Marking 100 days since the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils that took place on Wednesday. The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, urged the international community to stand in solidarity with the kidnapped schoolgirls and “never to abandon them”, while “reminding people that we are in the midst of a global civil rights struggle”.  Read more here.

Marking 100 days since the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils that took place on Wednesday.

The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, urged the international community to stand in solidarity with the kidnapped schoolgirls and “never to abandon them”, while “reminding people that we are in the midst of a global civil rights struggle”.

Read more here.

This week UN Member States proposed a set of Sustainable Development Goals to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations. The proposed Goals cover a range of issues, including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests.The proposal will now be considered by the UN General Assembly as part of the post-2015 development agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt at a Summit in September 2015. 

This week UN Member States proposed a set of Sustainable Development Goals to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations. 

The proposed Goals cover a range of issues, including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests.

The proposal will now be considered by the UN General Assembly as part of the post-2015 development agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt at a Summit in September 2015. 

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We’re proud to share this new version of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry’s ‘Unconditionally’ video, in support of the 35 million people living with HIV, especially young people suffering in silence. 

On Thursday, we lost many people who dedicated their lives to fighting HIV on the Malaysia Airlines flight. They were traveling to the International AIDS Conference, where we were planning on launching this video. Now, together with Katy, we’d like to dedicate this video to them, to honour them, and to all the victims of MH17. #AIDS2014 #ShowYourLove


Be sure to tune in on 24 July at 3:30pm EDT for a Google+ Hangout with Wu Hongbo, Conference Secretary-General of the upcoming UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and youth representatives from this group of nations. They will discuss the role of youth in bringing about sustainable development for these states and beyond. Do you have a question for Mr. Wu or this panel of youth representatives? Share it now via Twitter using #islands2014!Get all the event details here.

Be sure to tune in on 24 July at 3:30pm EDT for a Google+ Hangout with Wu Hongbo, Conference Secretary-General of the upcoming UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and youth representatives from this group of nations. They will discuss the role of youth in bringing about sustainable development for these states and beyond. 

Do you have a question for Mr. Wu or this panel of youth representatives? Share it now via Twitter using #islands2014!

Get all the event details here.

“I know exactly how is it like to be ostracized, to be segregated, to be disenfranchised. For me, it was the color of my skin that made me inferior. That’s why I just thought in this day and age I cannot allow other human beings to feel the way I felt.Gay people and lesbians are not immoral. We are all equal .”Watch and share singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s powerful message and show your support for the UN Free and Equal campaign for LGBT equality:www.unfe.org/yvonne-chaka-chaka 

“I know exactly how is it like to be ostracized, to be segregated, to be disenfranchised. 

For me, it was the color of my skin that made me inferior. That’s why I just thought in this day and age I cannot allow other human beings to feel the way I felt.

Gay people and lesbians are not immoral. We are all equal .”

Watch and share singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s powerful message and show your support for the UN Free and Equal campaign for LGBT equality:www.unfe.org/yvonne-chaka-chaka 

A minute of silence was observed for the victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight#MH17 crash at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Friday. UN politicial affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the Council that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the apparently deliberate downing of a civilian aircraft. “This horrifying incident serves as the starkest reminder of how dire the situation in eastern Ukraine has become – and how it affects countries and families well beyond Ukraine’s borders, “ said Mr. Feltman.

A minute of silence was observed for the victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight#MH17 crash at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Friday. 

UN politicial affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the Council that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the apparently deliberate downing of a civilian aircraft. 

“This horrifying incident serves as the starkest reminder of how dire the situation in eastern Ukraine has become – and how it affects countries and families well beyond Ukraine’s borders, “ said Mr. Feltman.

Friday is Nelson Mandela International Day, honouring the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who dedicated his life to the pursuit of dignity, justice and freedom for all. 

The Day is a chance to take action and inspire change by donating 67 minutes of your time to improve the world and help others — one minute of public service for every year Mr. Mandela devoted to the service to humanity.

Help spread the word and get ideas for how you can take action here.


"Smarter scale-up is needed to close the gap between people who know their HIV status and people who don’t," Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS.

Read UNAIDS recently released Gap report, which includes latest data on the global AIDS epidemic. The report highlights that 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV today do not know that they have the virus. To close the gap between people who are reached with HIV services and people who are not, the report outlines that it will require research and innovation combined with protective laws that promote freedom and equality for all people.

"Smarter scale-up is needed to close the gap between people who know their HIV status and people who don’t," Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS.

Read UNAIDS recently released Gap report, which includes latest data on the global AIDS epidemic. The report highlights that 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV today do not know that they have the virus. To close the gap between people who are reached with HIV services and people who are not, the report outlines that it will require research and innovation combined with protective laws that promote freedom and equality for all people.