In Focus

Children in a camp for internally displaced people in Haiti.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March)

Racist extremist movements based on ideologies that seek to promote populist, nationalist agendas are spreading in various parts of the world, fueling racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, often targeting migrants and refugees, as well as people of African descent. This year's theme is "Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies." Help fight racism! Learn about the International Decade for People of African Descent and Remember Slavery.

UN Commission on the Status of Women

This year, the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), the UN’s largest gathering on gender equality, is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 – 22 March 2019. It will focus on the theme, “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”. When infrastructure, public services and social protections are lacking, women and girls are often the ones most impacted. Their needs need to be factored in when policies are designed. Their voices must shape the decisions that affect their lives.

cartoon of forest studies
International Day of Forests (21 March)

Forests -- their sustainable management and use of resources, including in fragile ecosystems -- are key to combating climate change, and to contributing to the prosperity and well-being of current and future generations. Forests also play a crucial role in poverty alleviation and in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).This year the International Day of Forests promotes education to Learn to Love Forests. It underscores the importance of education at all levels in achieving sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation. Healthy forests mean healthy, resilient communities and prosperous economies.

In the Spotlight

Anne Hathaway and António Guterres
Anne Hathaway

Award-winning US actor and long-standing supporter of girls’ and women’s rights, Anne Hathaway (pictured here with UN Secretary-General António Guterres), has been a UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador since June 2016. Her latest campaign for UN Women focuses on paid parental leave. Paid parental leave is good for everyone: families, companies and societies. When fathers are included in parental leave, the benefits go even further: both men and women learn how to become caregivers, the wage  gap is minimized as women ease back into work, and infants can bond with both parents during those critical early days. Ms. Hathaway says she was inspired by the birth of her own son to support this cause.

The UN System at Work

illustration of a woman
UNDP: The Future is Female

It is said that women hold up half the sky, but too often many of us may not realize by just how much. Yet all over the world, and in all walks of life, women are creating, designing, and innovating to make better lives for ourselves, our families, our communities. Women’s equality is one of the most surefire ways to raise people and nations out of poverty, tackle climate change, and help fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals. Because women are more likely to be disadvantaged, who knows better how to create an equitable future? UNDP celebrates women and girls all over the world who lift their communities up, and show the potential of what we can do. Together.

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?

Global Issues: Human Rights
Unclean water and poor sanitation are the leading cause of child mortality.  Find out more in Global Issues: Water
Nine out of ten refugees are hosted by developing countries.
Every child has the right to health, education, and protection.  Find out more in Global Issues:  Children

Worth Watching

UN in Pictures

woman feeding fish
school feeding
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