In Focus

Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt of the United States holding a Universal Declaration of Human Rights poster in English. UN Photo (1949)
Human Rights Day (10 December)

This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document (available in more than 500 languages) that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. #StandUp4HumanRights

Lynden Alps in Northern Norway
International Mountain Day (11 December)

Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under threat from climate change, land degradation, over exploitation and natural disasters. “Mountain under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration” is the suggested theme for 2017. It provides an occasion to ensure that sustainable mountain development is integrated into the 2030 Agenda and in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Four children look at a mobile phone.
The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a digital world

Despite children’s massive online presence – 1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child – too little is done to protect them from the perils of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content, says UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a digital world. Hear from children around the world how digital technology is affecting their lives and life chances.  

In the Spotlight

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Michelle Bachelet

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet was among six inspirational environmental leaders who received the United Nations' highest environmental honour, the Champions of the Earth award. She was recognizedfor outstanding leadership in creating marine protected areas and boosting renewable energy. In October 2015, President Bachelet established 3 marine protected areas in Chile to conserve biodiversity. The total coverage is now over 1 million km2, making it the largest in the world. Aside from marine environmental protection, her policies are facilitating a nationwide transition to clean energy. 

The UN System at Work

Jane Connors
Victims’ Rights Advocate

Jane Connors, the first Victims’ Rights Advocate for the United Nations, visited South Sudan to promote the importance of the “no excuses, zero tolerance” approach to UN personnel.  During her visit, she met with victims and listened to the concerns of internally displaced persons residing at the UNMISS Protection of Civilians’ Sites. Ms. Connors was appointed by the Secretary-General in line with his pledge – made in his report on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse – that the UN will put the rights and dignity of victims at the forefront of its prevention and response efforts.


Did you know?

Global Issues: Human Rights
Africa’s population is the fastest growing in the world. Find out more in Global Issues: Population
Women in the labour market on average still earn a quarter less than men globally. Find out more in Global Issues: Women.
Unclean water and poor sanitation are the leading cause of child mortality. Find out more in Global Issues: Water

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