Building bridges across boundaries

World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event observed during the first week of February. In the 2010 establishing the week, the General Assembly, recognizes the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people. It encourages all States to spread the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship during that week, according to their own religious traditions.

Participants at a special event entitled “Interfaith harmony: Implementing the Transformative Agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals”, co-organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Committee of Religious NGOs. (2016)
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Palestinian children ride a tuk-tuk (modified motorcycle and miniature pickup) on their way to school.

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17 Goals to transform our world

The Sustainable Development Goals高德平台网页版 are a call for action by all countries — poor, rich and middle-income — to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

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The ActNow Climate Campaign aims to trigger individual action on the defining issue of our time. People around the world will be engaged to make a difference in all facets of their lives, from the food they eat to the clothes they wear.

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Learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals! On our student resources page you will find plenty of materials for young people and adults alike. Share with your family and friends to help achieve a better world for all.

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高德平台网页版Reading and learning are essential to children’s growth and development; stories can fuel their imagination and raise awareness of new possibilities. The SDG Book Club aims to encourage them to learn about the Goals in a fun, engaging way, empowering them to make a difference.

Decade of Action


With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver the 2030 promise—by mobilizing more governments, civil society, businesses and calling on all people to make the Global Goals their own.

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Afaf Jafar, a fig grower

Since 2011, the Syrian conflict has hit hard the families in the country, as well as its agriculture. Many families lost their husbands, fathers or other breadwinners, leaving women solely responsible for earning money and taking care of their families. FAO teamed up with Slow Food International to offer Syrian women opportunities to gain the skills and confidence they need to boost their production, but also importantly, to help them identify markets. As part of this initiative, seven Syrian women, as well as a number of female technicians, travelled to the Piedmont and Liguria regions of Italy to learn from farming communities that produce and promote local, organic and artisanal foods. 


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高德平台网页版In Guatemala, the public healthcare system struggles to keep up with the demands of an aging and ever-growing population. In 2015, it was discovered that major cases of corruption were affecting medicine procurement in Guatemala’s Social Security Institute (IGSS). Since then, has been working with IGSS to improve transparency in its procurement processes, playing a fundamental role in the strengthening of institutional procurement capacities. Over time, changes began to occur, and the benefits of a more transparent and efficient system became widely accepted. More vital medicine reached citizens who needed it. Healthcare facilities improved. And the delivery of services became more patient-friendly.

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UN in History: Trygve Lie becomes first Secretary-General

Trygve Lie led the Norwegian delegation to the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, April 1945, and was Chairman of the commission for drafting the Security Council provisions of the Charter. He was also Chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in London in January 1946. On 1 February 1946, Mr. Lie was elected the first Secretary-General高德平台网页版 of the United Nations. He was formally installed by the General Assembly at its 22nd meeting on 2 February 1946. The General Assembly on 1 November 1950, continued Mr. Lie in office for a further three years from 1 February 1951. He resigned as Secretary-General in November 1952.

"The Beijing Treaty is the most important thing that has happened to actors since the invention of cinema," says renowned actor, Javier Bardem. The Beijing Treaty deals with the  rights of performers.

高德平台网页版In recent years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been advancing at an exponential pace. The transformative power of AI, however, also comes with challenges, ranging from issues of transparency, trust and security, to concerns about displacing jobs and exacerbating inequalities.

高德平台网页版Nominations for 2020 opened on 20 January 2020 for four categories:

  • - Policy leadership
  • - Inspiration and action
  • - Entrepreneurial vision
  • - Science and innovation

Submission deadline: 20 March 2020.

For 50 years, the world’s icons and activists have made changes touching the lives of millions of women and girls. Today, people are more likely than ever before to enjoy reproductive rights and choices.

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The Women's International Shipping and Trading Association Limited () and have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on promoting greater diversity and inclusion through enhanced cooperation activities in the maritime field. These activities will lay the groundwork for further discussion on how a diverse workforce will be essential for a sustainable future.

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The is calling on individuals and organizations to share innovative ideas and solutions to address the skills mismatch challenge. The will recognise and support the development of solutions that aim to address the different forms and dimensions of skills mismatch. Submission deadline for ideas: 13 April 2020高德平台网页版 (midnight, Geneva time).

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The World Food Programme (WFP) has unveiled a new tool in its bid to end hunger by 2030:  monitors food security in more than 90 countries and issues predictions for places where data is limited. Using the latest metrics on conflict, climate shocks, populations and the weather, HungerMap LIVE aims to identify areas that are currently food insecure or are sliding towards food insecurity.

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The is now accepting applications from professional journalists for its . The application deadline is Friday, March 6, 2020. The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, including:

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United Nations

The main parts of the UN structure are the General Assembly, the
Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the , and the UN Secretariat. All were established in 1945 when the UN was founded.

