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

Monday, 7 December 2015

International Civil Aviation Day 2015, December 7th.

國際民航日‬, ‪‎12月7日‬.
 Международный день гражданской авиации‬, 7 декабря‬.
Día Internacional de la Aviación Civil‬, 7 de diciembre‬.
 International Civil Aviation Day‬, ‪‎7 december‬.
 Journée internationale de l'aviation civile‬, ‪‎7 Décembre‬.
 يوم الطيران المدني الدولي، 7 ديسمبر.

Тема 2015: "Работая вместе, чтобы гарантировать, что никакие страна..."
 Tema de 2015: "Trabajando Juntos para Asegurar No es país se quede atrás"
 Theme 2015 :“Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind
 Thème 2015: «Travailler ensemble pour assurer qu'aucun pays ne soit laissé pour compte"
 موضوع عام 2015: "العمل معا لضمان عدم وجود البلد وتركوا وراءهم"

Joint Statement by ICAO Council President and Secretary General on the International Civil Aviation Day 2015.

The Council President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, and ICAO Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu, issued a joint statement today on the occasion of International Civil Aviation Day, 2015:

The air transport sector today stands on the cusp of a very important era in the history of international civil aviation.

Given the established pattern whereby the global air transport network doubles in flight and passenger volumes every 15 years, and its significant importance to the prosperity of societies and businesses all over the world, the commitments and actions on behalf of world States and organizations toward modernized and expanded civil aviation infrastructure and capacities have never been more important.

Under its ‘No Country Left Behind’ programme, ICAO is working with great determination today to raise global awareness on the fundamental importance of the effective implementation of ICAO Standards and Policies, which together support the enhanced safety, efficiency, security, economic development and environmental protection of the international aviation system.

This is the most important and urgently required first step which must be undertaken if a State or Region hopes to improve its ability to access and realize the significant socio-economic benefits which derive from the availability of safe and reliable air services.

ICAO and its Governing Council also recognize that cooperation and consensus have been the most important qualities contributing to air transport progress since the dawn of the civil aviation era, and that future objectives and solutions will require even greater partnership and collaboration on the part of all players to ensure that air transport will continue to serve as a significant enabler of global peace and prosperity, wherever aircraft fly.

The ICAO Council has therefore selected a new theme for International Civil Aviation Day which will stay in place for the years 2015-2018 inclusive, stressing its value and importance to civil aviation everywhere, and which reinforces the above priorities and considerations, as follows:

“Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind”
 Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President
and ICAO Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu.

The No Country Left Behind (NCLB) campaign highlights ICAO’s efforts to assist States in implementing ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The main goal of this work is to help ensure that SARP implementation is better harmonized globally so that all States have access to the significant socio-economic benefits of safe and reliable air transport.

The NCLB effort also promotes ICAO’s efforts to resolve Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) brought to light through ICAO’s safety oversight audits as well as other safety, security and emissions-related objectives.



Thursday, 3 December 2015

World Soil Day 2015, December 5th.

 Всемирный день почвы, 5 декабря.
 世界土壤日, 12月5日.
 World Soil Day, 5 december.
 Día Mundial del Suelo, 05 de diciembre.
 Journée mondiale des sols, le 5 décembre.
 يوم التربة العالم، 5 ديسمبر.

 Тема 2015: "Почвы прочную основу для жизни»
Theme 2015 : 'Soils a solid ground for life'
 Tema de 2015: 'suelos una base sólida para la vida'
 Thème 2015: «sols une base solide pour la vie»
 موضوع عام 2015: "التربة أرضية صلبة للحياة"

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World Soil Day 2015.

Sustainable soil management is fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals — many of which reflect the centrality of soils to sustain life, food, and water.
We need to ensure the sustainable use of our terrestrial ecosystems while we combat climate change and its impacts.  The carbon sequestration capacity of soils is an essential contribution to mitigating climate change.
The challenge before us is clear.  The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 33 per cent of global soils are already degraded.  This trend must be reversed through sustainable soil management practices.
Soils are the foundation of food systems.  They are critical for achieving food security and nutrition.  Only healthy soils will produce healthy food with the best nutritional value possible.  They also aid the production of pharmaceuticals and genetic resources — and contribute to water storage and purification.
Let us promote sustainable soil management rooted in proper soil governance and sound investments.  Together, we can promote the cause of soils, a truly solid ground for life.

Ban Ki-moon 
United Nations Secretary-General

 FORUM : The World Soil Day campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives.

Special event on the occasion of the World Soil Day celebration and closure of the International Year of the Soils 2015 – “Soils, a solid ground for life” (co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Italy, Qatar and Thailand, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP)).

