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'Unprecedented suffering' for Syrian children in 2016 – UNICEF

13 March 2017 - The suffering of children in war-torn Syria “hit rock bottom” in 2016 with the highest number of grave violations against them since verification began in 2014, underscored the United Nations children's agency urging all parties to the conflict, those who have influence over them, and anyone who cared about children to find an immediate political solution to end the conflict.

Nation-building amid insurgency ‘an uphill struggle’ for Afghanistan – UN envoy

10 March 2017 – The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today highlighted both the visible progress the conflict-torn country has made and the challenges lie ahead, urging the Government to redouble efforts while calling for continued international political and financial support.

The Many Languages, One World 2017 contest deadline has been extended

Based on significant participation and strong interest, the Many Languages, One World 2017 contest deadline has been extended. 

Submit your essay by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 31 March 2017. To enter the Many Languages, One World 2017 contest, click here

Deputy Secretary-General Opens ‘Solve at the United Nations’ Live Pitch Event, 7 March

In remarks made this morning at the opening of the live pitch event “Solve at the United Nations”, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed stated that working for the Sustainable Development Goals represented an investment in preventing future disaster, conflict and crisis.  “The Secretary-General has made crisis prevention a top priority,” she noted.  “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is our only insurance policy.”  To achieve the Goals, the Deputy-Secretary General emphasized, “we need solutions, we need innovation and we need partnership”.

Equitable Innovation: The Uncharted Play Effect

This article from Uncharted Play is the final piece in the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Women in Science, Technology and Innovation series that analyses the gender dimension of Sustainable Development Goal #9: Industry, Infrastructure and Innovation. Leading women inventors of the 21st century were asked to avail themselves for interviews and submit articles highlighting the gender dimension of their work, research or inventions as they relate to SDG #9 and outlining their implications in helping to realize that goal. Please note that the interviews and articles are for discussion, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations.

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children each year, UN health agency reports

6 March 2017 – Unhealthy environments are responsible for one-quarter of young child deaths, according to two new reports from the United Nations health agency, which reviewed the threats from pollutants such as second-hand smoke, UV radiation, unsafe water and e-waste.

According to the latest information, polluted environments take the lives of 1.7 million children under the age of five.

Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure: How Speaking Engagements Lead to Entrepreneurial Success for Women

This article from Innovation Women is the fourth piece in the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Women in Science, Technology and Innovation series that analyses the gender dimension of Sustainable Development Goal #9: Industry, Infrastructure and Innovation. Leading women inventors of the 21st century were asked to avail themselves for interviews and submit articles highlighting the gender dimension of their work, research or inventions as they relate to SDG #9 and outlining their implications in helping to realize that goal.

On Wildlife Day, UN spotlights youth's role as today's change-makers, tomorrow's custodians

With the fate of the world's wildlife soon to be in the hands of the next generation, the United Nations is observing this year's World Wildlife Day with a call to harness the power of young people's voices in conservation efforts.

2017 MILEAD Fellows Program for Young African Women Leaders Call for Applications

Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa (Moremi Initiative) announces its annual call for applications for the 2017 MILEAD (Moremi Initiative Leadership Empowerment and Development) Fellows Program to identify Africa’s most outstanding emerging women leaders. 

‘Smart’ Apparel for the Future: Functionality vs. Fashion

This mini-biography of Madison Maxey is the third piece in the UNAI Women in Science, Technology and Innovations series that analyses the gender dimension of Sustainable Development Goal #9: Industry, Infrastructure and Innovation. Leading women inventors of the 21st century were asked to avail themselves for interviews and/or submit articles highlighting the gender dimension of their work, research or inventions as they relate to SDG #9 and outlining their implications in helping to realize that goal.

Time Poverty and the Importance of Culturally Relevant Innovations in the Developing World

This mini-biography of Sarah Collins is the second piece in the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Women in Science, Technology and Innovations series that analyses the gender dimension of Sustainable Development Goal #9: Industry, Infrastructure and Innovation. Leading women inventors of the 21st century were asked to avail themselves for interviews and/or submit articles highlighting the gender dimension of their work, research or inventions as they relate to SDG #9 and outlining their implications in helping to realize that goal.

Donors pledge $670 million at UN-backed conference to support aid operations in Lake Chad region

24 February 2017 – Giving voice to people affected by conflict and crises in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin, a global United Nations-supported humanitarian conference in Oslo today generated more than $670 million in pledges that will help sustain critical relief operations over the next two years and beyond across four counties where millions are in need of aid.

A Window on the Historic Workings of the United Nations Security Council

Ever since the United Nations was founded shortly after the Second World War, the Security Council has addressed global questions of peace and security, based on the powerful role it was accorded in the Charter of the United Nations.

The Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council is the official and comprehensive record of this work, shedding light on the evolving practice of the Council and its interpretation and application of the Charter and its own Provisional Rules of Procedure since 1946.

International Women’s Media Foundation’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists: Call for 2017 Applications

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2017 funding cycle. There are two funding rounds during which applications are accepted annually in January and June. Click here to apply.

How the Visiola Foundation is helping to drive Sustainable Development Goal #9

This article from the Visiola Foundation is the first in the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Women in Science, Technology and Innovation series that analyses the gender dimension of Sustainable Development Goal #9: Industry, Infrastructure and Innovation. Leading women inventors of the 21st century were asked to avail themselves for interviews and submit articles highlighting the gender dimension of their work, research or inventions as they relate to SDG #9 and outlining their implications in helping to realize that goal.

Women at the Intersection of Science, Technology and Innovation

A gifted mathematician, Augusta Ada King, the Right Honourable Countess of Lovelace, later known as Ada Lovelace, is considered to have written instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s. Ada displayed her mathematical aptitude at an early age. At the age of 12, she designed a steam-powered flight machine.

Famine declared in region of South Sudan – UN

20 February 2017 – Famine has been formally declared in parts of South Sudan, the United Nations said today, warning that war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation there and a further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine.

A decade on, UN urges all Governments to endorse convention on enforced disappearance

17 February 2017 – Marking the tenth anniversary of an historic treaty to keep people from suffering enforced disappearance or secret detentions, the United Nations today urged all Governments that have not done so to ratify it, as the world body honoured victims separated from their loved ones.

Reflections on the Day of Holocaust Remembrance

In memory of the victims of the Holocaust, the United Nations annually observes the International Holocaust Remembrance day. During this year’s commemoration week, the United Nations Department of Public Information organized special exhibitions, film screenings, NGO briefing and the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony to bring awareness and remind the world of the threat posed to us all when genocide and crimes against humanity are allowed to occur. 

Call for Nominations for the 2017 United Nations Public Service Awards

Nominations for the 2017 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) are currently being accepted until 17 March 2017. UNPSA aims to recognize public service institutions that exemplify innovation and excellence in their work. All public organizations are welcome to be nominated including governments and public sector institutions that are engaged in public-private partnerships for delivering services. Candidates are expected to present innovative projects that contribute to improved public service delivery and can inspire similar initiatives around the world.