DESA news: Committee to decide on large number of NGO applications

INTERVIEW with Ms. Maria Paola Azzario Chiesa, Responsible for the Program Ipazia-UNESCO for the Mediterranean and the Balkans.

DESA News: Upcoming Events 2012!

DESA NGO News: Upcoming Events!

2011: International Year of Chemistry (IYC)

The year 2011 will coincide with two important anniversaries in chemistry world: the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Madame Marie Curie and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies.

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, 2014-03-13
58 CSW Meeting with the Under-Secretary Bellanova

March 12th, UN Headquarters, New York: the International Mediterranean Women's Forum and the other NGOs attending the 58 Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York meet the Under-Secretary Teresa Bellanova at the Italian delegation head office at UN.

The need to collaborate with the civil society to reach the Millennium Development Goals is reaffirmed.

The International Mediterranean Women's Forum officially invites the Under-Secretary to the Congress “Global ethics and equal opportunities: The women rate to development of Europe and Mediterranean”, which will take place in Turin in September 2014.

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, 2013-05-02
12th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 12th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will take place on 20-31 May. The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN has interviewed Ms. Tonya Gonnella Frichner. She is the President and Founder of the American Indian Law Alliance and she began to protect the rights of indigenous people worldwide in 1987, after she finished law school.

Ms. Gonnella Frichner highlighted the “nation-to-nation” relationship between European settlers and indigenous people during the Colonial period. In 1977 indigenous people were aware of the existence of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but they did not understand why it did not apply to them.

In 2007, thanks to Ms. Gonnella Frichner, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples had been adopted after a 14-year-long process. She said that the article within the declaration protect their treaties, agreements and rights.

Ms. Gonnella Frichner has been also member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, where she was assigned "to write a preliminary study on the Doctrine of Discovery and its affect on indigenous people". This Doctrine enhanced a dominant authority over indigenous people, resulting in the violation of their human rights.

Topics like the UN Declaration, education, health and culture will be discuss during the 12th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Ms. Gonnella Frichner  has given her opinion about these items: regarding the health problem, she said that indigenous people are “the most marginalized in the world and the most vulnerable”. Concerning the education, as a human right, she affirmed that it should be available to all indigenous people and that their tradition and their languages should be included in the educational programme. Finally, she pointed out that “culture should be part of the domestic policies of governments”.

As Ms. Gonnella Frichner believes, future generations play an important role in the world, in particular indigenous youth had made very strong statements concerning the climate change and global warming. But not only indigenous youth, also girls and boys throughout the world are the hope for a future change, so they must be carefully followed in their education. She affirmed: “The world needs to be intact for them when they arrive and are here to take on the challenges of this world”.

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Women in Science and Technology in Muslim Countries

Message of Michelle Bachelet, UN Women Executive Director at the International Forum on Women in Science and Technology in Muslim Countries in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 September 2011.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to address you at the International Forum on Women in Science and Technology in Muslim Countries. Your Forum has a similar theme to this year’s International Women’s Day and the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. This year we were challenged to think critically about women and girls’ access to education, training, science and technology.

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Fifty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women - Report

The report of the fifty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is now available. It includes the agreed conclusions on access and participation of women and girls in education, training and science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work, the report of the Working Group on Communications concerning the Status of Women and the resolutions adopted by the Commission.

To view the report (in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or
Spanish), visit: 

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