Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 316

Posts Tagged ‘crises’

2015 a ‘Once in a Generation Opportunity’ for Sustainable Development

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 gennaio 2015

Onu palaceNew York. The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today that while there is tremendous volatility and turmoil around the world, this year presented a unique opportunity to eradicate poverty and agree on a path for sustainable development.“At UNDP, we see 2015 as a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda,” said Helen Clark at the opening session of UNDP’s Executive Board meeting in New York. “The Millennium Development Goals are set to expire at the end of this year and UN Member States will meet in September to agree on the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities for the next 15 years.”She also cited other events this year that would be critical to global development: the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March, in Sendai, Japan; the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development in July in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and the UN climate change conference in Paris, France, in December.“The combined outcomes of these major processes are a once in a generation opportunity to set a transformational global agenda for sustainable development,” she said.In her statement she also outlined UNDP’s work in response to current crises around the world such as the refugee crisis in countries neighboring Syria, and the crises in Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ukraine, and many others.“Through our work on early recovery we aim to support countries to move from the relief phase to recovery as quickly as possible,” she said. She also discussed UNDP’s implementation of its new Strategic Plan and its ongoing reforms to make the organization more effective and efficient.She also welcomed Fernando Carrera, Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the UN, on his election as President of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board and thanked outgoing President Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations.”This is an exceptional time for the development community”, said Carrera, “The months leading up to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals offer a unique opportunity for all of us to shape a global agenda for the next generation that will ensure a reduction of poverty and inequality for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.” “Likewise, in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, this year is equally crucial for the international community’s combined efforts to counter the effects of climate change.” “The Executive Board will continue to oversee and support UNDP in the coming year, in particular in the Organization’s ongoing efforts to strengthen oversight and accountability amongst partners and donors.” Concluding her remarks, Clark said: “UNDP is fully committed to playing its part in making 2015 a launch pad for stepped up efforts to advance human, sustainable, and resilient development for all countries and peoples. We look forward to working with the Board to this end, and thank you once again for your support for our work.”

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International crises

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 luglio 2010

New York. The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Media Program launches a new version of Global Expert Finder (www.globalexpertfinder.org), an online resource of experts and opinion leaders providing quick reactions and accurate analysis to journalists worldwide on political, religious and cultural issues and crises and their long-term impact. Global Expert Finder (GEF) supports the work of journalists, editors and producers, particularly but not exclusively, in times of cross-cultural crises. Through the support of a dedicated team at the UN Alliance, it enables experienced commentators to give interviews, provide quotes, and share their views with media professionals when an event breaks out, helping to create greater understanding of potentially polarizing issues. GEF encourages a broad diversity of experts and opinion leaders to share their perspectives and introduce a “third voice” in divisive debates. “Global Expert Finder fills an important gap for journalists providing high caliber experts on hot topics” said Riz Khan, Al Jazeera English Presenter. According to Frances Negron Muntaner, award-winning Latin American filmmaker and director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University, “Global Expert Finder has been very helpful as I can quickly engage with journalists and the broader public on pressing issues, offering perspectives that are generally unavailable in the mainstream press.”GEF is supported by a network of partners, including the European Commission, the Anna Lindh Foundation, the International Center for Journalists, Search for Common Ground, the Global Forum for Media Development, as well as think tanks and media organizations worldwide.
The UNAOC mobilizes concerted action toward reaffirming a paradigm of mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious backgrounds. It aims to bridge the world’s divides and to build trust and understanding across cultures and communities worldwide. Established in 2005 as a UN initiative, the Alliance emerged out of a conviction that, in order to achieve sustainable peace, long-standing divisions between cultures need to be addressed. In April 2007, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, as High-Representative for the Alliance. Under his leadership, the Alliance embarked on an extensive program of work which includes a range of practical initiatives and projects.

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Time running out for Niger as food crisis threatens

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 aprile 2010

Caritas says the food crisis in Niger and other parts of the Western Sahel needs to be tackled urgently before the beginning of the rainy season makes aid delivery impossible in remote regions.  The situation in Niger is particularly worrying but the whole Western Sahel is affected. Millions are put at risk as a result of last year’s droughts and the long-term effects of previous food crises.  Over 800,000 children under the age of five in Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, northern Nigeria and Chad are classified as needing treatment for severe malnutrition.  “The crisis has been underestimated in Niger. Food insecurity was a taboo subject under the former government, overthrown in a coup on 18 February.  It was not until the media and international associations put pressure on the government to conduct a survey on this issue that we got a clearer picture of the emergency’s scope,” said Raymond Yoro, Secretary General of Caritas Niger (CADEV Niger).  Some 7.8 million people, or nearly 60 percent of Niger’s population, are running out of food according to the national survey conducted by Niger’s government in December.  Caritas is preparing to launch an appeal to provide emergency food aid to the most vulnerable in Niger. It has projected to deliver food aid to almost 250,000 households in 327 villages.  Aid will be provided through free cereal distributions and cash-for-work activities, with a special focus on children and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.

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The new WCC General Secretary

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 agosto 2009

The CPCE congratulates Pastor Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit on his election as General Secretary of the World Council of Churches. World-wide crises call for a clear common voice of the churches, commented CPCE General Secretary Michael Bünker. The General Secretary of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE), Bishop Dr Michael Bünker, congratulates the new General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Pastor Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit (Oslo), on his election today by the Central Committee of the world-wide church council. From 1994 to 2001 Olav Fykse Tveit was a member of the CPCE Executive Committee (now Council), from 2001 to 2006 he served as deputy member.  Bünker reacted “with great delight” to the election of Tveit to “this important and demanding office”. The latest world-wide crises called for a clear common voice of the church to give orientation. Bünker continued: “We wish with all our hearts that your work for the World Council will bring this vision nearer. Ecumenical conversation is very familiar to you, so you know very well the scope for possible developments.” Bünker went on to say that for 35 years the CPCE had experienced a reconciled diversity of churches of very different traditions. “Even if the framework of tradition in the WCC is spread much wider, we maintain the hope that the churches can also find world-wide a reconciled fellowship in their existing diversity.”  For its coming meeting from 2-4 October 2009 the CPCE Council will be in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva and at this time will also be engaged in exchanges with the organizations based there.

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