Sculpture at the conference to adopt the global compact #formigration in marrakech.
there are 258 million migrants globally -- that is 1 in 30 people. 50 million of them are children. all of them deserve to live free from harm.
the majority of migrants live and work legally, contributing to both their home and host countries.
world leaders are gathering in morocco to adopt the global compact for a safer and more dignifed life for people on the move -- for everyone's benefit.
📸: un photo/ mark garten
Pre-school kids in #nyc recreate the archival photo (scroll to next picture) of children holding the universal declaration of human rights, ahead of sunday's commemoration of the declaration's 70th anniversary.
drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, it establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. the principles enshrined in the declaration are as relevant today as they were when it was adopted in 1948. #standup4humanrights on sunday's #humanrightsday and every day! 📸: @unphotographers / mark garten
Godiose mukakahisa stands at the entrance of her house in #rwanda.
24 years ago, a brutal genocide was carried out against the tutsi in the east african nation. it is widely regarded as one of the darkest episodes in modern history. armed with clubs, her hutu neighbours used dogs to hunt godiose and her family. she hid behind a bush at first, but the killers eventually found her.
"one of the genocide perpetrators had pity on me and was able to convince the others to leave me alive. it was a miracle. i was 8,” godiose shared in the 2008 "portraits of a genocide" exhibit presented by myriam abdelaziz at #unitednations headquarters in #nyc.
on sunday, the un marks the 70th anniversary of the genocide convention, the first global human rights treaty.
Young children wade through the mud outside their tent in a camp for internally displaced people in #iraq. "we haven't been able to sleep at all because we don't have a dry spot to sit. the water level was knee-deep inside our tent," says one of the children.
our colleagues from the #unitednations migration agency in iraq (@iomiraq ) helped more than 2,300 internally displaced families following large-scale flooding that hit two camps in iraq last week.
the un migration organization (iom) helps millions of people worldwide that have been forced from their homes, often with little more than a handful of possessions.
A young girl sits in the cabin of plane behind the controls.
fewer than 7% of the aviation workforce are women, and at the managerial level that drops to less than 5%. "air transport must become a better example of gender equality in action", said fang liu , head of the international civil aviation organization on friday's #flyday.
she added that the industry must address head-on why women are still underrepresented in the majority of the technical and executive positions in aviation. championing diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education could help inspire more women to enter the aviation industry. 📸: icao
A dry, barren landscape, beset by drought in #moldova.
2018 is set to become the hottest year on record according to the world meteorological organization (@wmo_omm ). never in history has the earth's climate changed so rapidly, or to such extremes. from overfishing to coral reef destruction; from melting glaciers to deforestation; humans are stripping nature and polluting the planet faster than nature can regenerate.
this week, world leaders are meeting in katowice, #poland for a #unitednations climate conference to discuss countries' progress toward the #parisagreement and the need for #climateaction.
stay tuned for instagram stories and more updates from #cop24!
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#throwbackthursday to this past march, as two female peacekeepers from south africa provide a free medical check up to a young child at a support base for the #unitednations mission in the democratic republic of the congo (monusco) in north kivu province.
women are deployed in all areas of @unpeacekeeping – police, military and civilian. in the democratic republic of the congo, the mission partners with local organizations to provide medical and nutritional care to orphaned and otherwise vulnerable children.
political instability, violence, and displacement have made it extremely difficult to reach at-risk populations. beyond its healthcare efforts, monusco provides logistical, transportation, communications and security support, and has also worked to address the presence of armed groups operating in the region.
📸: un photo/michael ali #globalgoals
A view of the iguazú falls, a @unesco world heritage site, which at 80m high and 2,700m in diameter, span the borders of argentina, brazil and paraguay. made up of many cascades producing vast sprays of water, it's one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world and one of the top destinations in south america with nearly 2 million tourists a year. the surrounding subtropical rainforest is home to a number of rare and endangered species like the long-nosed caiman and the jaguar.
extreme weather and climate events such as rainstorms and drought have caused flooding and a drop in water levels. other threats come from human activity such as logging, hunting, fishing, tourism activities and water-borne pollutants. argentina, brazil and paraguay are working together to protect the natural beauty of the iguazú falls.
the #unitednations climate change conference (#cop24) in katowice, poland, opened monday with a global call for urgent #climateaction. the conference also marked the third anniversary of the landmark 2015 #parisagreement which seeks to limit global warming in this century to under 2 degrees celsius above the pre-industrial level.
📸: @unphotographers / mark garten
#unitednations secretary-general antónio guterres poses for a photo with arnold @schwarzenegger at #cop24 in katowice, #poland. "great to meet arnold schwarzenegger at the un climate conference cop 24. we all have to work together to effectively address climate change, the defining issue of our time," said the secretary-general.
the actor and activist stressed the need for urgent #climateaction: "only if we work together will the #parisagreement become a reality." stay tuned for instagram stories and more updates from cop 24! 📸: un social media / karin orantes
#tourtuesday: rainfall and sunshine come together to produce a spectacular rainbow over #unitednations headquarters in geneva, #switzerland.
the palais des nations first become host to the league of nations in 1936. when the league was later dissolved in april 1946, it handed over its properties and assets, including the palais, to the united nations.
today, @ungeneva is a hub of multilateral diplomacy, servicing more than 8,000 meetings each year, making it one of the busiest conference centres in the world.
regram: @ungeneva | 📸: un photo / muge olcay suardet #globalgoals
Atsuko hirakawa of japan (pictured here in 2009 holding a young baby girl) was in parwan, afghanistan, sitting alongside women who were about to receive a voter’s id card for the country's provincial and presidential elections. as the public outreach and training coordinator, atsuko was passionate about getting more women and young people to the polls.
with the constant threats and dangers – including improvised explosive devices and suicide attacks– the team was always on high alert. a week before the presidential run-off elections, the kabul guesthouse where she was staying, came under attack by insurgents, taking the lives of five members of the #unitednations family, including two @unvolunteers “the experience changed my life forever", atsuko recalled, adding that after an initial struggle, it reinforced her determination to keep fighting for peace.
from earthquakes and flooding to climate change & local conflicts, un volunteers are often working behind the scenes, building #resilientcommunities. on this wednesday, we wish them all a happy international volunteer day!
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#unitednations secretary-general antónio guterres speaks at the opening of the un climate conference, #cop24, in katowice, #poland on monday.
"we are in deep trouble with climate change. this meeting is the most important gathering on climate change since the #parisagreement was signed. it is hard to overstate the urgency of our situation," said the secretary-general.
scroll through for more pictures from the opening day of this historic conference: ***on the sidelines of #cop24, the secretary-general meets with young people to learn more about their priorities for #climateaction.*** natural historian, sir david attenborough also came to poland to emphasize the need for urgent action, for people and planet.
📸: un dpi / @esrasergi and @unfccc #globalgoals