Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict and UNICEF are working together to end the recruitment and use of children in government armed forces in conflict.
Thousands of children are used as soldiers in armed conflicts around the world. The effects are devastating. These children are commonly subject to abuse and most of them witness death, killing, and sexual violence.
These are children, not soldiers and they need your support.
Show your support by sharing a picture of yourself holding #CHILDRENnotsoldiers.
To mark Saturday’s International Women’s Day, men leaders are standing up for women’s empowerment and changing the concept of masculinity to achieve gender equality.
“I have a message for my fellow men and boys – play your part. All benefit when women and girls can reach their full potential,” said Ban Ki-moon.
Share this image to show you believe that equality for women is progress for all!
Find out more at heforshe.org.
Saturday is International Women’s Day and you can join events at UN Headquarters in New York this week to mark the Day!
The Day will be officially commemorated Friday and you can watch live webcast of the commemoration where Ban Ki-moon, senior UN officials, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others will be in attendance.
On Thursday, you can also watch via webcast a joint UN and Enough Project event to be attended by actor and activist Robin Wright. Follow using #ElevatePeace.
"We may not all live on a small island but we do all share a planet and the responsibility to protect it," says Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Read more about what he says on LinkedIn about the challenges that small islands face.
On Sunday, Ban Ki-moon dispatched Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to the country to get to get the facts on the ground amid the crisis there.
Mr. Eliasson will subsequently brief the Secretary-General on the next steps the UN could take to support the de-escalation of the situation.
An emergency meeting of the Security Council was held on Saturday. You can also watch the meeting on-demand here.
Read the transcript of the Deputy Secretary-General’s briefing to the Council.
On 3 March, for the first time ever, we will be celebrating World Wildlife Day.
The Day is the opportunity for all of us to celebrate the beauty and variety of the millions of plants and animals that share our planet.
Let’s go wild for wildlife!
Find out more at: http://wildlifeday.org/
Zero Discrimination Day on Saturday celebrates everyone’s right to live a full and productive life with dignity.
Show your support – download a butterfly image and join people from around the world by posting a picture of yourself holding it on the Zero Discrimination Facebook wall.
Be part of the Zero Discrimination movement!
On Thursday, a flame of remembrance was lit at UN Headquarters in New York at the first of a series of events commemorating the Rwanda Genocide twenty years ago.
“The theme for Kwibuka 20, “Remember, Unite, Renew” says it all,” said Ban Ki-moon at the event.
“We will always remember the more than 800,000 innocent people who were so brutally murdered. We draw inspiration from the ability of the Rwandan people to unite and show that reconciliation is possible even after a tragedy of such monumental proportions”.
Read the Secretary-General’s remarks here.
Find out about the UN Outreach Programme on the Rwanda genocide.
Photo: Twitter via @RwandaUN
On Wednesday, Ban Ki-moon voiced his sadness at continuing reports of violence and loss of life amid protests in Venezuela, and urged that all efforts be urgently made to lower tensions and prevent further violence.
He called for the protection of the human rights of all and appealed to Venezuelans, no matter their political perspective, to voice differences and grievances peacefully and in accordance with the law, and to seek common ground.
Read more here.