UNAIDS report: Together we will end AIDS
Entitled Together we will end AIDS, the new UNAIDS report contains the latest data on numbers of new HIV infections, numbers of people receiving antiretroviral treatment, AIDS-related deaths and HIV among children. It highlights new scientific opportunities and social progress which are bringing the world closer to UNAIDS vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
9 August - International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
On 9 August, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples will shine a spotlight on indigenous media – television, radio, film, and social media – and their role in helping to preserve indigenous peoples’ cultures, challenge stereotypes, and influence the social and political agenda.
“Let us use the media – indigenous and non-indigenous, and especially new outlets – to create bridges and establish a truly intercultural world, where diversity is celebrated; a world where different cultures not only coexist but value each other for their contributions and potential,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the day.
The event will feature remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Grand Chief Edward John, Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – followed by a panel discussion with representatives of
About the International Day
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is commemorated annually on 9 August, in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations, held in Geneva in 1982. The International Day was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994.
For more information on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples are available through the following websites:
IAEA At Rio+20: Nuclear Technology for a Sustainable Future
Nuclear Technology for a Sustainable Future (2012)
Nuclear technologies are used daily to find and protect sustainable sources of fresh water, produce energy and food, while providing researchers the tools to study the ocean’s past and predict its future. The IAEA helps its Member States safely employ these technologies to ensure peace, health and prosperity throughout the world.
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The State of Arab Cities 2012: Challenges of Urban Transition
The Arab world has played a very important role in the history of urbanization. It is the region where urban civilization was born and where urban matters have been addressed for centuries. The Arab urban civilization, as it has evolved over the past millennium, has generated some of the most beautiful cities in the world. This publication is the first ever to comprehensively analyze urbanization processes in the Arab States through the review of its four sub-regions: the Maghreb, the Mashreq, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the least-developed Arab countries of the Southern Tier.
Integrated Implementation Framework Website: tracking support for MDGs
The Secretary-General will launch today the website of the Integrated Implementation Framework (IIF): “Tracking Support for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)” at an informal meeting of the General Assembly. The site will provide searchable information of the progress on commitments made at international forums and elsewhere towards the achievement of the MDGs. Colleagues from DESA and OICT designed the website and populated it with information from the entire UN System, OECD and elsewhere.
As a follow-up to the High-Level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in 2010 and as announced by the Secretary-General at the G20 Leaders’ Session on Development in November 2010, the Secretary-General proposed an initiative to better track the commitments made in support of the MDGs. The IIF, a web-based tool, was endorsed by the United Nations System Chief Executive’s Board (CEB). It will serve as a one-stop resource for policymakers, academics, researchers and civil society interested in what governments and the international community have done and are doing in support of the achievement of the MDGs by 2015. With less than three years left before the target year, the site will provide a reality check for all those involved and will hopefully assist in identifying remaining gaps.
*Taken from iSeek, Wednesday, 6 June 2012, New York
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - 11th session
The 11th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in New York from 7-18 May 2012. The special theme for the year is: “The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)”.
*UN Photo #43447: Opening of the 9th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues