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Understanding how crises affect women and men, girls and boys of different ages and disparities is critical to effective humanitarian preparedness and response. Women, girls, boys and men have distinct needs, priorities, responsibilities, limitations and protection needs. They are exposed to differential risks and vulnerabilities but also play unique and important roles in preparedness and in responding to emergencies, conflicts and building peace within their respective communities. Gender equality in humanitarian action is about better targeting and programming and therefore about effectiveness of humanitarian action reaching all segments of the affected population.

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16 Aug 2017 description

On her first international trip, the UN Youth Envoy, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, saw first-hand in Iraq the devastating effects of conflict on youth but also witnessed hope in them, and encouraged the young women and men to be leaders in their communities. Underlining the importance of engaging and empowering youth, Ms. Wickramanayake commemorated this year’s international youth day in Iraq, at an event with the Minister for Youth and Sports, H.E. Abdul-Hussein Abtan and over one thousand young Iraqis.

02 Feb 2016 description

Today, the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, will issue invitations to Syrian women and civil society representatives, to contribute to the United Nations-facilitated talks, being held in Geneva between representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition.

Both women and civil society organisations can provide vital ideas and insight to the talks, by presenting the views and recommendations of important segments of Syrian society.

01 Jul 2012 description


Three years to the deadline, we can report broad progress on the MDGs The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed to by world leaders over a decade ago have achieved important results. Working together, Governments, the United Nations family, the private sector and civil society have succeeded in saving many lives and improving conditions for many more. The world has met some important targets—ahead of the deadline.

09 Feb 2012 description

« Les Nations Unies doivent continuer à renforcer leurs partenariats avec l’Union africaine et les autres acteurs régionaux pour faire face à la myriade de défis auxquels sont confrontés les pays africains », a indiqué, aujourd’hui, au Siège des Nations Unies à New York, le Secrétaire général adjoint aux opérations de maintien de la paix.

10 Jan 2012 description

UN Department of Public Information Fact Sheet

Highlights: Providing homes, schools, food and a better future for the Haitian people

• The UN continues to provide and coordinate wide-scale humanitarian assistance in response to the 12 January 2010 earthquake and cholera epidemic.

• Donors pledged $10 billion at the UN donors’ conference to make a difference in the lives of suffering Haitians.

• Almost 90 per cent of the $4.6 billion pledged for 2010 and 2011 is coming through for those who need it (disbursed or committed).

03 Nov 2011 description
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6647th Meeting (PM)

Prosecutor Says Investigations Focused on Two Indictees, Gender Crimes, but Allegations of Crimes by NATO, Other Forces Will Also Be Examined

11 Oct 2011 description

Much progress had been made in establishing normative and legal frameworks required to fight discrimination and violence against women, but implementation of those frameworks, as well as necessary social transformation, lagged far behind, United Nations experts told correspondents at Headquarters this afternoon.

05 Oct 2011 description

Mme Valerie Amos, Secrétaire générale adjointe aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnatrice des secours d’urgence du système de l’ONU (OCHA), a lancé aujourd’hui un appel pressant à la mobilisation de la communauté internationale, pour donner un nouvel élan à la réponse à la crise humanitaire en Haïti, alors que l’appel de fonds en faveur de ce pays reste sous-financé, n’atteignant que 57% de la somme nécessaire à la couverture des besoins.

30 Jul 2011 description

While many Governments were actively pursuing reforms to dismantle legal barriers holding back women’s empowerment, millions of women still faced an uphill battle in the struggle to undo negative stereotypes, lock down property rights and successfully confront sexual harassment in the workplace, the Chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women said today.

12 Jul 2011 description

Note No. 6315

Note aux correspondants

(Adapté de l’anglais)

Violence contre les femmes; participation politique des femmes; lois discriminatoire à l’encontre des familles, élimination des stéréotypes et prévention des trafics figurent au menu des travaux du Comité de 23 experts chargé de vérifier que les gouvernements éliminent toutes les formes de discrimination à l’encontre des femmes.

07 Jul 2011 description

Despite being a cornerstone of democratic governance, the rule of law still “rules women out” in too many countries around the world, Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, said at a Headquarters press conference today as she launched the first edition of the gender entity’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice.

17 Jun 2011 description

As diverse demands for United Nations peacekeeping continued to grow, more than 14,000 United Nations police officers — a force that was increasingly specialized and increasingly female — were deployed around the world, said the United Nations top police officer at a Headquarters press conference today.