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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Nelson Mandela International Day 2016, July 18.


The 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2016

Nelson Mandela International Day is an opportunity to reflect on the life and work of a legend who embodied the highest values of the United Nations.

Madiba was a model global citizen whose example continues to guide us in our work to build a better world for all.

Today, we remember a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement who worked tirelessly for peace and human dignity.

Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life to bring change to the people of South Africa. His accomplishments came at great personal cost to himself and his family. His sacrifice not only served the people of his nation, but made the world a better place for everyone, everywhere.

Nelson Mandela showed the way.

As the United Nations sets out to implement the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, let us seek to continue building on Nelson Mandela’s legacy of selflessness and deep sense of shared purpose.

The United Nations joins the Mandela Foundation in inviting people around the world to devote at least 67 minutes on 18 July to a community service activity.

At the heart of Nelson Mandela International Day is volunteer work for people and the planet. Its theme – “Take action, Inspire change” – is meant to mobilize the human family to do more to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world.

Tutor a child.  Feed the hungry. Clean up a site or care for your environment. Volunteer to serve at a hospital or community centre. Be part of the Mandela movement to make the world a better place.

This is the best tribute to an extraordinary man who, with his steadfast belief in justice and human equality, showed how one person can make a difference.

Let us all continue being inspired by Nelson Mandela’s lifelong example and his call to never cease working to build a better world for all.

Ban Ki-moon

President Jacob Zuma wishes all South Africans a meaningful and fulfilling International Mandela Day 2016 18 July.

The United Nations declared 18 July, Madiba’s birthday, as International Mandela Day. Tata Madiba had called for this day to be used to dedicate 67 minutes to doing good deeds in our communities....

“As we remember our beloved Madiba, South Africans will take to the streets and engage in all kinds of meaningful and constructive community work. We wish all our people well as they follow in Tata’s footsteps in this manner. Caring for the sick, orphans and vulnerable children, the aged, cleaning our environment and surroundings, cleaning our schools are all activities that also contribute to promoting national unity and cohesion in our country. We congratulate all who will participate in various programmes, and urge all South Africans to make time and find something meaningful to do, in memory of Madiba,’ said President Zuma.


Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly,
Stevie Wonder, our great United Nations Messenger of Peace,
Ambassador Matjila of South Africa,
 Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you all for coming together here at the UN for Nelson Mandela International Day here in New York. Let me begin by saying the Secretary-General very much wanted to be here with you. But he is in perhaps an equally fitting place. The Secretary-General is in South Africa today, marking Nelson Mandela International Day at the AIDS conference in Durban. Nelson Mandela, Madiba, would have been 98 years old today – and, as the Secretary-General has noted, his birthday is a day to celebrate the life and work of a legend who embodies the highest values and the most fundamental principles of the United Nations. Madiba was a model global citizen whose example continues to guide us in our work to build a better world for all.
 Today, we remember a man of quiet and commanding dignity. A man of towering achievement who worked tirelessly for peace, development and human dignity. Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life to bring change to the people of South Africa. His accomplishments came at great personal cost to himself and his family. His sacrifice not only served the people of his nation, but all people around the world, giving them hope to fulfill their dreams and aspirations. Rarely has one person in history stirred people’s dreams, hopes and calls for action. Nelson Mandela continues to show us the way.
  As the United Nations sets out to achieve the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, let us continue to build on Nelson Mandela’s legacy of selflessness, tolerance and sense of shared purpose. The United Nations joins the Mandela Foundation in inviting people around the world to devote at least 67 minutes on 18 July to community service. I would welcome if anyone wants to extend that to 67 hours. At the heart of Nelson Mandela International Day is not least volunteer work for people and the planet. Its theme – “Take action, Inspire change” – is meant to mobilize the human family to do more to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world. There is so much we can do. Tutor a child. Feed the hungry. Clean up a site or care for your environment. Volunteer to serve at a hospital or community centre. Help a refugee family. Be part of the Mandela movement to make the world a better place. Nobody can do everything but everybody can do something.
 This is the best tribute we can give to an extraordinary man who, with his steadfast belief in justice and equality, showed how one person can make a difference. Let us all continue to be inspired by Nelson Mandela’s lifelong example and by his call to never cease working to build a better world for all.  Thank you
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General's  
Devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
In December 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the revised rules as the “United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners”. As per the recommendation of the Expert Group, the revised rules are to be known as "the Nelson Mandela Rules" to honour the legacy of the late President of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle for global human rights, equality, democracy and the promotion of a culture of peace.

