and plenty of ideas are being floated, but what the international body really needs is selfless dedication to the common good,



Current global crises call for fresh thinking and new ideas from UN - Ban 
14 September 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for fresh thinking on a range of global crises currently facing the world..

Kenya: UN Ambassador Angelina Jolie visits 'dire' camp for Somali refugees

12 September 2009 - Visiting the world's largest refugee camp, housing refugees from Somalia, on the Horn of Africa nation's border with Kenya...


UN panel calls for new global reserve, credit systems to avert future crises    

10 September 2009 - A high-level United Nations commission on the world financial crisis today called for a new global reserve system that does not rely on a single currency...

UN urges donors to boost aid to poor countries despite economic crisis    

9 September 2009 - Facing possible shortfalls in funding due to the global economic crisis, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called on donors to “continue and ideally boost....


UN sounds alarm on threat to Pacific nations' security posed by climate change 

6 August 2009 - With rising sea levels threatening to inundate Pacific Island nations, United Nations officials have issued a call for urgent action to be taken to ensure that human security and development gains are not reversed.


Economic, financial crises far from over, warns latest UN trade report

8 September 2009 - The global recession is unprecedented in its depth and breadth, and has left no country unscathed, according a new report by the United Nations Conference



KRAKOW, Poland, SEPT. 8, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Religious representatives from all over the world went this morning to the former concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, as part of the closing events of an interreligious meeting in "the spirit of Assisi."


UN event seeks civil society's participation in achieving disarmament goals    

4 September 2009 - The United Nations hopes to boost the participation of civil society in reaching disarmament goals, with the world body's annual conference on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) set to kick off next week in Mexico City.


New UN pact aims to boost sharing of climate-related data to fight hunger    
4 September 2009 - In a bid to step up the fight against global hunger, two United Nations agencies have agreed to greater sharing of information on weather patterns and other climate-related data that can help predict the location of the next emergency food shortage.

Global Shipment at Windows of the World - Federation Square Melbourne 12, 13 & 19 September 2009

11 September 2009 - GDF Newsdesk
Two painted shipping containers were delivered to Federation Square yesterday to mark the beginning of the Windows of the World event. 


Ban urges rapid progress in negotiations on new climate change pact

3 September 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, having just witnessed the “sobering reality” of climate change on a visit to the melting glaciers of the Arctic,


Ban to open UN conference with civil society groups next week in Mexico    

3 September 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel next week to Mexico City, where he will open the annual United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) conference with non-governmental organizations (NGOs),


UN report proposes new Marshall Plan to promote development and save the planet    

1 September 2009 - A United Nations report launched today recommends a new Marshall Plan of more than $500 billion per year, or one per cent of global output, to help developing countries ease the impact of global warming...


Trust and renewed multilateralism keys to tackling today's crises - Ban    

30 August 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the importance of trust - both among States and in the United Nations - in tackling a range of global crises,


Time ripe to tap into world's ecosystems to tackle climate change - UN   

2 September 2009 - Efforts to fight climate change can receive a boost from stepped-up investment in restoring and maintaining the world's multi-trillion dollar ecosystems, ranging...


UN Economic Commission for Africa hosts climate change meeting  

2 September 2009 - Experts, government ministers and senior United Nations officials will focus on combating climate change in Africa, including measures for adaptation and mitigation...



Above the Arctic Circle, Ban sees first-hand view of climate change's impact   
1 September 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has travelled above the Arctic Circle today to experience first-hand the impact of climate change on the fragile

One of most polluted sites in US to become UN-backed 'green' complex  
10 August 2009 - A 140-year-old shipyard that became one of the United States' most polluted sites, a wasteland contaminated by heavy metals and radiation,

Italy PM opens North African road    
Posted 31 August 2009
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, on a brief visit to Libya, has opened the new section of a new 2,000 km North African coastal highway.

Sustainable agriculture key to recovery from financial crisis in Asia - UN   
25 August 2009 - Any recovery programme to pull the Asia-Pacific region out of the global recession, which has morphed into a food crisis, must include sustainable agriculture measures, participants concluded at a United Nations meeting in Beijing.

Yearbook for 2006 spotlights UN's efforts to 'deliver as one'  
26 August 2009 - Highlighting events that include the creation of the Human Rights Council and the election of Ban Ki-moon as Secretary-General, the 2006 Yearbook of the United Nations was released today,

Nobel-winning economist says UN best suited to oversee global economic overhaul   
21 August 2009 - The United Nations is the only institution with the legitimacy to oversee democratic reforms of the global economic system to pull the world out of the current recession,

Ratification of UN-backed nuclear treaty nears milestone of 150 countries  
19 August 2009 - The total number of countries that have ratified the United Nations-backed Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) has inched closer to 150 after Liberia ratified the agreement this week. 

Bolivians look to ancient farming   
18 August 2009 - Poor farmers in the heart of Bolivian Amazon are being encouraged to embrace the annual floods - by using the centuries-old irrigation system for their crops.

Secretary-General welcomes US pledge of renewed engagement with UN  
13 August 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the commitment to renewed United States engagement with the United Nations as stressed by US Ambassador Susan Rice,

UNICEF plays large role in global safe water forum  
18 August 2009 - With access to water becoming more challenging every year due to rising demand and unreliable supplies, global experts are meeting in Stockholm this week in a United Nations-backed forum aimed at tackling the adverse impact on poverty, health, education, gender equality and the environment.

Haiti: UN envoy Bill Clinton appoints prominent US doctor as deputy   
11 August 2009 - Former United States President Bill Clinton today appointed the physician and Harvard University professor Paul Farmer as the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti... 

Ex-president Clinton to lead UN-backed trade mission to Haiti  
10 August 2009 - Former United States president Bill Clinton plans to lead a trade mission to Haiti in October on his second visit since being appointed United Nations Special Envoy for the impoverished Caribbean nation.

Will nukes creep into Bill Clinton's North Korea agenda?  
4 August 2009 - WASHINGTON - A door could open to progress on issues including North Korea's nuclear program if both the US and Pyongyang gain something from former President Clinton's surprise visit Tuesday, some longtime analysts of diplomacy with Pyongyang say.

Dream of nuclear-weapon-free world can be realized, says Ban
7 August 2009 - Despite the continued presence of thousands of nuclear weapons in global arsenals, it is possible to achieve the goal of ridding the world of this deadly scourge, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a gathering in the Japanese city of Nagasaki. 

UN agency projects to boost productivity of small- scale female farmers  
3 August 2009 - Poor farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America are set to receive a productivity boost through new United Nations-led agricultural projects funded by a €34 million donation from the European Union (EU), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced today.

A jungle medical clinic opens -- new use for ocean containers 
San Salvador, El Salvador, 16 Jun, 2009: Deep in the Salvadoran jungle, rural residents are receiving free medical treatment in a 40-foot cargo container. Ocean shipping line APL helped bring the healthcare innovation to life.

Latest press... Maya Shahani, SAGE Foundation
2 August 2009
It feels so good to see the SAGE family swell to this huge number. A warm welcome to all of you. I am posting a brief outline of what SAGE is all about so that you could then decide where you would like to participate.

Six countries enjoy a cleaner way to chill out with help of UN agency     
28 July 2009 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is launching a project in six African countries to replace ageing refrigeration systems with more energy-efficient versions and cut down on the consumption of ozone depleting
chemical compounds.

US-China ties 'to shape century' 
27 July 2009
The relationship between the US and China will shape the 21st Century, President Barack Obama has said, as top officials met in Washington for talks.

UN agency calls for more integrated approach to fire prevention 
27 July 2009 - The increasing threat posed by fires around the world means policy- makers must take a more integrated approach to preventing, monitoring and responding to such blazes, 
UN Recognizes Papal Proposal 
NEW YORK, JULY 24, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The working document to foster U.N. dialogue on the "responsibility to protect" includes a paragraph dedicated to the discourse Benedict XVI gave there last year.
UN committee discusses new forms of discrimination against women 
21 July 2009 - The United Nations committee which monitors compliance with the international convention on eliminating discrimination against women is 30 years old this year, 

Barrier Reef, Uluru on wonders top list
AAP July 22, 2009, 7:25 am
The Great Barrier Reef and Uluru have made the final round in a global contest to select the new Seven Wonders of Nature.
Haiti has best chance in decades for development - UN envoy Bill Clinton 
15 June 2009 - The new United Nations envoy on Haiti, Bill Clinton, today laid out his vision to advance development in the small and impoverished Caribbean nation, stressing that, more than ever before, the country has the opportunity to advance.
Crowds flock to Bangladeshi town for solar eclipse
Mon Jul 20, 10:33 am ET
DHAKA (AFP) - A tiny town in northern Bangladesh is braced for a rare taste of mass tourism as thousands of people pour in to witness a full solar eclipse on Wednesday.
Mandela embodies UN's highest values, Ban says
18 July 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrated the 91st birthday of Nelson Mandela today, calling the founding president of post-apartheid South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize laureate an “exemplary global citizen.” 
Foundation to Aid Indigenous Poor
16 July 209
A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the southwest coast of New Zealand on Wednesday, seismologists said, prompting a brief tsunami warning but no casualties or major damage.
Poor countries need to rethink development model, UN report finds
16 July 2009 - The world's poorest countries are bearing the brunt of the global economic crisis and their governments need to review the development model they have followed for the past three decades...
Tsunami warnings lifted for Australia
16 July 209
A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the southwest coast of New Zealand on Wednesday, seismologists said, prompting a brief tsunami warning but no casualties or major damage.
Ban says engagement of Non-Aligned Movement vital in tackling today's challenges
15 July 2009 - The engagement of the international grouping of over 100 countries known as the Non-Aligned Movement is vital to solving today's common problems...
Helping world's hungry also promotes peace and stability - Ban
10 July 2009 - By helping the world's hungry, who now number one billion, the international community can also secure a more peaceful and stable future for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon told the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations today in L'Aquila, Italy.
Obama says G-8 talks 'highly productive'
12 July 209
L'AQUILA, Italy (CNN) -- President Obama declared the G-8 summit Friday "highly productive," writing off suggestions that the United States did not get some key things it wanted out of the meeting.
BATONROUGE, Louisiana, JULY 10, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Faithful Catholics inAmerica today often seem tempted by cultural hostility to withdraw intoour own circle of faith and family, asking of law and government onlythat we be left alone. 
Proposed climate change measures insufficient, Ban tells major economies
9 July 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the cuts in greenhouse gas emissions proposed by the world's largest economies are not deep enough, and warned that much more effort is needed if governments are to reach a meaningful agreement on climate change by the end of the year.
Hu leaves G8 amid Chinese rioting
8 July 2008
Crowds of Han Chinese and Uighurs were separated by riot police Chinese President Hu Jintao has cut short a visit to Italy for the G8 summit amid ongoing unrest in Xinjiang. Troops are on the streets after a curfew in Urumqi, Xinjiang's provincial capital, where ethnic riots on Sunday left 156 people dead.  ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Obama, Medvedev agree to deal to cut weapons 
updated 5:44 p.m. ET July 6, 2009
MOSCOW - Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev confidently committed to a year-end deal to slash nuclear stockpiles by about a third on Monday, but the U.S. leader failed to crack stubborn Kremlin objections to America's missile defense plans — a major
stumbling block to such an agreement.  ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
UN envoy Bill Clinton begins first visit to Haiti in his new role 
6 July 2009 - The recently appointed United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti, the former United States president Bill Clinton, will today begin his first visit to the Caribbean country in his new capacity.
Congress of World Religions in Kazakhstan 
Article posted on this site, July 4 2009
Tony Blair Faith Foundation
Forthe last two days I've been representing the Foundation at the IIICongress of Leaders of World and Traditional religion in Astana,Kazakhstan.
Tony Blair talks about his Philanthropic efforts  
On Monday June 22nd,Tony Blair took part in The Business of Giving
Series at 92 Y in New York. This series is hosted by Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief of The Economist and author of Philanthrocapitalism:
Rudd jets off for climate talks in Italy 
AAP July 4, 2009, 1:02 am 
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will have an audience with the Pope next week when he travels to Europe to take part in crucial talks on climate change.
UN Conference at the Highest Level on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, 24-26 June 2009   
We have an historic opportunity —and a collective responsibility— to bring new stability and sustainability to the international economic financial order.» Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President, 63rd Session of the General Assembly     
Obama Sends Condolences to Michael Jackson's Family and Fans  
June 27, 2009 02:18:08 GMT
Barack Obama's "condolences went out to the Jackson family and to fans that mourn his loss," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has told reporters during a press conference.
17 June 2009 - The Council of Presidents of the General Assembly of the United Nations held its second Special Meeting in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 15-17 June 2009 at the invitation of Han Seung-soo, President of the fifty-sixth session of the General Assembly and current Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea
Top officials converge at UN to tackle global economic crisis    
24 June 2009 - As high-level delegates from around the globe gathered in New York today to discuss how to address the economic meltdown while taking the interests of all nations into account, top United Nations officials issued urgent calls for action to ease the burden on the world's poorest.
Mankind Destiny   
By Dr. Najdovski 12 June 2009
Time is unstoppable - passing by ...Eons, ... millenniums have passed by...  
Generations of men and women have given the best of their life, achievements, dreams, ideas , for the development and future of a whole generation, generations and mankind
Switzerland inserts complementary medicine in the constitution   
Press release of 18 May 2009
On 17 May 2009 the Swiss people voted in favour of a constitutional article for complementary medicine in a national vote. 67 percent of voters supported the new constitutional article.
Head of UN agency calls for 'fairness' in global health policies  
15June 2009 - The head of the United Nations public health arm today urged senior government officials to place “fairness” at the core of decisions to protect the most vulnerable against major
worldwide crises.
GDF aims at “Balanced Development of Humankind and this World” 
17th June 2009 - Recently awarded with continuing major global projects lead over many years by Dr. Vasko M. Najdovski as part of Global Dialogue Initiative, Global Dialogue Foundation announces it's practical pursuit of Universal Brotherhood of Man - Unity in Diversity. 
G-8's Religious Leaders Look at Underlying "Power"
ROME, JUNE 16, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Leading up to the Group of Eight meeting next month in Italy, religious leaders from the eight nations have started their own summit to consider religious dimensions of the same problems to be considered by the G-8.
President Obama's message to Islamic world draws praise from UN chief
4 June 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly welcomed the speech delivered today in Cairo by President Barack Obama, voicing hope that it will herald the opening of a new chapter in relations between the United States and the Islamic world. 

