25 April is World Malaria Day.
Since 2000, the number of child deaths from malaria has been cut in half and the malaria map continues to shrink. But emerging threats of drug and insecticide resistance heightens urgency to be even more resilient and adaptive.
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“Nothing prepares you for Gaza; no amount of UN humanitarian reports, no amount of newspaper articles, no amount of human rights investigations. None of these can adequately convey what the people here are going through; the profound sense of isolation and the sheer scale and depth of the suffering,” said Pierre Krähenbühl, the new Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), on his first official visit to the Gaza Strip.
He underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the “illegal collective punishment” unleashed on the population there.
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Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has said that “books are our most powerful forces of poverty eradication and peacebuilding.”
On 23 April, World Book and Copyright Day, let us celebrate the contributions that books have made and honor the rights of authors who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.
22 April is International Mother Earth Day!
Earth Day 2014 will focus on green cities, mobilizing millions of people to create a sustainable, healthy environment by greening communities worldwide.
It’s time for us to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild our cities and towns, and begin to solve the climate crisis.
Despite many positive developments, violence against women remains a pervasive challenge in the United Kingdom and a more comprehensive and targeted response is needed to address the scourge, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo.
The Rapporteur pointed out that in the course of last year, 7 per cent of women in England and Wales reported having experienced any type of domestic abuse – equivalent to 1.2 million female victims. It is also estimated that 2.5 per cent of women reported having experienced any type of sexual assaults – equivalent to an estimated 400,000 female victims.
On Wednesday, the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide took place at UN Headquarters in New York, followed by the opening of an exhibit organized by the Government of Rwanda.
"Two decades have passed and yet the terrible events that were unleashed in April 1994 are just as real…just as raw…just as horrifying,” said Ban Ki-moon at the Commemoration.
"Together, let us take strength from that example and resolve to do all we can to save lives, build human dignity and prevent the preventable."
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Ban Ki-moon condemned the shocking mass abduction of schoolgirls in north-eastern Nigeria on Wednesday and called for the immediate release of all the girls abducted and their safe return to their families.
The Secretary-General said that schools are, and must remain, safe places where children can learn and grow in peace.
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