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Students try out UN virtual reality glasses at “The Real United Nations: Innovating for Development. Photo: DPI|Students try out UN virtual reality glasses at “The Real United Nations: Innovating for Development. Photo: DPI

The Real United Nations

Across the globe, Model United Nations (Model UN) simulations are popular ways for students to learn more about the UN. But they tend to focus solely on the work of diplomats. That’s why the Education Outreach Section of the Department of Public Information (DPI) launched a new interactive lecture series called “The Real United Nations” – to allow UN staff to share their stories with Model UN participants and explain what they actually do to achieve UN mandates. 

Girls worst affected as conflict keeps more than 25 million children out of school – UNICEF

Conflict and violence has driven more than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old – about 22 per cent of children in that age group – from schools in warzones across 22 countries, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said.

Scale of civilians fleeing Iraq's Mosul 'staggering' – senior UN relief official

Noting that nearly half a million people have fled Mosul since the start of military operations to retake the city from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorists, a senior United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq warned that the scale of the displacement has stretched relief efforts to their “operational limits”.

WFP 'outraged and heartbroken' by killing of three workers in South Sudan city

Expressing “horror” at the killing of three workers contracted by its office in Wau, South Sudan, during violence that wracked the city earlier this week, the United Nations emergency food relief agency has called on the authorities to bring those responsible for the “unspeakable violence” to justice.

UN refugee agency urges EU States to suspend transfers of asylum-seekers to Hungary

10 April 2017 – Warning that deepening food insecurity in Iraq could leave more than half the population facing “unprecedented levels” of vulnerability, the United Nations emergency food relief agency today called for improving nutrition awareness and strengthening social safety nets and livelihoods in rural areas, to avoid a hunger crisis in the country.

'Learn the lessons of Rwanda,' says UN chief, calling for a future of tolerance, human rights for all

Marking the twenty-third anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres today said the only way to honour the memory of the victims is to ensure such events never happen again.

UN calls for recognizing the rights of people with autism to make their own decisions

Ahead of World Autism Awareness Day, the United Nations today called for recognizing the rights of people with the spectrum neurological condition, which is believed to affect 70 million people around the world.

Supporting Syrian refugees not only an act ''of generosity'' but also of ''enlightened self-interest'' – UN chief

28 March 2017 – Visiting the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan that is hosting about 80,000 Syrian refugees, the United Nations chief urged the parties to the conflict in Syria and the countries that have influence over them to realize that the crisis is not only a tragedy for Syrian people but also a threat to regional stability and global security.

Building peace requires culture, education – message of historic UN Security Council resolution

Univocally condemning unlawful destruction and pillaging of cultural heritage such as religious sites and artefacts, the United Nations Security Council today adopted an historic resolution that is expected to strengthen protections for such heritage during armed conflicts where they are most vulnerable.

One Week Left to Enter the Many Languages, One World 2017 Contest

There is only one week left to submit your essay to the 2017 Many Languages, One World contest!

Essay submission deadline is 31 March 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT! To enter today, click here!

New York City Students' Art and Writing to be exhibited at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, together with the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, will open the third annual New York City Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition at The Met's Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education on Friday, March 24, 2017. This special exhibition is free and open to the public during regular Museum hours from March 24 through May 29, 2017.

UN disability rights committee opens with a call to spotlight gender issues

20 March 2017 – The United Nations committee monitoring efforts to protect rights of persons with disabilities today opened its spring session today in Geneva with a call to pay special attention to gender issues.“We do urge you to ensure a strong gender basis is built in to your agenda this year, and we urge you to take special care to ensure that the voice and experience of girls and women resonates within your deliberations,” the UN’s Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore told the 17th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which runs 12 Ap

A new and improved ECLAC Digital Repository

People now have easier access to find and download Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) publications and official documents.

'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.