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Best Small Business: Good Food for All Competition
Listening to the diverse voices of small businesses – from cafes to farmer cooperatives, digital start-ups, and veterinary surgeries - is a key component of the Summit process to identify bold, new solutions for improving food systems.
The UN Food Systems Summit competition ‘Best Small Business: Good Food for All’ will identify the best small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the world transforming food systems for a better tomorrow. The competition will uncover not only the small businesses and their employees who are leading the charge for more sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems, but also the ways in which they can be supported to scale up their trades sustainably.
Application deadline: 4 June 2021
Human Capital: culture and heritage unleashing the potential
A video conversation with academics
By: Office of the Special Adviser on Africa
Despite Africa’s wealth and diversity, the continent's human capital has neither been fully harnessed nor meaningfully incorporated into development strategies. In this conversation, experts discuss the historical roots of the current situation and prerequisites necessary for Africa to unleash the potential of this rich human capital.
The conversations also highlights the importance of the UNESCO’s Cultural Conventions and African Union frameworks and strategies as drivers for sustainable development, the renewal of the curriculum and educational systems at different implementation levels, the link between cultural heritage and sustainable development, the use and teaching of languages as being of strategic importance for the development of societies; and the role of new actors like the diaspora, the youth, local communities and African civil society organizations (CSOs) in all aspects of Africa’s development. All of this shall be done through the scope of the various cultural conventions and working instruments that the continent and its partners have adopted over the years.
The High-level conversation, organized as part of the ongoing 2021 Africa Dialogue Series, offers valuable insights into the role of culture in unleashing human potential.
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Bhutan, the vaccination nation: a UN Resident Coordinator’s blog
The small mountain nation of Bhutan has so far managed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, despite sharing a border with China and India, two countries which have been badly affected by the pandemic. Bhutan is now on the way to vaccinating more than 90 per cent of the eligible adult population. Gerald Daly, the UN Resident Coordinator there, says that volunteers, and preventative government action, have been key to the country’s success.
“Bhutan has been exemplary in the way it has responded to COVID-19. Practically the entire eligible adult population of more than 530,000 people (anyone in Bhutan with no history of allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccines is eligible) have received the first dose. The initial batch of AstraZeneca doses were a gift from India, and the UN assisted with advocacy and cold chain support.
One of the features of Bhutan is the fact that there are so many communities living in remote geographical areas. The government coordinated its approach and reached out to all of these remote communities often by helicopter, with vaccines, which were then often distributed on foot by health workers, sometimes walking from village to village, through ice and snow. Read more...
Decent Work and Economic Growth: Why it Matters?
To promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
Sustained and inclusive economic growth can drive progress, create decent jobs for all and improve living standards. Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, one in five countries – home to billions of people living in poverty – were likely to work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration. A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. Learn more...
State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
The world’s indigenous peoples call 22 per cent of the global land surface home. They live in areas where you find about 80 per cent of the planet’s biodiversity and much of the world’s non-commercially exploited land and many of its remaining mineral and forest resources, major rivers, fossil fuels and sources of renewable energy.
While often described as the custodians of our Earth’s precious resources, they are frequently denied their rights to lands, territories and resources, according to a new UN DESA publication released today.
The latest volume of the State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples entitled “Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources”, examines these continuing obstacles along with some of the major risks and reprisals that indigenous human rights defenders face for protecting and defending their land, including increasing criminalization, harassment, assault and killings. But the new publication also offers solutions and ways forward.
Read the full report.
United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library migrates onto UN.org
The United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library is pleased to announce that it has migrated its website to a new platform in line with the most up-to-date UN standards. Some of the benefits include achieving technical efficiencies and better content integration with the main UN website.
Visit the website here
Call for Submissions - UpLink #GenerationRestoration Youth Challenge
UpLink and 1t.org, in collaboration with Salesforce and supported by the UN Decade on Ecosystems restoration, have launched the #GenerationRestoration Youth Challenge. The Challenge is a global call for impactful and inspiring solutions by ecopreneurs and young change-makers to conserve and restore ecosystems of all types, including intact and degraded terrestrial and coastal ecosystems, such as forests, grasslands, peat, etc.
Submissions are open until 15 June 2021
Learn more about the scope of the Challenge, assessment criteria and how to submit your solution here
The best 10-20 submissions will be invited to a 4-month accelerator programme by 1t.org to help scale and advance their impact. This will include targeted support, access to networks and community, as well as social media and communications for increased public exposure.
Do you have any questions? Contact Gianluca Gygax (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.