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, Meetings, Symposiums, Conferences, International Days, International Decades, International Weeks, International years ...

  1. Public STANDFORD PRECOURT INSTITUTIONS FOR ENERGY : Welcome and Introduction, panel discussions, Global energy: a perspective for India, Energy Supply system, the importance of energy end-use in a sustainable energy transformation, Renewable energy, Carbon capture and storage, Energy pathway for Sustainable Development, Energy access for development, Policies for the Energy Technology Innovation System (ETIS), Policies for energy System Transformations : Objectives and Instruments, Energy supply systems, Energy and Economy, Lifestyles, well-being and energy ,Closing remarks.

  2. Public Understanding carbon capture and storage ----- The climate change challenge ----- Research has shown that the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere has increased significantly since the beginning of the industrial era. Unless we do something to reduce the amount of CO2 entering the atmosphere, the world will continue to experience the effects of climate change. -----

  3. Public Long term measures to increase energy security center on reducing dependence on any one source of imported energy, increasing the number of suppliers, exploiting native fossil fuel or renewable energy resources, and reducing overall demand through energy conservation measures. It can also involve entering into international agreements to underpin international energy trading relationships, such as the Energy Charter Treaty in Europe.

  4. Public Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013 examines progress in the development and deployment of key clean energy technologies. Each technology and sector is tracked against interim 2020 targets in the IEA 2012 Energy Technology Perspectives 2°C scenario, which lays out pathways to a sustainable energy system in 2050.

  5. Public Governments have decided collectively that the world needs to limit the average global temperature increase to no more than 2°C and international negotiations are engaged to that end. Yet any resulting agreement will not emerge before 2015 and new legal obligations will not begin before 2020. Meanwhile, despite many countries taking new actions, the world is drifting further and further from the track it needs to follow.

  6. Public ▶ Key Facts on Energy; Taxation; Key Facts on Urban, Rural and Regional development; Key Facts on Science and Technology; Trade Social Issues; Migration and Health; Environment; Agriculture and Food; Governance; Industry and Services;Finance and Investment; Employment; Development; Education; Economics; Industry and Services; Finance and Investment; Employment; Development ; Education and Economics.

  7. Public The Day of the Seafarer is a global campaign lead by the UN's maritime body. 

  8. Public International Widows Day is a global day of action that aims to raise public awareness of the plight of widows and their children around the world.The year 2013 marks the third anniversary since the 23rd June date was officially endorsed by the United Nations.

  9. Public A new multi-agency study, led by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency, was presented at the Vienna Energy Forum 2013. The Global Tracking Framework report charts the course to achieve universal energy access, double the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework.

  10. Public "Recognizing the contribution of statistics to society Worldwide " The International Year of Statistics

  11. Public 14 June is a day of celebration and thanks for the millions of people who donate blood throughout the world. Every year millions of lives are saved through the transfusion of blood and blood products. Every single donation has the potential to save three lives so 'Give the gift of life: donate blood'. 

  12. Public Refugees are often in the headlines yet the reality of their lives is frequently misunderstood. Tens of millions of people have been uprooted from their homes because of violence or persecution. People who apply for refugee status normally need to establish individually that their fear of persecution is well-founded.

  13. Public Angelina Jolie Exclusive

  14. Public Gallipoli Campaign : The Gallipoli Campaign, also known as the Dardanelles Campaign or the Battle of Gallipoli or the Battle of Çanakkale, took place on the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916, during World War I.

  15. Public One of the most dangerous things about mental health is that many people suffer in silence, unsure or unwilling to take the first step. Seeking help by talking to a friend, family member, or health professional is the first step to improving any situation. Talk to your GP or medical officer. The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service provides counselling to Australian veterans, peacekeepers and their families. It is a specialised, free and confidential Australia-wide service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you, or one of your mates is feeling down, stressed, anxious or just not right, please reach out and call the VVCS on -- 1800 011 046

  16. Public  On 29 May, UN offices, alongside Member States and non-governmental organizations, hold solemn events to honour fallen peacekeepers. At the UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General presides over a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of all peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag. In addition, the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal is awarded posthumously to the peacekeepers who have fallen while serving in the cause of peace, during the preceding year. UN Peacekeeping operations use the Day to strengthen bonds with the local populations that they have been deployed to serve.

  17. Public "INVEST TODAY IN A MORE RESILIENT PLANET" Official Statements from the 2013 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. 

