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

Saturday, 20 February 2016

International Mother language Day 2016, February 21

Международного дня родного языка, 21 февраля.
International Mother Language Day, 21 February.
Día Internacional de la Lengua Materna, 21 de febrero.
Journée internationale de la langue maternelle, 21 Février.
 يوم الدولي للغة الأم، 21 فبراير.

Тема 2016 года - «Качественное образование, язык(и) преподавания и результаты обучения».
主题2016年:  “优质教育、教学语言和学习效果。”
Theme 2016 : “Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes.”
 Tema 2016 : “Edcación de calidad, lengua(s) de instrucción y resultados del aprendizaje
Thème 2016 « Éducation de qualité, langue(s) d’enseignement et résultats de l’apprentissage ».
 موضوع 2016: جودة التعليم واللغات النتائج تعليم والتعلم.

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2016.

 The theme of the 2016 International Mother Language Day is “Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes.”
This underlines the importance of mother languages for quality education and linguistic diversity, to take forward the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In Sustainable Development Goal 4, the 2030 Agenda focuses on quality education and lifelong learning for all, to enable every woman and man to acquire skills, knowledge, and values to become everything they wish and participate fully in their societies. This is especially important for girls and women, as well as minorities, indigenous peoples, and rural populations. This is reflected in UNESCO’s Education 2030 Framework for Action, a road-map to implement the 2030 Agenda, encouraging full respect for the use of mother language in teaching and learning, and the promotion and preservation of linguistic diversity.
Multilingualism is essential to drive these objectives forward – it is vital for success across the 2030 Agenda, regarding growth, employment and health, as well as sustainable consumption and production, and climate change.
UNESCO brings the same focus to advancing linguistic diversity on the Internet, through support to relevant local content as well as media and information literacy. Through the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) programme, UNESCO is highlighting the importance of mother and local languages as channels for safeguarding and sharing indigenous cultures and knowledge, which are vast reservoirs of wisdom.
Mother languages in a multilingual approach are essential components of quality education, which is itself the foundation for empowering women and men and their societies. We must recognise and nurture this power, in order to leave no one behind, to craft a more just and sustainable future for all.
This is UNESCO’s message on this International Mother Language Day.

Irina Bokova

Forum : International Mother Language Day

There is growing awareness that Languages play a vital role in process of integration and into all aspects of public life but particularly in Education.

 Events :  22 February 2016 - Celebration of the International Mother Language Day at UNESCO Headquarters.



 Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

10 a.m. - Session 1 Official Opening

Moderator: Ms Lydia Ruprecht, Team Leader for Global Citizenship Education within the
Section of Education for Sustainable Development and Global citizenship, UNESCO

Welcome remarks: Ms Al-Nashif Nada, Assistant Director-General for Social and
Human Sciences, UNESCO

Speech: H.E. Mr M. Shahidul Islam, Ambassador of Bangladesh to France and
                   Permanent Delegate to UNESCO

Speech, Mr Adama Ouane, Administrateur, Organisation internationale de la
                  Francophonie (OIF)

11 to 12.30 a.m. - Session 2 : Quality education, language(s) of instruction and Learning
outcomes - Presentations and discussion.

Moderator: Ms Noro Andriamiseza, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Education Sector

 Mr Aaron Benavot, Director, Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM):
Launch of the Policy Paper on Languages “If you don’t understand, how you can
 learn?” UNESCO Education Sector

Mr Hamidou Seydou Hanafiou, Coordinator “Initiative ELAN”, Organisation
internationale de la Francophonie (OIF):

Impact of languages of instruction on learning
Mr Fabian Charles: Club Radio France internationale (RFI)
Creole languages and languages of instruction

Ms Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Programme Specialist, UNESCO
Communication and information Sector

Promotion of quality education through the UNESCO Atlas of Languages in Danger
Discussion and conclusion
1 to 2 pm. Cocktail

