In Focus

Amman, Jordan
Launch of Startup Fund for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (16 July)

Without safe, orderly and regular migration the SDGs cannot be achieved by 2030, if we are to truly leave no one behind. In the margins of the HLPF, the UN Network on Migration will launch the Start-up Fund for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on 16 July. The Migration MPTF is the only funding mechanism fully dedicated to supporting collective action on migration and ensuring that mutual trust, determination and solidarity amongst States and with other stakeholders can be fostered to ensure the implementation of the objectives of the Global Compact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration.

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July)

Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa. On his birthday, every year, we invite you to mark Nelson Mandela International Day by making a difference in your communities. Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better! Mandela Day is an occasion for all to take action and inspire change. This year is also the start of the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace (2019 – 2028).

family in Afghanistan
Widening inequality: a universal issue

Inequality is a paradox of our times; in recent decades innovation has exploded, poverty has gone down in every region of the world and emerging markets are booming. Yet inequalities persist and grow, intersecting and reinforcing each other and perpetuating intergenerational poverty and exclusion. Inequality has jeopardized economic growth and created a serious barrier to eradicating poverty, the bedrock of the 2030 Agenda. But inequality is not natural or inevitable. It stems from policies, laws, cultural norms, corruption, and other issues that can be addressed.

In the Spotlight

Nadia Nadim and Audrey Azoulay
Nadia Nadim

The Afghan-born Danish football striker for the French women’s Paris Saint-Germain team, Nadia Nadim, has been named UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. Ms Nadim got the title in recognition of her role in promoting sport and gender equality. The designation took place as UNESCO launched a major initiative, Her Education our Future to mobilize political and financial support for girls and women’s education while working to improve the quality of data that education policy makers require to accelerate gender parity. The star football player shares UNESCO’s conviction that education can improve girls and women’s future, their economic independence, self-confidence and ability to assert their rights.

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Did you know?

Women make up the majority of international migrants in Europe and the Americas.  Find out more in Global Issues: Migration
The Youth unemployment rate is three times the unemployment rate of adults. Find out more in Global Issues: Youth
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
Women in the labour market on average still earn a quarter less than men globally. Find out more in Global Issues: Gender Equality.

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