Announcements for the Civil Society Representatives | Week of 18 November 2019
From UN News
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely and rapidly adopted international treaty in history, and has been ratified by more than 190 countries. UNICEF reported that since its adoption, the global rate for under-five mortality has dropped by around 60 per cent.
However, a study by UNICEF noted that while increasing numbers of children are living longer, better and healthier lives, the odds continue to be stacked against the poorest and most vulnerable.
“Treat the ocean with the respect it deserves, and it will forgive our foolish ways, and it will replenish itself and do what it has done in the past – be the great provider of life on planet earth”, Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Oceans.
The FAO Director-General put forward three solutions to guide fisheries toward sustainability, including re-investing in marine and freshwater sustainability programmes, investing in ocean growth, and ensuring protection measures are met with effective management.
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Today 1 in 3 people around the world lack safe drinking water. Nearly as many of them drink from a water source contaminated with faeces. Many more lack safe sanitation, including 3 billion people around the world who don’t have basic hand-washing facilities at home.
Yet, universal access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation could reduce the global disease burden by 10 per cent and is considered the most cost effective health intervention.
In November, we explore how water and sanitation remain at the core of sustainable development, affecting not just our health but also significantly influencing socio-economic development, peace and security, inequalities and the wellbeing of our ecosystems.
For more information on water, please
The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is an initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in supporting and contributing to the realization of United Nations goals and mandates, including the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution.
Check out how the UNAI SDG Hubs are conducting cutting edge research that gets us closer to achieving the SDGs, educating the next generation of leaders and empowering young people to change the world!
UNESCO invites the governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, as well as international and regional professional non-governmental organizations, active in the field of press freedom, to nominate candidates for next year’s UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Leaving for New York last month, Deanne Stewart, the CEO of one of Australia’s largest pension funds, told her daughter that she was going to join a new UN-led sustainable investors’ alliance, whose members manage around $16 trillion between them. Her daughter, who had recently led a successful campaign to ban single-use plastic from several local businesses, replied: “With 16 trillion dollars, mom, can you imagine what I could get done?”
100 countries | 30,000+ people | 500 screenings | 30+ films
Learn more about the GMFF 2019 here
To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations is igniting a people’s debate, UN75. Launched by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, it promises to be the largest and furthest-reaching global conversation ever on building the future we want.
In a world of dramatic changes and complex challenges, from the climate crisis to population shifts to the unknown course of technology, we need collective action more than ever before. Through UN75, the United Nations will encourage people to put their heads together to define how enhanced international cooperation can help realize a better world by 2045, the UN’s 100th birthday.
Learn how to join the conversation at www.un.org/un75
World Toilet Day | 19 November
Nearly half of the world’s population today lives without safely managed sanitation – essentially hygienic, private toilets that safely dispose of people’s waste. An estimated 600 million people still practice open defecation.
This World Toilet Day, the United Nations and its partners will draw attention to the social, economic and environmental consequences of the lack of sanitation and access to safe toilets, stressing that sanitation is our human right and that toilets are life-savers, dignity-protectors and opportunity-makers.
World Children’s Day | 20 November
On 20 November, children will come together with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors and high-level representatives from Member States for a special event marking World Children’s Day in the UN General Assembly Hall.
This World Children’s Day, wear something blue, decorate your office or classroom to show your support for child rights.
Exhibits at the UNHQ in New York
17 Goals to Transform the World
This exhibit illustrates the Sustainable Development Goals through photos from around the world, bringing to life what the 17 Goals mean for people and the planet.
The exhibition is organized by the UN Department of Global Communications. It is presented in connection with United Nations Day (24 October).
On display 23 October – 3 December 2019
UN-NGLS: Special accreditation guidelines
Did you know?
Organizations that are not in Consultative Status with United Nations ECOSOC may apply for special approval to attend High-Level Events at the UN.
Watch the video below to find out how UN-NGLS now part of UNDGC Civil Society Unit supports the special-accreditation process to facilitate stakeholder’s participation!
- More about UN NGLS
- Special-accreditation for the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference is Now Open. Interested stakeholders are highly encouraged to apply and share the link with your networks!
- Join United Nations High-Level Midterm Review of Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries.
Stakeholders: Register and please share the information to relevant organizations in your network as well.
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