A selection of UN TV programmes, webcasts and video clips on issues in the news

Thursday, 2 January 2014

2013 Year in Review

Looking back at major events of 2013, Symposiums, Conferences, Meetings, International years, International Days, International Weeks, International Decades.

  1. Public The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.

  2. Public On 5 December, people around the world will celebrate IVD with rallies, parades, volunteer fairs, group clean ups, blood donations, conferences, exhibitions, fundraising, workshops and volunteer recognition events.

  3. Public "Corruption is a barrier to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and needs to be taken into account in defining and implementing a robust post-2015 development agenda. "Ban Ki-moon Message for International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December 2013 -

  4. Public Mountains are an important source of water, energy and biological diversity. They are susceptible to accelerated soil erosion, landslides and rapid loss of habitat and genetic diversity.

  5. Public The United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women raises public awareness of violence against women in all countries around the world and at all levels of society. It is observed each year on November 25.

  6. Public We're sad to report that the iconic world leader Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. He has been portrayed in several films including 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', 'Mandela and de Klerk',' 'Invictus', and 'Winnie'. Rest in peace, Mr. Mandela.

  7. Public Soil science is the study of soil as a natural resource on the surface of the earth including soil formation, classification and mapping; physical, chemical, biological, and fertility properties of soils; and these properties in relation to the use and management of soils.

  8. Public United Nations Enable provides information on the work of the United Nations to support the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in social life and development; to advance the rights and protect the dignity of persons with disabilities and; to promote equal access to employment, education, information, goods and services.

  9. Public Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by billions of people around the world. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.

  10. Public The role of crystallography in the modern world and the significance of the International Year of Crystallography.

  11. Public The United Nations launched the 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) to stress the vast potential family farmers have to eradicate hunger and preserve natural resources.

  12. Public This day is observed in many countries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations through the dissemination of information on human rights and fundamental political freedoms of migrants, and through sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure the protection of migrants.

  13. Public  On December 17, 1996, UN General Assembly proclaimed November 21 as World Television Day to commemorate the date on which the first World Television Forum was held earlier that year. The UN invited all member states to observe the day by encouraging global exchanges of television programs focusing, among other things, on issues such as peace, security, economic and social development and cultural change enhancements.

  14. Public Welcome address by Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania. - The Internal Energy Market and its infrastructure needs", - Panel I "Projects of Common Interest -- from identification to implementation", - Panel IIA "Regional challenges towards 2020 -- Electricity" - Panel IIB "Regional challenges towards 2020 -- Gas" - Panel III "Financing energy networks"

  15. Public Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap. It takes place on October 15 of each year.

  16. Public The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the UN General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Fighting poverty remains at the core of the UN development agenda. At the Millennium Summit, world leaders committed themselves to cutting in half, by the year 2015, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty, on less than $1.25 a day.  

  17. Public World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme. The World Food Day theme for 2013 is "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition"

  18. Public World Post Day is celebrated on 9 October and marks the founding of the Universal Postal Union in 1874. Every year, more than 150 countries mark the day in a variety of ways. Many Posts use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services. Open days are held as are flag-raising ceremonies. Some Posts also use World Post Day to reward their employees for good service. For countries participating in the UPU International Letter-writing Competition for children, national winners are often honoured on 9 October.

  19. Public World Space Week 2013 theme: "Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth". World Space Week is an international annual celebration of space science and technology, observed during the week of 4-10 October. The commencing and concluding dates of world space week commemmorate two important dates in space history.

  20. Public Teachers develop learners' abilities to build a sustainable future with citizens who are able to take action in their own communities and contribute to global challenges.

  21. Public World Heart Day was launched in order to enlighten everyone around the globe about what causes heart disease and how to prevent it. The World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the World Heart Federation works hand in hand to disseminate news and information about preventing CVDs, or if not, control the main risk factors that greatly contribute to mortality by heart disease, at the very least.

  22. Public Freshwater Focus - 2013 World Rivers Day - The International RiverFoundation promotes the sustainable management of the world's rivers, lakes and wetlands to improve the health of these precious

  23. Public Marking observance of the International Day of Peace, the United Nations on Wednesday urged nations to invest in education that Encouraging children to embrace global citizenship based on values of tolerance and diversity. The theme of this year's observance is: 'Education for Peace.' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rang the Peace Bell in New York, ahead of the official observance of the Day, which falls on Saturday, Sept 21. 

  24. Public Find the pathways that energy can take as it is transferred from place to place and converted from form to form. Other shows powering the future Workshops : Science in Focus : Energy discoveries tracing the path. 

