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Students laugh as they leave school in Bangladesh. Photo: Scott Wallace/World Bank
11 July 2016 – Leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the rights of teenage girls, particularly those who are poor, out of school, exploited, or subjected to harmful traditional practices, the United Nations has said, marking World Population Day with a call to bolster the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by investing in better opportunities for teen girls.
On 8 July Open Camps began its annual 10-day conference using open source technologies for social good at United Nations Headquarters in New York. As many as 8000 developers from open source communities, private sector technology companies, academic institutions and UN Member States will attend hundreds of workshops to learn how they can develop partnerships and explore open source technology solutions that support the substantive work of the UN, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Kenyan fishermen on Lake Victoria use special nets to conserve dwindling fish stock. Photo: FAO/Ami Vitale
7 July 2016 – A new report out today from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows that while growth in aquaculture has helped drive global per capita fish consumption above 20 kilograms a year for the first time, almost a third of commercial fish stocks are now overharvested at biologically unsustainable levels.
Iraq Crisis: 3.6 million children now at risk from increasing violence. Photo: UNICEF Iraq/Wathiq Khuzaie
One out of every five Iraqi children are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, according to a new United Nations report. In A Heavy Price for Children: Violence destroys childhoods in Iraq, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said that some 3.6 million children are in danger - an increase of 1.3 million in 18 months.
Annual ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment gets underway_Manuel Elias
27 June 2016 – The international community must act with urgency and solidarity to deliver on the commitments generated at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, this past month, in order to adequately respond to and prevent crises and build resilience on a global scale, senior United Nations officials emphasized today.
International Day of Yoga celebration at UN Headquarters. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to embrace healthier choices and lifestyles and to commit to unity with other human beings, regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.
United Nations Member States committed to implementing a bold agenda to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 during the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 8 to 10 June. The progressive, new and actionable Political Declaration includes a set of specific, time-bound targets and actions that must be achieved by 2020 if the world is to get on the fast-track and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sports provide more than just a way to stay fit, they can be a powerful tool to promote cross cultural understanding, social integration and economic development across geographical, cultural and political contexts. Several United Nations Academic Impact member institutions have recognized the pivotal role athletics can play in bridging these divides and have undertaken a number of initiatives to capitalize on the unifying power of sport.
Food insecurity and hunger have been called the silent tsunami, a wave that leaves 795 million people, 1 in 9 worldwide, chronically malnourished. A new one week summer course on poverty and food security offered by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the University of Roma Tor Vergata, looks at the factors that contribute to food insecurity and analyzes ways to reduce poverty and eradicate hunger.
UNAI ASPIRE chapters are designed to empower students to become active agents of change in their classrooms, communities and countries. The East Stroudsburg South High School ASPIRE Chapter translates these words into action to make an impact globally and locally by actively pursuing social justice while developing a broader understanding of global citizenship.