In Focus

Tow illustrations: one of a woman giving a glass of water to her child, and another of a man watering the earth.
World Water Day (22 March)

"Leaving no one behind" is the theme for World Water Day 2019. It is also the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit. Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. Today, billions of people are still living without safe water. Their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories are struggling to survive and thrive. 'Safe water' means safely managed drinking water service; water that is accessible on the premises, available when needed, and free from contamination.

Memorial on Legacy of Slavery
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (25 March)

"Remember Slavery: The Power of the Arts for Justice" is the theme for this year's International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Since the time of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the arts have been used to confront slavery, empower enslaved communities and honour those who made freedom possible. They have also been vital tools in commemorating past struggles, highlighting ongoing injustices and celebrating the achievements of people of African descent.

Man and daughter look at a goat eating the grass in their backyard - find your goat!
#SolveDifferent - Find your goat!

Leading a sustainable lifestyle can be difficult. That is what Stan discovers when he switches his electric lawnmower for a push-mower, or when he collects rainwater for his plants. What Stan doesn’t realise is that there are ways of being environmentally friendly and having time to enjoy life. Stan’s daughter encourages him to find #SolveDifferent solutions by thinking innovatively when she brings home a goat to mow their lawn. And now YOU can find your GOAT and #SolveDifferent. Read more and watch video.

In the Spotlight

Karen Uhlenbeck (mathematician) first woman to receive the Abel Prize.
Karen Uhlenbeck

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has congratulated mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck (USA), the first woman to receive the Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Uhlenbeck received the prize in recognition for her fundamental work in geometric analysis and gauge theory, which has radically changed the landscape of mathematics. Since the creation of the three most prestigious international mathematics awards (Fields, Wolf and Abel), 142 laureates have been recognized, only two of them female: Maryam Mirzakhani, 2014 Fields Medal, and now Karen Uhlenbeck. "Awarding this prestigious prize to Karen Uhlenbeck is a tremendous encouragement for women scientists. In the age of artificial intelligence and digital revolution, mathematics is a universal language and women must play their full part."

The UN System at Work

People standing afar and looking at the mudslides in Sierra Leone
UNOPS: After the Mountain Moved

Sugarloaf Mountain, located on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown, collapsed after days of torrential rain. The survivors of the disaster continue to rebuild. On 14 August 2017, a tidal wave of mud, floodwater, boulders and trees buried and destroyed homes and businesses in the Freetown neighborhood of Regent. More than 1,100 people have been reported killed or missing. In the aftermath of the disaster, UNOPS has undertaken landslide remediation work – with funding from the World Bank and the government of Sierra Leone – to make the area safer as survivors return. UNOPS helps the UN and its partners provide peace and security, humanitarian and development solutions. Their mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. Their focus is on implementation.

Goal of the month

In Focus: Gender Equality

Each month, we provide an editorial package focusing on one of the Sustainable Development Goals, containing interviews, links to campaigns, social media assets, and resources.

Did you know?

There are 5 nuclear-weapon-free zones in the world.
Africa’s population is the fastest growing in the world.  Find out more in Global Issues: Population
Polio cases have decreased by more than 99% because of immunization against the disease worldwide. Find out more in Global Issues: Health
Women in the labour market on average still earn a quarter less than men globally. Find out more in Global Issues: Gender Equality.

Worth Watching

UN in Pictures

Children holding high up above their heads blue and yellow balls of happiness.
Young man at a construction site.
Annabelle standing behind a sheer, golden curtain.
Pedestrians use an elevated walkway to access public transportation in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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