A selection of UN TV programmes, webcasts and video clips on issues in the news

Friday, 12 February 2016

World Radio Day 2016, February 13.

Journée mondiale de la radio, le 13 Février.
Día Mundial de la Radion, 13 de febrero.
世界無線電日, 2月13日.
Всемирный день радио, 13 февраля.
World Radio Day, 13 February.
يوم العالمي للراديو، 13 فبراير

Theme 2016 :  “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”. 
 Thème 2016 « La radio en situation d’urgence et de catastrophe »
Tema 2016 :“La radio en tiempos de desastre y emergencia”,
2016年的主題 “紧急情况和灾难时期的无线电”。
темa 2016 «Роль радио в условиях чрезвычайных ситуаций и гуманитарных катастроф».
موضوع 2016: "دور الإذاعة في حالات الطوارئ والكوارث الإنسانية"


In times of crisis and emergency, radio can be a lifeline.

For people in shattered societies, or caught in catastrophe, or desperately seeking news, radio brings lifesaving information.

Radio can help in emergency response operations – and it can assist with rebuilding.

Through community radio, local people can raise their voices and be heard.

This year, as we start carrying out the Sustainable Development Goals, let us resolve to use radio for human progress.

In the lead-up to the World Humanitarian Summit this May, let us find ways for radio to do even more to help people in emergencies.

On this World Radio Day, let us resolve to prove that radio saves lives.

Ban Ki-moon

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Radio Day 2016
"The role of the radio in humanitarian emergency and disaster situations"
13 February 2016

Humanitarian emergencies and disasters are increasing worldwide, with terrible consequences for human lives, sometimes reducing years of development to dust.

Amidst the ruins and in the face of an emergency, the radio is often the first medium for survival. Its durability is an incomparable advantage, often enabling it to resist shocks and retransmit messages of protection and prevention to as many people as possible, better and faster than other media, saving lives.

Its proximity, simplicity and low cost also make the radio a medium that promotes community living, providing a way to strengthen social ties and ensure people’s participation in humanitarian programmes and the discussions that inform them. Innumerable accounts by victims describe how the radio has enabled separated families to find each other, make contact and regain hope. Community radio is a perfect example of this and must be supported.

The power of the radio also relies on journalists, who are some of the first on the scene to witness events and give a voice to local actors and victims, to raise awareness and mobilize resources, without which there is no effective humanitarian action. They play a crucial role in presenting the facts, avoiding the sensationalism or manipulation of public debate. That is why nothing must call into question the right to be informed or the safety of journalists.

UNESCO has set up early warning systems for tsunamis, floods and droughts, as well as monitoring systems for earthquakes and landslides. The Organization provides worldwide technical assistance for all types of risk. When protected sites

are endangered, UNESCO steps in to save cultural and historical references. At all of these levels, by its ability to inform, relay messages and contribute to debate and reflection, even in times of crisis, the radio is an indispensable ally.

Today, we call upon public authorities and stakeholders in development and humanitarian action to strengthen the links between the radio and emergency response so that the voices of the men and women, victims, rescue workers and journalists, who we hear at such times over the transistor, the mobile phone or the computer, may be the voices of life and hope…

Irina Bokova

Other Statements :

World Radio Day message from Stephen O'Brien, UN humanitarian chief at OCHA.

“Radio in emergency and disaster situations” is the theme for the fifth edition of World Radio Day, to be celebrated on 13 February 2016.

Floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, mass nuclear or pollution incidents, health epidemics… according to the 2015 edition of the World Disaster Report, published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world is facing an increasing number of disasters that affect a growing number of people. Radio has demonstrated its power in situations of immediate post-disaster, but also in times of preparedness and recovery. Radio airs tsunami alerts in Japan and Chile, messages on how to avoid Ebola transmission in Liberia or Zika contagion in Brazil. This medium (accessible, available, offering real time coverage and reporting, and with the capacity to involve the audience) has a pivotal role in preventing and mitigating disasters and the associated human costs.
However, times of disaster can also pose a threat to freedom of expression and right to information. On one hand, because journalists, technicians or reporters in the field can be themselves affected by a tsunami or an earthquake; on the other hand, because the response to a disaster can adversely affect the independence, pluralism and freedom of expression of media in general and radio in particular. It can also hinder the use of the people’s right to information.
World Radio Day 2016 will draw people’s attention on the unique role radio plays in times of emergency and disaster and will foster positive initiatives that bring together public, private and community radio and humanitarian NGOs.

