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School children attend a parade in South Africa. Photo: Trevor Samson/World Bank
16 October 2017 – Africa must focus on young people, empower women and girls, and be innovative in leveraging resources and financing for development, Secretary-GeneralAntónio Guterres said Monday as the United Nations kicked off Africa Week.
Photo: ILO
13 October 2017 – The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed deep concern about a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia of more than 180 people perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), many of whom have reportedly been mistreated by law enforcement officials.
The CETYS community organized a number of efforts on their three campuses to help those affected by the earthquakes in their country. Photo: CETYS University.
UNAI member and higher education hub CETYS University raises close to $27k for earthquake victims. Around 90 tons of food collected at the centers located in the three campuses of CETYS University were sent to the victims of the earthquake that devastated south and central Mexico in the past weeks.  
At the Bellafarendi Health Center, Azaharatou Dicko gives UNICEF-supplied ready-to-use therapeutic food to her daughter, Farimata Dicko, 13 months, who suffers from severe acute malnutrition. WHO/Harandane Dicko
9 October 2017 – A nutrition crisis, exacerbated by continuing violence, instability and displacement, is threatening the lives and futures of thousands of children in Mali, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today.
CEDMAR aims to call attention to the importance of preserving the ocean among fellow students at the University of São Paulo and beyond. Photo: Yolanda Menezes.
When writing a scientific research paper two years ago, Milena Malteze, a law student from the University of São Paulo in Brazil, concluded that her country did too little to fully implement international regulations regarding the ocean, even though it is the country with the second longest coastline in Latin America.
Jayathma Wickramanayake was appointed as the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth in June 2017.
Bogota, 7 October –The United Nations announced today that it was seeking applications for its second class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals--exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities. 
Oklahoma Secretary of State Dave Lopez and World Experiences Foundation Founder Akash Patel presenting the 2017 Global Citizen Award in Environment to Ponca Councilwoman and actress Casey-Camp Horinek. Photo: Fran Kozakowski
On 9 September 2017, WEF celebrated its Annual Global Citizen Awards Gala during an evening of multicultural experience in Oklahoma City. In the presence of some 350 global citizens, various community members were acknowledged for their ongoing contribution to make societal inclusion, multiculturalism, pluralism and multilingualism a reality for all.
The “Non-Violence” (or “Knotted Gun”) sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd on display at the UN Visitors’ Plaza. UN Photo
2 October 2017 – Noting that in today's world, violence has become a “tool of choice” for many and new evidence, of destruction and suffering, every day resulting from this choice, the President of the United Nations General Assembly has called for greater efforts to prevent conflict and for the Organization to promote the use of non-violence across all three pillars of its work.
A mid-sized private university in the United States has made a big contribution to its hometown by building homes for the homeless. More than 400 volunteers from United Nations Academic Impact member institution Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, banded together to construct the three tiny homes. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members worked for seven days in September to build the structures from the ground up. The completed homes—each featuring a vaulted ceiling, electricity, heating, four windows, a bed and a small porch—were donated to Joppa, a non-profit organization that helps homeless people survive, get housing and rebuild their lives.
Children attend class in a UNICEF-sponsored school in Dikwa, Borno state, Nigeria. Boko Haram captured Dikwa in 2014 and the Nigerian army liberated it in February 2016. UNICEF/Naftalin (file)
29 September 2017 – About 57 per cent of all schools are closed in Nigeria's Borno state, worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency and the subsequent humanitarian crisis, leaving an estimated 3 million children in need of emergency education support, even as the new school year begins, the United Nations child agency said today.