  25. Public THE GLOBAL COMPACT / UN CEO Water Mandate - 11th Muti-Skeholder Working conference Corporate Water Stewardship and the Post-2015 development Agenda. March 5-7,2013 Mumbai India

  26. Public The Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (also known as the G-20, G20, and Group of Twenty) is a group of finance ministers and central bank governors from 20 major economies: 19 countries plus the European Union, which is represented by the President of the European Council and by the European Central Bank.  Russia currently holds the chair of the G-20, and will host the eighth G-20 summit in September 2013. The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published following the G20 Summit.

  27. Public For over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning. ----- Milestones ------ Starting from 2003, when UNESCO took the lead of the the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012), and going back to 1946, when UNESCO first established a committee to promote 'Fundamental Education', review the major milestones on the road to Literacy for All. 

  28. Public "Water Cooperation - Building Partnerships" World Water Week 2013 in Stockholm September 1st to September 6, This year the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden will address the theme "Water Cooperation - Building Partnerships" in reflection of the World Water Day and the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013.

  29. Public Today, the Comprehensive Nuclear--Test--Ban Treaty enjoys nearly worldwide support for its goal of a verifiable, permanent, global ban on all types of nuclear explosive tests. Yet eight of the 44 nuclear--capable States which must ratify the CTBT for it to enter into force have yet to do so. The importance of bringing the CTBT into force cannot be overemphasized.

  30. Public The World Trade Report looks at how the international trade landscape may evolve in the future.

  31. Public "Delivering Growth, Strengthening Societies", regional and global leaders discussed the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead to achieve the region's full potential. Issues to be discussed: - How can the region harness its dynamism and promote strong partnerships to consolidate the modernization of its economies and institutions? - What innovations will contribute to create an inclusive society and to ensure adequate responses to the demands of the next generation? - How can the region build resilience and continue on its path towards sustainable development?

  32. Public The World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa convened over 1,000 leaders at the Dead Sea, Jordan, to take a practical look at what policies and business strategies can support the aspirations of the region's economies, while at the same catalysing the dialogue necessary to overcome long-standing fault lines and facilitate a truly multistakeholder partnership for the future. - How can the new governments in North Africa respond to public expectations while managing sustainable economic transitions? - What regional mechanisms need to be in place to safeguard the prosperity of economies facing resource scarcity and rapid population growth? - What are the implications of the situation in Syria for inter-faith and inter-communal relations in the Middle East and North Africa? - What are the proven best practices for creating the conditions for youth-driven entrepreneurial growth?

  33. Public In this regard, the meeting provided value not only to participants from the ASEAN region, but also to those who see in the ASEAN countries an important evolving geopolitical and geo-economic pillar of the global economy. - How will Myanmar balance rapid social, economic and political reforms while ensuring equitable and sustainable growth, employment creation and resource security? - How will ASEAN manage its inherent internal diversity against its strategic bilateral relationships with key partners such as China, India and the USA? - How will government and institutions develop the financial policies to manage inflation, capital outflows and rebalance growth towards greater domestic and regional demand? - How will ASEAN's emerging and fast-growing economies such as Cambodia, Laos and - Myanmar become better connected to the region through improved infrastructure? - How will ASEAN unify its efforts to strengthen risk resilience?

  34. Public Under the theme "Delivering on Africa's Promise", the 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa, taking place 8-10 May 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, will provide an important platform for regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to deepen the continent's integration agenda and renew commitment to a sustainable path of growth and development by addressing the following themes: - Accelerating Economic Diversification - Boosting Strategic Infrastructure - Unlocking Africa's Talent

  35. Public By resolution 49/214 of 23 December 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World's Indigenous People shall be observed on 9 August every year during the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

  36. Public - Panel 1: Building Peaceful Societies in a post-2015 world (PART A) The High Level Symposium entitled "Conflict Sensitive Education: Why and How" was co-organized by UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), INEE and its Working Group on Education and Fragility on 8 April 2013, at UNESCO in Paris, France.

  37. Public World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world. Each year, aid workers and their organizations support tens of millions of people who have been affected by war, disaster or the crises that flow from poverty, inequality and underdevelopment. -

  38. Public The challenge of Thinking the NEXUS is central to the Green Economy, to the themes of Rio+20 and the consideration of sustainability development goals.

  39. Public The specific contaminants leading to pollution in water include a wide spectrum of chemicals, pathogens, and physical or sensory changes such as elevated temperature and discoloration. While many of the chemicals and substances that are regulated may be naturally occurring (calcium, sodium, iron, manganese, etc.) the concentration is often the key in determining what is a natural component of water, and what is a contaminant. High concentrations of naturally occurring substances can have negative impacts on aquatic flora and fauna.

  40. Public YALE UNIVERSITY : What is Human emotion?

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