FORUM : World Radio Day - February 13

Radio is a powerful medium before, during and after an emergency or a disaster. Radio helps to provide dignity to survivors and vulnerable people, including in refugee camps.


World Radio Day 2016 : Listen Live!

EVENTS : World Radio Day 2016 event near you

On 13 February, international broadcasters will broadcast live on UNESCO’s dedicated website,
Through National Commissions for UNESCO Field Offices and partner organisations, World Radio Day will be celebrated worldwide. UNESCO will also provide copyright free articles, audio and video messages from opinion leaders, celebrities, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors related to radio for use by broadcasters on World Radio Day.
UNESCO invites all countries to celebrate World Radio Day by planning activities in partnership with regional, national and international broadcasters, non-governmental organizations, national authorities, the media and the public

The community lead WRD 2016 events are listed below.

Hundreds of local events will be organized by UNESCO field offices and partners.
Key partners in World Radio Day include France Médias Monde –with the French public radio Radio France Internationale and the Arabic station Monte Carlo Doualiya, MCD–, leading private Spanish radio Cadena SER (Prisa) and web-radio station provider
On February 13 an exclusive 19 hours' broadcast, produced by RFI (French), MCD (Arabic) and Cadena Ser (Spanish), will be aired on Additional RFI broadcasts will be in Russian, English and Chinese


Key Messages to explore on or around World Radio Day
  1. In times of emergency and disaster, radio remains active and close to the people most affected. It provides a unique way of reuniting loved ones and can help alleviate the concerns of people affected by a disaster in real time.
  2. Emergencies and disasters weaken people and break social links. Populations tend to believe in various unverified rumours about looting, social unrest and lawlessness, which radio can rectify or exacerbate. A disproportionate emphasis on social disorder by media can reinforce the discourse calling for greater control and restriction of basic freedoms.
  3. Radio aids humanitarian workers and decision-makers by framing the disaster authentically and fostering informed attitudes to such interventions.
  4. Respecting people’s privacy and dignity remains paramount for ethical media coverage.
  5. Pluralistic reporting of major crises or disasters is vital to respect thedignity of survivors, maintaining their spirit of equity and justice - wherever or whatever the disaster is, all human lives are equal. Hate speech has no place in the covering of emergency situations
Check out the "Radio in a Box" initiative to find out how radio can empower and bring dignity to refugees in camps

54.2 million people are displaced of which 14.5 million are refugees
Radio is the most accessible medium including amongst disadvantaged groups for key information
There is 51,000 Radio Station Worldwide
Protect Radio frequences 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2016, February 11th

Международный день женщин и девочек в науке, 11 февраля.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February.
Día Internacional de la Mujer y la Niña en la Ciencia , 11 de febrero.
Journée internationale des femmes de science, 11 février.
妇女和女童参与科学国际日, 2月11日.

Int'l Day of Women Women and Girls in Science

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2016.

The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development underlines the power of science as a driver for human rights and dignity, poverty eradication and the protection of the planet.
On this first International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UNESCO’s message is clear – the new Agenda will not meet its promise without investing in women’s and girls’ empowerment through and in science.

More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women.

Almost 21 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action from the 4th World Conference on Women, women remain underrepresented in the natural sciences. According to the most recent UNESCO Science Report, women account for only 28 percent of researchers across the world, with the gap deepening at the higher echelons of decision-making. Women have less access to funding, to networks, to senior positions, which puts them at a further disadvantage in high-impact science publishing.

This calls for deep and sustained change, starting in the earliest years through improved participation of women and girls in science education, training and research activities at all levels. Girls’ and women’s access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) cannot be envisaged when girls and women remain the majority of out-of-school children, youth and illiterate adults. This gap throws a shadow over entire societies, as no country can move forward with only half its creativity, energy, and dreams.

