The wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions in other countries, pushed the number of asylum applications in industrialized countries to a 22-year high last year, according to a UNHCR report released today.
Blog post by Benjamin Perks, UN RC a.i. and UNICEF Representative in Montenegro
Even the most hard-nosed economist will now concede investment in good early childhood has the biggest return on public investment. But what about a reverse argument that failure to invest in prevention of bad early childhood experience is the most costly oversight a government can make? This is the subject of my recent TedX talk in Podgorica, Montenegro, on the global prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) like neglect, abuse and dysfunctional parenting, and how they drive poor public health, low productivity and other costs amongst adult populations.
In spite of tangible progress on many fronts like education and employment, a lot remains to be done in areas of equal pay, women’s entrepreneurship, decision making and violence against women. “In Montenegro, women earn 18% less than men for the same job. At the same time, women, who make half of human capital of the country, participate with less than 10% in entrepreneurship. Notably, the political participation of women can be further strengthened and expanded.” said Benjamin Perks, United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. and UNICEF Representative in Montenegro.
“The cooperation with the United Nations Team in Montenegro is one of the best examples of the international framework of cooperation we have,” underlined Igor Lukšić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration at the opening of the Joint Country Steering Committee (JSCS) meeting.
UNICEF Montenegro hosted a conference entitled "Quality Education - Improving the Quality Assurance System" organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Education Bureau and the British Council.
A year after the opening of the Asylum Center, more than 1,600 people found a shelter at that facility, after they fled from persecution in their own countries. "During the last year, the Center hosted 1,628 persons, most of which came from Syria.
The scope for developing countries to participate in and benefit from e-commerce is expanding, according to a new United Nations report released today, with improved connectivity, new e-commerce applications, platforms and payment solutions...
As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.
Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations today urged Member States to boost efforts towards ending discrimination around the world and ratify a critical international convention aimed at abolishing racism in all its forms.
Evaluation will become more necessary for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, a United Nations body said today, as it launched a new publication highlighting the critical role of assessment in enhancing the UN’s effectiveness, cultivating change and empowering nations.
To mark International Women's Day today, senior United Nations officials highlighted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that set the agenda for realizing women's rights.