Pontiff Urges New Vision of Modern Economy
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 14, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The market economy is only a path to progress if it is oriented to the common good, says Benedict XVI.
Assembly President-elect links peace and security to poverty and human rights  
12 June 2009 - The President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly today said tackling poverty and human rights issues is essential for global peace and security and would be high on the agenda of the forthcoming session of the 192-member body. 
The General Assembly this morning elected Ali Abdussalam Treki, a three-time Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations and former Foreign Minister, as President of its sixty-fourth session.
Urging world to disarm, Ban kicks off countdown to UN Day 
13 June 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched the “WMD-WeMustDisarm” campaign, beginning the 100-day countdown to the 2009 United Nations International Day of Peace, which this year focuses on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
UN food agency warns G8 ministers of unparalleled hunger crisis as funding falls 
12 June 2009 - The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that the poor and hungry around the world are facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, while global food aid has hit a 20 year low.
New UN website aims to educate youth on hunger issues 
2 June 2009 - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the launch of a website aimed at young people, who will soon be making “critical decisions” about global hunger.
Innovative solutions, partnerships key to eradicating poverty, says UN chief 
8 June 2009 -Groundbreaking ideas and collaborative efforts are crucial in advancing the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told over 300 leaders from business, foundations and non-governmental organizations.

Pope Unites to UN Appeal for Children
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 4, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is urging the international community to give its best to children on the day the United Nations is launching the World Appeal for Childhood.
Top UN official calls for bolstered global governance system for world food security 
6 June 2009 - A strengthened global governance system is crucial to ensure world food security, the head of the United Nations agriculture arm said today, calling for changes to be made to the parts of the international trade system that led to increased hunger and poverty.

Bill Clinton to be special UN envoy to Haiti
Tue May 19, 2:15 am ET
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The U.N. is turning to Bill Clinton as its emissary to chronically unstable Haiti, where the former president is popular but not the peacekeepers who have provided the nation's only real security for years.

Obama visit to Ghana, what it means for Civil Society in Africa.
The President of United States of America, Barack Obama will make a historic visit to Ghana between July 10 - July 11, 2009. According to Ghana's Foreign Ministry, the first Black US President will hold bilateral talks with Ghanaian President, John Evans Atta Mills aimed at strengthening the fraternal relations existing between the two countries.

Brazilian President awarded UN cultural agency's peace prize
13 May 2009 -
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today awarded its annual peace prize to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil.

The first annual forum jointly produced by the United Nations Department of Public Information and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) !! entitled “Envision: !Addressing Global Issues through Documentaries”!!will take place 14-15!May at the Directors Guild Theatre in New York City.

UN partners with filmmakers to give voice to women suffering
14 May 2009 - There are women around the world suffering violence or the oppression of poverty who remain silent and invisible, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told the opening of an international documentary filmmakers' forum aimed at bringing their stories into focus. 