Gender equality is a global priority at UNESCO, and promoting women and girls in science stands at the heart of this action, through a range of initiatives – starting with the flagship L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science partnership, and including the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, the Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education, with a focus on STEM education, the SAGA (STEM and Gender Advancement) project, as well as the UNESCO UNITWIN Networks in Gender, Science and Technology, supporting women in science teaching and research.

On this first International Day of Women and Girls in Science, I invite all our partners and all Governments to redouble efforts to empower girls and women through and in science, as a foundation to take forward the 2030 Agenda.

Irina Bokova

FORUM : Women in Science Day

Living up to the United Nations Secretary General's guiding principle of "Leaving No-One Behind" necessitates the understanding that demography matters for sustainable development and that population dynamics will shape the key developmental challenges that the world in confronting in the 21st century. If our ambition is to "Build the Future We Want", we must address Parity in Science for Sustainable Development and accept that Science is for all.

Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

 Why Are We Still Concerned about Women in Science?

Attracting women to science workforce and high-tech entrepreneurship and then retaining them will require changing the culture of science to make it more family-friendly and inviting.

The Inaugural World Women’s Health and Development Forum, organised by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs, aims to advance the health, wealth and empowerment of women in all of their diverse communities. The Forum is the first international step towards a collaborative approach to women’s health and wellbeing.


10.00 – 10.05 Opening Remarks: Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Executive Director, Royal Academy of Science International Trust, Founder of World Women’s Health and Development Forum
10.05 – 10.15 Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
10.15 – 10.25 Executive Director, UN Women, Under-Secretary-General H.E. Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
10.25 – 10.35 Executive Director, UNFPA, H.E. Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
10.35 – 10.45 H.E. Ms. Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Health, Russian Federation
10.45 – 10.55 Hon. Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, Malta
10.55 – 11.05 H.E. Mrs. Marta Arsovska Tomovska, Deputy Minister of Information Society and Administration, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
11.05 – 11.15 Hon. Mr. Samy Gemayel, MP, Republic of Lebanon
11.15 – 11.20 Mr. Amir Dossal, Founder and Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum
11.20 – 11.25 Youth Vision: Sigrid Semerdjian

World women's health and development forum

 The Future We Want, International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Share Your Dreams and Make Your Pledge in Support for a  United Nations Resolution for International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

EVENTS : International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2016.

 Commemorating the very first observance of the day, a High-Level Forum will be held on 11 February 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters by The Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) and DESA-DSPD.
It starts with an individual action. That leads to collective power, and translates to exponential impact! Within 32 days, RASIT received more than 3.75 million pledges. Government of Malta Sponsors and Presented draft resolution A/C.2/70/L.4/Rev.1 to the UN General Assembly Second Committee.Malta had received initial co-sponsorship of more than 65 other member states.
On Friday December 4th 2015, the Resolution is adopted, calling upon the  entire international community, from Member States to the person in the street, to commemorate annually on February 11 the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

United Nations Economic and Social Council



International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 2016, February 6

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February.
Día Internacional de Tolerancia Cero con la Mutilación Genital Femenina - 6 de febrero.
Journée internationale de tolérance zéro à l’égard des mutilations génitales féminines, 6 février.
残割女性生殖器零容忍国际日, 2月6日.
Международный день нетерпимого отношения к калечащим операциям на женских половых органах , 6 февраля.
اليوم الدولي للتسامح صفر ل ختان الإناث , 6 شباط/فبراير

Theme 2016 "Achieving the new Global Goals through the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030."
El tema de 2016 es «realizando los nuevos objetivos mundiales a través de la eliminación de la mutilación genital femenina en 2030»
Thème 2016 : « Réaliser les nouveaux objectifs de développement durable en éliminant les mutilations génitales féminines d’ici à 2030 »
Тема 2016 года: «Отказ от практики калечащих операций на женских половых органах в рамках достижения Целей в области устойчивого развития»

