Secretary-General’s Message for International Week of Science and Peace, 11 – 17 November 2013

The observance of the International Week of Science and Peace was proclaimed 25 years ago by the United Nations General Assembly. Science and technology have crucial roles to play in promoting progress and peace – from climate change to public health; from food security to sanitation; from disarmament to disaster preparedness. Yet too often policy-makers are not aware of the solutions that modern science and technology can bring to today's challenges. And too much of the world remains cut off from scientific advances. One key challenge is to promote “pro-poor” research that addresses the needs…Read more

Creating gender equity: Lessons from Iceland

The sexually liberal country has not only criminalised the purchase of sex, but has also banned strip clubs. Last Modified: 02 Apr 2013 11:25 When Iceland announced they were considering a ban on hardcore pornography online, Americans, for the most part, responded as though it were a (potentially) regressive move. But with Iceland's current track record of prioritising equality, perhaps it is Americans who should be taking a cue from the progressive country. Since the economic crash in 2008, the country has turned itself around in more ways than one. Iceland ranked first…Read more

Gender directive has ‘limited impact’ on advisers’ business

Insurer says while it is positive news that the gender directive had little impact, there are still too many people without protection cover.   The gender directive had limited impact on advisers’ protection business with fewer than a third of adviser respondents stating the regulation made their customers review their protection needs, research from Zurich revealed. The gender directive came into force on 21 December 2011 and meant insurers cannot charge different rates for men and women. There has since been concern that gender neutral pricing will increase the cost of annuities for…Read more