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Migration and asylum

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:22

Most of the world’s 214 million international migrants are citizens of developing countries. Clearly, migration and mobility represent both an opportunity and a challenge for development. The EU strives to strengthen their positive synergies with development and mitigate any negative impacts. It supports partner countries aiming to improve migration governance and harness the potential of migrants as development actors.

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Human Development

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:16

When the EU helps developing countries, it is also helping people. From education, health and social inclusion to boosting employment and skills, the EU is focusing on improving living conditions of people throughout the world.

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Mobile Power for Girl Power

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:13
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“I always wanted to go to school,” said Azra Misbih-ul-huda, 17, who lives in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “ When this free education mobile learning project was launched in our area I was very excited […]I said to my mother I need to be educated and my mother eventually agreed because she said I had helped her a lot and I deserved it. Up until then I had been living in the village helping my mother with daily chores.”

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Developing national capability for integrated border management in Lebanon

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:08

The specific objective is to provide support to the Lebanese authorities to secure and control the borders in accordance with national and international Integrated Border Management (IBM) standards, thus increasing the security of its citizens, promoting regional stability and facilitating trade, development and human contact.

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Clean water and sanitation for life

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:50

Overall objective is to contribute to the improvement of living standards of the poor rural communities in Sekong Province, Lao PDR, according to the Government’s MDGs.

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ChildSafe Citizens - Building the capacity of Lao civil society to promote and protect children's rights

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:45

The general objective is to contribute to the development of a rights-based environment in Lao PDR to effectively protect and promote child rights.

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“Kyrgyzstan sustainable energy financing facility (KyrSEFF)”

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:21

The objectives of KyrSEFF are, inter alia, to exploit the existing potential for energy efficiency, carbon reductions and sustainable energy investments in the industrial and residential sectors of Kyrgyzstan in line with the EU IFCA strategic objectives; support the efforts of the Kyrgyz government to promote energy efficiency and enhance national security of supply in line with its National Energy Program (NEP for 2008-2010) currently being updated.

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Civil society oversight mechanisms for children and women detainees

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:16

Overall objective: To improve the capacity of Public Monitoring Councils and the National Torture Prevention Centre to prevent of torture and ill-treatment within the criminal justice system with particular attention to the most vulnerable detainees including women and children.

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Innovative approaches towards rehabilitating the Mau ecosystem

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:09

Innovative approaches towards rehabilitating the Mau ecosystem.

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Accelerating reduction in maternal, neonatal and under-five morbidity and mortality among marginalized population of North Eastern Kenya

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:05

The overal objective of the action is to reduce maternal, neonatal and under-five morbidity and mortality in line with Government of Kenya health sectors performance targets and in so doing contribute to the achivement of MDG 4 and MDG 5 in Kenya.

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Kazakhstan regional development

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:00

The overall objective is to contribute to a more equitable regional development and increasing living standards in the regions of Kazakhstan through the promotion of local economies and the strengthening of responsibilities and capacities of oblast.

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Human Rights: Communication, Information, Management

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 14:52

Overall objective(s) Strengthen the role of civil society in promoting rights of access to information and management of state affairs, in supporting the peaceful conciliation of group interests and in consolidating political participation and representation.

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Stakeholders to review UNESCO study on access, free expression, privacy and ethics on the internet

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 13:05

Who: Some 300 participants from governments, civil society, academia, the private sector, the technical community, inter-governmental and international organizations as well as innovators and pioneers

What: will examine internet-related issues with an emphasis on freedom of expression and privacy, access, ethics and multi-stakeholder participation on the internet in a conference that will feature presentations by a wide range of speakers from all parts of the world

Where: UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

When: 3 – 4 March, 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Outcome: The conference will examine and finalize a comprehensive study on internet-related issues, entitled Keystone to foster inclusive Knowledge Societies, a work in progress compiled through an ambitious open consultation over the past year. An outcome statement will be submitted to the UNESCO Executive Board. The options outlined in the study will be presented to UNESCO’s Member States when they meet to determine the Organization’s programme and priorities at the next General Conference in late 2015. The study also represents a significant contribution to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)+10 Review process and the post-2015 international development agenda.

Background: UNESCO’s 195 Member States in 2013 requested the Organization to conduct a comprehensive and consultative multi-stakeholder study on internet-related issues within UNESCO's fields of competence. As the United Nations Organization mandated to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image, UNESCO has had a long involvement in issues pertaining to the internet, including the World Summit on the Information Society and the Internet Governance Forum.

UNESCO has also been championing the use of information technologies to create and share knowledge. It believes that information technologies can significantly contribute to building inclusive “knowledge societies” in which people and communities are able to access, create, share and transform information and data and turn it into pertinent and valuable knowledge.

Partners and sponsors: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Google, the Walt Disney Company, EURid, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Media Accreditation: UNESCO Press Service, Djibril Kebe, +33 (0)1 45 68 17 41, Isabelle Le Fournis, i.le-fournis(at) +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48

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JO3.01/10 Provision of assistance related to developing and strengthening the capabilities of the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC)

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:59

Support and cooperation to develop the capabilities of JNRC and its potential TSO(s) for an improvement of the radiation protection in all areas of the utilization of ionising sources and for the preparation of JNRC and its TSO(s) for tasks in the regulatory activity on nuclear safety and radiation protection in Jordan.

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A financial audit of project promoting entrepreneurship in poverty pockets in Jordan - Municipality Of Kufranjah

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:52

A financial audit of project promoting entrepreneurship in poverty pockets in Jordan - Municipality Of Kufranjah. Contract no. 217284.

