In Focus

Delivering for mothers in Nairobi

Kenya has some of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. For every 100,000 live births, approximately 510 women lose their lives during pregnancy and childbirth. To help address this challenge, UNOPS is supporting UNICEF to reduce maternal mortality and strengthen healthcare services across five of the worst affected counties in Kenya. As part of this $12 million project, funded by the UK, 57 health centres were rehabilitated incorporating a range of green technology retrofits and solar powered solutions, designed to minimize electricity usage and provide access to water services.

2019 The International Year of the Periodic Table

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics and biology. 1869 is considered as the year of discovery of the Periodic System by Dmitri Mendeleev. 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and has therefore been proclaimed the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)" by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.

Rohingya refugees
2 Billion Kilometres to Safety

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has announced a new global campaign calling on people all over the world to cover the distance travelled by refugees each year. The 2 Billion Kilometres to Safety campaign encourages people to support refugees by championing individual acts of solidarity. These acts, when taken together, acknowledge the resilience and strength of refugees. UNHCR traced the journeys of refugees around the world and calculated that collectively, people forced to flee travel approximately two billion kilometres every year to reach the first point of safety.

In the Spotlight

Rebeca Gyumi
Rebeca Gyumi

Rebeca Gyumi is a Founder & Executive Director at Msichana Initiative, a Tanzanian civil society organization which aims to empower girls through education and addresses challenges which limit girls’ right to education. She is one of the recipients of this year’s prestigious UN Human Rights Prize. In 2016, Ms. Gyumi challenged the Marriage Act which allowed girls as young as 14 in Tanzania to be married with their parents’ consent. Thanks to her petition and campaigning by her organization the High Court in Tanzania said in a landmark ruling that the Marriage Act of 1971 was unconstitutional and discriminatory towards girls. The High Court’s decision raised the minimum age of marriage to 18 for both boys and girls.

The UN System at Work

International Labour Organization (ILO)

To celebrate its centenary, the ILO has launched a new multimedia, interactive website "Our story, your story." It takes you on a journey through the ILO’s past present and future – from its founding back in 1919, to major historical events, to the conventions and programmes that have affected all our lives. Since 1919 the ILO has brought together governments, employers and workers of its 187 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men. The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

Goal of the month


Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals

Did you know?

Global Issues: Human Rights
Most of the world’s people live no more than 200 miles from the sea.  Find out more in Global Issues: Oceans and the Law of the Sea
Polio cases have decreased by more than 99% because of immunization against the disease worldwide. Find out more in Global Issues: Health
Women make up the majority of international migrants in Europe and the Americas.  Find out more in Global Issues: Migration

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UN in Pictures

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