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World Science Day for Peace and Development (10 November)

By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable. The theme for 2018 is “Science, a Human Right”, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Recalling that everyone has a right to participate in and benefit from science, it will serve to spark a global discussion on ways to improve access to science and to the benefits of science for sustainable development.

A teenager uses her diabetes medicine in a refugee camp in Jordan.
World Diabetes Day (14 November)

The global prevalence of diabetes has nearly doubled since 1980, rising from 4.7% to 8.5% in the adult population. This reflects an increase in associated risk factors such as being overweight or obese. Over the past decade, diabetes prevalence has risen faster in low and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation. Healthy diet, physical activity and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. In addition diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with medication, regular screening and treatment for complications. 

Stained glass panel designed by Marc Chagall
World Philosophy Day (15 November)

Philosophy is the study of the nature of reality and existence, of what is possible to know, and of right and wrong behavior. It comes from the Greek word phílosophía, meaning 'the love of wisdom.' It is one of the most important fields of human thought as it aspires to get at the very meaning of life. World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to promote an international culture of philosophical debate that respects human dignity and diversity. The Day encourages academic exchange and highlights the contribution of philosophical knowledge in addressing global issues.

In the Spotlight

Manon Barbeau and The Coexist Initiative
Manon Barbeau and The Coexist Initiative

The 2018 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-violence will be awarded to filmmaker Manon Barbeau (Canada) and the NGO The Coexist Initiative (Kenya). Manon Barbeau, an innovative social entrepreneur and filmmaker, is awarded for her defense of human rights and tolerance through the art of cinema and her work at Wapikoni Mobile Studios, amplifying the voices of indigenous people. The Coexist Initiative, a non-profit organization working to end violence against women, is awarded the Prize for its promotion of gender equality, social justice and human rights.

The UN System at Work

rotting produce
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Hunger is still one of the most urgent development challenges, yet the world is producing more than enough food. One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year. The FAO-led Save Food initiative is partnering with international organizations, the private sector and civil society to enable food systems to reduce food loss and waste in both the developing and the industrialized world. A new report urges policymakers to reduce food loss and waste, to improve access to nutritious and healthy food.

Goal of the week

SDG Goal 12 - RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION

Did you know?

Women in the labour market on average still earn a quarter less than men globally. Find out more in Global Issues: Gender Equality.
Decolonization changed the face of the planet, creating more than 80 nations.
Africa’s population is the fastest growing in the world.  Find out more in Global Issues: Population
Approximately 10 people a day are killed by landmines and other explosives.  Find out more in Global Issues: Peace and Security

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UN in Pictures

Refugees participate in German opera production
Indigenous man at Angel Falls
Spilled mercury
olive harvest
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