Languages of instruction,Learning outcomes, Social outcomes

Publication :
Advocacy toolkit for Multilingual Education

Statistics :
Proportion of pupils in primary education learning foreign languages, by language, 2014
Proportion of students learning two or more languages in upper secondary education
Is the internet contributing to the death of languages?
Foreign languages learnt per pupil in upper secondary education (general), 2009 and 2014_(¹)_(%25)_YB16-II


Links :

Thursday, 18 February 2016

World Day of Social Justice 2016, February 20

世界社会公正日, 2月20日.
Theme 2016 : A Just Transition - environmentally sustainable economies and societies.
The World Day of Social Justice highlights the imperative of building a future of dignity for all.
Guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the international community has pledged to end poverty by 2030 through effective integrated social, economic and environmental policies.
These landmark blueprints for a better world provide invaluable tools and a powerful vision to meet the needs of today’s generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own.
Social justice must be at the heart of our efforts.  With exclusion and inequality on the rise, we must step up efforts to ensure that all people, without discrimination, are able to access opportunities to improve their lives and those of others.  We must build inclusive societies, promote decent work, bolster social protection floors, and bring people in from the margins.
In all our efforts, partnerships are essential.  Sustainable development is only possible with the active engagement of governments, parliaments, employers, workers, civil society, the private sector and other agents of change.
Let us work together to forge new integrated pathways for social, environmental and economic development rooted in social justice and the promise of a better future for all.
Ban Ki-moon

World Social Justice Day 2016 Theme: A Just Transition - environmentally sustainable economies and societies

Forum : World Day of Social Justice 
 Guidelines for a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all.

World Day of Social Justice is a day intended to recognize the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly designated February 20th as the World Day of Social Justice.

 World Employment and Social Outlook - Trends 2016. International Labour Organization.

The ILO's World Employment and Social Outlook - Trends 2016 provides a forecast of global Unemployment levels, looking at the situation in developed, emerging and developing economies. The report explores the factors contributing to an unstable global economic environment such as volatile capital flows, dysfunctional Financial markets and the serious impact of decreased aggregate demand on enterprises, investment and job creation.

Events :

° Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary World
 54th Session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development ( ‪#‎CSocD54‬)

The 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD54) will take place in New York from 3 to 12 February 2016 at United Nations Headquarters in New York under the priority theme “Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world”.

Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary World

° World Day of Social Justice 2016: A Just Transition - environmentally sustainable economies and societies
Observance of World Day of Social Justice should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

Guidelines for a just transition

towards environmentally sustainable economies and

societies for all
New Vision for the Economy

The world has changed dramatically. We no longer live in a world relatively empty of humans and their artifacts. We now live in the "Anthropocene era" in a full world where humans are dramatically altering their ecological life-support systems. Our traditional economic concepts and models were developed in an empty world. If we are to create sustainable prosperity, if we seek "improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risk and ecological scarcities," we are going to need a new vision of the economy and its relationship to the rest of the world that's better adapted to the new conditions we face.

We are going to need an economics that respects planetary boundaries, that recontinues the dependence of human well-being on social relations and fairness, and that recognises that the ultimate goal is real, sustainable human well-being , not merely growth of material consumption.

The new economics recognises that the economy is embedded in a society and culture that are themselves embedded in an ecological life-support system, and that the economy can't grow forever on this finite planet.

Guidelines for a Just Transition

Resources :

Latest publications :

2015 Human Development Report – Rethinking Work for Human Development

From a human development perspective, work, rather than jobs or employment is the relevant concept. A job is a narrow concept with a set of pre-determined time-bound assigned tasks or activities, in an input-output framework with labour as input and a commodity or service as output. Yet, jobs do not encompass creative work (e.g. the work of a writer or a painter), which go beyond defined tasks; they do not account for unpaid care work; they do not focus on voluntary work. Work thus is a broader concept, which encompasses jobs, but goes beyond by including the dimensions mentioned above, all of which are left out of the job framework, but are critical for human development.

Listen to the Director of the Human Development Report Office talk about the 2015 Report

2015 Human Development Report - Work for Human Development


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