Never before has it been more urgent – or more possible – to end the practice of female genital mutilation, preventing immeasurable human suffering and boosting the power of women and girls to have a positive impact on our world.
The urgency can be seen in the numbers. New estimates reveal that in 2016 at least 200 million girls and women alive now have undergone some form of FGM. The numbers keep growing both because more countries are paying attention to FGM and collecting data – which represents good progress– and because progress in ending the practice is not keeping pace with population growth – which is not at all good. If current trends continue, more girls will be cut every year by 2030 than today owing to high fertility rates and youthful populations found in most communities where FGM is prevalent. And since the practice increases risks in childbirth, it causes harm to today’s girls as well as the next generation.
The potential for faster progress for success in eliminating FGM is also clear.  This International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is the first since the visionary 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all countries with a pledge to leave no one behind. The Sustainable Development Goals contain a specific target calling for an end to FGM. When this practice is fully abandoned, positive effects will reverberate across societies as girls and women reclaim their health, human rights and vast potential.
Today I raise my voice and call on others to join me in empowering communities which themselves are eager for change. I count on governments to honour their pledges with support from civil society, health providers, the media and young people. My Every Woman Every Child movement offers a partnership platform for action.
I am encouraged by the rising chorus of young voices demanding an end to the practice – and I echo their principled insistence on upholding and defending human rights for all. I am inspired by the brave Maasai warriors and cricket stars, such as Sonyanga Ole Ngais, who use their position and influence to demand protection for their sisters. I am heartened by the work of health providers, such as Edna Adnan, founder of the Maternity Hospital in Somaliland that bears her name, who insists that every single health worker under her be well-prepared to tackle FGM. And I am grateful for the engagement of The Guardian, which is expanding its work on ending FGM to Nigeria, and to so many other media outlets and reporters shining a spotlight this issue.
We can end FGM within a generation, bringing us closer to a world where the human rights of all every woman, child and adolescent are fully respected, their health is protected, and they can contribute more to our common future.
Ban Ki-moon

FORUM : Join the Conversation  #EndFGM

To promote the abandonment of FGM, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality. These efforts should emphasize societal dialogue and the empowerment of communities to act collectively to end the practice. They must also address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences. UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. The programme currently focuses on 17 African countries and also supports regional and global initiatives.


EVENTS : Special UN event mobilizes action towards ending female genital mutilation within 15 years.

Press conference with Inna Modja, Patricia Tobón and Nafissatou J. Diop - 8 Feb '16
Participants at the special event “Mobilizing to Achieve the Global Goals through the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030” held on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

World Cancer Day 2016, February 4

世界癌症日, 2月4日.
World Cancer Day 2016

Тема 2016 года: «Мы можем. Я могу»

2016 Theme: "We can. I can
Thème 2016 : « Nous pouvons, je peux »
2016年主题 : "我们可以,我可以"
موضوع عام 2016: نحن نقدر. أنا أقدر
We can, I can

World Cancer Day, always an opportunity to rally the world, has special impetus this year thanks to the recent adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to usher in a life of dignity for all people.

The Sustainable Development Goals endorsed by all governments call for reducing by one third premature death from non-communicable diseases. This builds on an historic commitment made in 2011 by Heads of State. We are also guided by the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, and the Every Woman Every Child movement behind it, which are working for stronger health systems, universal health care coverage and scaling up of life-saving interventions for comprehensive cancer prevention and control.

We must do more to end the many tragedies that cancer inflicts. About one third of cancers can be prevented, while others are curable if diagnosed and treated early. And even when cancer is advanced, patients should benefit from palliative care.

Cancer affects all countries, but those with fewer resources are hit hardest. Nothing illustrates this better than the burden of cervical cancer. The world’s poorest countries are home to more than 8 in 10 women newly diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 9 in 10 deaths from the disease.

While applauding the success of cervical cancer screening in many high-income countries, we have a responsibility to replicate this progress in low-income States, where cervical cancer remains one of the most common cancers among women.

Today, we have the knowledge, experience and tools to protect every woman, everywhere. Comprehensive cervical cancer prevention includes vaccines to protect girls against future infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV), screening measures and preventive treatment of pre-cancers.