World Soil Day campaign


 The WSD 2015 will be celebrated on the 4th of December at FAO headquarters in Rome and FAO regional offices. National events will also be organized so make sure to regularly check the map of the WSD2015 events and/or register your event. The theme for this year will be “Soils a solid ground for life”.


Event title: Closing event of the 2015 International Year of Soils
Organizer: European Commission and the authorities of the regions Brussels Capital, Flanders and Wallonia
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Brussels Environment Site of Tour et Taxis 86 C/3000, av. du Port 1000 Brussels

Event title: Soil and water resources for sustainable agriculture
Organizer: Technological Education Institute of Epirus, Dept. Agricultural Technology, Lab of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering
Date: 7 Dec 2015 - 7 Dec 2015
Location: TEIEP Kostakioi Campus, FLA Building, Room B1

Event title: Celebration of International Year of Soils 2015 – Achievements and Future Challenges
Organizer: IUSS, Joint FAO/IAEA
Date: 7 Dec 2015 - 7 Dec 2015
Location: Vienna International Centre, Vienna

Event title: World Soil Day Movie Night
Organizer: Colville Tribes Environmental Trust Program
Date: 7 Dec 2015 - 7 Dec 2015
Location: Colville Tribal Government Center

Event title: World Soil Day 2015- Discover the treasure in your hands
Organizer: Voluntary Service Overseas ICS Team, Ilesa
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Nigeria Ilesa- Igangan

Event title: Awareness about Soil testing & Soil health
Organizer: Gujarat State fertilizers & Chemicals Limited
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Vadodatra

Event title: World Soil Day Celebration 2015 in India
Organizer: Department of Soil Survey and Soil Conservation, Kerala
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Event title: Young Scientists Conference in International Year of Soils 2015
Organizer: Yazd University
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Yazd

Event title: Voiceless Soils – Conserve and utilize it for building a food-secured Nepal.
Organizer: Ministry of Agricultural Development, Nepalese Society of Soil Science, and FAO of UN
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Kathmandu

Event title: International Soil Health Day and SHC distribution
Organizer: Krishi Vigayan Kendra,BAU-Ranchi
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Gamharia

Event title: Celebrate Soil - Know Soil, Know Life
Organizer: DEDJTR VIC GOV and Soil Science Australia
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: ACMI, The Cube, Melbourne and Federation Square

Event title: Save our soils
Organizer: Hyderabad Chapter Indian society of soil science
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Hyderabad

Event title: Soil Profile Study on World Soil Day, 2015
Organizer: Centurion University of Technology and Management
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Paralakhemundi, Gajapati, Odisha, India

Event title: World Soil Day 2015 at Discovery Park of America
Organizer: Discovery Park of America & The University of Tennessee at Martin
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Discovery Park of America

Event title: Soil day 2015 : la vita sotto i nostri piedi
Organizer: Consiglio dell'Ordine Nazionale dei Dottori Agronomi e dei Dottori Forestali.
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Città dell’Altra Economia, Largo Dino Frisullo

Event title: Ethiopian Soil Campaign: World Soil Day 2015
Organizer: Ethiopian Soil Campaign Consortium, led by Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resource and having various development organizations as active organizers
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Addis Ababa

Event title: Celebrate World Soil Day 2015 at Hawkwood College
Organizer: CCANW Biodynamic Association and British Society of Soil Science
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud GL6 7QW

Event title: Cuarto Seminario sobre Manejo y Conservación del Suelo y Agua en Chiapas
Organizer: José Luis Arellano Monterrosas, Juan Alberto Rodríguez Morales, Jaime López Martínez y Silvia Ramos Hernández
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Centro de Convenciones de la Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas en Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas

Event title: Super Soils
Organizer: The Edible Gardening Team, James Hutton Institute and British Society of Soil Science
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Atrium, John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Event title: ERG CONFERENCE 2015 'Advances in Ecological Research and Soil Sustainability'
Organizer: Ecology Research Group, Canterbury Christ church University
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Canterbury

Event title: International Seminar on "Soil Health for Sustainable Future (SHSF 2015)"
Organizer: Department of Environmental Science
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Salem, Tamil Nadu

Event title: World Soil Day 2015 in Egypt
Organizer: Faculty of Agriculture, Mansoura University
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Faculty of Agriculture, Mansoura University

Event title: Fair@Square: Unearthing Goodness - From Soil to Shelf
Organizer: Moral Fairground
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 6 Dec 2015
Location: Federation Square, Melbourne

Event title: Sols, Biodiversité et Climat
Organizer: Muséum national d'histoire naturelle
Date: 5 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Muséum national d'histoire naturelle

Event title: Festive Family Saturday and Christmas Market 2015
Organizer: Hauer & Wirth
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL

Event title: VI Mullapäev – mõeldes Eestimaa mustale kullale – mullale! / Soil Day Celebration
Organizer: Estonian Soil Science Society
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia

Event title: III Simpósio Agrarista da UBAU em comemoração ao Dia Mundial do Solo
Organizer: União Brasileira dos Agraristas Universitários - UBAU -
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Porto Alegre

Event title: Soils Conference 2015
Organizer: Universidad del Valle
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Valle University, Auditorium 2, CUV Meléndez Campus

Event title: World Soil Day 2015 Celebration in Hollidaysburg.
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Hollidaysburg, PA

Event title: World soil day 2015 celebration activity in Canada
Organizer: Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Event title: Celebration of Soil
Organizer: Utah State University and USGS
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: USU Moab

Event title: The soils in the region of Western Greece – Future challenges
Organizer: TEI of Western Greece
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Western Greece

Event title: Soils and urban ecosystems
Organizer: Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, Unitied Nation University-LRT, Icelandic UN associations
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Kaffi Loki Skolavordustig

Event title: Awareness on the importance of soil
Organizer: Green Club, The American college, Madurai, Tamilnadu, India
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 5 Dec 2015
Location: Madurai Tamilnadu Indiua

Event title: Open Day for Soil Ecology Institute
Organizer: VermEcology (
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Nogeyama Yokohama

Event title: Organic Production and Soil Health
Organizer: Agricultural Land Management Division
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: University of the West Indies Mona

Event title: Jornada Día Internacional del Suelo 2015
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Pabellón Bioquímica Facultad Agronomía UBA

Event title: Showcasing our soils on World Soil Day 2015 in Victoria, Australia.
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Inverloch Community Centre 16 A'Beckett Street, Inverloch

Event title: Lecture ''Making Soil Science Sexy''
Organizer: The Tasmanian Branch of Soil Science
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Aurora Lecture Theatre, IMAS Building, 20 Castray Esplandade, Hobart waterfront

Event title: World Soil Day 2015 in Montenegro
Organizer: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Montenegro

Event title: World Soil Day 2015 'Soils, a solid ground for life'
Organizer: The Pacific Comunity
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Nabua

Event title: World Soil Day 2015 Celebration in Chicago.
Organizer: Dr. Bala Chaudhary
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago

Event title: Vernissage of The Soil Museum _ MIdA
Organizer: The MIdA Foundation - Integrated Museum of the Environment
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Pertosa (SA)

Event title: WSD 2015 FAO celebration
Organizer: FAO
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: FAO

Event title: 3 actions for the soils
Organizer: Naturefriends Greece
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 13 Dec 2015
Location: 72, Antheon, 72, 12461, Chaidari - Athens

Event title: IPLA WORLD SOIL DAY 2015
Organizer: IPLA- Regione Piemonte
Date: 4 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: Turin

Event title: World Soil Day 2015 -UBC
Organizer: UBC Soil, Water & Sustainability Group, Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science (PRSSS)
Date: 3 Dec 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: H. R. MacMillan Building (2357 Main Mall)

Event title: Jornada Nacional por el Día Mundial del Suelo 2015 in Cuba
Organizer: Cuban Society of Soil Science and Soil Institute
Date: 3 Dec 2015 - 3 Dec 2015
Location: Havana

Event title: Colloque de la Journée Mondiale des Sols 2015 ''Les sols et le climat''
Organizer: Ministère de l’Ecologie, du Développement Durable et de l’Energie (MEDDE) et du Ministère de l’Agriculture, de l’Agroalimentaire et de la Forêt (MAAF)
Date: 3 Dec 2015 - 3 Dec 2015
Location: Salle Monnerville, Palais du Luxembourg 26 ter, rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris

Event title: Travelling Field Workshop on Awareness regarding Soil Health in students and farmers
Organizer: ICAR- Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Regional Research Station, Chhalesar, Agra 282006 India
Date: 3 Dec 2015 - 3 Dec 2015
Location: ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Regional Research Station Chhalesar, Agra, 282006

Event title: World Soil Day Meetup in International Year of Soils 2015 at World's Biggest Soil Museum
Organizer: Green Fingerprints Organization
Date: 3 Dec 2015 - 3 Dec 2015
Location: Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala

Event title: World Soil Day Talk and Discussion - The Soil Under Our Feet: Re-discovering Our Most Important Natural Resource
Organizer: Dr. Richard G. Donald, Hilary Skov-Nielson
Date: 3 Dec 2015 - 3 Dec 2015
Location: Halifax Central Library

