‘Unprecedented’ conference on rights of persons with disabilities gets under way at UN

13 June 2017 – A major intergovernmental meeting got underway at the United Nations today, bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to ensure the full implementation of a landmark treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities.

“The Convention [on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or CRPD] is one of the most progressive human rights treaties, recognizing the role of the people it is trying to impact,” Georgi Panayotov, the Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the UN and the President of the 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to CRPD, said at a press conference today at the UN Headquarters in New York.

“This is the beginning of the second decade of the CRPD, in the first decade it saw nearly universal ratification [and now] we will have to achieve universal ratification,” added Theresia Degener, the Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – a body of independent UN human rights experts who monitor the implementation of the Convention by its states parties – calling on all stakeholders to protect the normative standard set by the Convention.

Upholding these normative standards and ensuring legal capacity, institutionalization, medical treatment, as well as laws and policies to ensure non-discrimination and full participation of all persons with disabilities are extremely important, she highlighted.

The 106th Session of the International Labour Conference kicks off Monday in Geneva.

The 106th Session of the International Labour Conference kicks off Monday in Geneva. As always, this year’s session will address a wide range of world-of-work and human-rights topics that will no doubt be of interest to your social media communities.

The hashtags for this year’s session are: – #ILC2017

Trello board: International Labour Conference 2017.

URL: http://bit.ly/ILC-2017

This will be updated throughout the two weeks of the Conference with images, gifs, videos, links, posts and other shareables available in English, French and Spanish.

​Key themes for this year’s session include:
Green jobs
The future of work
Occupational safety and health
Social protection
World Day Against Child Labour (June 12)
Forced Labour
Women in the world of work

During the conference, ILO will also hold a series of around 16 Facebook Live Interviews on these topics with experts at the conference. Interviews will be held in English, French and Spanish.

Contact: smithj@ilo.org

June 2017 – Pride Month

HAT: Pride Month

WHEN: June 2017

WHO: UN Foundation and UN Free & Equal

HANDLES: @Free_Equal, @GapInc & @unfoundation

HASHTAG: #WearYourPride #PrideMonth #LGBTI

URL: http://bit.ly/24bKr6y

SOCIAL MEDIA PACK: coming soon


BACKGROUND: Pride Month is a month of building awareness for LGBTI equality around the world. The UN Foundation has partnered with Gap Inc. for Pride Month 2017 to jointly raise awareness and support for the United Nations’ LGBTI equality work around the world – with a focus on the Free & Equal campaign of the UN Human Rights Office. During Pride Month, wear your pride by sharing content to raise awareness and support for the UN’s work to secure human rights, recognition & respect for #LGBTI individuals everywhere.

16 October 2017 – World Food Day

WHAT: The World Food Day 2017 Contest – calling on children and youth to tell us how food security and rural development can change the future of migration, either by designing a poster (5 to 19 years) or producing a 1-minute video (13-19 years).

The theme for World Food Day 2017 is: “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development”. (World Food Day, 16 October 2017)

WHEN: Deadline is 10 November 2017

WHO: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

13 June – International Albinism Awareness Day.

People with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. It is still socially and medically misunderstood.
The General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming, with effect from 2015, 13 June as International Albinism Awareness Day.
HASHTAG: #NotGhosts #StandUp4HumanRights
URL: http://albinism.ohchr.org/
Videos by OHCHR (more being added) featuring people with albinism: Link to videos: http://www.un.org/en/events/albinismday/videos.shtml
Includes one French video
Additional Story resource: http://www.standup4humanrights.org

10th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP10) to the to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD),

13-15 June 2017
WHAT: Tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP) on “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention”
WHEN: 13-15 June
URL: http://bit.ly/2lkpPxy
BACKGROUND: Sub-themes:
Addressing the impact of multiple discrimination on persons with disabilities and promoting their participation and multi-stakeholder partnerships for achieving the SDGs in line with the CRPD;
Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action;
Promoting inclusive urban development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda – Habitat III.

In Kyrgyzstan, UN chief Guterres highlights importance of governance for sustainable development

11 June 2017 – Underscoring the importance of accountable and inclusive governance and institutions for the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for public services to be more responsive, efficient and collaborative.

“Public service is a critical component for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) […] we need to pioneer new approaches, work differently, take risks and innovate,” Secretary-General Guterres said at the Taza Koom Conference on Public Service in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
“We need governance that is capable of delivering results and earning public trust; governance that is coherent and accountable; governance that is inclusive and that listens to all the country’s citizens; governance that upholds human rights and leaves no one behind.”

The Taza Koom is a project that seeks to transform digital technologies and e-governance to improve not only the way the State and the administration function, but also the way the people can benefit from new technologies and the impact on their lives.

Further in his remarks, the UN chief also spoke of the need to fight corruption to ensure effective and accountable public services, and highlighted the need for mechanisms that not only support people but also includes the poorest and the most vulnerable, so that they are able to not only define their needs but also to be a part of the efforts in ways to address those challenges.

The importance of partnership between the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

9 June 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed the importance of partnership between the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in achieving global development goals and combating some of today’s key threats to peace and security, such as terrorism.
At a press conference on the same day, Mr. Guterres highlighted the important role of Kazakhstan at the regional and international level.
He said Kazakhstan can play a leading role in promoting cooperation among Central Asian countries toward peace and prosperity of the region, including ways to share water resources, combat terrorism more effectively and create a stronger solidarity in achieving sustainable development.
The Secretary-General said Kazakhstan has been a symbol of dialogue, a symbol of peace, a symbol of the promotion of contacts between cultures, religions and civilizations.
The country is serving on the Security Council and is playing an extremely important mediation role in conflict.
In its capital, Kazakhstan has been hosting the so-named Astana talks on Syria led by Russia, Turkey and Iran.

At”EXPO-2017″ is considering the possibility of expanding sustainable energy production in the world,

10 June 2017 – Underlining the importance of energy, in particular for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for urgent action to ensure that everyone has access to clean, affordable and efficient energy so that they can rise to their full potential.
Being held from 10 June to 10 September, the World’s Fair EXPO 2017 explores the possibility of scaling up the world’s sustainable energy production, promoting energy security and efficiency, as well as encouraging the use of renewable energy around the globe.

10 June 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited Uzbekistan

10 June 2017 – Continuing his visit to Central Asia, today visited the Aral Sea – once the world’s fourth largest inland sea, that has now shrunk to about a quarter of its original size due to human mismanagement – where he urged the world to take lesson from the catastrophe and to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.

“The Aral Sea’s progressive disappearance was not because of climate change, it was mismanagement by humankind of water resources,” said Secretary-General Guterres after visiting Muynak, the ‘cemetery of ships’ – once a port city but now devoid of all water.

“It also shows that if in relation to climate change, we are not able to act forcefully to tame this phenomenon, we might see this kind of tragedy multiply around the world,” he warned.

The environmental disaster was precipitated by diversion of tributary rivers which drained into the Aral Sea for irrigation projects nearly half a century ago. Lack of fresh water feeding the sea slowly dried it up, increasing the salinity of the area, with serious impact on human health and agriculture.

Terming the catastrophe “probably the biggest ecological catastrophe of our time,” one that demonstrated that “men can destroy the planet,” the Secretary-General called on everyone to make the Aral Sea a lesson and to mobilize the whole international community to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and to make sure that such tragedies will not be repeated.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Guterres held a meeting with the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, where they discussed collaboration between the UN and the country in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and regional matters.

The UN chief also met with representatives of the civil society and visited Samarkand, one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia.