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November-2008 UN Nepal Newsletter

November-2008 UN Nepal Newsletter

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Published by: Rajendra Man Banepali on Nov 06, 2009
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KATHMANDU, 20 November:
TheNational Information Officer (NIO) of UNInformation Centre (UNIC) Ram Babu Shahwas on education outreach activities withstudents and teachers which was carriedout in the Nepalese town of Biratnagar, 550kms. east of the capital city Kathmandu. Itwas a seven day activities from 11 to 17November. The main objective was theadvocacy of the work of the UN at nationaland international level with special focus onthe promotion of 60th anniversary ofUDHR with strong reference of Holocaustscenarios in high schools.
UNIC interacts with students in Biratnagar
United NationsInformation Centre(UNIC) Kathmandu
The National InformationOfficer conducted sessions,consisting of two hourseach. This also includedintensive Q&As.UNIC liaised with OHCHRin Biratnagar. They wereinstrumental in the successof the mission by identifyingthe high schools and bycomplimenting UNIC’sinteractive sessions withinputs from OHCHRperspectives.The NIO visited 8 privateand government highschools and interact withover twelve to fourteen hundred students of grade8, 9 and 10. He also visited a group of child laborersand some local NGOs.The tool kits that UNIC carried for the sessions anddistributions were copies of The United NationsToday, copies of UDHR in Nepali language,literatures on Holocaust, 2008 MDG reports, 60ways the UN Makes a Difference, Peacekeeping factsand figures, copies of Charter of the United Nationsand adequate number of UN posters among othermaterials.
The National Information Officer of UN Information Centre Ram Babu Shah explainingabout UN activities to students of a school in Biratnagar, some 550 Kms from capitalKathmandu. Photo: UNIC
NIO on education outreach activities, Photo: UNIC
School students listening toa lecture on the works ofUN.UN staff membersparticipating in the WorldAIDSDay programme inthe UN House.UNIC EducationalOutreach activity in remotearea of Nepal.
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UN Newsletter
United Nations
Information Centre | UNIC Kathmandu
Page 2 | November 2008
UN House Pulchowk, P.O. Box No. 107, Tel. No.: 5523200, Fax: 977 (1) 554 3723, Email: unic.np@undp.org, website: http://kathmandu.unic.org
UNFPA State of World Population 2008 Report Launch
Kathmandu, November 12:
The United Nations PopulationFund, UNFPA, released its annual report State of WorldPopulation. The report was launched in Kathmandu by Dr. DirghSingh Bam, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Population and Ms.Ugochi Daniels, UNFPA Representative, a.i. with theparticipation of Ms. Jyoti Sanghera, Deputy Representative,OHCHR in Nepal; Santosh Shah, United Nations YouthAdvisory Panel; Dr. Navin Thapa, Director, ResourceMobillization & External Affairs (RMEA) Family PlanningAssociation of Nepal.
UN News
The report titled ‘Reaching Common Ground: CultureGender and Human Rights’ focuses on women’sempowerment and gender equality; reproductive health andrights; relation between poverty, inequality and population;and gender and reproductive health in conflict situations. Thereport cautions that cultural sensitivities do not meanacceptance of harmful traditional practices. Culturally sensitiveapproaches call for different analyti¬cal and operationalframeworks, and for introspection among the developmentcommunity. To develop cultural fluency, UNFPA proposes a“culture lens” as a programming tool.The full report and its summary may be found atwww.unfpa.org
Complete Report:
http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2008/presskit/ docs/en-swop08-report.pdf
Overall Summary:
Right: Dr. Dirgh Singh Bam, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Population and Ms.Ugochi Daniels, UNFPA Representative. Photo: UNFPA
A Nepalese family: Culture is and always has been central to development.Photo: UNFPA@Peter Bruyneel
UN Newsletter
United Nations
Information Centre | UNIC Kathmandu
Page 3 | November 2008
UN House Pulchowk, P.O. Box No. 107, Tel. No.: 5523200, Fax: 977 (1) 554 3723, Email: unic.np@undp.org, website: http://kathmandu.unic.org
UN marks World AIDS Day
Kathmandu November 28:
The 20th Anniversary of WorldAIDS Day was marked by the UN in Nepal on 28 November inthe UN House amidst a programme. The event was addressedby UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. RobertPiper. He read out UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon’smessage and spoke about how HIV & AIDS affects members ofthe UN Family.“HIV is having a serious impact not just on the work of the UN,but also on the UN as a place of work. Absences, illnesses anddeaths due to HIV & AIDS have profound implications for staff,their families and for the UN as a whole. Even in countries, suchas Nepal, where HIV is less visible, the UN has an obligation toact.” said Mr. Piper.Conservative estimates by UNAIDS show that 1.5% of all UNpersonnel worldwide may be living with HIV, be HIV positive.One per cent or more is considered epidemic at the nationallevel.Since 1991, the UN has had a system-wide HIV workplacepolicy. The policy states that all staff and their dependents haveaccess to prevention education, voluntary counseling and testingservices, and a workplace free of stigma and discrimination.UN Cares was designed to solve this problem by unifying HIVworkplace programmes across the UN system, and “Deliveringas One” a comprehensive range of HIV services to all UNpersonnel and their families. A study has found that the financialsavings to the UN of having a programme such as UN Careswould be four times greater than programme costs.
UN News
The UN System in Nepal is one of the leaders, globally, inimplementing the UN Cares programme. It is led andimplemented by the UN Learning Team on HIV & AIDS. 27members of the UN Learning Team from various UN agenciesin Nepal received certificates on the occasion.A tribute was paid to a local Nepali NGO, The NationalFederation of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, who wereselected among more than 500 nominations globally to be oneof 25 winners of this year’s Red Ribbon Award for theirinnovative and sustainable approaches to provide HIVprevention, care, treatment and support to people living withHIV. Representatives from The National Federation ofWomen Living with HIV/AIDS went to Mexico earlier thisyear to receive the award. The NGO received the prizemoney of US$ 5000 on the occasion.The Chair of UN Theme Group on AIDS, Mr. Shengjie Lidelivered the message of UNAIDS Executive Director Dr.Peter Piot. A UN+ Statement was also given on the occasion.A drama was shown by children affected by HIV/AIDSdescribing their plights. Dr. Marylin Borromeo, Head ofUNAIDS Nepal, also spoke on the occasion. Stalls were set upto demonstrate use of contraceptives and counseling.UNIC NIO was the Master of Ceremony of the programme.Besides, UNIC also ensured the placement of UN Systemstatement on World AIDS Day in various local newspaperswhich appeared on December 1.
UN staff members participating in UN World AIDSDay programme. Photo: UNIC
UN Resident and Humanitarian CoordinatorMr. Robert Piper addressing the programme.

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