Call for applications for the 2018 Momentum for Change Awards to showcase global climate action and ambition, as national governments work toward implementing the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Deadline for application is 30 April 2018.

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Call for applications for the 2018 Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship

Applications for 2018 Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship now open

Are you a journalist between the ages of 22 and 35? Come cover the United Nations!

Application deadline is 7 May 2018.

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Call for Applications: 2018 Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent

The Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent provides the participants with an intensive learning opportunity to deepen their understanding of the United Nations human rights system, instruments and mechanisms, with a focus on issues of particular relevance to people of African descent.
The Fellowship Programme will allow the participants to better contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of people of African descent in their respective countries.
In the framework of the Programme of Activities for the Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, this year the Fellowship will be held from 19 November to 7 December 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Deadline for Applications: 1 June 2018
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16 – 27 April 2018

17th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Special Theme: “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources”
Watch The Indigenous Media Zone (16-20 April), organized by the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum, the Department of Public Information and indigenous media groups, that aims to amplify indigenous voices and provide a space for indigenous media to cover the 17th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) through their own channels.

Watch it here



17-18 May 2018 

United Nations Forum on the Question of Palestine

Venue: Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, (UN Plaza) New York, United States

To mark the upcoming anniversary of the 1948 War and the Nakba, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People will convene on 17 and 18 May the two-day United Nations Forum on the Question of Palestine “70 Years after 1948 – Lessons to Achieve a Sustainable Peace” at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The event is open to the public and registration on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for the Forum and for more information, please click here.


Thursday, 26 April 2018

Event entitled “The Role of Education in Peace Building and Sustaining Peace”

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Venue: Conference Room 5, United Nations Headquarters, New York, United States
The event is co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica and the University for Peace. Contact: Ms. Rita El Zaghloul (


Thursday, 26 April 2018

Interactive discussion around the World Public Sector Report 2018, entitled “Working together: Integration, institutions and the Sustainable Development Goals”

Time: 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York, United States

The event is organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Public Administration and Development Management.
Contact: Mr. David Lung’aho (; 917-367-3998)
More information


Thursday, 26 April 2018

Conference on “The Role of Global Citizenship Education in the 2030 Agenda and Beyond”

Time: 2 – 5 p.m.
Venue: Conference Room 3, United Nations Headquarters, New York, United States

Webcast available
In collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative is organizing a conference on “The Role of Global Citizenship Education in the 2030 Agenda and Beyond.”
Register here
Global citizenship education aims to empower learners to meet global challenges and become proactive contributors to a more just, peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure and sustainable world. While the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be an underlying concern of the discussion, this year brings the seventieth anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and the significance of global citizenship education for the promotion and protection as well as the exercise of human rights will also be addressed at the conference.

27th International Conference: Health and Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions “Sustainable Energy: Legacy of Chornobyl”
Friday, 27 April 2018

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Venue: Conference Room 4, United Nations Headquarters, (UN Plaza) New York

Register: via Eventbrite (Search for World Information Transfer) by Wednesday, April 15th
The event is organized by World Information Transfer Inc. Co-sponsored by the Government of Ukraine. Supported by the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, International Council of Women, and World Association of NGOs (WANGO)


Theme: “Keeping Power in Check: the Protection of Journalists and Media Workers”

Thursday, 3 May 2018
High-Level Opening Session: 10 to 11 a.m.
Panel Discussion: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters

** Kindly note, we will send a confirmation email regarding your RSVP on 2 May 2018, which will entail details regarding your access to the UN**

Concept Note for World Press Freedom Day:
Concept Note for Panel Discussion on 3 May at UNHQ, NY:

More information:



Wednesday, 2 May 2018

UN DESA Webinar on Applying for Consultative Status with ECOSOC

Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (New York Time)
Venue: online

Register here
UN DESA NGO Branch is pleased to invite NGOs interested in applying for ECOSOC Consultative Status for an information session on the application process. The webinar will be conducted in English.
More information


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

UN-Habitat side event at ECOSOC Integration Segment on Innovative communities “Resilient Cities: Strengthening the Humanitarian-Development Nexus”

Time: 12:15 – 2:10 p.m.
Venue: Conference Room 8, UNHQ, New York

Within the framework of the ECOSOC Integration Segment on Innovative communities: leveraging technology and innovation to build sustainable and resilient societies. The side event aims at discussing how to strengthen platforms for enabling the Humanitarian-Development nexus when building resilience in cities and exploring ways of collaboration to build resilience while advancing both the humanitarian and the development agenda.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Educating Younger Generations on Global Citizenship through Intercultural Literacy

Time: 3- 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Conference Room 9, UNHQ, New York
The event is organized by the UNAOC.
More information


Woman & Children, Health & Resources: How will the SDGs Leave No One Behind?Monday, 30 April 2018

Time:  2 – 4 p.m.
Venue: Hardin Room on the 11th Floor of the Church Center for the UN at 777 UN Plaza, NYC
The event is organized by NGOCSD-NY Executive Board with World Information Transfer, Mediators Beyond Borders International, Huairou Commission, Global Family, MMUN, UNA-USA Council of Organizations & CoNGO.


2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions
Dates: 1 – 7 November, 2018
Location: Toronto, Canada

2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions Luminaries Are Champions of Change

Registration is now open
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Tuesday Chat Series: “When Children Go Missing – A Civil Society Perspective”
Date : 22 May 2018
Time : 2:30 – 4:00 P.M.
Venue : DPI NGO Resource Center
801 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017



4 June 2018 & 26 September 2018
Interactive hearing and General Assembly high-level meeting on the fight to end TB

Venue: United Nations Headquarters, (UN Plaza) New York, United States

The United Nations General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting on the fight to end tuberculosis on 26 September 2018 in New York with the overall theme “United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic”. An interactive hearing will be convened by the President of the General Assembly on 4 June 2018, in New York, as part of the preparatory process for the high-level meeting.
Accreditation is now open until 27 April 2018 for relevant non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector with expertise in tuberculosis to attend the high-level meeting and participate in the interactive civil society hearing.
Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC do not need to apply at this stage.
Please note that once the accreditation process is finalized, each participant will need to register separately to attend the interactive civil society hearing and the high-level meeting.  Separate registration forms for both events will be opened in due course.
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The Global Humanitarian Overview is the most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based assessment of world humanitarian needs. The GHO is based on detailed analysis of comprehensive data from a wide range of sources, and face-to-face interviews with hundreds of thousands of people directly affected by humanitarian crises across the globe.



#CleanSeas Break-Up: “It’s not me, it’s you”

This short UN Environment #CleanSeas video take a lighter look at the issue of marine litter and asks everyone around the world to break-up with single-use plastics and make their pledge at



Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Add Your Voice

Join us in celebrating Human Rights Day and record yourself reading an article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in your language:



#JoinTogether Campaign

Learn about the latest UN global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.

Together Website


More Campaigns:

New Africa Renewal

WildforLife Campaign

Official UN Social Media Accounts

UNICEF Campaign #RefugeesWelcome







UNiTE Campaign



26 April
International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day (A/RES/71/125)

26 April
World Intellectual Property Day [WIPO]

28 April
World Day for Safety and Health at Work

29 April
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare (OPCW C-10/5)

30 April
International Jazz Day (UNESCO 36 C/Resolution 39)

30 April
“Vesak”, the Day of the Full Moon (A/RES/54/115)


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