In the resolution, the General Assembly further decided to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day, observed each year on 18 July, to be also utilized in order to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance  
Speaking out for justice

EVENTS : Commemorative Events for 2016.

New York

Meeting of the UN General Assembly : The United Nations General Assembly will mark Nelson Mandela International Day with an informal meeting at UN Headquarters starting at 11:00 a.m. on 18 July.

More details to follow soon. The event will be webcast live at


Public service activity

This year, the UN Department of Public Information, supported by UN Women, is marking Mandela Day in New York by helping women in need receive professional clothing donations, career counselling, child care, and nutritious meals.

To mark the day, UN staff have the opportunity to volunteer for Citymeals on Wheels, which delivers meals to homebound elderly, or Safe Horizon, which supports women, children and men who have suffered domestic violence.

Staff are also encouraged to donate professional clothing and accessories to Dress for Success and Bottomless Closet, which help disadvantaged women in securing a job and achieving economic independence, and Career Gear, which supports men in poverty to become stronger contributors to their families and communities.

Around the world

UN information centres around the world are organizing events and activities to commemorate Mandela Day. On social media, follow the hashtags #MandelaDay and #Time2Serve.

South Africa, University of Pretoria.

Bill gates Delivers the 14th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture

Gates highlights the need for a new social pact across the globe to end protracted conflict, overcome intolerance and prejudice, improve access to healthcare and education, and reduce poverty and inequality.
The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is the Foundation’s flagship programme to honour its founder, Nelson Mandela, and to raise topical issues affecting South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. It encourages both local and international dialogue – often about difficult subjects – as a means to address the multiple and complex challenges that face the world today. The Lectures are delivered by speakers who have made a significant contribution in their field of expertise
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Support the Trek4Mandela initiative
Fellow motorbikers DJ Fresh, Zelda la Grange, Angie Khumalo, Alex Caige and others will embark on the seventh annual Bikers for Mandela day.
When: Thursday, 14 July 2016.

Painting it Forward,
When: Monday, 18 July 2016
Where: Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
On Mandela Day (18 July 2016) the Finesse Painting team of 8 people shall donate a day of painting
to a deserving organisation focused on children or the elderly within the municipal…
Education & Literacy,
When: 18 July 2016
Where: 2 Dagbreek Road, Cape Town, South Africa
The Amy Biehl Foundation "Changing Lives"
Help us change a life today. Get involved! Read a book, cook a meal, kick a ball, sow a seed. The Amy Biehl Foundation is a non- profit organisation that specialises in programmes to…


The series has been broadcast around the world, reaching more than 50 million Listeners.
In the process of documenting this history, Radio Diaries recorded more than 100 hours of first person interviews. Today, these broadcast quality recordings represent some of the most in depth, detailed, and personal accounts of the struggle against apartheid.
“The Nelson Mandela Foundation will preserve and make this oral history archives available for scholars and researchers. I’m delighted that we can bring these stories alive for our 8 million followers on Facebook,” said Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

We can achieve Mandela's dream of unity - Bill Gates

Friday, 15 July 2016

International Criminal Justice Day 2016, July 17.

Journée de la justice pénale internationale, le 17 Juillet.
International Criminal Justice Day, July 17.
Día de la Justicia Penal Internacional, 17 de Julio.
Международный день уголовного правосудия, 17 июля.
 國際刑事司法日, 7月17日.
يوم العدالة الجنائية الدولية، 17 يوليو تموز.

Theme 2016  : Justice Matters.


Statement by the United Nations Secretary General on the International Criminal Justice Day 2016, July 17th.

I am pleased to send warm greetings to all participants at this commemoration of International Criminal Justice Day.  I thank Italy and the International Criminal Court (ICC) for organizing this gathering.
As we mark the eighteenth anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, we can celebrate the common goals shared by the ICC and the United Nations.  Both strive to maintain international peace and security, promote respect for human rights and secure the rule of law.  The Court’s goals of ending impunity and ensuring accountability are closely aligned with the work of the United Nations.
To realize our shared vision of a more peaceful, just and sustainable future, we must hold perpetrators of the most serious crimes of international concern to account.  This may seem like an obvious imperative, but the very idea of international criminal law and the International Criminal Court poses a challenge to authoritarians.  International criminal law limits what they may do to acquire, exercise and retain power.  The International Criminal Court stands as a guarantee, if all else fails, of such limits.
Thanks to the Court, criminals can no longer be confident that force will win them impunity.  That is why the ICC can expect to face constant challenges to its authority, attempts to destroy public trust in it, and other efforts to undermine its work.  The cause of international criminal justice, and of the International Criminal Court, is a constant struggle.
We must always be ready to confront those who would reverse progress.  We must do our utmost to give our children an inheritance of justice, accountability and determined, principled action against impunity.
The lifetime of this Court coincides with the birth and growth of an age of accountability.  As we seek to advance this cause, the International Criminal Court can rely on the full and unwavering support and commitment of the United Nations, now and in the future.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General.

