17 May 2013 - I welcome the focus on road safety for this year's World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
Road accidents kill nearly 1.3 million people every year. They leave millions more injured or permanently disabled, placing a heavy economic burden on families and countries.
16 May 2013 - I am pleased to send greetings to this first International Forum organized by the Government of The Netherlands to mark the International Day against Homophobia.
I especially thank Her Majesty Queen Máxima of The Netherlands for supporting this important event.
16 May 2013 -76 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people everywhere continue to suffer violent attacks and discriminatory treatment. In this simple, high-impact video from the UN human rights office, individuals from diverse backgrounds pose questions directly to the viewer designed to expose the nature of human rights violations suffered by LGBT people around the world. The video includes cameo appearances by UN Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. The UN's message: LGBT rights are human rights. Together we will build a world that is free and equal.
Family Day celebration started with a graffiti party intended to promote the family as a non-violent environment
15 May 2013 - International Day of Family, celebrated each year on May 15, was launched in Chisinau today. The global 2013 International Family Day theme is "social integration and solidarity between generations". Nationally, Family Day is dedicated to promote the family as an environment free of violence. The event is organized by the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family in partnership with UN Agencies in Moldova.
15 May 2013 - Families hold societies together, and intergenerational relationships extend this legacy over time. This year's International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate connections among all members of the constellation that makes up a family. It is also an opportunity to reflect on how they are affected by social and economic trends – and what we can do to strengthen families in response.
3 May 2013 - Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a cornerstone of good governance, sustainable development, and lasting peace and security.
Yet every day around the world, journalists and media workers are under attack. They face intimidation, threats and violence from governments, corporations, criminals or other forces that wish to silence or censor.
2 May 2013 - The Republic of Moldova will become a participant of the Asylum Systems Quality Initiative in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus, which was launched in April 2013 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The two-year project, funded by the European Union, co-funded and implemented by the UN refugee agency, will focus on improvement of asylum procedures and refugee protection in six countries. In addition to Moldova, the project will cover Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine.
1 May 2013 -An increase in the number of cases of people with mental or intellectual disabilities declared incapacitated and placed under guardianship since 2009 reveals excessive vulnerability to abuse, according to a study (PDF) carried-out at the request of the Moldovan Government to support reforms of the guardianship system that currently applies to people with mental or intellectual disabilities in Moldova, with the support of the UN Human Rights Office.
Under the Moldovan Civil Code, a person who loses his/her legal capacity is placed under guardianship. Once declared "incapable", this person no longer has the ability to engage in any legal relationships, such as to marry, divorce, conclude a work contract, to own property, claim social benefits, consent to medical treatment or even appeal a guardianship order. Moreover, there is often a direct link between incapacitation measures and institutionalization, which can be life-long in practice.
26 April 2013 - The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today welcomes the report "The System of Guardianship in Practice in the Republic of Moldova: Human Rights and Vulnerability of Persons Declared Incapacitated". The study was carried out under the coordination of the sociologist Ludmila Ciocan, with the support of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), with a view to supporting reforms to implement the right to equal legal capacity as set out under Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
24 April 2013 - The United Nations launched today the 9th edition of the competition for the best actions to promote and protect human rights in the Republic of Moldova. Organized since 2004, the competition aims to highlight and award creative, innovative, effective, timely and engaged human rights initiatives and actions.
17 April 2013 - UNODC Project Office in Moldova, in cooperation with the Pompidou Group / Council of Europe, organized training on Case Management Approach to Pharmacotherapy with Methadone in Moldova on April 15-17 2013. Governmental partners from the National Narcology Centre and the Department of Penitentiary Institutions and civil society organizations, such as Positive Initiative, also participated in organizing the event.
The training took place at a critical time when fewer new patients are enrolled in OST programmes, the number of drop-out cases is growing; and while many are questioning the overall sustainability of OST programme once the current GFATM funding leaves Moldova.