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Featured post The United Nations Information Centre in Canberra is the formal UN presence in Australia and the principle local source of information about the United Nations system in the South Pacific region. We are looking for a Public Information Assistant with preferred minimum 6 years experience in communications and public outreach. Continue reading The report shows that while important gains have been made in the region’s response, the pace of progress is too slow and significant challenges remain. UN - United Nations
The Millennium Development Goals are a UN initiative. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration. All 189 United Nations member states at the time (there are 193 currently) and at least 23 international organizations committed to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, the goals follow: Each goal has specific targets and dates for achieving those targets. To accelerate progress, the G8 Finance Ministers agreed in June 2005 to provide enough funds to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) to cancel $40 to $55 billion in debt owed by members of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) to allow them to redirect resources to programs for improving health and education and for alleviating poverty. Millennium Development Goals
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. The UN is also working with governments, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with an ambitious post-2015 development agenda. From this site, explore the efforts of the UN and its partners for building a better world. ... more
The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organisation established on 24 October 1945 to promote international cooperation. A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organisation was created following World War II to prevent another such conflict. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. The UN Headquarters resides in international territory in New York City, with further main offices in Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna.
Kofi Annan's final speech Kofi Annan has delivered his final speech as United Nations Secretary General at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence, Missouri. The following is the text of the speech; subheadings inserted by the BBC. Thank you, Senator [Hagel] for that wonderful introduction. It is a great honour to be introduced by such a distinguished legislator.
Food and Agriculture Organization The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (French: Organisation des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture, Italian: Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite per l'Alimentazione e l'Agricoltura) is an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, and helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices, ensuring good nutrition and food security for all. Its Latin motto, fiat panis, translates into English as "let there be bread". As of 8 August 2013[update], FAO has 194 member states, along with the European Union (a "member organization"), and the Faroe Islands and Tokelau, which are associate members.
La División de Estadística de la FAO ha lanzado una nueva versión de FAOSTAT, que forma parte de la misión de la organización para mejorar la recopilación y la difusión de datos, para el desarrollo y la lucha contra el hambre y la desnutrición. La nueva plataforma sigue ofreciendo un acceso libre y una forma sencilla de acceder a los datos para 245 países y 35 áreas regionales, desde 1961 hasta el año más reciente disponible. Las características mejoradas incluyen la navegación y el análisis de datos, la descarga de datos interactiva avanzada, y el intercambio de datos mejorados a través de servicios web. Se podrá acceder a ambas versiones en los próximos meses.
The World Bank is a United Nations international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs. The World Bank is a component of the World Bank Group, and a member of the United Nations Development Group. Composition
About the IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization that was initiated in 1944 at the Bretton Woods Conference and formally created in 1945 by 29 member countries. The IMF's stated goal was to assist in the reconstruction of the world's international payment system post–World War II. Countries contribute money to a pool through a quota system from which countries with payment imbalances can borrow funds temporarily.
An intergovernmental organization (or international governmental organization; IGO) is an organization composed primarily of sovereign states (referred to as member states), or of other intergovernmental organizations. Intergovernmental organizations are often called international organizations, although that term may also include international nongovernmental organization such as international nonprofit organizations or multinational corporations. Intergovernmental organizations are an important aspect of public international law. Intergovernmental organization
ASEANWEB - Accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia by China Guidelines on the Use of the ASEAN Anthem 1. The ASEAN Anthem is an expression of ASEAN unity. It also strengthens the sense of ASEAN identity and belonging among the peoples of the region.
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Civil society The term civil society has a range of meanings in contemporary usage. It is sometimes considered to include the family and the private sphere, and referred to as the "third sector" of society, distinct from government and business. Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon defines civil society as 1) the aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and will of citizens or 2) individuals and organizations in a society which are independent of the government. Sometimes the term is used in the more general sense of "the elements such as freedom of speech, an independent judiciary, etc, that make up a democratic society" (Collins English Dictionary). Volunteering is often considered a defining characteristic of the organizations that constitute civil society, which in turn are often called NGOs, or NPOs.
Creation of a simple matrix with 4 entries: North or South actors, actors of the public sphere (State) and the private sphere (Market and civil society). These 4 elements can also be divided into subelements. The public sphere can be broken down into the regional, local and national levels. Once the actors are defined and located in one of the 4 sectors of the image, one can define the relations between them, drawing up lines of different thickness according to the strength of the link as well as of different colours to illustrate the different types of relationships (financial, political, opposite actors). Mapping: Creation of graphic matrices - CiSocH
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