UNITED NATIONS MESSENGERS OF PEACE

The United Nations Messengers of Peace are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, music and sports, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations. Backed by the highest honour bestowed by the Secretary-General on a global citizen for an initial period of two years, these prominent personalities volunteer their time, talent and passion to raise awareness of United Nations’ efforts to improve the lives of billions of people everywhere. The Messengers of Peace, through their public appearances, contacts with the international media…Read more

Muslim Brotherhood backlash against UN declaration on women rights

UN's call to end violence against women would lead to disintegration of Muslim society, says Egypt's ruling party Egyptian women in an anti-Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo. The Brotherhood condemned the UN's declaration for women's rights. Photograph: Amr Nabil/AP . Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have claimed that a UN declaration calling for an end to violence against women will lead to the "complete disintegration of society". Delegates at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York have spent the last fortnight debating the wording of a declaration that would condemn…Read more

Women welcomess Agreed Conclusions at the Commission on Status of Women

At the conclusion of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women welcomes the outcome of the meeting. The Agreed Conclusions are a testimony to the commitment of Member States to do the right thing, to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. In the last two weeks during the meeting in New York, and in the lead-up to this session, we witnessed global engagement and mobilization, high-profile advocacy by civil society, and determined leadership by many Member States. Expectations of the world’s women and girls were…Read more

UN peacekeepers exit East Timor

The UN has ended its 13 year mission after aiding East Timor's independence from Indonesia's 24-year occupation. The United Nations has ended its peacekeeping mission in East Timor after 13 years of providing the country direct security assistance. A final batch of UN troops and logistics staff left the South-east Asian country, officially known as Timor Leste, late December 2012. "Timor-Leste has now reached a stage in its development, politically and developmentally, where it can in fact stand on its own feet," said  Finn Reske-Nielsen, Head of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste.…Read more