images of UN Peacekeepers at work

Since 1948, more than a million women and men have served as UN peacekeepers. Every day, they make a tangible difference in the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people, and every day they save lives. They serve at great personal risk and in harsh conditions. Tragically some make the ultimate sacrifice - over 3,500 peacekeepers have lost their lives in the cause of peace.

In Focus

English interpretation booth at a Security Council meeting.
English Language Day (23 April)

English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April, the date traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare. The Day is the result of an initiative establishing language days for each of the 6 official languages. The purpose of the language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity, as well as to promote equal use of all 6 official languages throughout the Organization.

Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity
World Intellectual Property Day (26 April)

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future. More than ever before, women are taking up leadership roles and making their voices heard in the science, technology, business and the arts. This year’s celebration is an opportunity to highlight how the intellectual property (IP) system can support innovative and creative women (and indeed everyone) in their quest to bring their amazing ideas to market. #worldipday

The damaged unit 4 reactor and shelter at Chernobyl.
International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day (26 April)

On 8 December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 26 April as International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day.  In its resolution, the General Assembly recognized that 3 decades after the disaster there remains persistent serious long-term consequences and that the affected communities and territories are experiencing continuing related needs. The General Assembly invites all Member States, relevant agencies of the UN system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, to observe the day.

In the Spotlight

Pratima Gurung, Nepal; Rayanne Cristine Maximo Franca, Brazil; Alice Lesepen, Kenya; Tarcila Rivera, Peru: 4 indigenous women claiming their space.
Four indigenous women claiming their space

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues theme this year is “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources.” On this occasion, UN Women is highlighting four of the groundbreaking women activists from indigenous communities around the world: Pratima Gurung (Nepal), Rayanne Cristine Maximo Franca (Brazil), Alice Lesepen (Kenya), and Tarcila Rivera (Peru).

The UN System at Work

girl being vaccinated in Bosnia
World Immunization Week (WHO)

Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet, there are more than 19 million unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children in the world, putting them at serious risk of these potentially fatal diseases.  The 2018 World Immunization Week (24 - 30 April) – “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork” – aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. 

Goal of the week


Did you know?

Every child has the right to health, education, and protection.  Find out more in Global Issues:  Children
Hunger and malnutrition are the number one health risk worldwide.  Find out more in Global Issues: Food.
The UN has supported elections in more than 100 countries.
Global Facts: Big Data for the SDGs

Worth Watching

UN in Pictures

Lina tends to her daughter in the ICU at the only specialist paediatric hospital in northern Iraq.
Residents of Timbuktu pass by Djingareyber Mosque.
Through training and experience, Manuela overcame her fear of the bees.
Child standing next to illegally logged timber
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