In Focus

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS
UNAIDS: Global AIDS Update 2018

UNAIDS, a Joint Programme cosponsored by 11 United Nations system entities, is issuing countries with a stark wake-up call. In a new report launched in Paris, France, UNAIDS warned that the global response to HIV is at a precarious point. At the halfway point to the 2020 targets, the report, ‘Miles to go—closing gaps, breaking barriers, righting injustices’, warns that the pace of progress is not matching global ambition. It calls for immediate action to put the world on course to reach critical 2020 targets. New HIV infections are rising in around 50 countries, AIDS-related deaths are not falling fast enough and flat resources are threatening success.

The global compact for migration
The Global Compact for Migration

The Global Compact is the culmination of thematic discussions and consultations among Member States and such actors as local officials, civil society representatives and migrants themselves; stocktaking and reflection on the views that were shared; and intergovernmental negotiations. In total, this open, transparent and inclusive process lasting over 18 months led to unprecedented dialogue and learning by all participants on the realities of international migration. The agreement now forms a basis to improve the governance and international on migration, to address the challenges associated with migration today, and to strengthen the contribution of migrants and migration to sustainable development.

World Hepatitis Day 2018
World Hepatitis Day (28 July)

Viral hepatitis B and C are major health challenges, affecting 325 million people globally. They are root causes of liver cancer, leading to 1.34 million deaths every year. Hepatitis B and C are chronic infections that may not show symptoms for a long period, sometimes years or decades. At least 60% of liver cancer cases are due to late testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C. Low coverage of testing and treatment is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030. With the theme “Test. Treat. Hepatitis”, World Hepatitis Day encourages the timely testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C to save lives.

In the Spotlight

Marta Vieira da Silva
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva

An icon and role model for many, world-renowned Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva is widely regarded as the best female soccer player of all time. She is the all-time top scorer of the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament and was named Player of the Year five consecutive times. Popularly known by her fans as Marta, Ms. Vieira da Silva dedicates her actions to support UN Women’s work for gender equality and women’s empowerment across the world, inspiring women and girls to challenge stereotypes, overcome barriers and follow their dreams and ambitions, including in the area of sport.

The UN System at Work

World Intellectual Property Organization
World Intellectual Property Organization

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation, and is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 191 member states. Established in 1967, the mission of WIPO is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Recently WIPO and it’s partners jointly released the Global Innovation Index 2018, a detailed quantitative tool that helps global decision makers better understand how to stimulate the innovative activity that drives economic and human development.

Goal of the week


Did you know?

Decolonization changed the face of the planet, creating more than 80 nations.
Polio cases have decreased by more than 99% because of immunization against the disease worldwide. Find out more in Global Issues: Health
Unclean water and poor sanitation are the leading cause of child mortality.  Find out more in Global Issues: Water
Women in the labour market on average still earn a quarter less than men globally. Find out more in Global Issues: Women.

Worth Watching

UN in Pictures

Hope for Syrian refugees living with kidney disease
UNICEF's Longest Goal campaign in Times Square
Recycling plastic waste in Sierra Leone
UN staff volunteer on Mandela Day
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