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  • 01 Jan 2007
    Development strategies for food sector

    Two conferences were held in December in the Southeast of Turkey in order to discuss the development strategies in organic farming and food sector. The first one was the Şanlıurfa Organic Farming Conference, organized on 7 December, 2006, by GAP Entrepreneur Support Centre (GIDEM) within the scope of “Organic Agriculture Industry Development Project.”

  • 01 Jan 2007
    "Environment reforms must accelerate"

    Egypt, Peru, Vietnam and Mongolia are among a number of countries taking the lead in putting the environment at the heart of their plans to cut poverty by 2015, according to a new report launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). However, unless more governments take more ambitious steps to protect the natural world, overall development goals will be jeopardized, stressed the Report.

  • 01 Jan 2007
    From human rights to poverty reduction and peace

    Significant international events regarding human rights, poverty reduction and development, and global peace took place in the last month of the year, December 2006, within the United Nations system.

  • 01 Jan 2007
    AIDS continues to grow

    Latest figures show that nearly 40 million people worldwide live with AIDS today. Last year approximately three million people died of AIDS-related diseases.

  • 01 Jan 2007
    Convention on Disabled adopted

    The first human rights treaty of the 21st century, ‘Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’, was adopted by UN General Assembly on 13 December 2006.

  • 01 Jan 2007
    Nobel Peace Prize goes to microfinance

    2006 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in equal parts to Mohammed Yunus (of Bangladesh) and his Grameen Bank that extends micro-finance banking facilities to poor people, “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below”.

  • 01 Jan 2007
    'Obligation, not Charity' marks poverty practitioners' meeting

    The National Community of Practice for Poverty met on 8 December 2006, in Ankara. The community of practice is a group of loosely associated experts and managers of poverty programmes, who are networked through a Poverty E-Discussion portal, supported by the UNDP and the Social Assistance General Directorate of Turkey.

  • 18 Dec 2006
    Spain and UNDP launch new fund to advance progress towards MDGs

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Spain today launched a new fund to boost efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 18 Dec 2006
    Spain and UNDP launch new fund to advance progress towards Millenium Development Goals

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Spain today launched a new fund to boost efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation Leire Pajín and Kemal Dervis, UNDP Administrator, signed the agreement establishing the Fund at the United Nations in New York. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spain’s Prime Minister, and Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, witnessed the signing.

  • 15 Dec 2006
    Global Human Development Report 2006

    UNDP’s Global Human Development Report entitled Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis has been launched by the UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis and South African President Thabo Mbeki in Cape Town on November 9th 2006.

  • 15 Dec 2006
    Inequalities take a toll on human development

    According to the Global Human Development Report, the gap between the richest and poorest countries in the world is growing, as human development in sub-Saharan Africa stagnates and progress in other regions accelerates.

  • 15 Dec 2006
    Water costs the most for poor

    Across the world, the poor are forced to pay much more for clean water than their affluent neighbours.

  • 15 Dec 2006
    Urgent need for global action plan

    The 2006 Human Development Report calls for 20 liters of clean water a day for all people as a human right.

  • 15 Dec 2006
    Why children die?

    World sanitation crisis causes millions of avoidable deaths, and contamination from human waste is largely to blame.

  • 15 Dec 2006
    Poor farmers face double water crisis

    Poor farmers face a potentially catastrophic water crisis from the combination of climate change and competition for scarce water resources.

  • 15 Dec 2006
    Cooperation instead of water wars

    Challenging predictions that increasing competition for water will inevitably provoke armed conflicts, the 2006 Human Development Report finds that cross-border cooperation over water resources is already far more pervasive and successful than is commonly presumed.

  • 15 Dec 2006
    Turkey in water report

    2006 Human Development Report contains some chapters where Turkey’s name is also mentioned together with some other countries. Turkey is considered as one of the few 'water-rich' countries in the Middle East where scarcity of water resources generally persists.

  • 15 Dec 2006
    Turkey makes progress according to Human Development Index

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has released its 16th annual Human Development Index (HDI), which presents an improvement of two positions for Turkey in human development from 2005 HDI.

  • 15 Dec 2006
    27% of the population s below national poverty line

    The Human Development Report for 2006 also provides the Human Poverty Index (HPI) for 102 developing countries – a composite index measuring deprivations and capturing social exclusion.

  • 15 Dec 2006
    In gender equality Turkey ranks fourth from bottom among 75 countries

    One of the indices that the report also provides is the Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM) which is intended to measure women’s and men’s abilities to participate actively in economic and political life and their command over economic resources.

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