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World Interfaith Harmony Week | 1 – 7 February 2019
World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly in 2010. In the resolution, the General Assembly, points out that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and establishes World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith. It is imperative that we double our efforts to spread the message of good neighborliness based on our common humanity, a message shared by all faith traditions. The theme for the observance of the Interfaith Harmony Week for 2019 is “Sustainable Development through Interfaith Harmony.”
Event at UNHQ “Building Bridges Across Boundaries” – 6 February 2019
Other events

Screening of the animation film “Wonder Park”
11 February 2019, 6:30 p.m.
In commemoration of the 4th International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Trusteeship Council, United Nations Headquarters

International Day of Women and Girls in Science
11-12 February 2019
Conference Room 3, United Nations Headquarters, New York
The Fourth International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly is focusing firmly on: “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth”
More information

United Nations Civil Society Briefing
Thursday, 14 February 2019, 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Start Local, Go Global!
Bringing Sustainable Practices Across Industries: A Focus on Food, Film and Waste
Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York
RSVP by February 12
RSVP to secure a Special Event Ticket. Tickets will be required to access CR1.

International Days

World Radio Day 2019: Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace
13 February 2019
UNESCO invites all radio stations and supporting organisations to join us for World Radio Day 2019, a chance to strengthen diversity, peace and development through their broadcasting. #worldradioday
Radio Day Contest

International Year of Indigenous Languages
Watch the Launch
Calendar of events
Call for Research Papers within the context of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.
#IYIL2019 #UN4Indigenous #WeAreIndigenous

Black History Month at the United Nations
Special tours are available in February only!


Podcast on the Opioid Crisis
Opioids account for over three-quarters of deaths associated with prescription drug misuse. In late January, David Sheff and Vicky Cornell joined a panel discussion on addiction organised by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Mr. Sheff’s memoir about his son’s addiction has been turned into a major Hollywood movie, and Ms. Cornell was married to Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, whose suicide she has attributed to prescription drugs that altered his mental state.

Conor Lennon from UN News interviewed Mr. Sheff and Ms. Cornell for this episode of The Lid Is On, and heard how their experiences have led them to believe that changes to the health care system play a key role in addressing the crisis.

World Intellectual Property Organization Report: Technology Trends 2019
Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing every aspect of life and work. Creating a common understanding of AI based on facts is critical to maximize its benefits.
This first report in our “Technology Trends” series offers evidence-based projections to inform global policymakers on the future of AI. It analyzes data in patent applications and scientific publications to better understand the latest trends in the field.
Full report | Key Findings | Press Release

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2019
Global growth is expected to remain at 3.0 per cent in 2019 and 2020, however, the steady pace of expansion in the global economy masks an increase in downside risks that could potentially exacerbate development challenges in many parts of the world, according to the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2019.
Full Report
Executive summary

Launch of the first-ever UN Road Safety Strategy
Date: 28 February 2019
Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Conference room 3, United Nations Headquarters
The newly adopted UN internal Strategy on Road Safety marks the first commitment from all UN system organizations to a holistic approach to reduce road traffic crashes involving UN personnel and vehicles.
Save the Date

Competitions & Calls for Papers

Young Champions of the Earth 2019
Young Champions of the Earth is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists. #YoungChamps
Do you dare to invent the future? Apply!
Celebrating young people with a big idea to protect or restore the environment; a vision for a more sustainable future; and a strong track record of instigating change. They are unafraid of failure; believe in a bright future for our planet, and have what it takes to be a Young Champion of the Earth. Learn more.

Call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2019
The Equator Prize 2019 will be awarded to outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. Each winning group will receive USD 10,000 and will be invited to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events during the United Nations General Assembly and the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in New York in September 2019, culminating in a high-level award ceremony at the beginning of Climate Week.

The nomination deadline will be 26 February 2019. Nominations can be submitted in 8 languages. For further information and to nominate visit


UN Exhibit: Lives Cut Short: Seeking Refuge During the Holocaust – On display starting 16 January 2019

Through the story of young Holocaust victim, Ruth Maier, this exhibition portrays the broader history of the Jewish refugees’ search for safety during the Holocaust. It shows the courage and desperate choices Jewish parents made to keep their children alive. Ruth’s diaries and writings provide a searing testimony of creative promise destroyed through the actions of the Nazis and their collaborators and supporters.

UN Exhibit: Beyond Duty – On display starting 16 January 2019
This exhibition relates the unique stories of dozens of diplomats from the Holocaust period who have been recognized by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, as Righteous Among the Nations. Presented in connection with the 2019 Holocaust Commemoration, the exhibit is dedicated to all Righteous Among the Nations, and the Holocaust survivors whose courage and resilience inspire all.
Civil Society Unit (formerly NGO Relations Unit)

New Twitter Handle @UNDGC_CSO
New Hashtag #UNwithCivilSociety

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