Where a person lives should not determine if they develop a cancer or die from it. We must work together to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health issue and to reduce the burden that millions face from all cancers. On World Cancer Day, let us resolve to end the injustice of preventable suffering from this disease as part of our larger push to leave no one behind.

Ban Ki-moon
World Cancer Day 2016,  We can. I can

FORUM : World Cancer Day

Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

2016 Events :

Special Event to Mark World Cancer Day: “Towards a Cervical Cancer Free World

4 February 2016, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations Headquarters, New York

On World Cancer Day, join us to shed light on cervical cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in low- and middle-income countries, which kills over 250,000 women annually, and how the international community can help end cervical cancer—an almost always preventable disease.
This event will feature a special screening of the inspirational “Lady Ganga” documentary. This film tells the story of a 45-year-old single mother who, when diagnosed with late stage cervical cancer, decided to do something extraordinary before her death: Break a world record by paddle boarding on the Ganges River.
A brief panel discussion following the film will explore how we can work together through the Every Woman Every Child movement to eliminate cervical cancer and how doing so will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals related to the health of girls and women and the reduction of non-communicable diseases worldwide. Moreover, as cervical cancer is a significant risk factor for acquiring HIV and vice versa, the prevention and control of cervical cancer is closely linked to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The event is sponsored by the Permanent Missions of the United States of America and the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations, Every Woman Every Child and Cervical Cancer Action.


For more information, visit:
February 4th is World Cancer Day



Saturday, 30 January 2016

World Wetlands Day 2016, February 2nd.

World Wetlands Day, 2 February.
Journée mondiale des zones humides, le 2 Février.
Día Mundial de los Humedales, 2 de febrero.
世界濕地日, 2月2日。
Всемирный день водно-болотных угодий, 2 февраля.
 يوم العالمي للأراضي الرطبة، 2 فبراير.

Theme 2016 : Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods.
Thème 2016 : Les zones humides pour notre avenir: mode de vie durables.
Tema 2016 : Humedales para nuestro futuro: Medios de vida sostenibles.
2016年主題 :  濕地為我們的未來:可持續生計.
Тема 2016 : Водно-болотные угодья для нашего будущего : Устойчивые средства к существованию.
موضوع 2016: الأراضي الرطبة لمستقبلنا. سبل العيش المستدامة.

Every year on 2 February people in many countries come together to celebrate wetlands and their vital importance for the future of our planet.

Wetlands ensure our supply of fresh, drinkable water.  They grow a significant portion of the world’s food supply with fish and rice. Inland, wetlands act as sponges to slow down river flooding and they form coastal barriers against storm surges.  And just one single type of wetland – peatland - stores twice as much carbon as all of the forests in the world.

For World Wetlands Day 2016, there are over 800 events planned at various wetlands around the world to celebrate another benefit of wetlands: Sustainable Livelihoods.
More than a billion people around the world make their living directly from wetlands, doing jobs such as fishing, rice farming or handicrafts. Other sectors such as travel and eco-tourism, water transport and aquaculture all depend on healthy wetlands.
Yet some 64% of the world’s wetlands have disappeared since 1900; many of them converted to agricultural use or urban development.
 This alarming loss means it is urgent to help people understand that preserving wetlands does not have to mean restricting economic growth or depriving people of livelihoods. Quite the opposite!
2016 marks the dawn of a new era. The UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted last September map out the route from the vicious circle of environmental degradation towards a virtuous cycle where we preserve, restore and wisely use ecosystems precisely because they are vital for our prosperity. 
The new Ramsar Strategy 2016-2024 calls for wetland benefits to be featured in strategies and plans relating to key sectors such as water, energy, mining, agriculture, tourism, urban development, infrastructure, industry, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries at the national and local level.
 It also calls for wetland functions, services and benefits to be widely demonstrated and documented.
This is why, for World Wetlands Day 2016, the Ramsar Secretariat has assembled a range of inspiring stories that demonstrate how wetlands can and do provide sustainable livelihoods. You can read these stories.
As always, these support materials are made available with the support of the Danone-Evian Fund for Water, which has sponsored World Wetlands Day since 1997. 
We invite you to visit a wetland, get to know the local communities and how they wisely use this ecosystem. Parties to the Ramsar Convention have designated over 2200 Ramsar Sites of International Importance, protected for the benefits they provide to the country and the world.
To encourage the participation of young people, we are running a photo competition from 2 February to 2 March open to anyone aged 15 to 24 years. You are invited to capture an image showing how “wetlands are essential for sustainable livelihoods,” and upload as many as 3 photos to the World Wetlands Day website. The winner of the photo contest will enjoy a free flight to visit a wetland anywhere in the world, courtesy of Star Alliance.
Happy World Wetlands Day!  Let’s help everyone understand just how vital wetlands are! 
Ania Grobicki Acting

