In Focus

Don't Look Away

Sexual harrassment is an insidious expression of gender inequality. It knows no social, economic or national boundaries. Especially when the threat persists in public spaces, sexual harrassment restricts girls from pursuing education and employment by restricting their movement. For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, UNFPA and Cheer Up Luv present the stories of 16 women who have endured sexual harassment on public transport in Sri Lanka.

mountain in Tibet
International Mountain Day (11 December)

Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under threat from climate change, land degradation, over exploitation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences, both for mountain communities and the rest of the world. The theme of the 2018 International Mountain Day is "Mountains Matter." Use the hashtag #MountainsMatter to tell us why mountains matter to you.

Universal health care rally in Bangladesh
International Universal Health Coverage Day

Each year on 12 December, Universal Health Coverage advocates raise their voices to share the stories of the millions of people still waiting for health, champion what we have achieved so far, call on leaders to make bigger and smarter investments in health, and encourage diverse groups to make commitments to help move the world closer to UHC by 2030. The theme for the 2018 International Universal Health Coverage Day is: "Unite for Universal Health Coverage: Now is the Time for Collective Action."

In the Spotlight

UN Women announces Danai Gurira as Goodwill Ambassador
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Danai Gurira

During the global annual advocacy campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November–10 December), UN Women announced the appointment of internationally renowned award-winning actor-playwright Danai Gurira as its Goodwill Ambassador. As a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Gurira will lend her name and dedicate her support to putting a spotlight on gender equality and women’s rights, as well as bringing unheard women’s voices front and centre. Gurira is the first Black American-Zimbabwean Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, and is commonly referred to as “General Okoye” due to her on-screen persona in the films Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.

The UN System at Work

Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration, 10-11 December 2018
Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration (10-11 December)

The Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration takes place in Marrakech, Morocco on the 10th and 11th of December, 2018. The Conference is convened under the auspices of the United Nations General Assembly and is held pursuant to its resolution, entitled "New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants," which decided to launch a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration. The non-binding Global Compact is grounded in values of State sovereignty, responsibility-sharing, non-discrimination, and human rights. 

Goal of the month

In Focus: Climate Conference

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?

The UN has supported elections in more than 100 countries.
Decolonization changed the face of the planet, creating more than 80 nations.
Immigration slows down the ageing process of societies.  Find out more in Global Issues: Ageing
Nine out of ten refugees are hosted by developing countries.

Worth Watching

UN in Pictures

Andreea Gasca, age 5, from Chiscareni, northern Moldova
Children of the remote Carteret Islands, Papua New Guinea
A group of graffiti artists painted orange murals in Guatemala City
Painting from 'Kids for Human Rights' contest
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