Situations under investigation.
Upon referrals by States Parties or by the UNSC, or on its own initiative and with the judges' authorisation, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) conducts investigations by gathering and examining evidence, questioning persons under investigation and questioning victims and witnesses, for the purpose of finding evidence of a suspect's innocence or guilt. OTP must investigate incriminating and exonerating circumstances equally. OTP requests cooperation and assistance from States and international organisations, and also sends investigators to areas where the alleged crimes occurred to gather evidence. Investigators must be careful not to create any risk to the victims and witnesses.

ICC Situations Under Investigation

Preliminary examinations :
Before an investigation can begin, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) conducts a preliminary examination to decide whether there is enough information on crimes of sufficient gravity, providing a reasonable basis to open an investigation. During this examination, OTP analyses whether or not the ICC has jurisdiction (a crime listed in the Rome Statute appears to have been committed by a national of a State Party or on the territory of a State Party, after 1 July 2002); whether an investigation would be admissible (a national court is not already dealing with it); and whether or not an investigation would be in the interests of justice and of the victims (here OTP considers whether, regardless of jurisdiction and admissibility, there is some good reason not to take on this situation).

ICC Preliminary examinations

FORUM : World Day For International Justice - July 17th.
Interacting with communities affected by crimes

States Parties to the Rome Statute, 14th Session Official Records
The International Criminal Justice Day is commemorated on 17 July; this is the day that marks the entry into force of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC), which took place ten years ago in 2002.

ICC launches #JusticeMatters social media campaign to mark 17 July, the Day of International Criminal Justice

Protecting the Integrity of the International Criminal Court

 Get Involved :

Browse, read and hear stories of the people who work to make justice happen and the people for whom justice matters most.
Engage directly with the Court and get information catered specifically to your information needs.
Help raise awareness of the global fight against impunity with these resources.
 The ICC exhibit Justice Matters uses intimate portraits and videos to explore how justice is crucial to survivors of the world's most heinous crimes, and how it matters to the world as we strive together to achieve lasting peace.


EVENTS : Commemoration of International Criminal Justice Day 2016

Towards stability and lastin​g peace.
Justice is a key prerequisite for lasting peace. International justice can contribute to long‐term peace, stability and equitable development in post‐conflict societies. These elements are foundational for building a future free ​of violence.

Argentina, as the first ICC Prosecutor, April 21, 2003. (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)


ICC’s ‘complementarity’ explained in new handbook.

The International Center for Transitional Justice in New York has published a new handbook for non-specialists, journalists and activists, that walks them through the intricacies of “complementarity,” a fundamental principle of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

An Introduction to the role of Nations Courts and the ICC in Prosecuting International Crimes. HANDBOOK ON COMPLEMENTARITY

Audio : Latest News from the International Criminal Court.

Activists from across Africa clarify misconceptions about the International Criminal Court and highlight the need for African governments to support the court in this video by 21 African and international nongovernmental organizations.


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

World Youth Skills Day 2016, July 15

2016年的主題:“技能發展, 提高青年就業..”

 Statement by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on World Youth Skills Day 2016, July 15th.

Today’s world has the largest generation of youth in history. Their needs and potential are increasingly recognized in the international community. I am proud to have made youth issues a priority, including by appointing the first-ever Youth Envoy to serve as a liaison between the United Nations and the world’s young people.
This elevation on the global agenda comes at a critical time. Young people hold the key to society’s future advancement, yet too often they face barriers to their personal progress. More than 73 million are unemployed, making youth three times more likely than adults to be out of work.
The turmoil prevailing in many societies today adds to the urgency of addressing youth unemployment. Too many youth in developing countries are trapped into working poverty stemming from the irregularity of jobs. They toil without formal employment or social protection. Jobs creation is not keeping up with new entrants to the labour market. Young people are understandably searching for the financial security, personal satisfaction and sense of purpose that come from meaningful employment. Leaders have pledged to assist them in this effort.
The visionary 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for substantially increasing the number of youth with the skills they need for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. Empowering young people through skills development strengthens their capacity to help address the many challenges facing society, including poverty, injustice and violent conflict. There is no better investment than helping a young person to develop their abilities. Successful skills programmes link young people with opportunities to gain experience and jobs. It is especially critical to cultivate girls and young women with skills in science, technology and innovation. 
The United Nations Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth is bringing together the UN system, governments, businesses, academic institutions, youth organizations and other partners to scale up action and impact in this area. On this World Youth Skills Day, let us renew our resolve to invest more in empowering young people. When we do, they can better advance the broader mission of the United Nations for lasting peace, sustainable development and human rights for all.
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General


