To capture and quantify the positive work the United Nation does every single day, the UN Department of Public Information has created a pocket sized card to remind the public of what we do and how we impact the lives of people around the globe.
The information is available in two formats: you may download business size cards to take with you; or you can download a poster to decorate your home, office, or school. These cards and posters are available in all six United Nations languages. So go on, put the good deeds the United Nations does each day in your pocket and on your wall and spread the word!
Download Every Day Cards and Posters in the six official United Nations languages (zip file)
World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. WFP is funded entirely by voluntary donations.
There are 925 million undernourished people in the world today. That means one in seven people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to the health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
Among the key causes of hunger are natural disasters, conflict, poverty, poor agricultural infrastructure and over-exploitation of the environment. Recently, financial and economic crises have pushed more people into hunger.
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) states that today most of the world's 43 million forced to flee their homes are not refugees but people who are displaced within their own countries. Globally, some 26 million people fall into this category, compared to around 15-16 million refugees and a further million asylum seekers. For humanitarian workers, an ensuing implication is that helping the displaced is becoming more costly and dangerous. In countries such as Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, or Iraq, getting help to internally displaced populations means working in environments where access is difficult and conflict or criminality can present deadly risk.
Displacement from conflict is becoming compounded by a combination of causes; including climate change, population growth, urbanization, food insecurity, water scarcity and resource competition. All these factors are interacting with each other increasing instability and conflict and forcing people to move.
UN Peacekeeping helps countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. We are comprised of civilian, police and military personnel. The UN does not have its own military force; it depends on contributions from Member States.
Today's multidimensional peacekeeping operations are called upon not only to maintain peace and security, but also to facilitate the political process, protect civilians, assist in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants; support the organization of elections, protect and promote human rights and assist in restoring the rule of law.
The budget for UN Peacekeeping operations for the fiscal year 1 July 2011-30 June 2012 is about $7.84 billion. By way of comparison, this is less than half of one per cent of world military expenditures in 2010.
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.
The principle of universality of human rights is the cornerstone of international human rights law. This principle, as first emphasized in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in 1948, has been reiterated in numerous international human rights conventions, declarations, and resolutions.
Since the establishment of the United Nations in 1945, promoting and encouraging respect for human rights for all, without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion, as stipulated in the United Nations Charter, has been one of the fundamental goals of the organization. Human rights, together with peace and security, and development, constitute the three essential pillars of the United Nations system. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) provides a forum for identifying, highlighting and developing responses to today's human rights challenges, and act as the principal focal point of human rights research, education, public information, and advocacy activities in the United Nations system.
OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) brings together the right people, tools and experience to help save lives. In major humanitarian crises, OCHA helps national governments access established tools and services that help them provide people with life- saving relief and protection.
OCHA can deploy rapid response coordination teams, work with Governments and other humanitarians to assess people’s needs, produce situation updates, facilitate civil-military coordination, mobilize international funds and action, and help solve response challenges.
OCHA enhances national and regional humanitarian preparedness efforts. Many countries face the threat of natural and man-made disasters: preparedness saves lives. To reduce the impact of disasters on vulnerable people, OCHA works with governments and Humanitarian Coordinators to strengthen their capacity to handle emergencies.
OCHA manages humanitarian funding contributions: more than 140 Member States rely on OCHA to help manage humanitarian donations, coordinating appeals and common plans to ensure the greatest impact possible. In 2010 OCHA coordinated US$ 11 billion worth of humanitarian programming in response to 19 crises in 32 countries affecting 71 million people.
For the purposes of the Green Economy Initiative, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has developed a working definition of a green economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one, which is low carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive.
Practically speaking, a green economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes. This development path should maintain, enhance and, where necessary, rebuild natural capital as a critical economic asset and source of public benefits, especially for poor people whose livelihoods and security depend strongly on nature.
World Health Organization Global immunization coverage in 2011: According to World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, immunization currently averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year in all age groups from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles. Vaccines are relatively inexpensive and extremely powerful weapons against disease, disability and death. They protect people of all ages, from babies to senior citizens, against life-threatening diseases.
In 2011, an estimated 83% (107 million) of infants worldwide were vaccinated with three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccine. Three regions ' the Americas, Europe and Western Pacific ' maintained over 90% DTP3 immunization coverage. Number of countries reaching 80% or more immunization coverage with DTP3 vaccine in 2011: 162 countries compared to 158 in 2010. The number of countries reaching over 90% DTP3 coverage remained at 130 in 2010 and 2011.
Elections have been a vital part of democratic transitions, decolonization, and the implementation of peace agreements around the globe, and the United Nations has played a major role in providing international assistance through these important processes of change.
The organization has supervised and observed plebiscites, referenda and elections worldwide and increasingly focuses its electoral efforts today on providing technical assistance to help Member States build credible and sustainable national electoral systems. More than 100 countries have requested and have received UN election assistance since 1991.
Learn more about the UN Department of Political Affairs and its Electoral Assistance Division.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the major implementing body for UN electoral support, providing technical assistance, mainly in development contexts; but often as important parts of integrated peacekeeping operations. In 2011, for example, UNDP provided electoral assistance to 58 countries in Africa, the Arab States, Asia Pacific, Latina America and the Caribbean and Europe and the CIS.
As a trusted multilateral partner serving 166 developing countries around the world, United Nations Development Programme is uniquely positioned to help advocate for change, connect countries to the knowledge and resources they need, and coordinate the efforts of the UN at the country level. UNDP invests nearly $US1 billion every year in fighting poverty and advancing progress towards the MDGs.
For the first time both the number of people living in extreme poverty and the poverty rates fell in every developing region—including in sub-Saharan Africa, where rates are highest. In the developing regions, the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 a day fell from 47 per cent in 1990 to 24 per cent in 2008. In 2008, about 110 million fewer people than in 2005 lived in conditions of extreme poverty. The number of extreme poor in the developing regions fell from over 2 billion in 1990 to less than 1.4 billion in 2008. The current economic crises besetting much of the developed world must not be allowed to decelerate or reverse the progress that has been made.
Learn more: www.undp.org
Every day, almost 800 women die in pregnancy or childbirth. Every two minutes, the loss of a mother shatters a family and threatens the well-being of surviving children. Evidence shows that infants whose mothers die are more likely to die before reaching their second birthday than infants whose mothers survive.
Of the hundreds of thousands of women who die during pregnancy or childbirth each year, 90 per cent live in Africa and Asia. The majority of women are dying from severe bleeding, infections, eclampsia, obstructed labour and the consequences of unsafe abortions--all causes for which we have highly effective interventions.
UNFPA has also teamed up with four partners, UNICEF, the World Bank, World Health Organization and UNAIDS, to accelerate progress in saving the lives of women and newborns. Collectively known as the 'The Health 4+' or 'H4+', the five agencies have pledged to support countries with the highest maternal mortality rates.