25 November is the UN-proclaimed International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Violence against women is a year-round occurrence and continues to an alarming degree. Violence against women is an attack upon their bodily integrity and their dignity. We need to place an emphasis on the universality of violence against women, the multiplicity of its forms and the ways in which violence, discrimination against women, and the broader system of domination based on subordination and inequality are inter-related.
On Africa Industrialization Day, Ban warns gender inequity, youth unemployment risk continent’s progress
Trainees in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the project known as “Connecting 1,500 Women and Girls to the Export Market,” which helps women and girls to develop skills in industries such as leather, weaving, basketry, embroidery, gemstones, and spinning. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
Ban expresses concern over blocking of essential supplies on Nepal-India border
20 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined his growing concern over the blocking of essential supplies on the Nepal-India border and called on all sides to lift these restrictions without further delay.
Refugees should not be turned into scapegoats following Paris attacks, says UN agency
17 November 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed its shock and horror at the attacks in Paris and the killing of so many innocent people but warned against the scapegoating of refugees, in the wake of the deadly attacks.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres conveyed his solidarity with the Government and the people of France, as he did with the Government of Lebanon, following the recent Beirut attacks.
November 18, 2015
PRESS START: Crowdfunding Stories that Matter
Crowdfunding platform Press Start was launched today to raise money for independent journalism in countries where the press cannot report freely -- a goal all the more crucial as media freedom sits at its lowest level in a decade.
The site was introduced via a Kickstarter campaign, potentially revolutionizing the way the best and bravest reporters are funded in the developing world and countries in transition.
'Tolerance must be taught, nurtured and defended,' says Ban on International Day
16 November 2015 – Tolerance is much more than passively accepting the “other;” it brings obligations to act, and must be taught, nurtured and defended, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the world to recognize the mounting threat posed by those who strive to divide, and pledge to forge a path defined by dialogue and mutual understanding.
UN Internet Governance Forum closes, highlights linkages with sustainable development
14 November 2015 – Consensus at the closing 10th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Brazil today underscored the contribution of Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) and the Internet to the achievement of the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations announced.
Science stands at heart of sustainable future, UNESCO says on World Science Day
10 November 2015 – Citing science, technology and innovation as key components of the upcoming United Nations climate change negotiations in Paris, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today urged governments to “do everything to support societies across the world, on every continent, to create and share knowledge.”
‘Turn digital divides into digital opportunities,’ Ban tells annual UN forum on Internet governance
10 November 2015 – To cover the “breadth and depth” of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the potential of the data revolution must be explored through the use of new and non-traditional sources of data, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed at the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which opened today in João Pessoa, Brazil.
UN at 70: former envoy and Nobel laureate says Security Council reform vital for more effective Organization
13 November 2015 – “Old tools and approaches are not always enough to solve current complex crises.” This is according to former Finnish President and United Nations envoy Martti Ahtisaari, who highlights the importance of reforming the Security Council, as he reflects on the UN’s 70th anniversary in a new book published for the occasion.