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Nations Reach Historic Agreement on Climate Change

On 12 December, 195 nations adopted an historic, legally binding agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future. The Paris agreement for the first time brings all nations into a common cause based on their historic, current and future responsibilities.

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Promoting and Protecting Freedom: Human Rights Day 2015

“Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we have collectively pledged to uphold.” –Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General

This Thursday, 10 December, is Human Rights Day, a day that commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

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The Fast Track to End AIDS

December 1 is World AIDS Day and provides an opportunity to raise awareness about what has been accomplished and the challenges that remain. The theme for World AIDS Day 2015 is ‘On The Fast Track to End AIDS:Ending the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals’.

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World Leaders Meet in Paris to Tackle Climate Change

Today marks the beginning of the 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris (COP21). Speaking at the opening of the United Nations climate change conference which seeks to reach a new universal agreement to protect people and planet, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a political moment like this may not come again.

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The Preventable Pandemic: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

25 November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This year, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites you to Orange the World: End Violence against Women and Girls using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence.

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World Toilet Day Raises Awareness About Sustainable Sanitation

An international day devoted to toilets? Many people around the world think you’re joking when you tell them that 19 November is World Toilet Day. But access to clean water and sanitation is no laughing matter.

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A Tree Grows in Bridgeport: A Celebration of UN70

On 30 October 2015 the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT USA celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations with a tree planting ceremony.

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Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao discusses his new book: The UN that I lived

Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao, journalist and diplomat, discusses his new book: The UN that I lived, which focuses on his four years at the UN in New York.

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Launch of Annual World Risk Report Highlights Dangers of Food Insecurity

Today the Alliance Development Works and the Institute for Environment and Human Security of United Nations University launched the World Risk Report 2015. The 74 page report, launched in Berlin in both English and German, details the intersectionality between disaster risk reduction and reducing food insecurity among vulnerable populations around the world.

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The Second Annual J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series

Learn more about the second annual J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series, featuring retired U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering and his reflections on the past and future of the United Nations written by DPI Special Events Intern, Rocio Labrador.

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International Day for Tolerance: 16 November

The International Day for Tolerance is observed each year on 16 November. Learn more here, and read the message from the Director-General of UNESCO for the 2015 commemoration.

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The 15th East Asian Seminar on the UN System - The UN at 70 for a better World: East Asian Partnership in Global and Regional Governance

In October, the Shanghai UN research Association (SUNRA) organised, with support of the China Academic Net for UN Studies (CANUNS), Japan Association for UN Studies (JAUNS) Korea Academic Council (KACUNS) on the UN in collaboration with Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS), a workshop and seminar on The 15th East Asian Seminar in the UN System. Read more here.

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On fifth anniversary of UN Academic Impact, Ban stresses empowering youth to lead global progress

The UN News Centre covered our Fifth Anniversary commemoration yesterday. Find out more here as well as the link to the archived webcast, and the text of the message from the Secretary-General.

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Call for entries – Disarmament Poster Contest

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the first UN General Assembly resolution, which established the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs is pleased to sponsor the UN Poster for Peace Contest. Learn more here.

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Public Health in the post-2015 Development Agenda Series: Training the Next Generation of Public Health Professionals

This is the fifth article of the UNAI series “Public Health in the post-2015 development agenda”. Schools and departments of public health at UNAI member institutions were asked to submit articles highlighting research and work relating to the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to showcase the importance of public health in the post-2015 development agenda. Read more from Dr. Regna Darnell from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.

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United Nations Academic Impact at Five: “The Next Generation of Global Citizens”

Join us to celebrate the fifth anniversary of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). The event will take place on 10 November from 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. in the ECOSOC Chamber at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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Call for science briefs for the 2016 Global Sustainable Development Report

The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is a United Nations publication aiming to strengthen the science-policy interface at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, and provide a strong evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development. Learn how you can participate here,

Enlightened Universe, an interactive sculpture for UN70

In New York's Central Park earlier this month, Ban Ki-moon unveiled Enlightened Universe, an interactive sculpture by renowned Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarron created in honour of the UN's 70th anniversary. Learn more here.

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Minister Al Kuwari presents Educate a Child book of photography at UNESCO

As part of its continued effort to highlight the pressing need for primary education for all, Educate A Child officially launched a new book at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in October. Entitled ‘Challenges & Reality’. Educate a child is a global programme of the Education Above All Foundation. The volume contains a new collection of images of out of school children from photojournalist Maher Attar.