Wetlands are essential for human health and prosperity. They provide us with fresh water, ensure our food supply, sustain biodiversity, protect against flooding, and store carbon dioxide. As a major source of employment globally, they are also ideally placed to showcase truly sustainable livelihoods.

More than a billion livelihoods

Wetlands already sustain a vast range of jobs globally :
  • Almost a billion households in Asia, Africa and the Americas depend on rice growing and processing for their main livelihoods.
  • More than 660 million people rely on fishing and aquaculture for a living; most commercial fish breed or spawn in coastal wetlands, and 40 % of all fish consumed are raised in aquaculture.
  • An estimated half of international tourists seek relaxation in wetland areas, especially coastal zones. The travel and tourism sectors support 266 million jobs, and account for 8.9 % of the world’s employment.
  • Rivers and inland waterways play a vital role in transporting goods and people in many parts of the world. In the Amazon basin, 12 million passengers and 50 million tons of freight are moved each year by41 different shipping companies.
  • Vast networks deliver fresh water and treat wastewater around the world, while employing significant workforces. For example, Bangkok’s Metropolitan Waterworks Authority employs over 5,300 staff. 
  •  The bottled water industry delivered over 70 billion gallons of water worldwide in 2013. Danone sells major brands such as Evian and Volvic, Bonafont and Mizone, and employs more than 37,000 people in its water businesses worldwide.
  • Harvesting and processing plants,fruits, reeds and grasses also provide significant employment directlyin or near wetlands, especially in developing countries

Situation : a vicious circle

Despite all the jobs and other vital benefits that wetlands provide, 64 % of the world’s wetlands have disappeared since 1900. The wetlands that still remain are often so degraded that the people who directly rely on wetlands for their living – often the very poor –are driven into even deeper poverty. In addition, by 2025, it is estimated that 35 % of people will directly face declining water supplies. This is the result of a point of view that mistakenly sees wetlands as wasteland.
Solution : a virtuous cycle

Enabling people to make a decent living while ensuring that wetlands will always provide drinkable water, biodiversity, food and their many other benefits, do not have to be conflicting goals. In fact, the new UN Sustainable Development Goals underline that reducing poverty requires us to protect and restore ecosystems such as wetland.


Sustainability unites three key aspects of development to achieve that goal
  1. Economic development: ensuring that people have the ways and means to build their own income and wealth
  2. Social development: improving cooperation, respect and trust between social groups, and promoting gender equality
  3. Environmental protection: conserving and restoring the earth’s ecosystems to benefit both human life and the natural environment

How to create sustainable livelihoods: What are the key ingredients?

Use a people-centred approach to understand needs
  • assess how vulnerable people are to shocks, natural disasters and civil strife, and how to reduce that vulnerability
  •  understand how important seasonal prices and employment opportunities are, and explore other options
  •  take an inventory of the potential resources available
Make multiple kinds of ‘capital’ available
  •  actual products harvested from wetlands such as reeds, fish, rice etc.
  •  skills and knowledge to understand trade-offs and prioritizing good health to be able to earn a living
  •  a voice in planning how local wetlands should be used
  •  basic infrastructure, equipment and tools
  •  credit, cash or micro-loans

Identify who can provide the different kinds of ‘capital’ and make the changes happen
  •  integrate key actors such as governments, institutions, NGOs and local communities
  • determine who will take what role in making the changes

Forum :  World Wetlands Day - February 2

2016 World Wetlands Day theme- Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods
The Ramsar Secretariat announces Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods as the theme for World Wetlands Day in 2016. This theme is selected to demonstrate the vital role of wetlands for the future of humanity and specifically their relevance towards achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals.
Thanks to the financial support from Danone-Evian, the Secretariat is currently preparing outreach material to support country activities organized to celebrate World Wetlands Day and raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity.

