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Welcome to the Cultural Engagement Page!

We will post updates about upcoming internal and external events that promote cultural competency and cultural diversity. 




Let's Talk!, in partnership with MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness, is hosting a Students & Parents Series and a Professionals Conference to promote the success and well-being of Asian and Asian American students from October of 2020 to May of 2021.

More information here.



Let's Talk! 2021 Professionals Conference is designated for professionals who support Asian and Asian American students in K-12 schools, higher education, and in the community.

The conference will take place weekly Thursdays at 7 PM EST/4 PM PST from April 1 through April 29, 2021.

Register here





ECOSOC Youth Forum Thematic Session: Harnessing Partnerships, Resources and Science: Working Together to Get Things Done 

Date:  Wednesday,  7 April
Time:  4 - 5:15 p.m. EDT

         Visit the ECOSOC Youth Forum website for more information and updates.






1. Show your support for #FightRacism by sharing your picture.


2. Add your photo with the “I Stand Up To Racism” filter. You can also choose one of the filters inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

3. Share it on social media using #FightRacism and #StandUp4HumanRights




UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) Twentieth Session

Theme: “Peace, justice and strong institutions: the role of indigenous peoples in implementing Sustainable Development Goal 16"

Date: 19-30 April 2021
Register  (Deadline is April 2, 2021) 


World Autism Awareness Day 

Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges & Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World

Date: Thursday, 8 April 2021 
Time: 10-11 a.m. EST 

Register here 
More info 



Calling all #RecyclingHeroes!  


The International WeLoveU Foundation is holding a social media Upcycling Challenge!  

Transform waste materials, by-products, or unwanted materials into something of greater value or use for you and the environment. 


By upcycling, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions decrease significantly. 


Recycle creatively for a chance to win awesome prizes. All winners will be announced at WeLoveU’s Earth Day webinar on April 22, 2021.  


For more information and how to enter the challenge, visit our landing page WeLoveU Upcycling Challenge







Are you curious about what the UN is doing to make a better world? Would you like to find out more about how the UN made its home in Vienna, one of the four global UN headquarters? Are you an engaged citizen wondering how we can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?


Visit the United Nations in Vienna and get a glimpse of how more than 190 nations work together at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) - also known as 'UNO City' - to promote peace, sustainable development and human rights across the globe.


Book your tour here:





What in the World?

New! What in the World? is a blog that will provide an overview of the current global discussions and initiatives in which the United Nations and the international community are engaged. Check it out and participate in those initiatives that are close to your heart.


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...



Youth4Climate 2021 


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.