The Commission on the Status of Women, which is dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women, adopted agreed conclusions during its 52nd session.
Defend International is supporting an Arms Trade Treaty to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. The UN Group of Governmental Experts on a global Arms Trade Treaty held its first session in New York on 11-15 February 2008. The GGE represents a historical step towards an international instrument to combat the rise in armed violence.
The United Nations Children’s Fund annual report on global child health, The State of World’s Children Report 2008, was released on 22 January 2008. Child survival and primary health care for mothers, newborns and children are “sensitive barometers of a country’s development and wellbeing and as evidence of its priorities and values” says UNICEF.
Defend International strongly condemns the terrorist act against Mrs. Bhutto and expresses deepest sympathy with her family and the families of all those who lost their lives, as well as with the people of Pakistan.
States participating in the Wassenaar Arrangement on arms exports have agreed on best practise guidelines for transporting small arms by air.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, marks Human Rights Day 2007 and launches a year-long campaign leading to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
DI co-founder Dr. Widad attended the United Nations 62nd General Assembly to take part in the UN First Committee, as well as bilateral and multilateral meetings with government delegates.