@undp goodwill ambassador @nikolajwilliamcw recently visited an e-waste recycling facility and a resource-efficient, low carbon smart village in #rwanda.
this "green village" named reweru in the eastern part of the country was established in 2015 with support from the #unitednations development programme (undp). people were relocated there from two islands on lake rweru, where they lived without access to basic infrastructure like schools, hospitals, electricity or clean water, and were at high risk of landslides during the rainy season.
today, rweru is a safe haven for 144 families with 140 more houses nearly completed. the villagers have achieved energy and water self-sufficiency by generating biogas for cooking from consolidated human and livestock waste and harvesting rainwater for domestic use. “coming from #denmark—one of the world’s wealthiest countries that takes pride in being at the forefront of innovation and a green, sustainable future—it was refreshing for me to see that it’s possible to make the future better without it instantly being qualified by a price tag,” said the #gameofthrones star who was surprised to learn that rwanda is ahead of many countries when it comes to #climateaction, having abandoned the use of plastic bags ten years ago and with plans underway to stop the use of single-use plastics. 📸: @undp#globalgoals#beatplasticpollution#cleanseas
Holy sites must be respected.
on easter sunday, "a sacred day for christians around the world", #unitednations chief antónio guterres said he was outraged by the terror attacks in sri lanka and is calling for the perpetrators to be swiftly brought to justice.
the secretary-general expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, the people and the government of #srilanka, and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. he commends the leadership demonstrated by the authorities and unity of the people of sri lanka in the wake of the attacks.
the secretary-general reiterates the support and solidarity of the united nations with the people and the government of sri lanka in this difficult moment for the nation.
Meet mei yan, who some think has one of the coolest jobs in the world: she is a panda keeper. “they are my family,” she says.
over the past decade, mei yan has raised more than 50 pandas at a sanctuary in #china, taking care of their 🐼 nutritional and health needs.
women constitute less than 30% of people working in science, technology, engineering and maths (stem) worldwide. the #unitednations development programme (#undp) is working to reduce gender inequality in stem as well as in many other areas of work.
a view of the cherry blossoms by the japanese peace bell at un headquarters in #nyc.
keep scrolling for more of this week's photo highlights from across the #unitednations: 🔹 secretary-general antónio guterres speaks at the financing for development forum surrounded by other leaders. 🔹 a wide view of the security council chamber during a meeting on the situation in #yemen. 🔹 children display the flag of the central african republic as the head of @unpeacekeeping, jean-pierre lacroix, visits the country. 📸: un photo / manuel elias, eskinder debebe, loey felipe & minusca
#flashbackfriday to 1954 when the rose garden at #unitednations headquarters was in full bloom, framing the secretariat building along #nyc's east river in beautiful buds.
nowadays, there are more than 1500 roses in this garden, including the 1946 peace rose.
the un secretariat, which carries out the day-to-day work of the organization, is one of its main organs, together with the general assembly, the security council, the economic and social council, the trusteeship council and the international court of justice. all of them were created in 1945 when the un was founded. 📸: un photo
“my story starts when i was one week old, when i went through fgm. i have no memory of going through the process, and i didn’t know until the age of 15, when i was forced to get married... i think getting married at a young age is the most difficult thing any girl can ever go through. when you force a girl to marry, you've given a man a right to r**e her every single day.”
— @jahaendfgm, @unwomen goodwill ambassador for africa who is an outspoken activist leading the movement to end female genital mutilation (fgm) and child marriage.
she started speaking out against child marriage when she was barely 10, when she snuck out to the local television station to talk about girls in her community. when asked what her biggest accomplishment is, she says, it’s yet to come—the day when she succeeds in drastically reducing the number of girls and women experiencing fgm.
#throwbackthursday to the 1946 inaugural session of the international court of justice at the peace palace in the hague, #netherlands.
thursday marks 73 years of the international court of justice - or "world court" - helping to maintain peace and security. it is the principal judicial o***n of the #unitednations, and its role is to settle legal disputes submitted by countries and to give advisory opinions on legal questions.
the court is composed of 15 judges and since its establishment, 176 different cases have been submitted. 📸: international court of justice archives
while unhq is located in new york, the #unitednations has a presence around the world and works for everyone, everywhere -- by preventing conflict, vaccinating children, protecting refugees, feeding the hungry, addressing climate change, empowering women, responding to humanitarian crises and so much more. 📷: un social media / carol cai & sarah massoni #globalgoals#vaccineswork#withrefugees#zerohunger#climateaction
A staff member from the #unitednations humanitarian office in #libya visits a house in the capital hosting migrants.
the recent escalation of violence in and around #tripoli has caused the displacement of 25,000 people fleeing the fighting. "the use of indiscriminate, explosive weapons in civilian areas constitutes a war crime,” said special representative of the secretary-general for libya ghassan salame. "for the sake of 3 million civilians living in greater tripoli, these attacks should stop. now!" the deteriorating security conditions have also increased the misery of refugees and migrants in detention centres in active conflict areas. efforts are underway to transfer some of those in detention centres to safe zones, although more than 2,700 refugees and migrants are still being held in active conflict areas.
regram: @un_ocha | 📸: unocha / @clarkegiles
Ester prepares to take a nap with her two-week-old triplets.
born in south sudan, ester tears up when she talks about her childhood. her family was forced to move multiple times due to instability and violence in the country, leaving her unable to attend school. she was married for the first time when she was just 13 years old. “we had to move from village to village, sometimes living in the middle of the forest. always in hiding. my father died when i was 9, trying to flee the fighting. after he passed away, life became even harder. i decided to get married. i thought all my problems would disappear.” now a mother of six, ester is raising her children with help from the world food programme (wfp). throughout south sudan, wfp works to ensure that vulnerable people affected by conflict, displacement, weather-related or economic shocks can meet their food and nutrition needs.
regram: @worldfoodprogramme | 📸: wfp / @gabrielavivacqua
#unitednations secretary-general antónio guterres listens to students from the un international school in #nyc.
during his visit late last week, the secretary-general spoke to students about some of the most important issues affecting the world today, including climate change and pollution. he also took questions from the students on topics ranging from migration to corruption and democracy.
for their part, the students gave a presentation on the #climateaction they take and sustainability. they also put on a classical musical performance for the secretary-general. 📷: un photo / mark garten
following monday's devastating fire that inflicted significant damage to the 850-year old cathedral, people from around the world expressed their concern for and solidarity with the french people. "horrified by the pictures coming from paris with the fire engulfing notre dame cathedral - a unique example of world heritage that has stood tall since the 14th century. my thoughts are with the people and government of france," said #unitednations secretary-general antónio guterres. 📷: un news / anton uspensky