Security Council schedules evening consultations on Iraq

The talks, which are to resume tonight, are centred on a proposed draft resolution circulated by the United States and United Kingdom. Also today, Council members concluded an open debate on women, peace and security which began yesterday and saw the participation of some three dozen speakers. Numerous representatives took the opportunity to call for attention to women’s concerns in the formulation of mandates for UN peacekeeping operations. There were also widespread calls for increasing the participation of women in all decisions regarding peacemaking, peacekeeping and post-conflict initiatives. read more

UN trust fund to enhance role of youth volunteers in global development

A new trust fund aimed at boosting youth volunteerism kicked off today with the goal of transforming the energy of the world’s young people into tangible global development targets, the United Nations has announced. Launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Volunteers (UNV), the trust fund will provide the financial foundations for the creation of a youth volunteering modality which, in turn, will assist governments in the development of their own national and regional youth volunteer schemes while encouraging thousands of young people to support peace and development activities worldwide. “Through volunteering, young people gain a strong sense of civic engagement to bring about transformational change in their communities,” the UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, said in a news release. “Youth participation and volunteering are critical for achieving sustainable human development and UNDP will continue to attach high importance to the youth agenda, including through the UN Youth Volunteers Programme,” Ms. Clark added. Since launching operations in 1971, the UNV programme has deployed more than 7,700 volunteers every year nationally and internationally, with 80 per cent coming from developing countries, and more than 30 per cent volunteering within their own countries.The volunteers play key roles in contributing to peace and development in some 130 countries, helping to organize and run local and national elections and supporting a large number of peacekeeping and humanitarian projects. Overall, UN Volunteers comprise one third of all international civilians working in UN peacekeeping operations, according to the UNV website. However, with the new trust fund in play, UNV voiced hope that it would be able to build on the current 87 international youth volunteers it already deploys across 50 countries.Adding his voice to the celebration of the fund’s establishment, UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus urged Member States to contribute to the $5 million sought for the programme’s initial roll-out. “We look forward to building on further support from other development partners as the programme expands and will require more financial resources,” Mr. Dictus stated, as he thanked the Government of Germany for its $1.5 million endowment, the first to contribute to the fund. “This will enable us to reach as many youth around the world as possible.” read more

Fraudsters grooming bank customers before phishing attacks

first_imgLegitimate companies and banks will NEVER ask for your full PIN and password online.Legitimate companies and banks will NEVER telephone you to ask for your banking PIN and password.Telephone calls asking for these details will not be from the bank or company, therefore the person calling is likely to be a fraudster.Any unsolicited communication or contact from your bank or another company should be checked.Contact the bank or company in the event that you are approached by phone.Try and use a separate phone from the one that you have been contacted on as the fraudsters can hold open your phone line and trick you into believing that you are contacting your bank.Damien Kiberd: Government policy on housing is a massive muddleRead: AIB lost €1.7 billion last year, but that’s much better than the previous year ORGANISED CRIMINALS and fraudsters are out to get people’s personal bank details, warn the PSNI, stating that they are using sophisticated methods to target customers.The PSNI said that criminals use “social engineering” known as “grooming” their victims in order to make them comply with their requests, they said.“They say they represent the bank or another well known company and have already garnered some information about the company or individual,” said the police.Phone or emailDuring the course of a phone call or email, they elicit enough information to take control of the online banking.“The people behind this are organised and knowledgeable both about systems and the companies they claim to represent, as well as the people that they victimise,” said the police.The added that it is vital that each individual is aware of online security threats, can spot attempted fraud and take steps to avoid this.Here are some tips from the PSNI to remember:last_img read more