Archive for March, 2013

Potential nuclear attack ‘devastating and catastrophic’, says senior UN humanitarian official

5th March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – Senior humanitarian aid workers, United Nations organizations and civil society members are meeting today in Norway to discuss what the international humanitarian community can realistically do to prepare for and to respond to the humanitarian impact of a nuclear weapon detonation. (more…)

UN women’s commission begins annual session with call to stop gender-based violence

5th March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The United Nations commission focusing on women today kicked off its annual session with a call to eliminate violence against women and girls, a global scourge that affects millions around the world. (more…)

Empowering women is shortcut to tackling hunger – UN expert on right to food

4th March 2013 Uncategorized

GENEVA  – “Sharing power with women is a shortcut to reducing hunger and malnutrition, and is the single most effective step to realizing the right to food,” said the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, while urging world governments to adopt transformative food security strategies that address cultural constraints and redistribute roles between women and men.  (more…)

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Guinea / Déclaration attribuable au porte-parole du Secrétaire général sur la Guinée

4th March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The Secretary-General is concerned about reports of ongoing violent clashes in Guinea, which started in Conakry on Thursday. (more…)

Kenyan elections must be free of sexual violence, UN official stresses ahead of polls

4th March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – As Kenya prepares to go to the polls on Monday, a senior United Nations official has called on authorities to ensure the protection of civilians, especially women and girls, recalling that thousands of cases of rape and other forms of sexual assault were documented during the violence that followed the 2007 elections. (more…)