Volunteerism in the Decade of Action

A former United Nations staff member, a UN volunteer in New York city, shows medical supplies that were donated to fight COVID-19. Credit: United Nations/Robert Macpherson By Simone GalimbertiKATHMANDU, Nepal, Jan 25 2021 – After the pioneer Global Technical Meeting on Volunteerism last July, a recently-held on-line follow up helped gathering new insights from experts […]

Q&A: Why Survivors Should be at the Centre of Discussions on Genocide and Gender Violence

Remains of some of the over 800,000 victims of Rwanda’s genocide, which will soon be relocated to a new memorial site to preserve them. Jacqueline Murekatete, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide and founder and President of the Genocide Survivors Foundation (GSF). highlighted the importance of centring these discussions on genocide around survivors. Credit: Edwin […]

“Their Hope for a Brighter Future Inspires Us All”

By Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Jan 23 2021 – Looking back upon 2020, we all bear the scars of a devastating year; none so much as girls and boys around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted education for over 1.6 billion children and youth globally and continues to do so. It has also deepened socio-economic inequities […]

Fiji’s Presidency of the Human Rights Council Brings Opportunity and Responsibility to the Pacific

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan. Credit: Fiji Department of Information By Miles Young and Ashley BoweSUVA, Fiji, Jan 22 2021 (IPS-Partners) On Friday, 15 January, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, was elected the President of the United Nations Human […]

Protecting Mental Health of Families in a Pandemic

Credit: Unsplash /Melanie Wasser. By Ifeanyi Nsofor and Shubha NageshABUJA, Jan 22 2021 – Dealing with COVID-19-related city lockdowns has been exceptionally stressful, particularly for those parents who have had to balance work, personal life, children and elderly, providing home schooling or facilitating virtual learning, managing infection control within the home, and more, all while […]

Q&A: Why we Must Invest in Educating Children in Crisis-Hit Burkina Faso

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Director Yasmine Sherif speaks to crisis-affected children in Burkina Faso. ECW has launched a multi-year programme in the country, providing $11 million in funding, but a further $48 million is needed. Courtesy: Education Cannot Wait (ECW) By Jamila Akweley OkertchiriACCRA, Jan 22 2021 – Education Cannot Wait (ECW) – the first […]

Personal Testimonies, Pledges Mark the Start of the ‘Fair Share to End Child Labour’ Campaign

Selimatha Salifu, a former child labourer from Ghana, is now a teacher working with children and encouraging them to continue their education. Salifu is one of two former child activists who addressed United Nations officials, business, faith, union, education and youth leaders from around the world at the virtual launch of the ‘Fair Share to […]

President Biden Refuses to Make our Climate Crisis Worse

Cancels Canadian Tar Sands Pipeline Keystone XL By Stephen LeahyJan 22 2021 – I wasn’t going to stop for the school bus stuck in the mud outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta in the heart of the Canada’s tar sands industry but my kids insisted. It had been raining most of the week and the grassy […]

Biden’s Arms Control Ambitions are Welcome—but Delivering Them will not be Easy

Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefs the members of the UN Security Council. Iran and US are both accused of undermining the 2015 nuclear deal. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas By Jan Eliasson and Dan SmithSTOCKHOLM, Jan 22 2021 – A deadly pandemic to control. An urgent nationwide vaccination programme to roll out. An economic […]

“Teach Us How to Become Carpenters” – South Sudanese Want to Shape Their Future

Likuangole in Pibor County, one of the counties that have been hardest hit in the past years due to relentless conflict and organized violence as well as catastrophic floods. Crerdit: Marwa Awad By Marwa AwadLikuangole, South Sudan, Jan 22 2021 – Located in Jonglei state, one of the most underdeveloped regions of South Sudan, Likuangole […]

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