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.
Child marriage destroys childhoods, disrupts schooling, and contributes to cycles of poverty.
It’s time to end it!
On 22 July, UNICEF will co-host an international summit to rally leaders, communities and girls themselves to end these practices everywhere, forever. Read more 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
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.
"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.
17 July is the Day of International Criminal Justice.
The Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute on 17 July 1998, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court, which seeks to protect people from genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.
The Day unites all those who wish to support justice, promote victims’ rights, and help prevent crimes that threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world.
Learn more and share your pictures with #JusticeMatters on 17July.
#TheWelcome, the first United Nations Bollywood video for gay rights, has passed 1 million views! Watch it here.
Find out more about the UN Free & Equal campaign for LGBT equality.
Ban Ki-moon has been in Haiti this week to meet with senior government officials and to get a first-hand look at programmes designed to improve health and reduce poverty.
The Secretary-General and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe launched the country’s “Total Sanitation Campaign,” which aims to scale up sanitation in rural areas, and met with local people affected by cholera.
Mr.Ban also visited the memorial for the 102 UN personnel who lost their lives in the 2010 earthquake. Watch this video from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
In the second part of his LinkedIn Influencer interview, released this week, Ban Ki-moon talks about his ambitious goals for the UN and the world.
Watch what the Secretary-General had to say to LinkedIn Pulse.