UN-backed forum in Jordan to focus on science for peace

Women and youth will feature prominently in a UN-backed meeting in Jordan that will bring together some of the world’s most eminent scientists, political leaders and research and development investors.

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Saudi women’s access to workforce a “human rights issue”

Barriers to women’s full workplace participation persist in Saudi Arabia, despite UN data showing that economic growth improves with a more diverse workforce.

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Deepening Arab region integration could raise development, UN reports

Inclusive economic integration in the Arab region would create six million new jobs by 2020 and increase regional gross domestic product by three per cent, the United Nations today reported arguing for a unified model like that of the European Union or other regional economic blocs.

Ban spotlights UN partnership with Islamic bloc to prevent and resolve conflicts

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the importance of continuous collaboration between the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), stressing that the two bodies have a responsibility to address people’s aspirations in the Arab region, which has recently undergone significant transitions.

Arab nations must broaden reforms to improve lives and advance equality, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Arab nations to deepen and broaden the reforms under way in order to improve lives, enhance opportunities and advance equality in the region.

Ban urges support for Arab world’s efforts to attain democracy, social justice

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to support the efforts of people in the Middle East and North Africa to attain greater democracy, human dignity and social justice, saying they had expressed their frustration over inequality, corruption and repression.

Security Council debate spotlights dramatic changes sweeping Middle East, North Africa

The Security Council today highlighted the dramatic changes that have taken place across North Africa and the Middle East since the wave of pro-democracy movements began over a year ago and which continue to impact the region and the world.

Lebanese author and Brazilian publisher awarded UN Arab culture prize

The United Nations cultural agency has awarded its annual prize recognizing efforts to increase awareness of Arab culture to Lebanese author Elias Khoury and Brazilian publisher João Baptista de Medeiros Vargens.

Arab forum ends with call for action to protect children’s rights – UN

A United Nations-backed conference concluded in Morocco today with the adoption of a declaration calling for further action to safeguard children in the Arab world and their rights, including measures to protect them from violence and to end child labour and early marriage.

Arab development undermined by lack of human security, UN-backed report says

A widespread lack of basic elements of human security, such as access to clean water, freedom from hunger, democracy and a robust rule of law, is denying citizens of Arab countries the ability to fulfil their potential, according to a United Nations-sponsored report released today.