Events :  World Wetlands Day 2016 events

World Wetlands Day
WWD 2016 Photo Contest "Wetlands are essential for sustainable livelihoods"

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust 2016 , January 27th.

Día Internacional de Commemoracion en memoria de las victimas del Holocausto, 27 de Enero.
紀念國際日大屠殺的受害者的記憶, 1月27日.


International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
During the Second World War, six million Jews were systematically rounded up and exterminated.  The Nazis also murdered Sinti and Roma, political prisoners, homosexuals, persons with disabilities, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Soviet prisoners of war.
The Holocaust was a colossal crime.  No-one can deny the evidence that it happened.  By remembering the victims and honouring the courage of the survivors and those who assisted and liberated them, we annually renew our resolve to prevent such atrocities and reject the hateful mentality that allows them.
From the shadow of the Holocaust and the cruelties of the Second World War, the United Nations was established to reaffirm faith in the dignity and worth of every person and to uphold the rights of all to live in equality and free from discrimination.
These principles remain essential today.  People worldwide – including millions fleeing war, persecution and deprivation – continue to suffer discrimination and attacks.  We have a duty to remember the past – and to help those who need us now.
For more than a decade, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme has worked to educate young people about the Holocaust.  Many partners – including Holocaust survivors – continue to contribute to this essential work.
The memory of the Holocaust is a powerful reminder of what can happen when we stop seeing our common humanity.  On this day of Holocaust remembrance, I urge everyone to denounce political and religious ideologies that set people against people.  Let us all speak out against anti-Semitism and attacks against religious, ethnic or other groups.  Let us create a world where dignity is respected, diversity is celebrated, and peace is permanent.

EVENTS :  2016 Calendar of Holocaust Remembrance.
The theme for the Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2016, including the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, is “The Holocaust and Human Dignity”. The theme links Holocaust remembrance with the founding principles of the United Nations and reaffirms faith in the dignity and worth of every person that is highlighted in the United Nations Charter, as well as the right to live free from discrimination and with equal protection under the law that is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Holocaust, which resulted in the destruction of nearly two thirds of European Jewry, remains one of the most painful reminders of the international community’s failure to protect them.
Monday, 25 January 2016
  • Exhibit Opening "Holocaust by Bullets” (Private reception by invitation only)
    Venue: Visitors’ Lobby, General Assembly Building
    Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    The exhibition "Holocaust by Bullets" presents the results of hundreds of days of fieldwork that enabled Yahad-In Unum to collect evidence of massacres during the Second World War in order to in order to return memory and dignity to Jewish victims. It also underscores the "Holocaust by Bullets" as a precursor and model for mass crimes today. The exhibit is organized by the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations. Special guest at the exhibit opening: Father Patrick Desbois, President of Yahad-In Unum. The exhibition will be on view through 9 February 2016.
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
  • Exhibit Opening “Life after Survival” (by invitation only)

    Venue: Visitors’ Lobby, General Assembly Building
    Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    “Life after Survival” opening of an exhibit on child Holocaust survivors cared for by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration at Kloster Indersdorf, in the American Zone in Germany. Sponsored by Concentration Camp Memorial Site Flossenbürg, Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, and Heimatverein Indersdorf and Lagergemeinschaft Dachau. Special guests at the exhibit opening: several Holocaust survivors who appear in the historical photos and Anna Andlauer, exhibition curator. The exhibition will be on view through 9 February 2016.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
  • United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony
    International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust
    Venue: General Assembly Hall
    Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


