In Focus

UNIFIL Indian Peacekeepers and a member of the 'Sreedevi Daya Yoga Center' practicing yoga together in a sunlit room.
International Day of Yoga (21 June)

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today, it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. Organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, the theme for the fifth annual celebration is Yoga for Climate Action.

A 38-year-old widow who lost her husband in the Central African Republic war is preparing food in a modest home kitchen
International Widows’ Day (23 June)

There are an estimated 258 million widows globally; nearly 1 in 10 live in extreme poverty. As women, they have specific needs, but their voices and experiences are often absent from policies that impact their survival. International Widows Day is an opportunity for action towards achieving full rights and recognition. This includes providing them with information on access to a fair share of their inheritance, land and productive resources; pensions and social protection that are not based on marital status alone; decent work and equal pay; and education and training opportunities.

Cover image of the Rural Development Report depicting the face of a smiling young woman.
Rural Development Report 2019

Nearly 1 billion of the world’s 1.2 billion youth aged 15-24 live in developing countries, almost half of them in rural areas. IFAD’s Rural Development Report 2019, Creating opportunities for rural youth, finds that this population can pay a rich dividend in terms of social and economic growth – but only if given the right opportunities. Yet, are current development policies and investments enabling youth in rural areas become more productive, connected and in charge of their future? This report is a rallying cry to policymakers and development practitioners to invest, and conceive rural youth development policies as part of broader rural development strategies. #RDR2019

In the Spotlight

Photo of Ms. Hindou Ibrahim on stage with a microphone in her hand and the audience in the background.
Hindou Ibrahim

Hindou Ibrahim is one of the 17 SDG advocates (2019-2020) for people, planet, and prosperity. As an indigenous woman from a Mbororo pastoralist community in Chad, Ms. Ibrahim has been advocating for more than 15 years for the rights of indigenous peoples and the protection of the Environment. An expert in indigenous peoples’ adaptation to climate change, traditional ecological knowledge, and climate change mitigation strategies, she is Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change. In her own words: “For centuries, indigenous peoples have protected the environment, which provides them food, medicine and so much more. Now it’s time to protect and benefit from their unique traditional knowledge to bring concrete and natural-solutions to implement sustainable development goals and fight climate change.”

The UN System at Work

Archival photo of past recipients of the United Nations Public Service awards.
UN Public Service Day, Forum and Awards

The UN Public Service Day (June 23) intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector. The 2019 UN Public Service Forum takes place June 24-26, in the Republic of Azerbaijan under the theme "Achieving the SDGs through effective Delivery of Services, Innovative Transformation, and Accountable Institutions." The Forum is organized by the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) together with UN Women. The UN Public Service Awards, launched in 2003, is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service, rewarding contributions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide.

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Did you know?

Africa’s population is the fastest growing in the world.  Find out more in Global Issues: Population
There are 5 nuclear-weapon-free zones in the world.
Immigration slows down the ageing process of societies.  Find out more in Global Issues: Ageing
More than 780 million people live below the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day. Find out more in Global Issues: Ending Poverty

Worth Watching

UN in Pictures

Alex Edmonds Brown holds his son Harley James, in a private room in the maternity ward of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
Women and their children sitting around in a semi circle under a wooden canopy in a sun-drenched area.
Countless wires hand from walls in the Computer-village of Otigba.
Therapy dog Amo sits for a photo shoot in front of a water fountain - UN-Vienna.
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