Event title: Weltbodentag- International Meeting Soilmap
Organizer: Fachabteilung Landentwicklung
Date: 3 Dec 2015 - 3 Dec 2015

Event title: Soil Health for Sustainable Future (SHSF - 2015)
Organizer: Department of Environmental Science, Periyar University, Salem, TN, India
Date: 3 Dec 2015 - 3 Dec 2015
Location: Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Event title: Lanzamiento del Sello Conmemorativo del Año Internacional de los Suelos 2015
Organizer: El Comité Nacional del Año Internacional de los Suelos, integrado por FAO, MGAP (Ministerio de Ganadería, Agricultura y Pesca), MVOTMA (Ministerio de Vivienda, Ordenamiento Territorial y Medio Ambiente), UdelaR (Universidad de la República), INIA (Institu
Date: 3 Dec 2015 - 3 Dec 2015
Location: Facultad de Agronomía – UdelaR, Av. Garzón 780, Montevideo

Event title: World Soils Day 2015 Event ''A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself''
Organizer: Portcullis House
Date: 2 Dec 2015 - 2 Dec 2015
Location: Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Palace of Westminster London

Event title: Dirt! The Movie
Organizer: Foxlowe Arts Centre Film Group
Date: 2 Dec 2015 - 2 Dec 2015
Location: Foxlowe Arts Centre

Date: 2 Dec 2015 - 2 Dec 2015
Location: KORHOGO

Event title: Distribution of Soil Health Cards on world soil day in collaboration with ST SIRI NGO WARANGAL TELANGANA
Organizer: ICAR-IIRR,Hyderabad in collaboration with S&T SIRI WARANGAL, Telangana, India
Date: 2 Dec 2015 - 2 Dec 2015
Location: DRR Auditoium, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, Telangana

Event title: Svjetski dan zemljišta
Organizer: Ministry of agriculture and rural development
Date: 1 Dec 2015 - 1 Dec 2015
Location: University of Donja Gorica, Podgorica

Event title: Great Mud Pie Bake Off
Organizer: dirtgirlworld
Date: 1 Dec 2015 - 7 Dec 2015
Location: secret location soon to be announced!

Event title: Week Soils 2015 - FAO Liaison Office with the European Union and Belgium
Organizer: Chair of Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, FAO
Date: 30 Nov 2015 - 4 Dec 2015
Location: European Parliament

Event title: Year of Soils - Century of Environment - Age of awareness
Organizer: Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, Unitied Nations University-LRT, Icelandic UN associations
Date: 25 Nov 2015 - 25 Nov

Event title: How to Combact Desertification?
Organizer: College of Agriculture / Baghdad University- Iraq
Date: 4 Oct 2015 - 4 Oct 2015
Location: Desertification Combact Dept./ College of Agriculture- Baghdad university

Our soils under threat

Publication :

 The first World Soil Charter (WSC) was conceived and formulated, negotiated and adopted by the FAO member countries in the 1981 FAO Conference. It was a major normative instrument agreed by member states, and that the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) was duty-bound to promote its principles. The challenges faced by the world have become more evident and severe in the intervening three decades.

 GSP Partners considered that the 13 principles listed in the charter are still valid, but needed to be updated and revised in light of new scientific knowledge gained over the past 30 years, especially with respect to new issues such as soil pollution and its consequences for the environment, climate change adaptation and mitigation and urban sprawl impacts on soil availability and functions. The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was tasked to produce a new version of this WSC making use of wide consultations within the international soil community in order to assist with the process. Coinciding with 2015 the International Year of Soils, member countries during the 39th FAO Conference unanimously endorsed the new World Soil Charter as a vehicle to promote and institutionalize sustainable soil management at all levels.

Soil Atlas 2015

 The Soil Atlas 2015 presents facts and figures about earth, land and fields; its broad ranging significance and its current state in Germany, Europe and the world.

 The purpose of the report is to carry out the first ever global assessment of soils and soil change
The Status of the World's Soil Resources report (SWSR) will be released on 4 December in FAO headquarters, Rome.  The report will be officially launched at a high-level event in Rome which will also mark this year's celebration of World Soil Day and the official closure of the 2015 International Year of Soils.

What is the report about?

The report is based on the assessment of more than 200 environmental scientists of the state-of-knowledge on soil resources and soil change. It reports on the major soil changes globally and in more detail on regional changes. The report provides documented scientific data on soil erosion, soil organic carbon change, soil biodiversity changes, soil acidification, soil compaction, soil sealing, soil salinization and sodification, soil contamination, soil nutrient changes and water logging.