The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN. All 193 Member States of the UN are represented in the General Assembly, making it the only UN body with universal representation.

高德平台网页版The Security Council has primary responsibility, under the UN Charter, for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members (5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members). Each Member has one vote. Under the Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

The Economic and Social Council is the principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as implementation of internationally agreed development goals.

高德平台网页版The Trusteeship Council was established in 1945 by the UN Charter, under Chapter XIII, to provide international supervision for 11 Trust Territories that had been placed under the administration of seven Member States, and ensure that adequate steps were taken to prepare the Territories for self-government and independence.

高德平台网页版The International Court of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Its seat is at the Peace Palace in the Hague (Netherlands). It is the only one of the six principal organs of the United Nations not located in New York (United States of America).

The Secretariat comprises the Secretary-General and tens of thousands of international UN staff members who carry out the day-to-day work of the UN as mandated by the General Assembly and the Organization's other principal organs.

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The Middelgrunden Off Shore Windturbines located in the Øresund Straight separating Denmark and Sweden. UN Photo

Climate change is the defining issue of our time and now is the defining moment to do something about it. There is still time to tackle climate change, but it will require an unprecedented effort from all sectors of society.

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高德平台网页版Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and, therefore, also half of its potential. Gender equality, besides being a fundamental human right, is essential to achieve peaceful societies, with full human potential and sustainable development.

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While global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, one in ten people in developing regions still lives on less than US$1.90 a day — the internationally agreed poverty line, and millions of others live on slightly more than this daily amount.

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In 2020, the United Nations turns 75. UN75 aims to build a global vision for the year 2045, the UN's centenary; to increase understanding of the threats to that future; and to drive collective action to realize that vision.  #Join the Conversation #Be the Change

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1) Locusts are the oldest migratory pest in the world. 2) Desert Locust is the most devastating of all locust species. 3) They form swarms that can fly up to 150 km a day. 4) They eat their own weight in food daily. 5) A very small swarm can eat the same amount of food in one day as about 35,000 people! 6) If infestations are not detected and controlled devastating swarms can form. 7) This is having severe consequences on food security.
To protect livelihoods and ensure food security FAO uses the latest technologies to monitor and asses the situation and assists countries in the control of plagues.

Informed Consent: There’s an App for That!

高德平台网页版Consent is required before collecting any personal data or information including photos and videos. Getting informed consent is simple and straight forward with IOM’s Community Response App, a new interactive mobile app which can be used anywhere in the world, online or offline to enable individuals to make informed decisions about the use of their personal information.

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Whoopi Goldberg knows how it feels to have pneumonia - and she never wants another baby to suffer that same struggle to breathe.

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The Last Cherry Blossom, a story of survival

高德平台网页版Yuriko was just a 12 year-old growing up in Hiroshima, when the devastating mushroom cloud enveloped the city in the morning of 6 August 1945. Kathleen Burkinshaw’s novel The Last Cherry Blossom, tells Yuriko’s extraordinary survival story, a journey inspired by the life of the author’s mother, laying bare the importance of nuclear disarmament. For , Ana Carmo spoke to Ms. Burkinshaw when she came to talk about the book, at the UN Bookshop in New York last year.

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Five Ways Bamboo Can Fight Climate Change

With an estimated 30 million hectares throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia and the Americas, bamboo can provide a significant contribution to combatting climate change高德平台网页版 in the developing world, particularly in rural communities. In this article, the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation .

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Five Things to Know About Spiraling Insecurity in the Sahel

In the Central Sahel countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, conflict and violence are exacerbating the effects of climate change高德平台网页版 on people’s food security. The (WFP) — 950,000 of whom have been displaced by conflict — with vital food assistance. WFP plans to expand operations to assist 4.8 million people by December.

Photo:PNUD Peru/Jasmin Ramirez Romero

Lights of the Amazon

Pictured is the son of Adela Huamán with a friend from the community of San Jose. (eMujer); an initiative implemented in part by the (UNDP). The purpose of this school is to train women in the use, management and sustainability of clean energies. Also, it generates employment opportunities through practical training and the development of skills to create business plans based on their new knowledge.

Photo:© PNUD Tuvalu/ Aurélia Rusek

Like plastic, Concrete Must Give Way to Development Solutions Based on Nature

Inexpensive and easy to use, concrete is everywhere and its demand even tends to exceed the quantity of sand available in the world. The . It could represent up to 8% of global CO2 emissions; if concrete were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. Concrete does not really guarantee the development and resilience of our societies over the long term. For many small island developing States, dredging the sand needed to make concrete is eroding coasts faster than climate change.