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January-2009 UN Nepal Newsletter

January-2009 UN Nepal Newsletter

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30 January:
UNIC Kathmandu participated in anintensive three and half day InternationalExecutive Media and Television Workshop(IEMTW) in Bangkok from 26 to 29 January2009. The workshop was developed incooperation with the United Nations SystemStaff College. It has established a successful trackrecord in training UN and other internationalagency personnel and private sectorrepresentatives in Asia, Europe, the Middle East,and the United States. The Centre forDevelopment Communication’s (CDC)methodology has been used to train diplomats,new UN Representatives, nongovernmentalleaders, and private sector representatives.The International Executive Media and TelevisionWorkshop (IEMTW) was developed andconducted by CDC to train UNICrepresentatives in the following areas:
UNIC Kathmandu Participates in Media Training in Bangkok
United NationsInformation Centre(UNIC) Kathmanduhttp://unic.un.org/kathmandu
1. Guidelines to better prepare for a mediaencounter (interviews, press briefings, pressconferences, etc).2. Advice on using the media strategically tobuild credibility and visibility for UNICs, issueor argument.3. New trends in the media, and how UNICscan take advantage of them.4. Improving UNIC's management to make itmore media friendly and effective.5. Individual coaching to improve NIOs abilityto deliver UNIC’s message effectively.Besides, UNICs’ NIOs also attended a half daylong workshop on ethics organized by UNISBangkok.
UNIC Kathmandu National Information Officer Ram Babu Shah (2nd from left, back row) along with other NationalInformation Officers of Asian Countries and the trainers of the CDC International Executive Media and Television Workshopheld in Bankkok for 26 to 29 January 2009.
UNIC KathmanduParticipates inMedia Workshop1Centre forConstitutionalDialogue opens2UNFPA andpartners fightgender basedviolence2WFP and UNICEF join forces toencourage girls togo to school3UN Events forFebruary3UN-HABITATSupportsDepartment ofWater Supply andSewerage in IYS-20084
UN Newsletter
United Nations
Information Centre | UNIC Kathmandu
Page 2 | January 2009
UN House Pulchowk, P.O. Box No. 107, Tel. No.: 5523200, Fax: 554 3723, Email: unic.np@undp.org, website: http://unic.un.org/kathmandu
UN News
19 January:
The Centre for Constitutional Dialogue (CCD) wasinaugurated by Rt. Hon’ble Subash Chandra Nembang, Chairpersonof the Constituent Assembly (CA) on 19 January.The CCD established with the assistance of the UNDP/Support toParticipatory Constitution Building Project (SPCBN) and aconsortium of donors (Denmark, Norway, DFID, Switzerland,USAID/OTI) in close collaboration with the CA Secretariat and thecivil society, will provide support to the Constitution buildingprocess in Nepal.The CCD will serve as a resource centre and a neutral space fordialogue between members of the Constituent Assembly, and help
Centre for Constitutional Dialogue opens
promote the widest possible public participation in theConstitution drafting process.Inaugurating the Centre, Mr. Nembang said, “the CCD willprovide necessary advisory, communication, outreach andtechnical services for the Constituent Assembly Members,civil society and the general public who are interested to learnabout and participate in the Constitution making process.”The Centre is governed by a national advisory board while itis open to all the Nepalese people interested in theConstitution making process. It houses a library and trainingfacilities and also provides a venue for public lectures,seminars, orientations and workshops on matters relating tothe Constitution.The Centre has also developed resource materials related toConstitution building in seven languages: Maithali, Bhojpuri,Tharu, Magar, Newar, Tamang and Nepali. These materialsare available in audio formats for those who cannot or do notwant to read.There are in house experts as well as a roster of experts onsubjects related to Constitution building if the CA membersdesire for professional expert advice. Half a dozen oftelephone booths have been made available for the CAmembers to connect themselves to their constituencies. TheCentre is open for 12 hours a day, from 8am-8 pm.
Rt. Hon’ble Subash Chandra Nembang, Chairperson of the Constituent Assemblyspeaking during the inauguration of the Centre for Constitutional Dialogue.Photo: UNDP
UNFPAand partners fight gender based violence
26 January:
Every year the UN observes November 25th asthe International Day for the Elimination of Violence againstWomen this is followed by 16 Days of Activism to remindthat gender based violence is never acceptable, neverexcusable, and never tolerable. Last year UNFPA hassupported several national NGOs (among them: NationalHealth Foundation, Saathi, Women for Human Rights,Sancharika Samuha, Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre andMaiti Nepal) to carry out a range of activities to fight violenceagainst women in Nepal. From bicycle rallies against humantrafficking in Rautahat to household visits by peer groupvolunteers in Kailali; skills development for young widows inSiraha, mobilizing a journalists’ network in Surkhet, andtraining of mediators in Jhapa – the message is one: ‘Zerotolerance’ for gender based violence in all forms.UNFPA and its partners succeeded in engaging women andmen, young and old, in a multi-facetted fight against genderbased violence. Rich in lessons learned and new partnerships,UNFPA is set to continue its support to the fight genderbased violence to fulfill its mission: ‘To ensure that every girland woman is treated with dignity and respect’.
Yes We Can – single women (widows) in training in Lahan,
. Photo: UNFPA
UN Newsletter
United Nations
Information Centre | UNIC Kathmandu
Page 3 | January 2009
UN House Pulchowk, P.O. Box No. 107, Tel. No.: 5523200, Fax: 554 3723, Email: unic.np@undp.org, website: http://unic.un.org/kathmandu
WFPandUNICEFjoin forces to encourage girls to go to school
UN News
26 January:
WFP ;and UNICEF are collaborating to increase girls’ attendance inprimary schools across five different districts in the Terai region where genderdisparity rates are some of the highest in Nepal. Activities will be implemented inmore than 100 schools in Sarlahi, Rautahat, Mahottari, Dhanusha, and Parsabenefiting nearly 10,000 girls.WFP is providing two litres of cooking oil each month to girls with high attendancerates. UNICEF is supplying a resource package which includes teacher training andeducation materials to create a child-friendly learning environment in each school.Cooking oil distributed to girls helps them to feed their families, and provides amajor incentive for them to attend school regularly.WFP and UNICEF are jointly implementing this programme as a part of the UnitedNations Girls' Education Initiative in close collaboration with the Government ofNepal’s Department of Education.For more information on this programme please contact; WFP office in Patan Dokha,554-2607 or the UNICEF office in the UN Building, Patan.
Conflict-RelatedDisappearances in Bardiya DistrictDecember 2008.
New release
Nepal Humanitarian Transition Appeal2009.
http://www.un.org.np/reports/ OCHA/2009/2009-01-22-appeal-2009.pdf
School girls in one of the Terai districttaking their ration of cooking oil provided byWFP back home after school. Photo: WFP
International Mother LanguageDay
http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/languageInternational Mother Language Day wasproclaimed by UNESCO's GeneralConference in November 1999. TheInternational Day has been observed everyyear since February 2000 to promotelinguistic and cultural diversity andmultilingualism.Languages are the most powerfulinstruments of preserving and developingour tangible and intangible heritage. Allmoves to promote the dissemination ofmother tongues will serve not only toencourage linguistic diversity andmultilingual education but also to developfuller awareness of linguistic and culturaltraditions throughout the world and toinspire solidarity based on understanding,tolerance and dialogue.
UN Events for February
File Photo: UN

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