Forum : World Youth Skills Day -15 July
 Join  #WYSD conversations on Twitter.

World Youth Skills Day (15 July) serves as an opportunity to highlight the importance of youth skills development. The UNCCD and its partners recognize and support projects and initiatives that seek to equip young people with tools and resources that will develop their capacity in sustainable land management (SLM). This will enable them to obtain decent work in a sustainable low carbon world and help to address global challenges in particular, poverty eradication and the issue of migration. Seeing the opportunities generated from sustainable land management and land restorations activities and the needs to engage young people in green sectors actively, the secretariat organizes an E-Forum Discussion “Empowering Youth through Green Jobs” aiming to promote and engage youth participation in green industries.

Date and Time: 15 July 2016                 
 14:00 CET (UTC+2)
Venue: Live Google+ Hangout
Target Group: Youth global and public interested in green sector
Topics of Discussion:

- What are the needs of youth? How do they relate to SLM and green sector?
- Why green jobs for youth?
- Green job and green entrepreneurship opportunities?
- Which skills are needed for green jobs?
- What are the available resources for youth to access this sector? 

E- Forum "Empowering Youth through Green Jobs" Panelists:

° Young expert in green entrepreneurship: Dr. Jin Hooi Chan
°Young expert in sustainable land management: Mr. Maximillian Abouleish-Boes
° Young expert in accessing grants and funding for green jobs: Ms. Jelena Petrov
° Young expert in mobilizing and empowering youth in agriculture sector: Ms. Zrinka Dermit
° Young expert in mobilizing youth –African perspective: Mr. Abraham Nida
° Expert in Capacity Building and Market Resources: Dr. Richard Byran-Cox
° Moderator: Ms. Louise Baker

Language: English

We invite all participants to send questions related to green jobs in UN Languages i.e. English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Arabic and Russian  to before 8 July 2016.

Are Traditional Teaching Methods Right for Today's Students?

Launch of the World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement
The UN World Youth Report, prepared by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, explores young people's participation in economic, political and community life, responding to growing interest in, and an increased policy focus on, youth civic engagement in recent years among Governments, young people and researchers.

The Report provides thematic insights on economic, political and community engagement, coupled with expert opinion pieces so as to provide robust and varied perspectives into youth engagement.

Events : World Skills Day Events around the World.

Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment
This year the United Nations is observing the international day with a special event on the theme of “Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment.” Understanding what works to support young people in today’s and tomorrow’s labor market through training and skills development will be key to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, and will be at the center of this high-level event.

The event will be facilitated by the UN Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, and will feature opening remarks from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The event is co-organized with the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, UNESCO, and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Mogens Lykketoft (General Assembly President) on Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment (15 Jul 2016).

 Remarks by H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly, at the event untitled: Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment (on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day).

International Labour Organization (ILO) on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day announced an innovative internship programme.

Speakers: Gilbert Houngbo, Deputy Director-General of the ILO on Field Operations and Partnerships, Beth Comstock, Vice Chair, Innovations, GE; and Deb Elam, President, GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer, GE

 Official Event Programme.

 The 2016 World Youth Skills Day event will also be streamed LIVE on UN Web TV, starting at 10:00 a.m. EDT:

Event Facilitator: Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General’s UN Youth Envoy.

° H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the United Nations General Assembly.
° H.E. Mr. Amrith Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
° H.E. Mr. Álvaro Mendonça e Moura, United Nations Mission to Portugal
° Message of the Secretary-General, Presented by Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi
° Mr. Gilbert Houngbo, Deputy Director-General, Field Operations and Partnerships, International Labour Organization
° Mr. Jorge Sequeira, Director, Oficina Regional de Educación de la UNESCO para América Latina y el Caribe, UNESCO
° Ms. Beth Comstock, Vice Chair, Business Innovations, GE
° Ms. Annisa Triyanti, Representative, UN Major Group for Children and Youth.