What is the purpose of the report? 

The purpose of the report is to carry out the first ever global assessment of soils and soil change based on an extensive review of published scientific literature.

Where can I access the report?
The report will be available for download directly from the FAO Document Repository.

Soil Renaissance

 Launched on Dec. 5, 2013, the Soil Renaissance is a movement to make soil health the cornerstone of land use management decisions, and bring attention to the critical role of healthy soils in vibrant natural resource systems.


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2015, December 5th.

  Тема 2015: Мир меняется. Ты? Волонтер!
主題2015:世界正在發生變化你是? 志願者!
Theme 2015 : The world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!
 Thème 2015: Le monde est en train de changer. Es-tu? Bénévole!
 Tema de 2015: El mundo está cambiando. ¿Eres tú? ¡Voluntario!
موضوع عام 2015: إن العالم يتغير. هل انت؟ تطوع!

Recognizing the individuals who are engaged in volunteering their time, energies, and skills to change the world for a better future.

"The world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!

On this day we celebrate the power of volunteerism. Volunteering fosters creativity, draws strength from our passions and connects us to those who need us most.

Volunteerism is a global phenomenon that transcends boundaries, religions and cultural divides. Volunteers embody the fundamental values of commitment, inclusiveness, civic engagement and a sense of solidarity.

During the Ebola crisis in West Africa, community volunteers, international volunteers and United Nations Volunteers were crucial to the response. A similar spirit of volunteerism and solidarity has been on display in addressing the current refugee crisis and this year’s devastating earthquake in Nepal.

The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals offer another opportunity for individuals to show solidarity through volunteerism. All of us can contribute to realizing the 2030 Agenda’s vision of ending poverty.

Today, on International Volunteer Day, I thank the more than 6,300 United Nations Volunteers and 11,000 United Nations Online Volunteers who help millions of people to make sustainable change and peace happen. I also commend and salute the one billion community volunteers worldwide.

As we mark International Volunteer Day, let us strive to make the most of the power of volunteerism to build a more sustainable world and a life of dignity for all.

Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secratary-General

 Statement  by Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on the occasion of the International Volunteer Day (IVD), 5 December 2015.

This year’s International Volunteer Day (IVD)  theme,  "The world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!"  is challenging each and every one of us to be part of implementing the newly launched Gl obal Goals.  The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for ending poverty in all its  dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere. Volunteerism, and each one of your volunteer actions, are critical  to ensure we “leave no one behind” in this ef fort. When people volunteer their time, skills and energy, they are addressing inequality, innovating, and working with a broad  range of partners to accomplish the Global Goals. Through volunteerism we bring people into the implementation  process; voluntee rs create spaces for people to engage, acquire voice and contribute to saving the planet and  humankind. An example of the power of volunteerism in engaging communities can be seen in the tackling of tuberculosis after the  Aral Sea disaster in Uzbekistan. Action started with UN Volunteers meeting with local people to discuss the symptoms of  the dis ease and treatments. Five years on, and as a result of this grassroots engagement, the UN joint programme has  1,730 dedicated community health volunteers, 86 per cent of whom are women, who are not only reaching 32,000  households but also empowering the co mmunity to hold the future in their hands. The contribution of volunteers in the new development agenda is two - fold. Volunteerism is a way for us all to be directly  involved in achieving sustainable development and peace. At the same time, this essential way of fostering people’s  participation makes it a key element for success when striving for sustainability of development. Volunteer organizations  can be brokers of  civic engagement, connecting institutional initiatives with volunteer action at loc al, national and global  levels. An example of the impact of volunteerism is the Let Girls Be Girls campaign in Uganda. UN Volunteers have supported  the Ministry of Health a nd the UN on decreasing the rate of teen pregnancy through an awareness campaign on the need  for better education and health - care for girls. These volunteer efforts have led to community champions advocating for  girls staying in school longer and explainin g how this leads to improved lives for all. Through involving people in such a  development initiative real impact is seen through lasting changes in communities.  On IVD 2015, we commend volunteers everywhere who are already making a difference in a changi ng world, and  showing the power of volunteerism to move towards sustainable development.  Let us all harness the potential that  volunteering has to making global sustainable development a reality. It speaks to each of us to play a role, one volunteer  actio n at a time .  “The World is Changing. Are  you ? Volunteer”.

Richard Dictus,
UNV Executive Coordinator
United Nations Volunteers

 Statement by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) International Volunteer Day (IVD), 5 December 2015.