    The event will be hosted by Ms. Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. Invited speakers include United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; H. E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the seventieth session of the General Assembly; H.E. Mr. Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations; H.E. Ms. Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations and H.E. Mr. Felix Klein, Special Representative for relations with Jewish Organizations, issues relating to Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Remembrance. In addition, Mr. Szabolcs Takács, the Chair of the Holocaust Remembrance Alliance will make a statement. Ms. Barbara Winton will open a video tribute to her father, Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from the Holocaust on the Czech Kindertransport.    
    Mrs. Beate Klarsfeld (Germany) will be keynote speaker. Personal testimony will be delivered by Jewish Holocaust survivors Mrs. Marta Wise and Mr. Haim Roet, and by Mr. Zoni Weisz, a Sinto survivor. The Holocaust memorial prayers will be recited by cantor Gideon Zelermyer. He will be accompanied by Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir from Montreal (Canada). Roma musicians Antal Kopar (guitar) and Bela Horvath (violin) will play during the ceremony. The event will conclude with a performance by the United States Military Academy at West Point Jewish Chapel Choir.
  • Concert and Lecture (by invitation only)

    In Memoriam: Hungarian Composers – Victims of the Holocaust

    Venue: Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations
    Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    “In Memoriam: Hungarian Composers – Victims of the Holocaust” will introduce the work of Hungarian composers of Jewish origin who were murdered during the Holocaust. The stories of these composers remain largely unknown. All of them died young, before being able to fulfill their potential. In spite of the adverse circumstances, they had produced work of value. The event will feature a concert by the professors of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music: Vilmos Szabadi (violin), Mariann Marczi (piano) and Eszter Karasszon (cello), who will perform pieces by Hungarian composers Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Lajos Delej, György Justus and Imre Sárossi. The program will include a lecture by Agnes Kory, founder of the Béla Bartók Centre for Musicianship in London. The event is part of the commemorative events dedicated to Hungary’s Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
Thursday, 28 January 2016
  • United Nations Department of Public Information NGO Briefing
    “The Future of Holocaust Education”
    Venue: Conference Room 4
    Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


    This briefing brings together experts from academic institutions and international organizations, researchers, educators and authors who will examine current trends in Holocaust research and education. Key questions to be addressed include how to expand teacher training and Holocaust education around the world; how to adapt to a changing environment with the rise of multicultural classroom settings and fewer and fewer eye witnesses to testify to the Holocaust and what role international organizations have to play in the field.

    The panellists will include Szabolcs Takács, Chair of IHRA, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance; Debórah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History and Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University; Professor Zehavit Gros, Chairholder, UNESCO/Burg Chair in Education for Human Values, Tolerance and Peace, Bar-llan University; Cecilie Felicia Stokholm Banke, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies and Jane Jacobs-Kimmelman, Director of the International Relations Department at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. The discussion will be moderated by Kimberly Mann, the Chief of the Education Outreach Section in the Outreach Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information.
Thursday, 28 January 2016
  • Film Screening "Woman in Gold"

    Venue: Trusteeship Council
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


    The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, in partnership with the World Jewish Congress and the Weinstein Company, will organize the film screening and discussion that will shed light on the loss of personal property and humiliation that Jewish families endured in Nazi-occupied Europe, and how difficult it has been for them to attain justice. Participants will gain insight into the desperate situation faced by the victims of the Holocaust under a reign of terror and the complete breakdown of fair legal practice. For many families, the plunder of art and personal assets remains one of many unsolved transgressions committed by the Nazis.

    Directed by Simon Curtis, Woman in Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during the Second World War, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman, starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis,among them Klimt's famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle that takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the United States Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way.

    Participants at the New York event will include Ms. Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information; Mr. Simon Curtis, Director, Woman in Gold, Ms. Evelyn Sommer, Chair, World Jewish Congress, North America, Ms. Monica Dugot, International Director of Restitution, Christie’s, and Mr. Simon Wesley A. Fisher, Director of Research, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. and Head of Claims Conference-WJRO Looted Art and Cultural Property Initiative.

Worldwide Events : International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance


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