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21 March: UN Bookstore Meet the Author Event: 1:00-2:00 pm
Sandra Uwiringiyimana, Author of “How Dare the Sun Rise”
United Nations Bookshop

Sandra Uwiringiyimana is an author and the co-founder of Jimbere Fund, an organization that aims to revitalize distressed communities and foster peace in Congo by empowering women economically.

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child (HarperCollins), is her remarkable and inspiring true story of how she survived a massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism. Sandra tells the story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, of her hope for the future, and how she found a way to give voice to her people.

21 March: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
#FightRacism, every time and everywhere it happens. As populism and nationalist movements are on the rise, all of us must stand up to promote respect, compassion and equality for all. Join our campaign on March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

21 March also marks World Poetry Day. We will share some of the most powerful messages about anti-discrimination. Get inspired and tell us how you #FightRacism in your own words. Read more…

22 March 2019: UN Water Day
The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’. This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.

Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. Access to water underpins public health and is therefore critical to sustainable development and a stable and prosperous world. We cannot move forward as a global society while so many people are living without safe water.

Learn more and register your event

March 26: The Genocide Convention at 70: From Definition to Implementation: 10 am
With the Raphael Lemkin Award for exemplary work in the fight against genocide recipient: Father Patrick Desbois
ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY

The event is organized by the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations and the World Jewish Congress under the title: “The Genocide Convention at 70: From Definition to Implementation, with the Raphael Lemkin Award for exemplary work in the fight against genocide recipient Father Patrick Desbois.”

March 28: The Role of Memorials in Preserving History: 11-12:30 pm

April 3: International Day of Sports for Development and Peace: 1:15-2:30 pm
ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York
RSVP HERE by Sunday, 31 March 2019

Tickets will be distributed to pre-registered guests on the day of the event from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UNITAR Building, 801 First Avenue, New York, NY, 10017, USA.

Calls for Applications

Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent
2019 Call for Applications: Open until 30 April 2019
More information

UN News

Voices of young climate action activists ‘give me hope’ says UN chief
In the wake of Friday’s demonstrations by schoolchildren across the world against climate change inaction, the UN Secretary-General has said he understands their fears, but is hopeful for the future. Read full article…

UN Exhibits

Equality is our goal, access is our right
On display 6 – 27 March 2019

A Workshop for Peace – UN Kids Day drawings

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