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Sustainable fashion leader pins hope on humanitarian values

Changing the fashion industry and making it more aware of global humanitarian and environmental concerns, demands expertise, and above all, passion.

That’s the view of Patrick Duffy, the founder of Global Fashion Exchange – an international sustainable fashion platform – who led a UN conference panel this week, on the use of clothing as a vehicle for change.

The UN Department of Public Information, in partnership with NGOs, hosted stakeholders in a dialogue on fashion sustainability; including the way in which even chances of resolving conflict can be improved by what we wear.

Mr Duffy spoke with Natalie Hutchison about why this partnership is key in stitching together a sustainable global industry.

World Population Day

On July 11, 2018, the United Nations Office celebrated World Population Day. The event was organized by the Youth Volunteer Network Y-PEER, the United Nations Department of Public Information in Kazakhstan and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). 2018 theme: “Family Planning is a Human Right”

About 225 million women who are trying to prevent pregnancy do not use contraceptives. This is due to lack of access to information and related services, as well as lack of support in the family and in the community.

The ability to access services and information in the field of family planning is a human right. Investments in family planning also contribute to economic growth and development.

The 21st European Regional IAAH Conference 2018 and III National Conference in Adolescent Health “Equal opportunities for healthy development for all adolescents” – call for participants from Kazakhstan

The conference supported by UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE), WHO and UNICEF and organized by the International Association for Adolescent Health and Moldavian Health for Youth Association will take place on 3-5 October 2018 in Chisinau, Moldova and will be devoted to the promotion of adolescent health and wellbeing, including by means of comprehensive sexuality education.

The Conference will address the issues related to sexual and reproductive health of adolescents, accessibility of adolescent-friendly medical services and sexuality education; mental health and prevention of violence, self-harm and suicide; prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses; the influence of gender stereotypes, migration, and social media on the behavior and health of adolescents, as well as youth participation in health promotion.

Those wishing to present at thematic sessions can submit abstracts on the conference official website.
For more information, please, contact Natalia Gandrabur, Victoria Vicol, Health for Youth Association YFHC Neovita (phone: 022 40 66 32; 022 46 37 28; email:

Ben Stiller’s new role, more about hope than humour, as he’s named Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), announced on Monday that the actor, director, producer and philanthropist Ben Stiller, is to become its latest Goodwill Ambassador, as he issued an appeal for action on behalf of those forced to flee their homes around the world.

“With over 68 million displaced people around the world today, there has never been a more compelling reason or greater urgency to show solidarity and support for refugees,” said the Hollywood star, who is best known for high profile comedy and satirical blockbusters such as the Meet the Parents trilogy, and Zoolander.

In underscoring UNHCR’s tireless work in helping those fleeing war, terror and persecution globally, Mr. Stiller expressed his enormous pride in taking on this latest role.

“I for one will do what I can as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, to advocate for refugees and encourage others to join me,” he said.


UNODC: “Each person counts: Kazakhstanis’ stories of the world drug problem in photographs”

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Kazakhstan in cooperation with the USAID marked the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – 26 June – by opening a ten-day photo exhibition entitled “Each person counts: Kazakhstanis’ stories of the world drug problem in photographs” by renown photographer, Nick Danziger. The exhibition will be open from 26 June until 3 July, “Arbat”, 1 A.Mambetov str., Astana, Kazakhstan.

According to Signe Rotberga, Regional HIV Advisor of UNODC: “the current photo exhibition is a part of the global exhibition portraying the complex nature of drug use, and challenges and opportunities for drug dependence treatment and care in low- and middle-income countries, capturing the diversity of circumstances which lead to substance use, the ways in which people manage their addictions and displaying how treatment has affected their present”.

The renowned photographer, Nick Danziger, tells the story of people affected by drug use disorders and of professionals providing drug dependence treatment and care services to those in need.

International Day of the Tropics

29 June

The Tropics are a region of the Earth, roughly defined as the area between the tropic of Cancer and the tropic of Capricorn. Although topography and other factors contribute to climatic variation, tropical locations are typically warm and experience little seasonal change in day-to-day temperature. An important feature of the Tropics is the prevalence of rain in the moist inner regions near the equator, and that the seasonality of rainfall increases with the distance from the equator.

The Tropics account for 40 per cent of the world’s total surface area and are host to approximately 80 per cent of the world’s biodiversity and much of its language and cultural diversity. The tropical region faces a number of challenges such as climate change, deforestation, logging, urbanisation and demographic changes.

Facts about the Tropics
The Ecosystem
The Tropics host nearly 95% of the world’s mangrove forests by area and 99% of mangrove species. The area of mangrove forest has decreased in all tropical regions since 1980.
The Tropics have just over half of the world’s renewable water resources (54%), yet almost half their population is considered vulnerable to water stress.
Biodiversity is greater in the Tropics across most taxonomic groups, with an equivalently higher proportion of threatened species. For those plants and animals for which there are adequate data, loss of biodiversity is greater in the Tropics than in the rest of the world.
The Human system
Consistent with the higher levels of poverty, more people experience undernourishment in the Tropics than in the rest of the Wworld.
The proportion of the urban population living in slum conditions is higher in the Tropics than in the rest of the World.
By 2050, the region will host most of the world’s people and two-thirds of its children.
The International Day of the Tropics celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the tropics while highlighting unique challenges and opportunities nations of the Tropics face. It provides an opportunity to take stock of progress across the tropics, to share tropical stories and expertise and to acknowledge the diversity and potential of the region.

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For contribution to the Healthcare

We are pleased to inform that today Ms. Signe Rotberga, Head of UNODC Office in Astana, Regional HIV Coordinator, was awarded with medal “Денсаулық сақтау ісіне қосқан үлесі үшін” (“For contribution to the Healthcare”) by Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The awarding ceremony took place at the lecture of the Prof. Gilberto Gerra, Head of Health and Drug prevention Branch of UNODC, “Etiology of substance use disorders”, final event of the series of events, arranged by UNODC in Kazakhstan and devoted to the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.