A family has just received much-needed humanitarian aid at the remote rukban settlement in #syria.
the #unitednations and syrian red crescent have been delivering life-saving assistance to more than 40,000 desperate people seeking shelter at the camp near the border with #jordan. the majority of those at the camp are women and children.
this is only the second time the un has been able to reach the site from within syria, where the cold winter months have exacerbated an already dire situation.
humanitarians delivered a month's worth of food rations to over 8,300 families, along with shelter materials and core relief items, including blankets, sleeping mats and water containers. 10,000 dignity kits were distributed to women and girls, and critical nutritional supplies were provided to young children, many of whom were also vaccinated.
regram: @un_ocha | 📸: wfp / marwa arwad
this 18-acre site along the east river in manhattan does not belong to just one country, but to all 193 member states that have joined the organization.
every day, representatives from around the world gather at the un to find common ground on global challenges and take action on issues that cannot be resolved by any one country acting alone. 📷: un photo / evan schneider
more than a third of the world’s countries criminalize consensual, loving same-sex relationships, entrenching prejudice and putting millions of people at risk of blackmail, arrest and imprisonment.
in many cases, a lack of adequate legal protections combined with hostile public attitudes leads to widespread discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people – including workers being fired from jobs, students bullied and expelled from schools, and patients denied essential healthcare.
on thursday's #valentinesday, join @free.equal , our global campaign against homophobia and transphobia, and support fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people everywhere. 📷: @free.equal
A storybook proposal - except for one thing... over 12 million girls under the age of 18 are married each year. that’s 12 million girls robbed of their childhood and dreams. that’s 12 million leaders, teachers, athletes, artists that never get the chance.
but there is good news! in the last decade, 25 million child marriages have been prevented thanks to keeping girls in school, ensuring access to basic social services for girls at risk of marriage and raising awareness in communities. together with their partners, our colleagues at #unicef are working tirelessly to give every girl a childhood and every chance to chase their dreams.
this #valentinesday, join unicef in the fight to #endchildmarriage.
Pictured is dr. kakenya ntaiya from #kenya, one of the many voices rejecting the practice of child marriage, prevalent in many parts of the world.
globally, 1 in 5 girls is married off before turning 18, robbing them of the ability to determine their own future. girls involved in these marriages are extremely vulnerable and are often unable to advocate for their needs and rights. “i grew up in rural kenya. the traditional way of life for girls was to undergo female genital mutilation in preparation for marriage at a young age,” kekenya told our #unitednations population fund (unfpa) colleagues. “i escaped child marriage and fought for my education,” she said, which later allowed her to establish kakenya's dream, a nonprofit organization that uses education to empower girls and transform rural communities.
on thursday's #valentinesday and every day, unfpa is helping girls around the world say #idont to child marriage. 📷: kakenya's dream i @unfpa
These special commemorative stamps feature a vintage shot of audrey hepburn preparing to record a program for @unicef over un radio in 1953.
the stamps were created by the #unitednations postal administration to mark wednesday's #worldradioday.
radio broadens horizons, builds more harmonious societies, and unites & empowers people around the world. "on this world radio day, let us recognize the power of radio to promote dialogue, tolerance and peace," said un secretary-general antónio guterres. 📸: un visitors services / mf page
The japanese peace bell pictured in the gently falling snow on tuesday's #snowday at #unitednations headquarters in #nyc! ❄️ a symbol of hope for peace, it was donated by the united nations association of #japan in 1954. the bell was cast from coins and metal donated by people of 60 nations, and it is rung every year on the international day of peace in september.
no matter the weather, the work of the un continues around the world for everyone, everywhere: preventing conflict, vaccinating children, protecting refugees, feeding the hungry, addressing climate change, empowering women, responding to humanitarian crises and so much more. 📷: un photo / manuel elias
Join us for an unusual #tourtuesday and experience the palais des nations from the perspective of one of @ungeneva's k9 detection dogs! 🐕
dogs with the #unitednations k9 unit in geneva, #switzerland and other un offices around the world are highly-trained in the detection of explosives and firearms.
the k9s spend their days checking vehicles, meeting rooms, packages and anything else needed. they are looked after and live with specially-certified dog handlers with the un security service. 📽: un video / kimberly kenny
Science is for everyone! people around the world showed their support on monday’s girls and #womeninscience day. “the world cannot afford to miss out on the contributions of half our population. we must tackle misconceptions about girls’ abilities. we must promote access to learning opportunities for women and girls, particularly in rural areas.
and we must do more to change workplace culture so that girls who dream of being scientists, engineers and mathematicians can enjoy fulfilling careers in these fields,” said #unitednations secretary-general antónio guterres. “let us ensure that every girl, everywhere, has the opportunity to realize her dreams, grow into her power and contribute to a sustainable future for all,” said the secretary-general.
regram @unesco | shutterstock/yuganov konstantin 📸
our colleagues from @refugees organized the special event in collaboration with sesame workshop.
over 800 rohingya refugee children had the opportunity to play with sesame street characters over the course of two days - watching videos and participating in interactive activities including puzzles, games and other learning activities.
through the partnership, sesame workshop has also created learning materials in the rohingya language featuring some of sesame's most engaging characters.
Actor and activist @alecbaldwininsta and his wife, wellness expert @hilariabaldwin came to the #unitednations to show their support for the #globalgoals. “we need to find solutions that work for both people and planet,” said mr. baldwin, at an event on food, planet and health hosted by @unenvironment. "we eat well, and not just because we believe that that’s the healthiest thing for our body, and for our children’s bodies, but also because we know that it is better for the planet," said mrs. baldwin.
the global goals for sustainable development, agreed by all countries at the un, aim to end poverty, reduce inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030. 📸: un/ @esrasergi
👩🏾💻👩🏿💻african girls can code! 👩🏿💻👩🏽💻and they showed un secretary-general antónio guterres how at the #ausummit in #ethiopia on saturday.
the girls are part of a 4-year programme which trains them as programmers, creators and designers, putting them on track to take up careers in ict and coding.
hanna from ethiopia and sizo from #eswatini (pictured) showed the secretary-general apps they had developed, including a secure system that allows people to vote in elections with devices including smartphones. “we want to stop malpractice when it comes politics and elections,” explained sizo. “one of the central problems that women and girls face in the world is that power is still more in the hands of men than in the hands of women," the secretary-general told the young coders. "we need to have more girls doing tech courses — maths, physics, engineering, sciences. if girls and women and not strongly involved in tech professions, the power relations in the world will remain very male-dominated and that is exactly what we do not want. you are on the frontlines of this battle and your work is very impressive." african girls can code is supported the african union commission, un women ethiopia and @itunews.
scroll through for more photos. 📸: @unwomen & @nancykgroves #globalgoals#womeninscience#girlscancode#unitednations