Aide: Benedict XVI Turns Difficulty to Opportunity
JERUSALEM, MAY 12, 2009 (Zenit.org).- In the pontificate of Benedict XVI, difficulties become moments for dialogue, says a Vatican aide. Father Caesar Atuire, the delegate administrator of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, spoke with ZENIT about some of the adversity touching the Pope's weeklong pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Pontiff Calls Interfaith Dialogue the Road to Peace
JERUSALEM, MAY 11, 2009 (Zenit.org).- In his second public address in Israel, Benedict XVI is affirming the importance of interreligious dialogue in the pursuit of peace.

Tycoon to continue Mia Farrow Darfur hunger strike
Sun May 10, 1:44 am ET
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Mia Farrow has ended a 12- day hunger strike she used to draw attention to the
humanitarian crisis in Sudan's embattled Darfur region, the actress announced on her website.

Pontiff Defends Role of Disabled in Society
AMMAN, Jordan, MAY 8, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is defending the contribution made to society by those with disabilities, choosing as his first stop during his weeklong Holy Land pilgrimage a home for mentally or physically handicapped youth. 

Cardinal Warns 400,000 More Children Could Die
Appeals to Rich Countries to Stop Retracting Foreign Aid
VATICAN CITY, MAY 6, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The president of Caritas Internationalis is appealing to wealthy countries in this time of economic crisis to remember the poor, asking them not to retract foreign aid in favor of national bailouts.
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Pope Calls for Promotion of Universal Human Rights
Affirms Basis in Both Faith and Reason
VATICAN CITY, MAY 4, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is urging members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences to defend and promote those "non- negotiable human rights" that are based in God's law.
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Obama seeks tax changes for U.S. firms overseas
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Barack Obama on Monday will propose changing provisions in the tax code that he says encourage U.S. companies to move jobs overseas, as part of a broader package aimed at saving $210 billion over 10 years.
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Home, The Second Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations
On 6-7 April 2009, the second Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations was held in Istanbul, Turkey. The Forum is the world's premier event aimed at advancing intercultural understanding.
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Pope's Holy Land Trip Seen as "Bridge for Peace"
JERUSALEM, APRIL 24, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI's trip to the Holy Land next month is being billed by a Web site of Israel's Ministry of Tourism as a "Bridge for Peace." "Holy Land Pilgrimage: A Bridge for Peace" is the official slogan used on the ministry's official Web page of the Pope's May 11-15 visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
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Holy See and League of Arab States Sign Agreement
VATICAN CITY, APRIL 23, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican Secretariat of State signed a memorandum of understanding today together with the League of Arab States.  A Vatican press release reported that this agreement was signed in the Apostolic Palace by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states, and Amre Moussa, secretary general of the league.
Chavez not only gave Obama a book but also an Island in New Jersey
Last Sunday, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, announced during the Summit of the Americas that the Venezuelan Government will donate to United States, through CITGO Petroleum company, the Petty's Island located in New Jersey state.
Istanbul Forum: Concrete Progress Made In Building Bridges,
(Istanbul) - Concrete progress toward a global agenda for intercultural dialogue was made at the Istanbul Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, held 6-7 April 2009, as grassroots advocates joined forces with heads of state and high-ranking religious and cultural leaders.
Haiti: Ban challenges donors, investors to create 100,000 jobs
14 April 2009 -Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on donor nations, investors and other “friends of Haiti” to create at least 100,000 jobs in the impoverished Caribbean nation in the next two years. 

Aide: Care for the Poor Can Solve Financial Crisis
VATICAN CITY, APRIL 5, 2009 (Zenit.org).- At the conclusion of the Group of 20 summit in London, the Vatican's spokesman called for greater confidence in the poor as a way out of the international economic crisis.

G20 summit: Gordon Brown announces 'new world order'
The Prime Minister claimed to have struck a "historic" deal to end the global recession as he unveiled plans to plough more than $1 trillion into the world economy.

G20 leaders unite to save world economy
World leaders have united to inject $US1.1 trillion ($A1.58 trillion) into the global economy in an historic agreement they hope will kickstart growth and save jobs.

Put Person Before Profit, Urges Cardinal
VATICAN CITY, APRIL 1, 2009 (Zenit.org).- There's no doubt that the current global economic crisis is due in part to business practices that put profit before the person, says Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

UNIDO Industrial Development Report 2009
Breaking In and Moving Up: New Industrial Challenges for the Bottom Billion and the Middle-Income Countries

Pope to Africa: Be Agents of Your Own Development
LUANDA, Angola, MARCH 20, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is encouraging the peoples of Africa to not rely simply on the help of other nations to transform their continent, but to be the "primary agents" of their own development.

