In Focus

United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (OSAA) Africa Dialogue Series 2018
Africa Dialogue Series (17-19 October 2018)

The Africa Dialogue Series (ADS 2018), which replaces the “Africa Week” held in previous years, will provide a platform to explore and promote critical debates operationalizing the peace, security, human rights, humanitarian and development nexus in Africa. In this context, the Series is structured to be highly interactive and inclusive of a wide range of participants, including Member States, high-level representatives of African regional and subregional organizations, and the United Nations system, as well as the private sector, civil society, academia, think tanks, the Diaspora and other key stakeholders.

United Nations Day, 24 October
United Nations Day (24 October)

UN Day marks the anniversary of the UN Charter, signed on 26 June 1945 in San Francisco, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and entering into force on 24 October 1945. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

World Development Information Day 24 October
World Development Information Day (24 October)

The General Assembly in 1972 established World Development Information Day to draw the attention of the world to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them (resolution 3038 (XXVII)). The Assembly decided that the date for the Day should coincide with United Nations Day, 24 October, which was also the date of the adoption, in 1970, of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade. The Assembly deemed that improving the dissemination of information and the mobilization of public opinion would promote efforts in the sphere of international cooperation for development.

In the Spotlight

Doctor Ronald Achidri, a UN Volunteer
Dr Ronald Achidri, UN Volunteer

The islands of Tuvalu are a long way from Uganda, where Ronald Achidri was born and received his medical training. Having served as a doctor in Uganda for two years and in South Sudan for four years, specializing in health system strengthening and the implementation of HIV and TB programmes, Dr. Achidri is now supporting the Ministry of Health of Tuvalu as a United Nations Volunteer (UNV). Through volunteerism, Dr. Achidri has used his knowledge and skills to help people affected by TB in Tuvalu have access to care, support and proper treatment, in a region hardest hit by non-communicable diseases.

The UN System at Work

UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2018
UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2018

Across the world, choices are restricted for too many women, says the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) just released flagship report, The State of World Population 2018. The freedom to make decisions that affect one’s health and well-being is inextricably linked to reproductive rights. Where individuals and couples are unable to decide whether and when to have children, fertility rates are often high, making it harder for countries to provide essential services — including health care and education — that help people chart a path from poverty. Reproductive rights are therefore integral to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Goal of the week


Did you know?

Women make up the majority of international migrants in Europe and the Americas.  Find out more in Global Issues: Migration
Africa has the highest growth rate of female-owned businesses.
Global Issues: Human Rights
Immigration slows down the ageing process of societies.  Find out more in Global Issues: Ageing

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