In Focus

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International Day to End Obstetric Fistula (23 May)

Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. The condition typically leaves women incontinent, and as a result they are often shunned by their communities. Sufferers often endure depression, social isolation and deepening poverty. Many women live with the condition for years – or even decades – because they cannot afford to obtain treatment. An estimated 2 million women in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab region, and Latin America and the Caribbean are living with this injury, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop worldwide each year. Obstetric fistula can be prevented and in most cases treated. 

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International Day of UN Peacekeepers (29 May)

The theme for this year’s Day is “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace” to mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of when for the first time the Security Council explicitly mandated a peacekeeping mission (UNAMSIL in Sierra Leone) to protect civilians. Over the past 20 years, protection of civilians has increasingly been at the heart of UN peacekeeping. Today, more than 90% of our peacekeepers serving in eight peacekeeping operations -- in Abyei and Darfur, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Mali and South Sudan – have protection of civilians’ mandates. These peacekeepers put themselves in harm’s way to protect civilians from violence every day.

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World Economic Situation & Prospects Mid-2019

Global growth outlook has weakened, amid unresolved trade tensions and elevated international policy uncertainty, according to the World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2019. Across both developed and developing countries, growth projections for 2019 have been downgraded. Following an expansion of 3.0 per cent in 2018, world gross product growth is now projected to moderate to 2.7 per cent in 2019 and 2.9 per cent in 2020, reflecting a downward revision from the forecasts released in January. A further escalation in trade disputes, a sudden deterioration in financial conditions, and the accelerating effects of climate change could trigger a sharper or more prolonged growth slowdown. 

In the Spotlight

Paulo Amotun Lokoro and Domnic Lokinyomo Lobalu
Domnic Lokinyomo Lobalu and Paulo Amotun

Domnic Lokinyomo Lobalu won the Harmony Geneva Marathon by UNICEF and Paulo Amotun placed second. Both are refugees, hoping to compete at next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. “I am very happy to have won today. I am going back to even more intense training when I return to Kenya,” said Lobalu, who is originally from South Sudan. Paulo Amotun competed at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, where the refugee Olympians achieved a high profile because of the hardships they have overcome. Following the ground-breaking debut of refugee athletes in Rio, the International Olympic Committee announced in October that a Refugee Olympic Team would compete in the Tokyo 2020 Games.


The UN System at Work

World Health Organization (WHO)

Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge is a celebration of the importance of health. A free event taking place in Geneva on 19 May 2019, for people of all physical abilities, it aims to raise awareness of the work and goals of WHO and other global health agencies based in Geneva, highlighting the city’s role as a global health capital in improving global health. The second annual event also engages World Health Assembly delegates, the UN family and the Geneva community in a global movement to promote health and particularly physical activity as part of a healthy sustainable future. Demonstrate what you do to promote health and well-being by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #HealthForAll

Goal of the month


Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals

Did you know?

Nine out of ten refugees are hosted by developing countries.
Polio cases have decreased by more than 99% because of immunization against the disease worldwide. Find out more in Global Issues: Health
Global Facts: Big Data for the SDGs
Most of the world’s people live no more than 200 miles from the sea.  Find out more in Global Issues: Oceans and the Law of the Sea

Worth Watching

UN in Pictures

Secretary-General António Guterres visits a market in Port Vila, Vanuatu, that is part of the UN Women project "Markets for Change".
World Bee Day stamp with a photo of a yellow bee next to a yellow flower.
A panoramic view of flowers, mountains and water habitat.
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