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Issue # 7 Jan.2006 Supervised by Abdusalam Sharafuddin Editorial We would like to draw the attention of our readers, that the issue of January has dealt with a number of important topics, some of which are related to the events and activities that were implemented throughout the year of 2005. In this regard, the issue carried an article related to the Annual Documentary Book which covered a number of activities and events, the UN SG’s op-ed and statements on various occasions. Such book could be used as an easy reference by researchers and UNICEF Provides other interested individuals. Regarding the international Relief Assistance issues, I would like to inform you that UN HQ in New York to Al-Dhafeer Village produced a short program under UNICEF acted swiftly to provide interim relief to the to the title of “1 Year in Review” displaced families in the Al-Dhafeer village of Bani Matar Which focused on the natural district that was hit by a massive landslide on Wednesday disasters around the world and night. As part of its response to help the local authorities to relief efforts. The annual “Year cope effectively with distribution of essential supplies, an In Review”programme includes UNICEF team headed by its Country Representative coverage of global events and Ramesh Shrestha visited the village yesterday morning for comments from world leaders. It a rapid assessment. During the visit the vi also provides an intimate view of UNICEF team held meeting with the Governor and the worldwide work of the District authorities to assess the situation for providing United Nations in 2005… sh urgent relief to children and women temporarily sheltered To be continued in the make shift camps. A photo of world leaders who attended the WORLD SUMMIT that was held in New York During the period 14-16 Sept. 2005 - Issuing a monthly newsletter in electronic format and printed in both English and Arabic. This new activity began on June 2005 and will be produced regularly. - Launching the Website of UNIC in Arabic and English Language. The website will be updated on a daily basis. - Opening Internet corner for journalists and students so that they can get an easy access to the information related to the General Assembly, Security Council and other UN news through using the Online Documents System (ODS). - Accompanying Mr. Ali Alatas, the envoy of UN SG during his visit to Yemen and attending the OIC conference. UNIC also assisted the UN official with the media coverage and arranged interviews with the local media. (28-30 June 2005) - Accompanying Mr. Jeffery Sachs, the Director of Millennium Development Goals Project during his visit to Yemen. UNIC also assisted the UN official with the media coverage and arranged interviews with the local media. (30 June – 2 July 2005) - Organizing a press conference for Mr. Jeffery Sachs, the Director of MDGs during the conclusion of his visit to Yemen at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (2 July 2005) - Co-organizing a workshop with the International Finance Corporation on developing the small and medium enterprises. The workshop was co-organized at Sheraton hotel with the participation of several journalists (31 June 2005) - Co-organizing a press conference with the Cultural Development Project on the exhibition of State’s uniform/ UNIC Premises, 21 July 2005. The press conference was attracted with a number of journalists. - Co-organizing through the cooperation of the US Embassy training courses for the staff of Human Rights Ministry - Publishing and disseminating the UN Report “”More Secured World” in several leading Yemeni newspapers. Also a number copies of the report were distributed to Government and Non-government organizations - Publishing and disseminating the UN SG’s Report “”In Larger Freedom” in a number of Yemeni newspapers. UNIC printed amore copies of the report and were disseminated to all media institutions electronically. - Co-organizing with UNDP the launching for the advocacy campaign of MDGs, The event was under the auspices of Her Excellency Amat Al-Alim Al-Suswa, Minister of Human Rights with the participation of Yemeni journalists and government officials. The launching was attended by WHO Representative, Deputy Representative of UNDP and Deputy Minister of Planning and International Cooperation. (UNIC premises/ 4 December 2005) - Co-organizing with UNDP drawing competition for schools students on Millennium Development Goals. 24 students took part in the competition, representing different government and private schools. 