  18. Public The WSIS Forum 2013 hosted by ITU is taking place at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13 to 17 May 2013. It is providing structured opportunities to network, learn and to participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation. This event builds upon the tradition of annual WSIS May meetings, and its new format is the result of open consultations with all WSIS Stakeholders. 

  19. Public The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification can be effectively tackled, that solutions are possible, and that key tools to this aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation at all levels.

  20. Public Potable Water Generator .

  21. Public The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2013 campaign team is excited to announce the release of the campaign trailer! The Trailer is inspired by this year's World Migratory Bird Day theme "Networking for migratory birds".

  22. Public  The higher density of water relative to air (water is about 800 times the density of air) means that a single generator can provide significant power at low tidal flow velocities compared with similar wind speed. Given that power varies with the density of medium and the cube of velocity, water speeds of nearly one-tenth the speed of wind provide the same power for the same size of turbine system; however this limits the application in practice to places where the tide moves at speeds of at least 2 knots (1 m/s) even close to neap tides. Furthermore, at higher speeds in a flow between 2 to 3 metres per second in seawater a tidal turbine can typically access four times as much energy per rotor swept area as a similarly rated power wind turbine.

  23. Public  Throughout the world, May 3rd now serves as an occasion to inform the public of violations of the right to freedom of expression and as a reminder that many journalists brave death or jail to bring people their daily news. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which coordinates activities each year on May 3rd, World Press Freedom Day is: · a day of action to encourage and develop initiatives in favor of the freedom of the press; · a day to assess the state of press freedom worldwide; · a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to press freedom; · a day to alert the public and to increase awareness of the importance of freedom of the press; · a day of reflection to encourage debate among media professionals on the issues of press freedom and professional ethics; · a day of remembrance for journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession; and · a day of support for media which fall victim to any measures which restrain, or seek to abolish, freedom of the press.

  24. Public April 30th, is destined to raise awareness in the international community regarding jazz's virtues as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue, and for enhanced cooperation between peoples. -

  25. Public . The congress will be organized by the Calligraphy Center in Bibliotheca Alexandria under the auspices of the International Association of Egyptologists and the Ministry of State for Antiquities, Egypt.

  26. Public Approximately half of the world's population is at risk of malaria, particularly those living in lower-income countries. It infects more than 500 million people per year and kills more than 1 million. The burden of malaria is heaviest in sub-Saharan Africa but the disease also afflicts Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and even parts of Europe.

  27. Public ADB's Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2013 estimates that regional economic growth in the Asia Pacific region will pick up to 6.6% in 2013 and reach 6.7% in 2014. This is a distinct improvement on 2012, when growth stood at just over 6%. Consumer prices are expected to rise by 4.0% in 2013 and 4.2% in 2014, up from 3.7% last year. 

  28. Public The Theme of Earth Day 2013 is "The Face of Climate Change ".

  29. Public The 13th edition was held from January 31 to February 2, 2013 under the theme 'The Global Challenge of Resource-Efficient Growth and Development'. 

  30. Public The Dubai Global Energy Forum 2013 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and will take place over three days between 15-17 April 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The Forum objective is to provide a platform for energy leaders and experts to exchange views on emerging regional and global issues related to energy policies, programs, technologies and investment opportunities.

  31. Public With the world's economies so closely connected, having an organization to help countries prevent crises and resolve them when they occur is more important than ever.

  32. Public The International Day of Human Space Flight (12 April) was declared to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for humankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.

  33. Public The Global MDG Conference (GMC) was held in Bogota, Colombia on 27 to 28 February 2013, with close to 200 participants from about 40 countries. The GMC brought together partners who have played a crucial role in turning the global MDG agenda into a force for human development at national and sub-national levels. The main objective of the conference was to maintain the momentum for accelerating progress to 2015, while taking stock of lessons learned from efforts to achieve the MDGs so as to help inform the development agenda beyond 2015.

  34. Public A healthy city is an urban area which maintains and improves the social and natural environment and enables people to support each other through developing their potential to promote health.

    1. Public Global status report on road safety 2013 serves as a baseline for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, declared by the UN General Assembly. The report presents information on road safety from 182 countries, accounting for almost 99% of the world's population. It indicates that worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths remains unacceptably high at 1.24 million per year. Made possible through funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, this is the second in a series of Global status reports. -

  35. Public The global nature of clean tech, and shares examples of countries that are embracing clean energy to promote lower-carbon economies and sustainable growth.

