Marking 100 days since the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils that took place on Wednesday.
The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, urged the international community to stand in solidarity with the kidnapped schoolgirls and “never to abandon them”, while “reminding people that we are in the midst of a global civil rights struggle”.
Read more here.
Many impact their communities and nations, but a special few enter our hearts, change the course of history, and leave an indelible mark on our world. This Friday, join us here on Tumblr and on Facebook for #MandelaDay as we honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
You can read the United Nations Secretary-General’s message about the 2014 Nelson Mandela International Day here.
UN climate expert Selwin Hart recently spoke to Daily Development - a non-profit organisation - about why combating climate change is a UN priority and how everyone can step up and take climate action.
Read his interview here.
Find out how you can take action at:www.un.org/climatechange/takeaction
Congratulations to actress Emma Watson on her appointment as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador!
“Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting,” she said.
Read more about Ms. Watson and her work advocating for girls’ education.
Photo credit: Carter Bowman
Acclaimed actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity Edward Norton recently stopped by the UN to say that he’s for climate action!
Find out here how you can join him and step up to tackle climate change.
Call for all bloggers who love to travel!
Why not participate in World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s Blogger Competition for this year’s World Tourism Day on 27 September under the theme “Tourism and Community Development”?
The author of the winning post will be invited to a round trip to Mexico, with the opportunity to visit local community projects.
The competition is open from 24 June to 15 August.
Find out more at: http://j.mp/1v25DKR
The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya this week.
Illegal Wildlife trade is the 3rd largest illicit trade in the world and is estimated to be worth $15–20 billion annually. UNEA sets the agenda to combat Wildlifecrime.
Learn more at: http://www.unep.org/unea/wildlife.asp
Today is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers #PKDay! The United Nations recently named its first female Force Commander in a United Nations peacekeeping operation.
According to the United Nations, women in peacekeeping operations have made a positive impact on peacekeeping environments, both in supporting the role of women in building peace and protecting women’s rights.
Why do you think it is important to have female peacekeepers?