6 winners were selected and honored during the UN Day. The winners received cash prizes $115 for each, while the rest of students were given appreciation certifications for their participation. (UNIC premises/12 October 2005) - Preparing through the cooperation of UN Agencies in Yemen for the celebration of the UN Day - Producing through the cooperation and support of UN agencies 8 pages blue colored supplement on the occasion of the UN Day where 35,000 copies were printed and distributed - Issuing through the cooperation with UNDP 9 postal stamps (1) on the occasion of the UN 60th anniversary and 8 stamps on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - Co-organizing with UNICEF a seminar discussion on AIDS/HIV on the occasion of the World Aids day (UNIC premises). - Disseminating all the materials and documents related to the World Summit to the Yemeni media - Producing and printing a special handbook of clippings on the World Summit which was produced to government and media institutions. In addition to the above, UNIC has played a key role in disseminating press releases and UN information to the Yemeni media, some of which are the UN SG’s statements, op-ed, messages on different occasions, as well as the most important reports such as “In Larger Freedom” and “Safer World”. Ten stories of UN were also published by the Weekly Yemen Times. Continued from page 1 Editorial . as it strives to reform and renew its image during this anniversary year. The program was aired by the Yemeni Satelite TV on 25 January 2006 at 18:45 O'clock. In this connection, UNIC has a great pleasure to inform you that the above program would be shown again at its premises next Monday 27 February 2006 at 9:00 am. Your attendance will be highly appreciated. Darfur Descending: No Time for Apathy on Sudan By Kofi A. Annan When I visited Darfur last May, I felt dependent on international relief for food hopeful. Today I am pessimistic, unless a and other basics. Many parts of Darfur are major new international effort is mustered becoming too dangerous for relief workers to in the coming weeks. reach. The peace talks are far from reaching I visited a village whose people had a conclusion. And fighting now threatens to returned after fleeing from violence and spread into neighboring Chad, which has were living in relative safety, thanks to the accused Sudan of arming rebels on its presence of troops from the African Union territory. (A.U.). True, this was only a beginning. Much of Despite a chronic funding crisis, A.U. troops in the vast region was prey to sporadic violence, with Darfur are doing a valiant job. People feel safer more than a million people living in camps. But when the troops are present. But there are too few thanks to a massive relief operation led by the of them -- a protection force of only 5,000, with an United Nations, the number dying from hunger or additional 2,000 police and military observers, to disease was falling dramatically. A cease-fire, cover a territory the size of Texas. They have admittedly flawed, was in place. Peace talks neither the equipment nor the broad mandate they between the Sudanese government and the rebel would need to protect the people under threat or to movements, ably mediated by A.U. representatives, enforce a cease-fire routinely broken by the rebels, were proceeding in Abuja, Nigeria. It was hoped as well as by the Janjaweed militia and Sudanese that agreement could be reached by the end of the government forces. year. On Jan. 12, the African Union decided to renew the There were other positive signs. The U.N. Security mission's mandate until March 31, while expressing Council had referred the situation to the support, in principle, for a transition to a U.N. International Criminal Court and had decided in operation this year. The timing of this transition is principle to apply targeted sanctions to individuals still being discussed, including at this week's A.U. who could be identified as responsible for the summit in Khartoum. This puts the Security atrocities of the past two years. Council on the spot. The U.N. Charter gives the I wish I could report that all these efforts had borne council primary responsibility for international fruit -- that Darfur was at peace and on the road to peace and security. And in September, in a historic recovery. Alas, the opposite is true. People in many first, U.N. members unanimously accepted the parts of Darfur continue to be killed, raped and responsibility to protect populations from genocide, driven from their homes by the thousands. The ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against number displaced has reached 2 million, while 3 humanity, pledging to take action through the million (half the total population of Darfur) are Security Council when national authorities fail. UNIC Activities Annual Documentary Book UNIIC Sanaá iissued iitts annuall documenttarry book off UNIIC acttiiviittiies fforr tthe UN C Sanaá ssued s annua documen a y book o UN C ac v es o he Yearr off 2005.. The book whiich consiistts off morre tthan 300 pages hiighlliightts allll Yea o 2005 The book wh ch cons s s o mo e han 300 pages h gh gh s a tthe eventts and acttiiviittiies tthatt werre iimpllementted by UNIIC and coverred he even s and ac v es ha we e mp emen ed by UN C and cove ed exttensiivelly by tthe Yemenii prriintted mediia.. 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UNIIC wiillll make avaiillablle some copiies off tthe UN C du ng he yea o 2005 UN C w make ava ab e some cop es o he book att UNIIC’’s lliibrrarry,, so tthatt iitt can be used by allll jjourrnalliistts,, sttudentts and book a UN C s b a y so ha can be used by a ou na s s s uden s and rresearrcherrs.. e s e a c he s Bawnia St. Handal Zone, next to Al-Madrasa Al-Dimocratia, Sana'a, Republic of Yemen Tel : 967-1-274000 Fax : 967-1-274043 P.o.Box : (237) PREPARED & DESIGNED BY Website : www.unicyem.org E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org SAMEER AL-SANABANI