20 February: UN Kids Day
Accompany your children on a UN Kids Tour, offering an opportunity to learn about the UN through interactive games, quizzes and role-playing. Children’s tours will be offered throughout the day, 9:30 am–4:45 pm. To purchase tickets, select any Children’s Tour on 20 February. Before or after the tour, children of all ages can also participate in many fun and educational activities in the Visitor Centre, on the lower level of the General Assembly building.
For more information, contact the Guided Tours team at

Observance of the International Mother Language Day (IMLD)
21 February 2019, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Conference room 2, United Nations Headquarters
For UN Grounds pass holders only.
The event will be an occasion to discuss on how to promote the inalienable right of people across the globe to their mother languages as well as the importance of linguistic and cultural diversities.  It will also feature a multi-lingual cultural component.

February 27, 6.30 – 8 pm: Is Poverty a Choice? A Conversation with Philip Alston
Since being named the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in 2014, Philip Alston has investigated extreme poverty in countries as diverse as Ghana, Mauritania, Chile, China, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In a conversation with former New York Times foreign correspondent Calvin Sims, Alston will share his perspective on what needs to be done to end poverty.
RSVP: to Elena Szajewski by February 20 at or (212) 255-9980 x 210

Launch of the first-ever UN Road Safety Strategy
28 February 2019, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
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.
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IDM 2019: Youth and migration: Engaging youth as key partners in migration governance
28 February 2019
Conference room 2, United Nations Headquarters
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The first of two International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) sessions planned in 2019 will discuss global strategies and partnerships in the area of youth mobility as well as best practices for youth engagement in policy and decision-making processes. Adaptation, integration, and empowerment of young migrants will be explored through an exchange of good practices, lessons learned and recommendations with representatives from all relevant sectors, including young migrants themselves.

To register for this session please contact until 18:00 CET on 22 February 2019.

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

UNFCCC: Ghana to Kick-start Year of Ambition at Africa Climate Summit
Programme and information
Register by 15 March 2019
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International Days

IAEA’s video on the Day of Girls and Women in Science
To mark the International Day of Girls and Women in Science we asked eight successful women in science to have an honest conversation about how their gender has affected their career. With no agenda, but to engage, inform, entertain and spark debate. These high performing women discussed gender equality, family balance, preconceptions, challenges, clothing and much more. With participants from India, Egypt, South Africa, the United States, Jordan, South Korea, Italy and Finland. See the video.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

International Women’s Day 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change
Learn more about International Women’s Day 2019
Timeline: Women of the world, unite!
Women in the Changing World of Work

International Mother Language Day – 21 February
Do you have a favorite proverb in your mother tongue?
To celebrate International Mother Language Day 2019, the Office of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services invites you to send us your favorite proverb in your mother tongue on the following topics: peace, harmony, conflict resolution/competence to deal with conflict, mindfulness, resilience, well-being. The proverbs will be compiled, and the most appropriate ones will be selected to be published on our website and other digital communication tools.

Awards and Competitions

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

Applications for 2019 UN Global Climate Action Awards Now Open
The award, the focus of United Nations Climate Change’s Momentum for Change initiative, recognizes the most innovative projects in the field of climate action.
Winning activities encompass scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change, in the hope of inspiring others to act. The selected activities will be recognized and celebrated at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Chile.
Applications for the 2019 UN Global Climate Action Award will be accepted from 11 February through 30 April 2019 at:

UNAOC Fellowship – 2019 Call for Applications
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is pleased to launch the Call for Applications for the 2019 edition of its Fellowship Programme. The Call is open to participants between 25 to 35 years old, from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America, with a strong interest in intercultural exchanges. The theme of the Fellowship in 2019 is “The role  of women in peacemaking and conflict prevention”. Candidates must also be able to present professional achievements in these fields.


World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2019
Progress in reducing unemployment globally is not being matched by improvements in the quality of work, says the International Labour Organization’s World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019 report.
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UN DESA: Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
In a world where climate change wreaks havoc on our economies, societies and environment, where unemployment and inequalities are rampant and where trust in international cooperation is falling, what can keep us from losing faith that the world 2030 will be a better place for everyone? UN DESA’s World Youth Report offers one good reason for optimism: the next generation is different

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