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November 18, 2019

Announcements for the Civil Society Representatives | Week of 18 November 2019

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From UN News

UNICEF reports uneven progress in 30 years of child rights treaty

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.

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Sustainable fishing staying afloat in developed world, sinking in poorer regions

“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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Goal of the Month: SDG 6

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.

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UN Academic Impact Celebrates One Year of Innovation, Engagement and Empowerment!

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.

Nominations for the Prize should be submitted by filling out the form in English or French and sending it before 15 February 2020
Learn the details and submit your nomination here

Business giants worth $16 trillion commit to sustainable investment

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?”

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UN DESA VOICE: November 2019

Global Migration Film Festival:
28 November – 18 December 2019

100 countries | 30,000+ people | 500 screenings | 30+ films
Learn more about the GMFF 2019 here

UN75: 2020 AND BEYOND. Shaping our future together

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

International Days

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.

UN Water looks at Eight Things You Need to Know about the Sanitation Crisis.

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

Civil Society Unit

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!

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