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39th UN-Water Meeting: A clean water future and UN World Water Day film screening

UN-Water Members and Partners gathered at their biannual meeting to discuss how the UN family can “deliver as one” in response to water- and sanitation-related challenges. A particular focus for the first day of the 39th UN-Water Meeting was preparations for conferences on water for sustainable development to be convened in 2026 and 2028, as […]

Proportion of women parliamentarians worldwide reaches ‘all-time high’

UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein | Women parliamentarians of the Afghan Lower House (Wolesi Jirga or “House of the People”) arrive at their inauguration ceremony in Kabul (2001). The proportion of women parliamentarians worldwide reached more than 25 per cent last year– a historic first but still far from gender parity, UN partner the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) […]

What is the UN Environment Assembly and why does it matter?

Every two years, all 193 UN Member States have an opportunity to collectively address critical environmental issues facing the planet. This moment is the United Nations Environment Assembly, or UNEA, the sixth edition of which will be held from 26 February to 1 March, in Nairobi, Kenya. Set up as a sort of ‘world parliament on the […]

Global Cybercrime Treaty: A delicate balance between security and human rights

Cybercrime is a multi-trillion-dollar business. Drugs and weapons are being bought on the “dark web”, fraudsters are fleecing members of the public in elaborate online scams, and terrorists are grooming supporters and recruiting fighters.  Recognizing the growing dangers of cybercrime, the UN has set about drafting a legally-binding international treaty to counter the threat. Five years later, […]

New Blog from UNAAV Young Professionals

The UNAAV Young Professionals have started their own blog series on important international issues and events. Here is an excerpt of their first post. Each year, February 20th marks World Day of Social Justice, which was adopted on the 26th of November 2007. This is a day when we are again reminded of the need […]

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