In Focus

clothing designer Lara Khoury
Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day (27 June)

This year on 27 June we celebrate for the first time the Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day. Those enterprises, which generally employ fewer than 250 persons, are the backbone of most economies worldwide and play a key role in developing countries. The General Assembly, recognizing the importance of these enterprises, decided to declare 27 June the Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day to raise public awareness of their contribution to sustainable development.

A staff member of the Liberia National Police Anti-Drug Squad
Int'l Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking (26 June)

Supported each year by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. Building on the success of last year, the theme for 2017 is: "Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe." It is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.

Singers wearing hats advocating "No Torture"
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (26 June)

Despite the absolute prohibition of torture under international law, torture persist in all regions of the world. Its pervasive consequences often go beyond the isolated act on an individual; and can be transmitted through generations and lead to cycles of violence. 26 June is an opportunity to call on all stakeholders including UN Member States, civil society and individuals everywhere to unite in support of the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who have been victims of torture and those who are still tortured today.

In the Spotlight

Muzoon Almellehan
Muzoon Almellehan

In a historic first, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has appointed 19-year-old Muzoon Almellehan, who has been advocating for girls' education since fleeing war-torn Syria in 2013, as its newest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador. Ms. Almellehan, is also the first person with an official refugee status to become an Ambassador for the UN agency. ‘Dear fellow refugee… It may feel like everything is dark and hopeless, but there is light ahead.’ 19-year-old Syrian refugee and education activist Muzoon wrote a powerful letter to fellow refugees.

The UN System at Work

International Maritime Organization

Imagine being away from home and in the middle of the ocean for long periods of time! This is the life of seafarers all around the world. It can be dangerous and lonely. They may spend up to a year at a time away from home, separated from their family and loved ones. And all that to deliver the goods that we all rely on. So every year on 25 June, the International Maritime Organization celebrates the International Day of the Seafarer. This year our theme “#SeafarersMatter” highlights some of the best practices in seafarer welfare.  To find out more, take our quiz and learn about the maritime world. The UN System 


Did you know?

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
Every child has the right to health, education, and protection.  Find out more in Global Issues:  Children
Nine out of ten refugees are hosted by developing countries.
Hunger and malnutrition are the number one health risk worldwide.  Find out more in Global Issues: Food.

UN in Pictures

The Secretary-General meets South Sudanese refugees
Al Nuree Mosque and its Al Hadba Minaret in Mosul, Iraq.
On a UN Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) aircraft before landing in Dinsoor, central Somalia.
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