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First Person: Women peacekeepers a ‘powerful image for girls in remote villages’
Deputy Inspector Martina de Maria Sandoval Linares, from El Salvador always wanted to help others. Now, working as a UN Police officer, she has found her vocation, far from home in South Sudan. Ms. Linares, whose eight-year-old daughter and family are back in El Salvador, told UN News why the job is so rewarding, despite the sacrifices she makes.
“This is my first posting with the UN Police Force, known as UNPOL. I arrived in South Sudan in December 2019 to work in the UN peacekeeping mission, UNMISS.
I am part of the assessment team office, collecting and analyzing information on any serious incidents that take place in the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp in Juba, the country's capital. We are here to protect them and ensure that the security situation within the camp remains stable.
I think the COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge we are facing. When the virus first spread in South Sudan, there was limited knowledge about our safety and that of the communities we serve. Read the full story...
End Inequalities. End Aids.
Global Aids Strategy 2021-2026
The new Global Aids Strategy puts people at the centre of the response and aims to unite countries, communities and partners to take prioritized actions to ensure that all people affected by HIV have access to life-saving HIV services.
Read the new Global Aids Strategy here .
OHCHR Intersessional Seminar on Youth
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has the honour to inform all interested stakeholders that pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 41/13 entitled “Youth and human rights” as well as Human Rights Council decision 45/113 “Postponement of the implementation of certain activities mandated by the Human Rights Council”, a full-day Intersessional Seminar on Youth will take place online on 12 April 2021.
In conformity with Human Rights Council resolution 41/13, the Intersessional Seminar will focus on the challenges and opportunities of young people in the field of human rights. OHCHR invites all relevant stakeholders to participate in the seminar. Additional information and relevant documents will be made available in due course on OHCHR’s website.
UN commission pushes equality for women in decision-making
At the closing of the UN women’s commission, world leaders issued a strong pledge for the elimination of violence against women along with their full and effective participation in public life, including in decision-making.
The 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) ended its two-week long gathering on Friday by adopting a document that recognizes the need to significantly accelerate the pace in ensuring women a place in government and public sector leadership.
The so-called Agreed Conclusions acknowledge that temporary special measures, such as quotas, and increased political will are needed as an enabling pathway to this goal.
“This is the first session of the Commission on the Status of Women in 15 years to engage with the issue of women’s participation in public life and these Agreed Conclusions make important advances”, said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women, which serves as the CSW Secretariat. Read more...
Guterres urges ‘decisive action’ to stave off debt crisis in developing world
Though significant steps have been taken to prevent debt crises across the world sparked by the COVID-19 crisis, they have not been sufficient to restore economic stability in many developing countries, according to a policy brief issued by the UN Secretary-General on Monday.
More than a year into the pandemic, the fiscal impacts of the crisis are triggering debt distress in a growing number of countries and is severely limiting the ability of many, to invest in recovery and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including urgently needed climate action, Secretary-General António Guterres said.
According to the policy brief, 42 economies borrowing from capital markets have experienced sovereign downgrades since the start of the pandemic, including 6 developed countries, 27 emerging market economies, and 9 least developed countries. Read more...
Space as a tool to foster climate mitigation and adaptation. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, in cooperation with the Space Generation Advisory Council, just launched the third edition of the Space4Youth Competition!
This essay competition is open to all students and young professionals who want to show how space science, technology and its applications can be leveraged for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
More details are available in the call for essays
The deadline is 26 April 2021.
Call for Civil Society Climate Action Stories
Everyday around the world, civil society takes action on climate change that inspires others and benefits the planet. These stories of positive impact provide hope for the future.
As the world confronts the pandemic and embarks on recovery, there is growing recognition that the recovery must be a pathway to a green and sustainable society. Since there are many challenges ahead, good ideas should be widely exchanged. This is why the United Nations now calls for civil society organizations to share your stories.
Submit Your Climate Action Story
UN Department of Global Communications will highlight the achievements of civil society on behalf of the climate, the planet, and global well-being through social media posts and on our website*. We know your actions will inspire others. Working together, we can make a difference.