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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.

The Mission to Stop Ebola: Lessons for UN Crisis Response

The International Peace Institute published its new report entitled &lsquoThe Mission to Stop Ebola: Lessons for UN Crisis Response&rsquo on 15 February 2017. Written by its vice president, Adam Lupel and Michael Snyder, an independent researcher, the publication outlines the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) efforts, successes, failures and lessons learnt while combatting the Ebola pandemic of 2014 to 2016. &nbsp

Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists – 2017 Fellowship Programme

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is currently accepting applications for its 2017 fellowship programme. The fellowships are available to radio, TV, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America/ the Caribbean, and are actively working for media organizations. The application deadline is 20 March 2017.

At Prevention Forum, Participants Discuss Education Strategies for the Prevention of Violent Extremism

Delegates and members of civil society gathered on 13 February 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss and provide a forum for debate on strategies and methods for the prevention of violent extremism.

The Forum, co-organised by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ (UNAOC) Media and Information Literacy programme and the United Nations Academic Impact’s (UNAI) Unlearning Intolerance programme, carried the theme “Media and Information Literacy: Educational Strategies for the Prevention of Violent Extremism.”

'Radio provides accessible, real-time medium to bridge divides,' UNESCO says on World Day

13 February 2017 – Radio has never been so dynamic, engaging and important in the midst of deep change in ways to share and access information, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, World Radio Day.

The Africa We Want

On 30th January 2017, the 6th United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, began with a call to action by United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres, who urged young people to speak up and share their stories.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Momentum for Change: 2017 Call for Applications Now Open!

The search for Momentum for Change’s 2017 Lighthouse Activities is on! Applications are being accepted until 9 April 2017.

Organized by the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, Momentum for Change shines a light on innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people around the world are doing to address climate change, in the hope of inspiring others to act. The winning activities will be recognized and celebrated during a series of special events in November 2017 at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany (COP 23).

New Partnerships for Digital Education

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address core development issues including education.