Spotlighting Issues

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With the support of the World Food Programme (WFP), Timor-Leste's Ministry of Education has launched a nationwide initiative to provide schoolchildren from Pre-school to Grade 9 with mid-morning meals

As conflicts change, how does UN peacekeeping adapt to new challenges? Why are the Millennium Development Goals important? What does the UN do to promote human rights and gender equality?

Addressing these and a range of other questions is among the key tasks of the Department, which also provides support to thematic campaigns, special observances, conferences and events.

SCD’s publication, United Nations in Focus, provides a concise analysis of key trends, developments and issues before the Organization. It features the Secretary-General’s priorities, major events, conferences and summits, and a review of the main challenges facing the United Nations.

Peace Operations and Political Affairs

DPI works closely with the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations, Field Support and Political Affairs on information-related projects, guidance and messaging.  Major information products include the United Nations Peacekeeping website and United Nations Peace Operations Year in Review magazine.

Palestine, Decolonization and Human Rights

As part of its special information programme on the question of Palestine, the Department plays a lead role in organizing the annual International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East. A training programme for young Palestinian journalists aims to provide hands-on skills training as well as access to UN officials and diplomats.

DPI works to raise awareness and strengthen support for the UN’s work on human rights and helps to publicize the aspirations and concerns of indigenous peoples. Its efforts on gender issues include work on the Secretary-General’s “UNiTE to End Violence Against Women” campaign.

Climate change and Sustainable Development

The Department works closely with various UN offices on a wide array of activities and events focusing on protection of the environment and developments issues, including the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development.

Special observances – Why they matter

The UN calendar features numerous special days, commemorations and observances that are linked to historical events or focus on a particular topic or concern. The department uses those occasions to help the public and the media around the world to learn more about the issues involved.

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