In Focus

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November)

UNiTE leads the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which aims to raise public awareness and mobilize people everywhere to bring about change. Those 16 days go from 25th November to 10th December, which is Human Rights Day. The theme of the campaign for 2017 is “Leave no one behind: end violence against women and girls.”

Palestinian children with footballs
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (29 November)

The Day is an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine remained unresolved and that the Palestinian people have yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property.

The Least Developed Countries Report 2017

According to the report, the world’s 47 least developed countries1 (LDCs) are falling far behind the rest of the developing world in terms of getting power to homes and businesses. While they have made great strides in recent years, achieving the global goal of universal access to energy by 2030 will require a 350 per cent increase in their annual rate of electrification. Watch the video.

In the Spotlight

Audrey Azoulay
Audrey Azoulay

The 39th session of UNESCO’s General Conference elected Audrey Azoulay as Director-General of UNESCO. She took office on 15 November for a four-year term. A graduate of France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration and of the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques, she holds a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Lancaster (UK). Having worked in the sector of culture since the start of her professional career, Audrey Azoulay has notably focused on the funding of French public broadcasting and on the reform and modernization of France’s film support system. She has also served in the European Commission.

The UN System at Work

Young champions of the Earth 2017
UN Environment Young Champions of the Earth

Young Champions of the Earth is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists. Adam Dixon wins the Young Champion of the Earth prize for Europe for his horticultural innovation to tackle food insecurity and habitat loss. Canadian fashion designer Kaya Dorey wins Young Champion prize for North America. Liliana Jaramillo Pazmiño wins Young Champion prize for Latin America & the Caribbean for her work to restore native plant life in concrete urban jungles. The Young Champion winners for Africa, West Asia and Asia Pacific will be announced in the coming days. Stay tuned!  The UN System


Did you know?

Nine out of ten refugees are hosted by developing countries.
Unclean water and poor sanitation are the leading cause of child mortality.  Find out more in Global Issues: Water
The UN aims to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Hunger and malnutrition are the number one health risk worldwide.  Find out more in Global Issues: Food.

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UN in Pictures

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Elementary school students in Gaza
Refugees and migrants arrive in boat
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