° Senator Dr. the Hon. Esther Byer Suckoo, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development – Ministry of Labour (Barbados)
 ° Mr. Wellington Chibebe, Deputy General-Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
° Mr. Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Global Foundation for Management Education and Dean, IE Business School
° Mr. Ronald Bruder, Founder and Chair of the Board, Education For Employment(EFE)
° Mr. William S. Reese, President and CEO, The International Youth Foundation(IYF)
° Ms. Kelli Wells, Executive Director, Education, Ge Foundation
° Ms. Melissa Garcia Velez, Fellow, Immigrant Justice Corps





WYSD is now officially recognized by the United Nations, and WorldSkills will join the organizations of the United Nations and other international and regional organizations, to raise awareness of the importance of acquiring skills as a means to address the challenges of unemployment and under employment, and as a way to achieve better socio-economic conditions for all youth

WorldSkills has started a campaign called #SkillsRuleTheWorld, asking supporters to show how they develop and use their skills

UNESCO-UNEVOC World Youth Skills Day 2016: "Looking ahead: Inspiring and Empowering Youth through Skills Development"
15 July 2016
Bonn, Germany

World Youth Skills Day 2016 will coincide with the launching of the newly adopted UNESCO Strategy for TVET (2016-2021). The Strategy will guide UNESCO’s activities with regard to TVET and has some important implications for youth skills development. The Strategy has three priority areas:
  • fostering youth employment and entrepreneurship
  • promoting equity and gender equality
  • facilitating transition to green economies and sustainable societies
At the United Nations in Bonn, The live webcast on World Youth Skills Day 2016 will be available in English and French on 15 July, all times below are CEST/GMT+2 (Bonn, Germany).

09:00 - Opening programme
09:30-11:00 - Transforming TVET for sustainable development
11:30-12:30 – Leveraging youth engagement in TVET
12:30-13:00 – Launching of TVET Strategy



Community Plumbing Challenge
9-15 July 2016
Diepsloot, South Africa


TVET Conference
15 July 2016
Lusaka, Zambia

Try-a-Skill and Career Exploration Carnival
11-15 July 2016
Multiple locations across Zambia


Mini Skills Competition
15 July 2016


WorldSkills Singapore National Competition
7-9 July 2016
Closing Ceremony
15 July 2016


Journey & Future of Skill Development
15-17 July 2016
New Delhi, India

19 - 29 September 2016
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Australia National Skills Week 2016
From August 29th to 4th September, 2016
Box Hill Institute

1 to 7th October, 2016
Join us in October for the 2016 WorldSkills General Assembly in beautiful Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The GA is the global platform for structured meetings around skilled trades and technology strategic planning. For the first time, this event will be co-hosted by two countries, led by SkillsUSA and Skills/Compétences Canada.

The World Employment and Social Outlook is the ILO’s flagship report on world of Work issues. Exploring the inter-connected nature of macroeconomic policies on the one hand, and employment and social outcomes on the other, it analyses which policy combinations are most effective in delivering high Employment and balanced Incomes. The publication also provides readers with the most up-to-date global as well as regional Labour market and social indicators.
World Employment and Social Outlook Trends for 2016 - Interactive charts and maps
Young people around the world are struggling to enter the labour market. In some OECD countries, one in four 16-29 year-olds is neither employed nor in education or training. The OECD Skills Outlook 2015 shows how improving the employability of youth requires a comprehensive approach. While education , social, and labour market policies have key roles to play, co-ordination between public policies and the private sector is also crucial. The publication, which builds on the results of the 2012 Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) presented in the first edition of the Skills Outlook, also presents examples of successful policies in selected countries.

OECD Centre for Skills
REPORT: Developing the Creative Thinking and Innovative potential of young people through Nonformal learning in ways that are relevant to employability. European Commission

Creative and Innovative Potential

Resources :

 United Nations resolution on WYSD
 UNESCO-UNEVOC Youth and Skills
Coding Bootcamps: A strategy for Youth employment. ITU

Infographics :

Top 5 reasons students like e-textbook
How can educator give the right course materials at a price they can afford?
More students want etextbooks than you may think.
Global Youth Well-being Rankings


Sunday, 10 July 2016

World Population Day 2016, July 11

Всемирный день народонаселения, 11 июля.
World Population Day, July 11.
اليوم العالمي للسكان، 11 يوليو.
Journée mondiale de la population, le 11 Juillet.
Día Mundial de la Población, 11 de Julio.

