In Focus

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World Day of Social Justice (20 February)

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. The ILO estimates that currently about 2 billion people live in fragile and conflict-affected situations, of whom more than 400 million are aged 15 to 29. Job creation, better quality jobs, and better access to jobs for the bottom 40 per cent have the potential to increase incomes and contribute to more cohesive and equitable societies and thus are important to prevent violent conflicts and to address post-conflict challenges. This year's theme is "If You Want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice."

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International Mother Language Day (21 February)

Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet. Linguistic diversity is increasingly threatened as more and more languages disappear. Globally 40 per cent of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand. Nevertheless, progress is being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its development in public life.

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World Youth Report

The global economy may have started to recover but youth employment has only worsened in recent years, leaving an estimated 71 million young people unemployed, and millions of others in precarious or informal work. Even with jobs, some 156 million young people in low- and middle-income countries continue to live in poverty. Young women, migrants, LGBTI youth and those with disabilities are particularly vulnerable. The UN’s World Youth Report, launching 20 February, focuses on youth education and employment and explores the complex challenges facing the largest generation of youth the world has ever seen.

In the Spotlight

Anousheh Ansari
Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari has earned a place in history as the first female tourist to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent. She is also the first Muslim woman to exit Earth’s atmosphere. As a successful serial entrepreneur and active proponent of world-changing technologies, Ansari, along with her family, sponsored the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million cash prize that ignited a new era in private space industries. She is now the CEO of XPRIZE and is a mentor for women around the world who want to expand their horizons and aim for the stars. Watch a video where she discusses breaking gender barriers in space, and be sure to register for the AI for Good Global Summit to see her speak at ITU in Geneva in May 2019.

The UN System at Work

ILO Social Protection
ILO 100 | Social Protection

What happens when you are sick, disabled, pregnant or old and lack sufficient income or any income at all because you cannot work? How can we protect individuals and their families against these risks and shield them from poverty throughout their lives?  Social protection is a human right. It ensures access to health care and income security for all. It provides for you and your family when you’re sick, unemployed, injured, pregnant or too old to work. It provides support for your family in case something happens to you. Social protection gives you peace of mind and hope for a better future. Find out more in the 5th chapter of this interactive series celebrating the Centenial of the International Labour Organization.

Goal of the month


Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals

Did you know?

Africa’s population is the fastest growing in the world.  Find out more in Global Issues: Population
Hunger and malnutrition are the number one health risk worldwide.  Find out more in Global Issues: Food.
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
Every child has the right to health, education, and protection.  Find out more in Global Issues:  Children

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