Pontiff Asks World to Support Africa's Development
LUANDA, Angola, MARCH 22, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is closing his pastoral visit asking Africans to be peacemakers and bearers of hope to their neighbors, and asking other nations to support this continent's efforts. 

Four Letter Words
Talkingranges from communicating mundane facts to building meaningfulrelations with other human beings. Communicating personally with othersgenerally requires the establishment of a shared language but it seemsto me that something more is needed, such as a shared 'conversationalcontext'.

C.E.H panel series
12 March 2009
Thispanel attracted more than 76 representatives from the government,health and community sector, to discuss the dynamics of socialmarketing for culturally sensitive health issues.

Govt to slash immigration intake
March 16, 2009, 7:19 am
The federal government will slash the skilled migration program by 14 per cent, or 18,500 jobs, over the next three years.
The cuts will be coupled with deletions to the critical skills list, which specifies which jobs are open to migrants.

Racism denies fundamental right to equality, say top UN officials
21 March 2009 - Top United Nations officials have called for strengthening collective efforts to combat racism and work towards the goal of equality among all human beings, as they marked the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Iran demands change in US policy
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has demanded concretepolicy changes from the US as the price for new relations between thetwo states.

Recommendations of the MDG Africa Steering Group - launched at African Union Summit on 1 July
The MDG Africa Steering Group has identified a list of concrete opportunities to implement and scale-up interventions in support of the MDGs. The evidence surveyed by the Steering Group shows that if fully implemented the recommendations will produce verifiable development results that can serve to monitor progress and ensure the effective use of domestic and external resources.

Millennium Development Goals Report, 2008
Vatican Congress Focuses on Women and Human Rights
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 17, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is promoting an international conference calling women to give witness to a love for life, especially in the area of human rights.

Desalination just got even harder to pay for
March 10, 2009 - 1:54AM
WHEN Planning Minister Justin Madden announced approval for Victoria's $3.1 billion desalination plant in January, this newspaper said the successful bidder for a role in the public-private partnership would surely require guaranteed revenue in return for its investment. 

Undrinkable water is the next problem
February 12, 2009... Once the smoke clears, polluted dams will be a serious concern.  JOHN Brumby says he will set up a wide-ranging royal commission to examine every aspect of the terrifying bushfires that have swept Melbourne's water catchment areas, costing around 200 lives, destroying property worth around $1.5 billion, traumatising a nation and putting the impact of the financial crisis in perspective.

War on water demands visionary
March 9, 2009...City slickers lose as dam lies and political ambition erode the Murray water debate...THE real reason why the Premier of South Australia, Mike Rann, is making a constitutional challenge to free up water from Victoria may be because he will want to be seen to be doing something about this life-and-death issue for South Australia during the state election next March.

Holy See Calls for Refugee-Friendly Policies
GENEVA, Switzerland, MARCH 5, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See is urging greater international solidarity faced to the dramatic situation endured by so many refugees. This appeal was presented by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See's permanent observer at the U.N. offices in Geneva, according to a report today from Vatican Radio. 

Chief Executives Board for Coordination - CEB
"I will invest the full force of my office to galvanize international action, starting right now."

Improved infrastructure key to economic, social progress in Africa Ban
2 February 2009  Addressing an African Union (AU) summit focused on enhancement of the continents poor infrastructure, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said today that public works were the cornerstone to economic and social progress.

Ideal Village latest project by UN peacekeepers to boost Liberias food security
26 February 2009  A new 150-acre agricultural village, complete with poultry, a fish pond and school and community-based farms, is the latest initiative by Bangladeshi peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to boost food security, a crucial component to lasting peace in the West African nation.
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Industrial development offers hope for worlds poorest bottom billion, says UN
23 February 2009  Sustainable industrial development offers a ray of hope for lifting the worlds bottom billion those that live on less than $1 a day  out of poverty, according to a new report released today by the United Nations. 

UN telecom agency launches partnerships for Pacific Island countries
20 February 2009  The United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) today launched new partnerships to help 13 Pacific Island countries develop information and communications technology (ICT) in the region. 

Assembly President calls for action to bring marginalized into mainstream
10 February 2009  The President of the General Assembly today stressed the need to recognize the rights of the marginalized and boost their inclusion in local and global financial structures, during the launch at United Nations Headquarters in New York of the first-ever World Day of Social Justice.

