In Focus

Sustainable Gastronomy Day
Sustainable Gastronomy Day (18 June)

Sustainable Gastronomy Day emphasizes the need to focus the world’s attention on the role that sustainable gastronomy can play. It also reaffirms that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development. The day acknowledges gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. Sustainable gastronomy can play a role due to its interlinkages with the three dimensions of sustainable development, in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by promoting agricultural development, food security, nutrition, sustainable food production, and conservation of biodiversity.

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June)

The effects of conflict-related sexual violence echo across generations, through trauma, stigma, poverty, poor health and unwanted pregnancy. The children whose existence emanates from that violence have been labelled “bad blood” or “children of the enemy”, and alienated from their mother’s social group. Children conceived through rape in wartime often struggle with issues of identity and belonging for decades after the end of war. They are rarely accepted by society, and unsafe abortion remains a leading cause of maternal mortality in conflict-affected settings. On this day we strive to foster solidarity with these forgotten victims of war. #CRSV

World Refugee Day
World Refugee Day (20 June)

In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees. To do this, the UN Refugee Agency launched the #WithRefugees petition in June 2016 to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees. On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee. #WorldRefugeeDay

In the Spotlight

Jillian Mercado
Jillian Mercado

Jillian Mercado is a fashion model and disability rights advocate.  She has muscular dystrophy, but says that having a disability hasn't stopped her from doing anything.  Ms. Mercado met with Secretary-General António Guterres to discuss what the UN is doing to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities and reduce inequalities, during the annual session of the Conference of States Parties of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This year's theme is “Leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD.”

The UN System at Work

UNICEF Early Moments Matter campaign
UNICEF #EarlyMomentsMatter

Did you know that the first 1,000 days have a lasting effect on a child’s future? As many countries around the world mark Father’s Day, UNICEF’s new campaign celebrates dads and what they can do to give children the best start in life. UNICEF is calling on governments and companies for greater investment in policies that give dads, and all parents, the time and support they need to nurture their babies. What puts a smile on your baby’s face? What’s your go-to game? Share your top tips by 17 June for the possibility of winning a gift. 

Goal of the week


Did you know?

Polio cases have decreased by more than 99% because of immunization against the disease worldwide. Find out more in Global Issues: Health
Nine out of ten refugees are hosted by developing countries.
Africa has the highest growth rate of female-owned businesses.
Immigration slows down the ageing process of societies. Find out more in Global Issues: Ageing

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UN in Pictures

red umbrellas on water
young boy plays in a flooded area
Peacock in garden
food at market
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