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UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS: SERVICE AND SACRIFICE

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Since 1948, more than a million women and men have served as UN peacekeepers. Every day, they make a tangible difference in the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people, and every day they save lives. They serve at great personal risk and in harsh conditions. Tragically some make the ultimate sacrifice - over 3,500 peacekeepers have lost their lives in the cause of peace.

In Focus

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Zero Discrimination Day (1 March)

On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS is highlighting the right of everyone to be free from discrimination. No one should ever be discriminated against because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, health (including HIV) status, geographical location, economic status or migrant status, or for any other reason. 

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Every Child ALIVE

7,000 newborns die every day, most of them from preventable causes. Newborns from the riskiest places to give birth are up to 50 times more likely to die than those from the safest places. UNICEF has launched a new campaign to help save newborn lives: #EveryChildALIVE. Find out how you can support the campaign

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World Wildlife Day (3 March)

Over the past century we have been losing big cats, the planet’s most majestic predators, at an alarming rate. World Wildlife Day 2018, under the theme “Big cats: predators under threat," gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about their plight and to galvanize support for the many global and national actions that are underway to save these iconic species.

In the Spotlight

UNDP Champions of Change
UNDP Champions of Change

UNDP's Youth Leadership Programme works with young people in every Arab country who are putting their creativity to the service of their communities, using technology and innovation to support change that matters in daily life. Twelve of these young leaders travelled to New York to take part in the 2018 Youth Forum and to share their projects and their vision for how young people can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN System at Work

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UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Rapid population growth accelerates global demand for forest products and services including timber, while at the same time it increases demand for agricultural production -  one of the major drivers of deforestation. A 3-day international conference on halting deforestation and increasing forest area, held by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and hosted by FAO, in Rome, highlighted the urgency of taking action to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and targets related to forests.

Goal of the week

SDG Goal 8 - DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Did you know?

Unclean water and poor sanitation are the leading cause of child mortality.  Find out more in Global Issues: Water
The UN aims to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Every child has the right to health, education, and protection.  Find out more in Global Issues:  Children
Decolonization changed the face of the planet, creating more than 80 nations.

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UN in Pictures

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