Group of Friends, a new education advocacy initiative to kick off at UN

As the world celebrates the first International Day of Education on 24 January, Ambassadors at the United Nations Headquarters will launch a new advocacy initiative called the Group of Friends for Education and Lifelong Learning.  Taking the cause for education forward, the Permanent Missions of Argentina, the Czech Republic, Japan, Kenya and Norway will establish the Group of Friends, to rally political commitments for education. Together with 25 countries, the Group will strive to advocate the centrality of education for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. This year presents a unique opportunity…

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“The Forgotten Solution” Coalition Writes from Climate Summit to United Nations: Don’t Forget Forests, Food and Land

Stilt-walkers dressed as giant trees delivered a letter to the driver of an electric car, to be driven coast-to-coast from the climate summit in San Francisco to the United Nations in New York and handed over to UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Keeping global temperatures under a 2-degree rise will require enormous carbon savings from forests, food, and lands – nearly as much as from renewable energy – say leading environmental groups represented this week at the Global Climate Action Summit. Accordingly, the coalition behind “the forgotten solution” campaign has released…

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Marine life flies outside UN as world meets to discuss global ocean treaty

Greenpeace activists flew a giant turtle outside the United Nations HQ in New York this morning, as countries gathered to begin negotiations, for the first time in history, towards a treaty covering all oceans outside of national borders. The large and colourful kite, representing iconic marine life, was flown from a boat on the East River, alongside an aerial banner reading “Global Oceans – Global Treaty!” The negotiations are the result of a decade-long process and could conclude as early as 2020. “The fate of our oceans is in the…

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Nasdaq Commits to Further Empower Women in the Workplace

Nasdaq has enhanced its commitment to equal opportunity for women by signing the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP). This United Nations initiative covers seven broad areas of engagement, committing signatories to action on human rights, nondiscrimination, health and safety, education, public reporting, and other principles related to gender dynamics. The signing coincides with International Women’s Day (March 8) and caps off a day of activities by stock exchanges around the world. This also is a significant step forward for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—and…

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Refugee-made products on display for first time ever at the world’s biggest trade fair

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is pleased to announce that for the first time ever refugee-made products will be on display at Ambiente, the leading international consumer goods trade show, from 9-13 February 2018, in Frankfurt, Germany. “Refugees have skills and talents that only need a chance to grow and flourish. Within each piece lies a story of history and culture, and the chance for a person who has fled war and persecution to offer something of beauty and style to the world,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo…

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