Ban urges leaders at Davos to forge Green New Deal to fight world recession
29 January 2009  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the worlds business and other leaders to use the current economic crisis to launch a new Global Compact entailing a Green New Deal that creates jobs and fights climate change by investing in renewable energy and technological development.

Following collision of satellites, UN space office calls for preventive steps
13 February 2009 The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) today called all Member States and international organizations to fully implement measures to curb space debris following the collision of an inactive Russian satellite with an operational one from the United States.

Planted forests increasingly critical to future wood supplies, says UN agency
27 February 2009 Planted forests  which provided wood that is renewable, energy efficient and environmentally friendly  have become increasingly critical to future supplies, according to a new study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Maldives: climate change threatens right to housing, says UN expert
26 February 2009 Rising sea levels and coastal erosion, both wrought by climate change, threaten the viability of Maldives, but overcrowding and other impacts are already felt by the island nations 300,000 people, a United Nations independent expert cautioned today.

International Polar Year spurs critical research on global warming UN agency
25 February 2009 Research produced during the International Polar Year 2007-2008 shows clearly that the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctic are losing mass, providing a critical boost to knowledge of global warming, the United Nations climate agency said today.

Tony Blair Faith Foundation first Annual Report
Because of the timing of the financial audit, our annual report is published some time after the year whose work we're reporting on. Nothing unique in that. But for those of us involved in an organisation that was then starting up but now taking off rapidly, the publication of the annual report seems even more an exercise in historical reconstruction. The events and processes it describes seem particularly distant, almost the stone age of our development as an organisation, describing a time long since past against the background of our contemporary work taking off.

Speech by Tony Blair at the 'New world, new capitalism' conference
This is an immensely timely conference. I congratulate President Sarkozy and my good friend Eric Besson for organising it. I am delighted to see Chancellor Merkel with us. They are of course former colleagues of mine. They are still in Government. I am now in the fortunate position of being able to offer them brilliant insights and wise advice without the responsibility of carrying them out. It is a luxury I can commend but not too soon for either of them.
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Tony Blair and President Kagame meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos
President Paul Kagame and Tony Blair met in Davos to review the ongoing capacity development project in Rwanda, led by the Office of Tony Blair.
The two leaders concluded that the project continued to progress well. The work provided a valuable model, much of which could be applied to the broader question of public sector reform in Rwanda, in keeping with the principle and practice of transferring skills to Rwandans.
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Holy See Welcomes UN Promotion of Solidarity
NEW YORK, FEB. 5, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See is welcoming a United Nations proposal that offers subsidiarity and solidarity as paths to foster social integration. Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, affirmed this today in an address to the U.N. Economic and Social Council. "Social cohesion, as an expression of social justice, is overall a condition that must be assured to all persons by reason of their lofty dignity," the prelate said. "Beyond that it is also an indispensable condition to meet the global crises that confront humanity today."
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Time for a new world order: PM
KEVIN RUDD has denounced the unfettered capitalism of the past three decades and called for a new era of "social capitalism" in which government intervention and regulation feature heavily. In an essay to be published next week, the Prime Minister is scathing of the neo-liberals who began refashioning the market system in the 1970s, and ultimately brought about the global financial crisis.
"The time has come, off the back of the current crisis, to proclaim that the great neo-liberal experiment of the past 30 years has failed, that the emperor has no clothes," he writes of those who placed their faith in the corrective powers of the market.
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Recession Calls for New Balance, Says Pontiff
VATICAN CITY, FEB. 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The economic crisis requires a new relationship between labor and capital and between the common good and the market, says Benedict XVI.  The Pope affirmed this Saturday when he received in audience members of the Confederazione Italiana Sindacati Lavoratori (Syndicated Italian Confederation of Workers) on the 60th anniversary of the group's foundation.  "The great challenge and opportunity that the worrying economic crisis of the moment invites [us] to know how to take advantage of, consists in finding a new synthesis between the common good and the market, between capital and labor," he said.
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From Discussion to Action
World leaders, policymakers, and financiers will gather this week in Davos to discuss how to overcome the worst global economic crisis in over 80 years. The theme for the session - "Shaping the post-crisis world". It is certain that the discussion and analysis will be rich. What is less certain is how much of this will be translated into action. I am not referring to short term fiscal and monetary policy, but to the longer term, more profound shift that is needed in the ideal of global governance.

