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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

“Sport promotes health and well-being. It fosters tolerance, mutual understanding and peace. … It empowers, inspires and unites.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon After fifteen years of progress in the unprecedented Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world turned its attention to the successor Sustainable Development Goals in a period of transition to the newly adopted 2030 Agenda […]

World Water Day: Water Means Jobs

World Water Day: Water Means Jobs

“We can take bold action to address water inequity as part of our efforts to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Message for World Water Day 2016 Water means jobs Water is the essential building block of life. But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; […]

World Down Syndrome Day 2016: Olivia Wilde Teams Up With 19-Year Old To Deliver A Powerful Message

World Down Syndrome Day 2016: Olivia Wilde Teams Up With 19-Year Old To Deliver A Powerful Message

To commemorate the upcoming World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, actress Olivia Wilde has teamed up with 19-year-old AnnaRose Rubright to deliver a powerful message about the realities of living with Down syndrome. The above video features Rubright narrating along as a version of her, played by Wilde, goes through the ordinary yet blissfully […]

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

“By paying tribute to the men and women whose only instrument is free speech, who imagine and act, UNESCO recognizes in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and […]

International Day of Happiness 2016

International Day of Happiness 2016

A day to be happier It is the 4th International Day of Happiness today. Having been founded in June 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly, the first International Day of Happiness was in 2013 and is now a day for people all over the world to celebrate happiness. International Day of Happiness is also […]

Secretary-General’s International Day of Happiness Message

Secretary-General’s International Day of Happiness Message

This year’s International Day of Happiness is focused on Climate Action for a Happy Planet. Everyone can be part of our campaign: governments, civic groups, the media and individuals. This year, even cartoon characters have joined in as the United Nations teams up with a group famous for lacking good cheer: the Angry Birds. These […]

Global Leaders Launch a New Programme to Support Women in Conflict Zones

Global Leaders Launch a New Programme to Support Women in Conflict Zones

“When there is armed conflict, it is often more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier,” said Susana Camarero Benitez, Spain’s Secretary of State for Equality and Social Services, during an event launching a new global Women, Peace and Security training programme that took place on the opening day of the 60th session of […]

CSW60:’Prejudice that women are not capable of dealing with security matters; that is completely untrue’ – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

CSW60:’Prejudice that women are not capable of dealing with security matters; that is completely untrue’ – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Thank you very much for your leadership for gender equality and gender empowerment. Welcome to the United Nations. It is a great pleasure for me to be here today with so many distinguished women leaders from all around the world. I feel truly inspired. You empower me and I am energized by your energy and […]

UN inquiry to probe attack at South Sudan camp

UN inquiry to probe attack at South Sudan camp

A high-level board of inquiry will investigate how United Nations peacekeepers responded to an attack at their camp in South Sudan where tens of thousands of civilians were sheltering, a UN spokesman said on Friday. Gunmen in army uniforms stormed the camp in the northeastern town of Malakal on February 17 and 18, firing on […]

Ban calls for more female police in UN peace operations to combat violence against women

Ban calls for more female police in UN peace operations to combat violence against women

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Member States to contribute more female police, especially French-speaking women, to serve in UN peace operations. “They can put communities at ease and stand as inspiring role models for local women,” he said at the opening of the Fifth General Assembly of the Kigali International Conference on […]