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Girls Rock the SDGs
27 February 2019, 1 – 3 p.m.
Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission Auditorium (221 East 52nd Street), NYC
Each presenter will share information about their projects inspired by the SDGs to “Leave No One Behind.” The event is organized by NGO Committee on Sustainable Development.
Flyer and BIOs

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

Civil Society Townhall on Planing of the 68th UN Civil Society Conference
Thursday, 28 February 2019, 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Live on
#UNCSC2019   #UNwithCivilSociety
RSVP by Tuesday, 26 February 2019

United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2019
8 March 2019, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RSVP here by Thursday, 28 February 2019

The use of new technologies for the promotion of work-life balance and the advancement of family policies for the social inclusion of women and men
14 March 2019, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Concept note
On the occasion of the upcoming 63rd Session of the CSW, the Permanent Missions of Italy and Zambia are pleased to invite you to the Side Event: The use of new technologies for the promotion of work-life balance and the advancement of family policies for the social inclusion of women and men

UNFCCC: Ghana to Kick-start Year of Ambition at Africa Climate Summit
Programme and information
Registration open by 15 March 2019
About Regional Climate Weeks

International Days

Zero Discrimination Day – 1 March
Take discrimination quiz

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

How Bangladesh spearheaded creation of International Mother Language Day
Concerned that one language goes extinct every two weeks, the United Nations is honouring linguistic diversity and celebrating indigenous languages on International Mother Language Day. And the roots of the Day start in a South Asian country with a bloody and historic connection to 21 February.
Read MA Candidate Mina Begum’s remarks on her experience celebrating Mother Language Day here in New Jersey and what this day means to her.

Awards and Fellowships

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.


Social justice, human rights feature prominently at this year’s Oscars in Hollywood
Gender equality, the marginalization of indigenous languages, migration, the refugee crisis, the lives of domestic workers, poverty… All these issues which are at the heart of the United Nations’ work, are also front and centre in some of the films celebrated this year at the Academy Awards.
Listen to Interview

Regarding the success of Roma, Alfonso Cuarón told Noticias ONU: “The film talks about our existence as an experience of loneliness that seeks company, a common experience of loneliness. Only affective relationships can give us some sense, I think that’s where the emotional impact comes from and, then, each person and each society see their own things.”
Read the interview in Spanish on the Noticias ONU website. Or listen.


IFAD: The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture
Based on information provided by 91 countries and 27 international organizations, analysis of global literature and datasets, and contributions from over 175 authors and reviewers, The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture assesses biodiversity for food and agriculture and its management worldwide.

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.

FINAL REPORT: 68th UN DPI/NGO Conference

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