In Focus

International Day of Friendship (30 July)

The International Day of Friendship recognizes the relevance and importance of friendship as a noble and valuable sentiment in the lives of human beings around the world. To mark the Day, the UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community towards promoting a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation. 

girl at train station
World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30 July)

Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. The World Day against Trafficking in Persons seeks to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.

World Hepatitis Day
World Hepatitis Day (28 July)

The theme for this year’s World Hepatitis Day is "Eliminate Hepatitis." Viral hepatitis is a major global health problem and needs an urgent response. There were approximately 325 million people living with chronic hepatitis at the end of 2015. Very few of those infected accessed testing and treatment, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Despite many challenges, the global effort to eliminate hepatitis is gaining ground. However, major obstacles still remain.

In the Spotlight

Angelique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo and eight of Benin's other music artists are urging parents to not marry off their young daughters in a new music video. “A little girl is still a child. She cannot be a mother or a bride. Let her grow up to live a fulfilling life. Say NO to child marriage,” sings Ms. Kidjo along with UNICEF national Goodwill Ambassador Zeynab Abib, and a number of other stars. In Benin, one in ten girls is married under the age of 15 and three out of ten girls are married before they are 18 years old, according to UN figures. The song is part of the national Zero Tolerance Campaign against child marriage, launched by the Government of Benin on 16 June, which is the International Day of the African Child.

The UN System at Work

farmer in Viet Nam
UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Focusing on food and agriculture, investing in rural people and transforming the rural sector - actions associated with SDG2 (Zero Hunger) - can speed progress towards all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). FAO’s work to support countries reach the SDG targets takes into account the crucial interlinkages between food, livelihoods and management of natural resources. FAO’s long experience in shaping projects and policies founded on sustainability, focus on tackling the root causes of poverty and hunger, and capacity to build partnerships can aid governments construct the necessary enabling environment to achieve the 2030 Agenda
The UN System 

SDG Goal 2 - Zero Hunger

Did you know?

The Paris agreement on climate change was signed by the largest number of countries ever in a single day. Find out more in Global Issues: Climate Change
Immigration slows down the ageing process of societies.  Find out more in Global Issues: Ageing
Global Issues: Human Rights
Polio cases have decreased by more than 99% because of immunization against the disease worldwide. Find out more in Global Issues: Health

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UN in Pictures

Malala Yousafzai with schoolgirls in Nigeria
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