“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. Read the full story here.  

“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.

Read the full story here.  

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.

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.

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. 

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."Read the full remarks.

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."

Read the full remarks.

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Thank you! You must know this by now but I want to make sure to underline it: You are doing an important job. The work you do at the Summer School will be multiplied 100 times. You helped inspire, motivate and empower young leaders who will go on to make a difference in this world.

Joanna Cordero from Switzerland, 2013 participant (via unaocefsummerschoolblog). 

Are you interested in making positive social change?  Then be one of the 75 youth selected to attend the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and EF Education First Summer School 

Deadline for application is 22 April 2014.

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