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UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS: SERVICE AND SACRIFICE

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Since 1948, more than a million women and men have served as UN peacekeepers. Every day, they make a tangible difference in the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people, and every day they save lives. They serve at great personal risk and in harsh conditions. Tragically some make the ultimate sacrifice - over 3,500 peacekeepers have lost their lives in the cause of peace.

In Focus

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The United Nations and the Olympic Truce

The Olympic movement aspires to contribute to a peaceful future for humankind through the educational value of sport. Through its resolution 48/11 of 25 October 1993, the General Assembly urged Member States to observe the Olympic Truce from the seventh day before the opening to the seventh day following the closing of each Olympic Games. As the world gathers in PyeongChang in the Republic of Korea for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games, Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all parties to conflict to observe the Olympic Truce.

Thousands of migrant workers wait to cross into Tunisia from Libya
World Day of Social Justice (20 February)

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. For the United Nations, this is at the core of our global mission to promote development and human dignity. The theme for 2018 is "Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice." Most migration today is linked to the search for decent work opportunities. Even if this is not the primary driver, it usually features in the migration process at some point. There are an estimated 258 million international migrants and roughly 150 million migrant workers.

Caligraphy artist at the Chinese Language Day Ceremony
International Mother Language Day (21 February)

Languages, with their implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance.  Yet, they are increasingly under threat or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, so does the world's rich tapestry of cultural diversity. The theme for 2018 is "Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development." Local languages, especially minority and indigenous, transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge. They play an important role in promoting sustainable futures. 

In the Spotlight

Sabrina Wanjiku Simader
Sabrina Wanjiku Simader

Sabrina Wanjiku Simader, Africa’s “snow leopard”, has been designated UN Environment’s first Mountain Hero. The 19-year-old athlete is the first Kenyan alpine skier to compete in the Olympic Games as she takes to the slopes in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Simader was born in Kenya but grew up in Austria. She loves skiing and spending time in the mountains. Simader will be also lending her support to the United Nations Wild for Life campaign, which aims to end the illegal wildlife trade. Her kindred species: the snow leopard.

The UN System at Work

Global Commission on the Future of Work
ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work 

The formation of a Global Commission on the Future of Work marks the second stage in the ILO’s Future of Work Initiative. Its job is to undertake an in-depth examination of the future of work that can provide the analytical basis for the delivery of social justice in the 21st century. The Commission will produce an independent report on how to achieve a future of work that provides decent and sustainable work opportunities for all. This report will be submitted to the centenary session of the International Labour Conference in 2019.

Goal of the week

SDG Goal 8 - DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Did you know?

Global Facts: Big Data for the SDGs
Most of the world’s people live no more than 200 miles from the sea.  Find out more in Global Issues: Oceans and the Law of the Sea
Approximately 10 people a day are killed by landmines and other explosives.  Find out more in Global Issues: Peace and Security
Nine out of ten refugees are hosted by developing countries.

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UN in Pictures

Khalida Popal the first captain of the women's Afghan National Football team
UN stamps for Chinese New Year
Trade and travel along Afghanistans border with Tajikistan Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
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