A multimedia journey through South Sudan
South Sudan has been caught in the grip of a crisis defined by horrendous violence, massive displacement and now the threat of terrible famine. Since December, one in seven South Sudanese have been displaced, and 50,000 children are at risk of dying from acute malnutrition by the end of the year. In this multimedia presentation, UN OCHA looks closer at one of the worst humanitarian emergencies to date. UN OCHA, 2014
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Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children
The document which ECLAC presents on this occasion explores further the theme of equality addressed at the two previous sessions of the Commission, in Time for Equality: Closing Gaps, Opening Trails (2010, Brasilia), and Structural Change for Equality: An Integrated Approach to Development (2012, San Salvador). Read more » UNICEF, 2014
Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
The MDG report is based on comprehensive official statistics and provides the most up-to-date summary of all Goals and their targets at global and regional levels, with additional national statistics available online. Results show that concentrated efforts to achieve MDG targets by national governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector are working to lift people out of extreme poverty and improve their futures. Read more » UN, 2014
Compacts for Equality: Towards a Sustainable Future
The document which ECLAC presents on this occasion explores further the theme of equality addressed at the two previous sessions of the Commission, in Time for Equality: Closing Gaps, Opening Trails (2010, Brasilia), and Structural Change for Equality: An Integrated Approach to Development (2012, San Salvador). Read more » ECLAC, 2014
State of World Population 2013: Motherhood in Childhood
Every day in developing countries, 20,000 girls below age 18 give birth. Nine in 10 of these births occur within marriage or a union. This has consequences on the health, education, employment and rights of an untold millions of girls. What are the challenges of adolescent pregnancy, and what can we do to ensure girls have a healthy and safe transition into adulthood? Read more » UNFPA, 2013
Report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security
The new report of the UN Secretary-General (S/2013/525) provides an overview of progress since last year in implementing resolution 1325 across four action areas: prevention, participation, protection and peacebuilding and recovery. It also proposes actions for the Council’s consideration to accelerate progress and to prepare for the 2015 high-level review of the implementation of resolution 1325. Read more »
United Nations, 2013
World Investment Forum - Session on Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality: The Role of TNCs
This event is a moderated dialogue on the ways in which TNCs and foreign investment can play a role in supporting women's empowerment and gender equality in emerging and developing countries.
UNCTAD, 3 October 2014
UN Women Representative appointed Minister of Equality in Sweden
UN Women's Representative in Bolivia, Ĺsa Regnér, has been appointed as Sweden's new Minister for Children, Elderly and Equality, newly elected Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced yesterday.
UN Women, 3 October 2014
UNESCO eAtlas of Teachers
Universal primary education (UPE) will remain a distant dream for millions of children living in countries without enough teachers in classrooms. Current discussions of the post-2015 development agenda include a target to bolster the supply and training of teachers as part of efforts to ensure that every child is in school and learning.
UNESCO, 3 October 2014
Infographic: Overheard at the UN General Assembly
Select quotes on gender equality from the UN General Assembly, 69th Session
UN Women, 2 October 2014
Vigilant UNHCR staff reunite long-separated mother and daughters in Tanzania
Eleven years ago, newly widowed Congolese refugee Sifa Risasi put her two young daughters in the care of a neighbour and ran away from a camp in Tanzania after hearing that her in-laws wanted to marry her off to her husband's brother. Earlier this year, thanks to eagle-eyed UNHCR staff conducting a refugee verification exercise in Tanzania's Nyarugusu camp, she was finally reunited with her girls in an emotionally-charged and sensitive meeting organized by UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee, unaware that they had been living in the same camp for five years.
UNHCR, 2 October 2014
UNHCR: Nansen Winners 2014 – Butterflies
UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres presented the Colombian women's rights group, Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future, with the prestigious Nansen Refugee Award in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday night, 29 September. The Nansen Refugee Award marks its 60th anniversary this year and is UNHCR's top humanitarian honour. The courageous Colombian women's rights network received the Award for its outstanding work to help victims of forced displacement and sexual abuse in Buenaventura, Colombia.
UNHCR, 1 October 2014
Eggs For Some But Not For All In Lesotho
Semonkong - That a man can enjoy eggs while his wife and daughters endure a poor diet is commonplace is some parts of Lesotho. "We have many families keeping chickens to lay eggs in this area," said Masekhohola Nkunyane, a nurse at St Leonard Clinic in Semonkong. "Eggs are a delicacy preserved only for men in some households. This is because of an old belief that, if eaten by women and girls, they can cause problems."
WFP, 1 October 2014
Understanding customs and people's lives: Gender and land in the Western Balkans
This FAO-World Bank film addresses the challenges to increasing female land ownership in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia). Although sound legal frameworks protecting women's rights to own property are in place throughout the region, longstanding customs and traditions continue to favor male property ownership. A joint FAO-World Bank project in the region produced gender-disaggregated data on land ownership for each country, indicating low levels of female ownership. Armed with their new data, country gender teams set about working to reverse the trend in pilot communities. the below FAO-WB videos.
FAO, World Bank, 23 September 2014
World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be held on 22-23 September 2014. The meeting will be an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
UN, 17 September 2014
Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from South Asia
This report documents the dynamics of violence against women in South Asia across the life cycle, from early childhood to old age. It explores the different types of violence that women may face throughout their lives, as well as the associated perpetrators (male and female), risk and protective factors for both victims and perpetrators, and interventions to address violence across all life cycle stages.
ReliefWeb, 17 September 2014
UN General Assembly 69th Session
The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter. This year's theme is "Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda".
UN, 16 September 2014
Post-2015 development agenda takes centre stage as General Assembly's 69th session opens
16 September 2014 – The United Nations General Assembly opened its 69th annual session today with the body's new President declaring that it would be a historic opportunity to formulate a post-2015 development agenda that is transformative, brings tangible results in fighting poverty, and leads to improving lives of all people. "As I stand in this newly opened magnificent Assembly Hall, I cannot help but think that we are here at the dawn of a new day. Let us approach this pivotal 69th session with a sense of urgency, hope and greater cooperation," said the General Assembly President Sam Kahamba Kutesa in his opening address to the 193-Member States body.
UN, 16 September 2014
FEATURE: Record number of women makes history at UN Security Council
The United Nations Security Council has long been a bastion for men selected to represent their countries on what many consider to be the Organization's most powerful body. But now, women ambassadors are filling over a third of the Council's 15 seats, making history at the venerable institution and sending out a strong message about women's empowerment.
UN, 15 September 2014
UN Women at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly
United Nations, New York — The sixty-ninth session of the UN General Assembly represents a unique opportunity to position gender equality and women's empowerment at the heart of the global agenda as it occurs at the conjunction of major historic processes: the deliberations on the post-2015 development framework and Sustainable Development Goals, the 20-year review and appraisal of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the 29th special session on the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the high-profile World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Preparations are also underway for the 15th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325, the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, as well as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC to be held in Paris in 2015.
UN Women, 15 September 2014