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World Maritime Day : Sustainable Shipping For A Sustainable Planet

World Maritime Day : Sustainable Shipping For A Sustainable Planet

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the professionalism and sacrifice of the two million seafarers who serve on the world’s merchant fleet. Shipping has continued to transport more than 80% of world trade, including vital medical supplies, food and other basic goods that are critical for the COVID-19 response and recovery – but hundreds of thousands […]

International Day Of Sign Language

International Day Of Sign Language

The International Day of Sign Languages is a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users. In 2020, the World Federation of the Deaf is issuing a Global Leaders Challenge. This challenge aims to promote the use of sign languages by local, national, and global […]

The Day Of Peace

The Day Of Peace

The International Day of Peace is devoted to urging warring parties everywhere to lay down their weapons and work for harmony. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world, this call is more important than ever. That is why I appealed for a global ceasefire in March. Our world faces a common enemy: a […]

International Day Of Peace – Shaping Peace Together

International Day Of Peace – Shaping Peace Together

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other’s enemies. […]

U.N. Says Global Goals To Protect Nature Need Women To Succeed

U.N. Says Global Goals To Protect Nature Need Women To Succeed

Women – who gather much of the world’s wood and water, and carry out a large share of its farming – have too little say in how land is used, one key reason countries are failing to halt rapid losses of nature, environmental officials said on Tuesday.   Giving women a bigger voice in decision-making […]

U.N. Food Chief Urges Bezos, Other Billionaires To Step Up To Help World’s Starving

U.N. Food Chief Urges Bezos, Other Billionaires To Step Up To Help World’s Starving

U.N. food chief David Beasley called on the world’s billionaires on Thursday to step up to help save some 30 million people he said are at risk of dying if they don’t receive help from the World Food Programme. Globally some 270 million people were headed toward the brink of starvation and WFP hopes to […]

More Children Wed, Risk Trafficking In Rohingya Camps In Pandemic – U.N.

More Children Wed, Risk Trafficking In Rohingya Camps In Pandemic – U.N.

Child marriage is on the rise in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps and the risk of human trafficking grows with every day the pandemic shuts youth services, according to a U.N.-led study that was released on Thursday. Bangladesh scaled back activities in the refugee camps in April and mainly focused on providing health and emergency food […]

International Equal Pay Day

International Equal Pay Day

International Equal Pay Day, celebrated for the first time this 18 September, represents the longstanding efforts towards the achievement of equal pay for work of equal value.  It further builds on the United Nations commitment to human rights and against all forms of discrimination, including discrimination against women and girls. Across all regions, women are […]

International Day Of Democracy

International Day Of Democracy

Background The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal, and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into […]

COVID-19: A Spotlight On Democracy

COVID-19: A Spotlight On Democracy

The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has resulted in major social, political and legal challenges globally. As states around the world adopt emergency measures to address the crisis, it is critical that they continue to uphold the rule of law, protect and respect international standards and basic principles of legality, and the right to access justice, remedies […]