Theme 2016 : Investing in Teenage girls.
Tema 2016: Invertir en las niñas adolescentes.
Тема 2016: Инвестиции в девочек-подростков.
Thème 2016: Investir dans les filles adolescentes.
موضوع 2016: الاستثمار في الفتيات في سن المراهقة.

Statement by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on World Population Day 2016, July 11.

The international community has committed to a new sustainable development agenda built on the principles of equity and human rights. A central objective of the Sustainable Development Goals is to leave no one behind.

Despite significant gains made in reducing poverty and improving opportunity and well-being for many people around the world, hundreds of millions remain desperate for a chance of a better future,  Among those least served by previous development initiatives are girls, particularly those in their formative teenage years.

Just when girls should be in school and imagining the possibilities ahead, too many are held back from pursuing their ambitions by social and cultural traps. While a boy’s options and opportunities tend to expand when he becomes an adolescent, those of a girl too often shrink.  Half of all sexual assaults worldwide are committed against girls aged 15 or younger. In developing countries, one in three girls is married before she reaches 18.  And teenage girls are less likely than teenage boys to start or finish secondary school.

Rectifying these inequalities is critical for the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. That is why it includes the specific Goal of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.  On this World Population Day, I urge all Governments, businesses and civil society to support and invest in teenage girls.  Everyone deserves the benefits of economic growth and social progress.  Let us work together to ensure a life of security, dignity and opportunity for all.

Ban Ki-moon

Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA. World Population Day 2016, July 11th.

A recent United Nations report warns that the number of forcibly displaced people has risen to a record number – almost 60 million at the end of 2014. Among these, most women and adolescent girls face particular threats as a result of the absence of health and other essential services that they need.
Even under normal conditions, reproductive health complications are a leading cause of death and illness among women of childbearing age. In humanitarian situations, an estimated one in five women and adolescent girls are likely to be pregnant. As skilled birth attendance and emergency obstetric care often become unavailable, pregnant women’s and girls’ vulnerability to death and injury is further exacerbated.
Women and adolescent girls also face much greater risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, violence and forced marriage during conflicts and natural disasters. In addition, many women who survive a crisis become heads of household, with the sole responsibility of caring for their children. They often have to overcome immense obstacles to provide health and care for children, the sick, the injured and the elderly, and bear the heaviest burden of relief and reconstruction. As a result, they may neglect their own needs as they care for others.
The complex emergencies we are responding to include protracted conflicts, made worse by poor or failed governance, the consequences of climate change, and the engagement of extremist groups claiming territory, resources and power.
That is why the theme of this World Population Day, “Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies”, is intended to highlight the special needs of women and adolescent girls during conflicts and humanitarian disasters.
One of the priorities of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is to empower and safeguard the well-being of women, adolescent girls, and young people and address their specific needs and concerns. We work closely with governments, the United Nations system, local partners and others on disaster preparedness to ensure that reproductive health is integrated into emergency responses.
UNFPA deploys hygiene kits, obstetric and contraceptive supplies, trained personnel and other support to vulnerable populations.  It also works to ensure the needs of women, adolescent girls and young people are served through both an emergency and the reconstruction phase. Our aim is to ensure that women’s and adolescent girls’ right to sexual and reproductive health is protected and their safety is ensured.
On this World Population Day, we call on the international community to redouble efforts to protect the health and rights of women and girls. We must enable women, adolescent girls and young people to play their full role in peace talks, peace building and recovery, and to ensure that governments comply with international law and bring perpetrators of sexual violence to justice.  By prioritizing health, rights and the full participation of women, adolescent girls and young people in public life, we increase our prospects for a more just, stable and peaceful world.

Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA

FORUM : World Population Day - 11 July

In 1989, in its decision 89/46, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme - UNDP recommended that, in order to focus attention on the urgency and importance of Population issues in the context of overall development plans and programmes and the need to find solutions for these issues, July 11 should be observed by the International community as World Population Day. The General Assembly has asked the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to undertake activities aimed at building better awareness of population issues, including their relation to environment and development issues and World Population Day.




Adolescence is a key period where individuals of all gender identities form attitudes, opinions and beliefs – about themselves, about their sexuality and about their place in the world. It is a period when ideas about equality can become ingrained. The study emphasizes that a holistic approach to advancing gender equality and sexual and reproductive health must include both adolescent girls and boys. It highlights the need to engage adolescent boys and young men as allies to achieve gender equality and as supporters of women’s empowerment, as well as the importance of addressing the specific health and social development needs of boys themselves.

Adolescent Boys and Young Men - UNFPA