Every year on International Volunteer Day (IVD), we recognize the invaluable contributions of volunteers  to peace and development. This year, just two months after the launch of the new, universal  development agenda, we promote the special role which UN Vo lunteers and volunteers worldwide will  play in the implementation of the Susta inable Development Goals (SDGs) .  The SDGs will guide development for the next fifteen years, offering a chance to meet the global citizenry's aspirations for  a more peaceful and p rosperous, and sustainable future.  The SDGs are universal goals, applying to countries at all stages of development. This makes the point that sustainable  development in the 21st century isn't something which happens to somebody else, somewhere else. We all have a stake  in it  -- and every c ountry has work to do to progress towards it. The design of these goals was influenced by people from all walks of life, including through their votes in the  MY World survey on priorities for the new development agenda. This campaign incorporated more than 8.5 million people’s voices  from 194 countries, and engagement was made possible by community volunteer efforts. UN Volunteers reached out to  vulnerable groups in India, marginalized people living in camps in Haiti, hearing - impaired youth in Rwanda, and  c ommunities in Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Kazakhstan, the P hilippines, Sudan, and beyond.  Now, as we seek ways for the new agenda to take root, volunteerism can be a help in the implementation of these new  goals by reaching those who are marginalized and engaging people who may otherwise not have a chance to make a  difference in their communities.  In this way volunteers can embody the underlying principle of the  goals  to leave no one  behind.   UNV has a strong track record of getting development re sults. In Kenya, UNV supported a neighborhood volunteer  scheme to help ensure peaceful elections.  In India, UN Volunteers set up a programme fo r children with special needs.  Today, on International Volunteer Day 2015, I want to thank all the volunteers  who contributed to shaping the new  development agenda, and to encourage you to continue to provide inspiration for the change the world needs. I also  recognize the tremendous impact UN Volunteers are making within the UN system. In implementing the SDGs, U NDP will  continue to see volunteers as catalysts for change who amplify citizens’ voices and facilitate participation so that  development can be truly people - centred.

Helen Clark
UNDP Adminstrator
United Nations Development Programme.

Your world need you.Will you take the challenge, volunteer.

I am part of the change. Are you? volunteer!

Your world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!

FORUM : 5 de Diciembre - Día Internacional del Voluntariado

IVD 2015 starts a dialogue about how volunteerism is vital to the success of #GlobalGoals

EVENTS Examples of International Volunteer Day Events Happening Around the Globe on 5 December.

 ° Global selfie campaign: People around the world are invited to take selfies of themselves volunteering on  5  December and share them on social media platforms with descriptions of how they are making a difference,  using the  hashtags # IVD2015selfie ,  #actioncounts , and  #GlobalGoals . The website  www. volunteeractioncounts .org offers templates for the selfies. UN Volunteers will feature all of the selfies on  an interact ive map of the worldwide volunteer community at , which will  grow as we gather pictures from around the globe.

° In Paragominas,  Brazil , 2,300 people will participate in a group hug as a symbol of their commitment to  catalyzing  positive change in the world. Paragominas has become the first green municipality in the Amazon.
° In  Guinea , volunteers will organize sports and cultural activities, grants, and training programs for Ebola  orphans.
 ° In Makueni County,  Kenya , volunteers  will plant over 500 trees and 30 community ambassadors will be  introduced. The ambassadors will help improve their communities as part of a pilot program called Lead the  Change, which aims to build a national volunteer campaign platform for mobilizing comm unity change  makers across Kenya to achieve the Sustainable Development G oals and Kenya's Vision 2030.
°  In  Ethiopia ,  volunteers plan to send more than 75,000 SMS messages to spread the word about the  importance of volunteerism.
° In the Pata Rat area of Cluj,  Romania , volunteers will organize workshops and games educating young people  about proper dental care and mental health in a community of Roma people living in the city’s former  garbage dump.
°  In Toronto,  Canada , award winni ng author and Crossroads International Volunteer Lawrence Hill will  celebrate the spirit of volunteerism by reading from his new novel The Illegal. A sho rt book singing will follow.
°  In  Tbilisi ,  Georgia , five organizations  - an elderly care center, a day center for children with disabilities, a center  for street children, a homeless shelter, and an animal shelter  - will open their doors for youth volunteers to  spend the day giving back to the community.  
°  In Moscow,  Russia , the Center of Curative Pedagogi cs will host an event at which volunteers will cook  jam with young people who have special needs and then sell their products at a fair on 6 December in  order to raise awareness about the necessity of volunteerism and the importance of volunteers in the  li ves of you ng adults with special needs.
°  In Guatemala City,  Guatemala , volunteers and their families will celebrate International Volunteer Day  with games and music in Erick Barrondo Park, to voice their support for the achievement of the  Sustainable Deve lopment Goals.
°  In  Nepal , UN Volunteers has launched  Faces of Volunteerism , an online contest asking volunteers to  submit their photos and stories of making a difference. Winners will be invited to a celebration on  International Volunteer Day


