In Focus

School children
International Day of Education (24 January)

Education offers children a ladder out of poverty and a path to a promising future. But about 265 million children and adolescents around the world do not have the opportunity to enter or complete school. More than a fifth of them are of primary school age. By proclaiming the International Day of Education, UN member states recognized the importance of working to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels – so that all people may have access to lifelong learning opportunities that help them to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to access opportunities to participate fully in society and contribute to sustainable development.

The Week of Sound (21 -27 January)

The Week of Sound was proclaimed at UNESCO’s General Conference in 2017 to take place in January each year. Sound is important to all ages and permeates through economic, environmental, societal, medical, industrial and cultural dimensions. It contributes to our individual and collective behaviour, helping to shape the relationships we form with others. The sound environment is becoming an increasingly central topic of concern for urban planners as populations continue to converge into densely packed cities. The 2019 Week of Sound will highlight the issues around this year’s theme of “Sound, a structural element for urban planning.”

SDG Media Zone (22-25 January, 2019)

The SDG Media Zone — a live format of interviews, panel discussions and other digital content—seeks to create, connect, and highlight the initiatives that the global community is working on to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Bringing together well-known personalities and Member States as well as content creators, influencers and media partners, the Zone provides a dynamic space to strengthen the commitment of the international community in support of the 2030 Agenda. On 22-25 January in Davos, the SDG Media Zone will host conversations with world leaders, economists, influencers attending the World Economic Forum.

In the Spotlight


Rizka is a 17-year-old high-schooler from South Sulawesi, Indonesia. She is the winner of the UNICEF School Superhero Comic Contest to help stop The Silence of school violence. Her creation Rajwa, also known as Cipta, is a 15-year-old who can turn her drawings into real-life objects and control them to stop school violence. She gives her sketchbook to children who are afraid to speak up. In it, they can draw or write the object they want her to create and control. “I planned to create Cipta with a concept of fighting the silence with silence,” she says. Rizka’s amazing superhero will be the protagonist of her very own comic book, which will be available in over 100,000 schools around the world. Watch the video.

The UN System at Work

World Health Organization (WHO)

The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the  health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises. To address these and other threats, 2019 sees the start of the World Health Organization’s new 5-year strategic plan. This plan focuses on a triple billion target:  ensuring 1 billion more people benefit from access to universal health coverage, 1 billion more people are protected from health emergencies and 1 billion more people enjoy better health and well-being. 

Goal of the month


Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals

Did you know?

The International Court of Justice rules on disputes between states, helping to prevent their escalation into conflicts. Find out more in Global Issues: International Law and Justice
The UN aims to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
The Paris agreement on climate change was signed by the largest number of countries ever in a single day. Find out more in Global Issues: Climate Change
Nine out of ten refugees are hosted by developing countries.

Worth Watching

UN in Pictures

students in class
Guterres and Abbas
Millie Bobby Brown
Flipflopi boat
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