News from the UN # 128

In the last week of April, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Moscow and Kyiv as he attempted to mediate a cease-fire in Ukraine and the opening of humanitarian corridors in conflict torn areas such as Mariupol. According to OCHA, UN Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the grave humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is leaving millions of people in dire need. It has affected those who have fled across borders, those who who are on the move within the country and those who are hunkered down in sites under attack. The United Nations and partners have been scaling up supplies and services to meet the urgent needs of civilians throughout the country protection and relief.

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News from the UN # 127

On March 25th the 66th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) drew to a close with the adoption by consensus of Agreed Conclusions on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes. There was broad based support from Member States of the need for gender-responsive action to address and tackle the climate crisis and the recognition that this requires immediate and urgent action. Over a two week period, and in parallel to the formal sessions, interactive panels and member state negotiations a marathon of some 800 virtual sessions formed the NGO CSW Forum on the same theme. The Forum was aimed at informing, engaging and inspiring the grassroots efforts and advocacy needed to empower women and girls in the face of climate change and environmental disaster. This issue of News from the UN shares some glimpses from these events.

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News from the UN # 126

Held outside the UN HQ in New York for the first time, Global Goals Week took place from 15 – 22nd January at the heart of Expo 2020 in Dubai. It brought together partners, activists and advocates to mobilize and accelerate momentum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, noted in her opening words, the 2015 commitment to Agenda 2030 represented a major paradigm shift to which member states committed, promising to deliver 17 SDGs. Progress has been painfully slow and the Decade of Action has been severely impacted by COVID 19. However she highlighted its vital importance. “The 2030 Agenda still remains our indispensable blueprint to avert a future of widening inequality, escalating climate catastrophe and perpetual conflict”.

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News from the UN # 125

Each year the world commemorates December 10th as Human Rights Day - the day on which the UN General Assembly of the UN adopted the Universal Declaration on Human rights in 1948. Translated into more than 500 languages, this globally accepted Declaration serves as the foundation for an expanding system of universally recognised human rights protections. These are at the core of the UN’s Agenda 2030 and our RSHM advocacy for a more just world. This year’s theme for the day focused on “Equality” –“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” (Article 1).

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