2015 State of the World's Volunteerism Report – Transforming Governance

2015 State of the World's Volunteerism Report – Transforming Governance.

 Volunteering in this report is also understood as overlapping and converging with social activism; while it is recognized that  not all activists are volunteers, many activ - ists are volunteers and many volunteers are  activists. The terms volunteerism and social  activism are not mutually exclusive. The idea  that volunteers only serve to support service  delivery or are only involved in charitable ac - tivities is one that is limited and provides a  superficial line of difference between volunteerism and activism.

 Plan of Action 2016-2030 for integrating volunteering

   At the upcoming seventieth session of the UN General Assembly, the Secretary-General will report to Member States on progress on volunteerism since 2012, and present a proposed Plan of Action for the next decade and beyond (2016-2030).  The Plan of Action aims at integrating volunteering in peace and development policies and programmes through a strategic and collective long-term approach that matches the period of SDG implementation. It provides a frame through which civil society, the UN and other stakeholders can support and leverage the potential of volunteerism worldwide.

United Nations Volunteers Strategic Framework 2014-2017.

UNV Strategic Framework 2014-2017
 In this regard, the Post-2015 agenda  offers an explicit opportunity to help anchor  volunteerism,  and the values it stands for, to the  future global framework as it recognize the fact  that development actions are more effective and  sustainable when people are fully and freely engaged. The contributions that people freely make in their  communities in terms of their knowledge, labour, time,  skills, networks and other resources must be properly  factored into policies, programmes and projects. Volunteering is a tried and tested way to engage  people from the bottom up in all stages of planning,  implementing and monitoring of a framework requiring  the efforts of all stakeholders to sustainably change  people’s practices, attitudes and mind-sets. As  global consensus evolves to reach convergence of  a new development agenda, volunteerism must be  increasingly recognized as a key complementary  mechanism to engage people in accountability  frameworks that demand a stronger and more direct  partnership between people and the state.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 2015, December 2nd

This International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is more than a reminder of past crimes – it is a chance to renew our resolve to combat contemporary problems.
Slavery has many modern forms, from the children toiling as domestic servants, farmhands and factory workers, to the bonded labourers struggling to pay off ever-surmounting debts, to the victims of sex trafficking who endure horrific abuse.
Although statistics about these crimes are difficult to compile, experts estimate that nearly 21 million people are enslaved in our world today. We have a responsibility to them – and to all those at risk – to end this outrage.
This is all the more important in our era of severe humanitarian crises. More than 60 million people have been driven from their homes. They may be at risk of trafficking and enslavement – along with millions of others crossing borders in search of a better life.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development offers an opportunity to fundamentally alter the conditions that fuel poverty, injustice and gender discrimination. By adopting it, world leaders committed to strengthen prosperity, peace and freedom for all people. They specifically set the objectives of eradicating forced labour and human trafficking – and ending all forms of modern slavery and child labour.
As we strive to achieve these targets, we must also rehabilitate freed victims and help them integrate into society. The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery has for more than two decades extended humanitarian, financial and legal assistance to tens of thousands of victims around the world, making a meaningful difference in their lives. I urge Member States, businesses, private foundations and other donors to demonstrate their commitment to ending slavery by ensuring that this Fund has the resources to fulfil its mandate.
On this International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, let us resolve to use the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a roadmap for stamping out root causes and freeing all enslaved people in our world.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General.

FORUM : International Day for the Abolition of Slavery - December 02


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 Tell them that you support the Forced Labour Protocol and explain why you think your government should ratify it. Let them know that ending modern slavery is important to you and that you want to see concrete action. Even one message from a concerned supporter sends policy makers a powerful message that citizens care.

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International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2015, November 29th.

 اليوم العالمي للتضامن مع الشعب الفلسطيني 29 نوفمبر تشرين الثاني.
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,  29 November.