Ban arrives in Switzerland to press leaders for urgent action on global crises
28 January 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Switzerland today to attend the World Economic Forum in the Alps town of Davos, where is he expected to call for a new chapter in private sector participation in addresses critical issues such as climate change, water scarcity and the global financial crisis.  While in Davos, he will hold bilateral meetings with world leaders and top business executives and is scheduled to hold a press conference on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the internationally agreed upon targets to eradicate poverty and other social ills by the target date of 2015, as well as participate in a special session on Gaza.

Corporate law firms join UN-led initiative on business and human rights
28 January 2009 - Fifteen leading legal firms from around the world will participate in a United Nations-led effort to assess how well national corporate law principles and practices foster a company culture that is respectful of human rights.
"This is extraordinarily important work," said John Ruggie, the Secretary-General-s Special Representative on business and human rights.

Enforcer of conformity: our own brains
Although a grammatically challenged advertisement exhorts us to -think different,- most of us tend to look to group opinion to guide our own ideas and actions. This tendency is called conformity. Now, scientists say they have found the brain activity underlying this sort of herd mentality.

Benedict XVI: Children Have Right to Security, Continues Plea for End to Gaza Conflict
VATICAN CITY, JAN. 6, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI appealed for the protection of children, especially those "denied a serene childhood," on a feast day that in many countries is a celebration the youngest members of society.  The Pope made his appeal today after praying the Angelus together with thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square. The Pontiff made a special request to armed groups in Congo to release children captured as soldiers.

Key to fighting world poverty: toilets, report says 
Simply installing toilets where needed throughout the world and ensuring safe water supplies would do more to end crippling poverty and improve world health than any other possible measure, according to a new report.  The analysis released Oct. 19 by the Tokyo-based United Nations University....

Dip in brainpower may follow drop in real power 
Modern, open and democratic societies are supposed to reward brains and hard work with success-at least somewhat fairly.
But what failure erodes brainpower, creating a vicious loop in which success slips inexorably further away for an unlucky group that started out worse off? A group of researchers claims their findings suggest this is exactly what happens, so rosy views on the benefits of advanced societies must be reappraised as simplistic.

Poverty may reduce kids' brain function
In alarming research results that they describe as a -wake-up call,-psychologists have found poorer children tend to suffer from reduced brain activity. -The stressful and relatively impoverished environment associated with low socioeconomic status- may be responsible,

Race does not Hold an Endowment for the true Meaning of a Family.  
Know yourself for who you are not by your skin color.  So, you-ve broken away from the standard norm. Some of those who consider themselves on the straight and narrow path want to point stupidly at you with your significant other or just openly bash your lifestyle in public. You say to yourself, -Who do they think they are?...

The Value of the Individual - Gift of Yshua Jesus
The Old World method of measuring human value was, and still is, by the group. Whether tribe, clan, city-state, color, ethnic, or gender, the Old World, ancient and modern, measures human value by the plural-unit.Individuals had no value of themselves but only as they were...
Build a new world, Pope tells pilgrims
PopeBenedict XVI urged 350,000 young pilgrims to become prophets of a newage bringing renewed faith to a spiritually barren world.  The Popesringing challenge echoed over a vast sea of Catholics packing SydneysRoyal Randwick Racecourse at the concluding mass of week-long WorldYouth Day (WYD) celebrations...

Citizen co-operation
Wecannot rely on politicians to protect our planet, or to build a bettersociety. We need large numbers of confident and co-operative people toput pressure on politicians to make the correct decisions. Suchactivists can build mature organisations with the resilience needed towin long-term struggles.  We can all help, by giving time or money tocampaigns to protect...

Citizen Power
Wedesperately need more people to help build a more co-operativesociety.To do so we must reclaim politics from the spin-doctors andcorporate backers, and move it above the sterile battle for thefloating voter.The desire for secure communities should be harnessed inorder to moderate individualism and restore social cohesion...

The Role Of Public Schools In Developing Good Citizens
Unfortunately,there are those who talk of our educational systems as producing aproduct, as if somehow our elementary and secondary school system is amanufacturing plant with some sort of production line putting outindividuals who are capable of taking their place in society. Qualityis measured in terms of academic proficiency which supposedlytranslates...

What Kind of Citizen?
The Politics of Educating For Democracy
Thenotion of democracy occupies a privileged place in oursociety. Everyone believes democracy is desirable.  Indeed,educators,policymakers, politicians, and community activists alikepursue dozens of agendas for change under the banner of furtheringdemocracy.  The nature of  their underlying beliefs, however, differ...