Teen activist Greta Thunberg arrives in New York by boat, putting ‘climate crisis’ in spotlight

3 semanas 1 día ago

After a two-week sail across the Atlantic, youth climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in the Big Apple on Wednesday to take part in two major climate summits to be held at UN Headquarters next month. Refusing to take a gas-guzzling plane, the Swedish teen decided on a zero-carbon mode of transportation to further bring awareness… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Better hygiene in schools prompts more educational opportunities in Asia Pacific

3 semanas 4 días ago

Having access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities at school is the right of every child and adolescent. But in many schools around the world today, this service is often deemed inadequate. This results in preventable diseases among children, which negatively affects their well-being and ability to learn. Ensuring adequate WASH in schools is… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Viet Nam’s self-help clubs

1 mes ago

Communities, no matter how marginalized or impoverished, have an astonishing capability for taking care of their most vulnerable members. In Viet Nam, a network of over 1,500 inter-generational self-help clubs, started by HelpAge and local partners, is harnessing this willingness of community members to support each other in tough times. The clubs are not only… Read more ›
Michal Szymanski

‘We are facing a learning crisis’, UN chief warns on International Youth Day

1 mes 1 semana ago

Schools are “not equipping young people with the skills they need to navigate the technological revolution”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned, in a message released to mark the UN’s International Youth Day. Transforming Education is the theme for this year, which comes at a time when the world is facing a “learning crisis”, says Mr Guterres, and… Read more ›
Michal Szymanski

‘Preserve, revitalize and promote’ indigenous languages, or lose a ‘wealth of traditional knowledge’, UN chief says

1 mes 1 semana ago

Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the urgency to “preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages” in his message for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, celebrated on Friday. “Languages are how we communicate, and they are inextricably linked to our cultures, histories and identity”, the UN chief said, noting that 2019 also marks the International Year of Indigenous… Read more ›
Michal Szymanski

International Youth Day 2019 – Transforming Education

1 mes 1 semana ago

Exactly 20 years ago, the UN General Assembly decided that 12 August shall henceforth be celebrated every year as the International Youth Day. At a time when the world is increasingly looking to young people as leaders and as a moral compass on everything from climate action to peacebuilding, to education, celebrating their achievements and… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Four in 10 indigenous languages at risk of disappearing, warn UN human rights experts

1 mes 1 semana ago

Of 7,000 indigenous languages spoken today, four in 10 are in danger of disappearing, rights experts said on Wednesday, in a call for a decade of action to reverse the “historic destruction” of age-old dialects. In an appeal to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on Friday (9 August), UN-appointed experts said that “nation-building”… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Certified green – EKOenergy label helps companies choose clean

1 mes 2 semanas ago

As more people realize the urgency of the global climate emergency, many companies are turning to climate-smart business practices, not only to do their share for the planet, but also to attract sustainability-minded customers. The internationally recognized EKOenergy label is one way businesses can show the world that they use sustainable energy. Energy sold with… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

City Prosperity Initiative tracks well-being of urban residents of Mexico

1 mes 3 semanas ago

You can’t measure progress without collecting reliable data. The data project known as the City Prosperity Index (CPI), carried out between 2015 and 2018 in more than 300 municipalities in Mexico, sought accurate knowledge of the well-being of residents. The public-private project created a new data repository that now assists local governments in analysing, planning… Read more ›
Michal Szymanski

New President of top UN economic and social body to push for development financing, fundamental freedoms ‘for all’

1 mes 3 semanas ago

In her inaugural speech as President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Mona Juul, of Norway, underscored that the body’s mandate today remains “as relevant and compelling” as it did back in 1945 when it was tasked with “fostering international cooperation on economic, social, and cultural issues”. Having served as one of… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Animal Health Workers ensure healthy herds in South Sudan

1 mes 4 semanas ago

In conflict-ridden South Sudan, more than half of the population depends on livestock for their livelihoods. But these pastoralists face many challenges. Public veterinary services infrastructure is dilapidated, access to animal health services is limited and diseases can wipe out entire herds. Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VSF) promotes the Community-based Animal Health Workers (CAHW) model as… Read more ›
Michal Szymanski

High-level committee identifies critical areas to improve the review of SDG progress

2 meses ago

As countries prepare to revamp the way the world reviews progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a high-level UN committee pointed to data gaps, analysis of global megatrends and Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) as the critical areas for improvement. UN DESA convenes the Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs Plus (ECESA Plus), comprising… Read more ›
Michal Szymanski

Increased community-based engagement seen as critical to build climate action and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

2 meses ago

With reports indicating that current efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals are being undermined by climate change and sharply rising inequalities, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development concluded yesterday with calls for an increased critical role for local communities and civil society in getting the world back on track to achieving the Sustainable… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Top UN sustainable development forum closes with galvanized effort toward ‘empowerment, inclusiveness and equality’

2 meses ago

In closing the High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Friday, President Inga Rhonda King assured participants that the session had contributed significantly to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By “increasing awareness and galvanizing efforts towards empowerment, inclusiveness and equality”, the entire ECOSOCsystem has worked “to address gaps and challenges, provide integrated policy… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

‘Stay together and step up’ action to meet Global Goals, ECOSOC President tells development forum

2 meses ago

We can realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 “if we all stay together and step up our actions”, Inga Rhonda King, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC), said on Thursday. “Even though the global picture is mixed”, she stated during the closing of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), “we… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

25 years after population conference, women still face challenges to ‘well-being and human rights’, says UN chief

2 meses ago

Many women and girls “still face enormous challenges to their health, well-being and human rights”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a High-level General Assembly meeting on Tuesday conevened to mark the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a milestone in reproductive health and rights. “Violence against women and girls affects one-in-three women worldwide”, the UN… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid
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