  36. Public The strategy is to be implemented over the next 10 years as described in The Global Plan to Stop TB, 2006--2015. The Global Plan is a comprehensive assessment of the action and resources needed to implement the Stop TB Strategy and to achieve the following targets: • Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6, Target 8: Halt and begin to reverse the incidence of TB by 2015 • Targets linked to the MDGs and endorsed by the Stop TB Partnership: • by 2005: detect at least 70% of new sputum smear-positive TB cases and cure at least 85% of these cases • by 2015: reduce TB prevalence and death rates by 50% relative to 1990 • by 2050: eliminate TB as a public health problem (1 case per million population)

  37. Public International Nowruz Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/64/253 of 2010, at the initiative of several countries that share this holiday (Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

  38. Public "Autism is not limited to a single region or a country; it is a worldwide challenge that requires global action." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

  39. Public Every year 27 March is celebrated as World Theatre Day. It was established in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute.

  40. Public The World Banana Forum (WBF) promotes the worldwide adoption of best practices for sustainable banana production and trade. It is a permanent space of assembly where the different stakeholders of the banana supply-chain seek solutions to their common challenges through enhanced dialogue and sector collaboration. The WBF has three specialized working groups which address the most urgent environmental, social and economic challenges.

  41. Public Every year on 21 March, The UNESCO celebrates the World Poetry Day.

  42. Public Launched on March 14th, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico, by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, report author Khalid Malik, and hosted by Mexican President Enrique Nieto, the Human Development Report 2013 focuses on the unprecedented rise of the developing countries of the Global South. The 2013 Human Development Report -- "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" -- examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development.

  43. Public Asia Water Week 2013 has for its overarching theme "Securing Water for All". The conference covered crosscutting topics such as climate change, water-food-energy nexus, and disaster management as well as sub-sector specific discussions, including water supply and sanitation, water resources and environment, and agriculture and irrigation.

  44. Protecting Endangered Species,Wildife and Domestic Animals around the world. 

  45. Public The Harvard Clean Energy Project (CEP) is a theory-driven search for the next generation of organic solar cell materials. CEP has established an automated, high-throughput, in silico framework to study potential candidate structures for organic photovoltaics. At this phase, we are concerned with the characterization of millions of molecular motifs using first-principles quantum chemistry (as implemented in the Q-Chem software package).

  46. Public Full Lists of Nobel Prizes All Nobel Prizes Between 1901 and 2012, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 553 times to 863 people and organizations. With some receiving the Nobel Prize more than once, this makes a total of 835 individuals and 21 organizations. Below, you can view the full list of Nobel Prizes and Nobel Laureates.

  47. Public RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW - (Connect4Climate) The World Bank Climate Group is working to inspire and catalyze leadership for a #CleanRevolution: a low carbon future that is smarter, better and more prosperous.

  48. Public The day aims to raise awareness and promotes community-based activities for ear and hearing health. WHO aims to provide technical support to the Member States for development and implementation of national plans for primary ear and hearing care through their primary health care systems. Hearing loss is the most prevalent sensory disability globally.

  49. Public The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. The Day will celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts t... 

  50. Public International Women's Day - March 8, Join the celebration.

    1. Public The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation aims to raise people's awareness of the UN's efforts to work on technical cooperation among developing countries. It also celebrates the economic, social and political developments made in recent years by regions and countries in the south. It is a time for individuals and organizations to agree on the importance of South-South cooperation, in complementing North-South cooperation, to support low-income countries in achieving development goals. 

    2. Public World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013 : * presents a post-crisis world economy still struggling with continued weakening growth of 2.2 per cent in 2012; * projects disappointing global growth of 2.4 per cent in 2013 and 3.2 per cent in 2014 in the face of major uncertainties and downside risks; * foresees a much slower pace of poverty reduction in many developing countries and narrowing fiscal space for investments in the many critical areas needed for achieving the Millennium Development Goals; * calls for more forceful and concerted policy action at the global level, identifying fiscal and employment policies, financial market stability, development assistance and green growth as key challenges.

    3. Public  WMO promotes cooperation in the establishment of networks for making meteorological, climatological, hydrological and geophysical observations, as well as the exchange, processing and standardization of related data, and assists technology transfer, training and research. 

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