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Why is female genital cutting practised, and what is being done to eliminate it?

Today marks International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). First observed in 2012, the United Nations General Assembly declared 6 February as a day to raise awareness of, educate the public about, and encourage local and international action to end FGM. What is female genital mutilation? Female genital mutilation (FGM) is universally […]

Virtual UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum to be Australia’s major SDGs event for 2021

The UN is urging governments, companies, communities and individuals to fund and promote solutions to get the world back on track to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement. On 20 and 21 April 2021, we will bring together governments of all levels, businesses, universities, start-ups, students and community organisations to […]

Tens of thousands in northwest Syria lose shelter after floods inundate camps

UNICEF/Khaled Akacha A woman tries to rescue her belongings after floods inundated her camp in north-west Syria in January 2021.    Heavy rains and floods in north-west Syria has worsened the plight of tens of thousands of internally displaced persons, destroying their tents, food and belongings in the midst of winter, the UN Office for Coordination […]

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Over 1.9 billion people in Asia-Pacific unable to afford a healthy diet: UN report

UNICEF/Siegfried Modola – A child is tested for malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported health clinic in Bangladesh. According a UN report, malnutrition among young children and infants remains a pervasive problem in South Asia.     The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and surging food prices are keeping almost two billion people in Asia and the Pacific […]


In our first edition of 2021, we list 17 major United Nations events to look out for this year. Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list and a number of events were planned for 2020 and have been rescheduled to take place this year. To kick off the year, on 28 January, UN Secretary-General António Guterres […]