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Biotechnology: effective solutions for sustainable development

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:45
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A micro-symposium on the role of biotechnology in the post-2015 development agenda took place at UNESCO on 13 February 2015. It was an opportunity to discuss promising biotechnology applications that can contribute to sustainable development and poverty eradication, as well as the need to develop capacity in Science, Technology and Innovation, so that these solutions can reach their full portential. UNESCO’s work in this field was presented, particularly through the Regional Centre for Biotechnology – an education, training and research Category 2 Centre established in India under the auspices of UNESCO.

Current reviews show that Science, Technology and Innovation were critical in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Several MDG targets are falling short because of a lack of STI capacity, a valuable lesson that must be applied to the post-2015 agenda. “2015 is the decisive year for Millennium Development Goals, for the new global sustainable development agande, before the United Nations Conference on Climate Change – COP21” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “Biotechnology is at the forefront of this battle, to improve the lives of millions of women and men throughout the world – by improving agricultural yields and food security, by developing alternative fuels.”

Technology and innovation have a role to play beyond industrial growth. They contribute to job creation and ensuring a sustainable environment. UNESCO’s work shows clearly that the role of technology and innovation is positive and critical at each and every stage of development. In fact, a much greater emphasis has been put on the role of technology and scientific research in implementing the future Sustainable Development Goal’s. For instance, Goal 3 aims at ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages, to be accomplished by supporting research and development of vaccines and medicines; Goal 2 will focus on ending hunger, achieving food security, in part through technology development; and Goal 9: ‘Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation’ also places STI at the centre of sustainable development.  

Both Irina Bokova and Ruchira Kamboj, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of India to UNESCO, stressed the importance of biotechnology in providing effective and sustainable solutions for eradicating extreme poverty and hunger through increased crop yields, as well as improving maternal health and combating debilitating diseases.

© UNESCO/ Nora Houguenade. Ruchira Kamboj, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of India to UNESCO, and Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, speaking at the micro-symposium on the role of biotechnology.

Since its emergence, the risks and benefits of modern biotechnology have been debated. It is revolutionary in its ability to transform life itself in order to generate new products and services, with potential societal impacts equal to those that followed to the information and communication revolution. Biosafety implications, ethical aspects and the cultural context must be considered with great care. With that in mind, more efforts are needed to reinforce capacities in developing countries, so they can become players in the new bio-economy.

The Regional Centre for Biotechnology has a role to play. It “embodies the ‘soft power’ of UNESCO today… bringing together Governments and civil society…joining education, research and training, to catalyse innovation for the benefit of all,” explained the Director-General. The scope of the centre was presented in detail by its Executive Director, Dr Dinaker Salunke, who shared advances and future plans with the participants. The Government of India’s vision is to include the UNESCO centre in a bio-cluster of three, including a Translational Centre and a Health Science Technology Centre, to develop a multidisciplinary approach, foster technology transfer and enterprise creation, and to take the research further than the lab, towards tangible products and services that will address current development challenges and benefit society.

The micro-symposiumcontinued with a panel discussion among leading biotechnology experts. Prof K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology of the Government of India, outlined India’s strategy to strengthen the role biotechnology to meet challenges related to health and agriculture, emphasising that one of the most important factors for any technology to flourish is the commitment and foresight of governments and that these governments should listen carefully to their scientific community. He also referred to Joseph Needham Paradox, the first head of the UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector, who had emphasised the importance of connecting science with local utility technologies in 1946. Prof Mauro Giacca (International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology), gave an overview of his centre’s success, which has led to the creation of several international centres modelled after ICGEB. It now counts with three components in Trieste, Cape Town and New Delhi, each with longstanding training courses and workshops. Prof Jacques Elion (Paris Diderot University Medical School) shed light on how biotechnology has provided effective solutions to combat sickle cell diseases, which plague a number of countries in Africa and Asia. Prof Rath (National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi) then gave an engaging talk on the complex administrative formation of bio-clusters and how they are now the current world model to translate research into products and services for the masses. He cited the two major examples in the Indian sub-continent, the Bangalore Bio-cluster and the New Delhi bio-cluster, which will include the UNESCO centre.

The event was closed by Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, who emphasised that the potential benefits of biotechnology can only reach those who need it most if the capacity is there. Countries must be committed to developing the necessary capacity, both human and institutional, to take advantage of this cutting-edge technology and multi-trillion dollar industry. International and regional cooperation and the exchange of data are intrinsic elements of this path to development.

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EPA support to Jamaican food exports

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:18

The overall objective of EPA Exports is to increase the range and/or volume of Jamaican food exports, based on MSMEs accessing new market opportunities and/ or producing value added products. Within the overall project's goal, four specific objectives will be sought:  Objective 1: Identify quick success areas that link available market opportunities with food processing MSMEs. This component will identify new potential markets, both for export markets or as import substitution (tapping internal markets mainly in tourism, i.e. hotels, restaurants) for food processing MSMEs.

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Jamaica banana accompanying measures

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:03

Jamaica banana accompanying measures.

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Job description - Guinea Bissau - Chargé d'aide et de Coopération internationales

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:54

Job description - Guinea Bissau - Chargé d'aide et de Coopération internationales

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Her right to decent work: Arab and ethiopian women in secondary schemes of employment in Israel

Europaid - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:39

The aim of the project is to improve the situation of Arab and Ethiopian women in Israel via enforcement of labour laws and promotion of the right to decent work.

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