This year’s observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People falls at a time when security and hope are at a low point.
A wave of violence has included heinous attacks, stabbings, shootings and vehicular attacks causing immense suffering among Israeli and Palestinian families alike.  I condemn such attacks and all acts of violence.  Illegal settlement activities and settler-related violence have continued, along with punitive demolitions of Palestinian-owned homes and structures. 
The tensions related to the Holy Sites in the Old City of Jerusalem have introduced a troubling and dangerous religious dimension to the conflict.  During my visit to the region last month, I stressed the need to preserve the status quo at the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount, in line with the agreements between Israel and Jordan and with respect to the special role of His Majesty the King of Jordan, as Custodian.  I welcome Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s repeated assurances that Israel has no intention of changing the status quo; this commitment needs to be accompanied by actions to defuse the situation and restore confidence.
It is crucial that leaders on both sides play a constructive role towards resolving the conflict. Both sides must reject incitement and inflammatory public statements.
Recognizing the security challenges Israel faces, I nonetheless remind Israeli authorities that the use of force, if not properly calibrated, feeds anger and frustration.  I urge Israeli security services to exercise maximum restraint, particularly in the use of lethal force.
Palestinians feel deep frustration over an occupation that has lasted nearly 50 years.  Israelis fear deeply for their security.  The lack of a political horizon to achieve the two-State solution risks allowing the situation to spiral out of control.
The international community can and must play a greater role to break the impasse.  The Middle East Quartet continues its efforts to preserve the viability of a Palestinian State and establish conditions for a return to meaningful negotiations. 
On 29 November 2012, the State of Palestine joined the United Nations as a “non-Member observer State”. Today, 136 countries recognize the State of Palestine and its flag flies at the United Nations next to those of all Member States.  However, these advances are not felt by children in Gaza, or by the residents of Nablus, Hebron and East Jerusalem.  What they feel instead is a lack of hope that their lives will change for the better and that they will be citizens of a State able to ensure their freedom and well-being through peace with their neighbours.
On this International Day of Solidarity, let us reaffirm our commitment to bring about the just peace that the peoples of Israel and Palestine deserve. 

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

 FORUM : November 29 - International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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 EVENTS : Commemoration of 2015 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at . Folow

Observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People - Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, 374th meeting. UN Web TV

23 Nov 2015 - 374th meeting of Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015, December 3rd.



Тема Дня 2015 года: «Вовлечение и развитие потенциала людей с ограниченными возможностями»
Thème 2015 : Développement durable: l'inclusion compte: accès et autonomisation des personnes de toutes capacités.
موضوع عام 2015: انضمام الجميع: وصول وتمكين الناس من جميع القدرات
Tema para 2015: «La inclusión importa: acceso y empoderamiento para personas con todo tipo de capacidad»

UN Enable - Development and human rights for all

We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind”.
Building a sustainable, inclusive world for all requires the full engagement of people of all abilities. The 2030 Agenda includes many issues of concern to persons with disabilities and we must work together to transform these commitments into action.
Earlier this year, the United Nations Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction recognised the key role people with disabilities can play in promoting a more universally accessible approach in disaster preparedness and response. Next year, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) will discuss a new urban development agenda to make our cities inclusive, accessible and sustainable.The voices of persons with disabilities will be critical to this process
As we look ahead, we need to strengthen development policies and practices to ensure that accessibility is part of inclusive and sustainable development. This requires improving our knowledge of the challenges facing all persons with disabilities – including through more robust, disaggregated data -- and ensuring that they are empowered to create and use opportunities.
Together with persons with disabilities, we can move our world forward by leaving no one behind.
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General.

FORUM : International Day of Disabled Persons - December 03

Sub-themes for IDPD 2015:
  • Making cities inclusive and accessible for all
  • Improving disability data and statistics
  • Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development

  • 10 to 11 a.m.: Opening session: Disability-inclusive development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Panel Discussion: “Accessible New Urban Agenda and inclusion of persons with disabilities”
  • 12 to 1 p.m.: Panel discussion: "Invisible disabilities"
  • 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.: Panel discussion "Operationalizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with regard to data, statistics and indicators for persons with disabilities"
  • 3.00 to 5.00 p.m.: United Nations Enable Film Festival (UNEFF)
    Each year, disability-related films are presented at the UNEFF to highlight an emerging or overlooked disability issue or present a disability perspective in a larger societal context or in diverse geographic and regional settings or highlight the human diversity of disability. Send us your short film if you think it can help achieve the objectives of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and is suitable to be presented to a diverse international audience. See further details and submission guidelines.
  • UN Enable Photo Exhibition “Images of Ability”
    The photo exhibition will work to help change misperceptions and counter stigma and stereotyping about persons with disabilities. It will also promote a better understanding about disability issues and present persons with disabilities as individuals that are a part of our human diversity. See further details and submission guidelines.
  • Art Exhibition, Like Wildflowers, Like Stars (TBC)
    Korea Differently Abled Federation (KODAF) with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea
  • 6.00 p.m. - Evening Reception (Mission of Republic of Korea, TBC)
If you would like to attend the events at the UN Headquarters in New York on December 3, please send us an email with subject "Attending the IDPD 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York" to with your name and organization or affiliation.