In Focus

International Bee Day Resources
World Bee Day (20 May)

Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities. Pollinators allow many plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity - a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals. They also serve as sentinels for emergent environmental risks, signaling the health of local ecosystems. To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.

International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May)

Nowadays, we have access to a greater variety of food than our parents or your grandparents once did. But even as the offerings become more diverse, the global diet as a whole - what people actually eat - is becoming more homogenized, and this is a dangerous thing. This year’s International Day for Biological Diversity focuses on biodiversity as the foundation for our food and health and a key catalyst to transforming food systems and improving human health with the theme: Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health.

evacuation in the Solomon Islands
Lessons for Life: drills prepare students for tsunamis

In the past 100 years, 58 tsunamis have killed more than 260,000 people, higher than any other natural hazard.They can’t be predicted, and often come with very little warning. More than 70 percent of all tsunamis ever recorded have been in the Pacific Ocean. Partnering with the Government of Japan, UNDP began working with 90 schools to assess their tsunami risks, design emergency procedures and evacuation plans, and carry out tsunami awareness and safety drills in the 18 Asia and the Pacific countries in 2017. More than 100 schools and 60,000 people took part.

In the Spotlight

Paulo Amotun Lokoro and Domnic Lokinyomo Lobalu
Domnic Lokinyomo Lobalu and Paulo Amotun

Domnic Lokinyomo Lobalu won the Harmony Geneva Marathon by UNICEF and Paulo Amotun placed second. Both are refugees, hoping to compete at next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. “I am very happy to have won today. I am going back to even more intense training when I return to Kenya,” said Lobalu, who is originally from South Sudan. Paulo Amotun competed at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, where the refugee Olympians achieved a high profile because of the hardships they have overcome. Following the ground-breaking debut of refugee athletes in Rio, the International Olympic Committee announced in October that a Refugee Olympic Team would compete in the Tokyo 2020 Games.


The UN System at Work

World Health Organization (WHO)

Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge is a celebration of the importance of health. A free event taking place in Geneva on 19 May 2019, for people of all physical abilities, it aims to raise awareness of the work and goals of WHO and other global health agencies based in Geneva, highlighting the city’s role as a global health capital in improving global health. The second annual event also engages World Health Assembly delegates, the UN family and the Geneva community in a global movement to promote health and particularly physical activity as part of a healthy sustainable future. Demonstrate what you do to promote health and well-being by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #HealthForAll

Goal of the month


Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals

Did you know?

Nine out of ten refugees are hosted by developing countries.
Polio cases have decreased by more than 99% because of immunization against the disease worldwide. Find out more in Global Issues: Health
Global Facts: Big Data for the SDGs
Most of the world’s people live no more than 200 miles from the sea.  Find out more in Global Issues: Oceans and the Law of the Sea

Worth Watching

UN in Pictures

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Secretary-General Visits New Zealand
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