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Mobile Film Festival on ActNow for climate action — call for entries

The Mobile Film Festival, an independent initiative based on 1 mobile, 1 minute, 1 film, has launched a special edition focused on the ActNow climate action campaign, in collaboration with UN Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Department of Global Communications (DGC), the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), and YouTube Creators for Change.

The ActNow campaign, led by the UN Department of Global Communications, engages individuals around the world in daily actions to reduce our carbon footprint – like traveling more sustainably, saving energy, or eating less meat. More information – and the interactive ActNow chat bot –  are available here:

To participate in the Mobile Film Festival, anyone can submit a short film on climate action, made with a mobile phone or tablet, in any language. Chosen by a jury of prestigious professionals as well as through a public vote, the winners will receive awards in the form of creation grants and scholarships to assist them as emerging filmmakers.

Submissions are due by 16 October 2019, winners will be announced on 10 December.

Launch of a new UN News podcast “UNcomplicated”

Launch of a new UN News podcast “UNcomplicated”

UN insider Sinduja Srinivasan and UN outsider Jason DeWall, host the new podcast from the UN News team, which aims to explain, engage and inspire. The first episode travels with them as they go inside United Nations headquarters stepping into the General Assembly hall where the whole world meets, to collectively solve problems and promote a brighter future for all. The insider-outsider duo will continue to delve into UN issues, and unmask the often-complex processes, and global issues, dealt with by the international community.

Follow this series and our other regular podcast series “The Lid is On”, which covers a range of UN topics on UN News, UN News Soundcloud channel, as well as iTunes, Twitter and Facebook.

Champions of the Earth and Young Champions Awarsd

Champions of the Earth and Young Champions Awards

The Champions of the Earth award is the UN’s highest, annual accolade recognizing individuals and organizations whose actions have had a transformative impact on the environment. The associated Young Champions of the Earth initiative, in turn, is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists, aged 18-30, with bold, innovative ideas to address some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

This year’s laureate and winner announcements began on 16 September and will continue through to the award ceremony that will take place on 26 September in New York.


The International Migrant Stock 2019

The number of international migrants reaches 272 million, continuing an upward trend in all world regions, says UN

Increase in global number of international migrants continues
to outpace growth of the world’s population

New York, 17 September–The number of international migrants globally reached an estimated 272 million in 2019, an increase of 51 million since 2010. Currently, international migrants comprise 3.5 per cent of the global population, compared to 2.8 per cent in the year 2000, according to new estimates released by the United Nations today.

The International Migrant Stock 2019, a dataset released by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) today, provides the latest estimates of the number of international migrants by age, sex and origin for all countries and areas of the world. The estimates are based on official national statistics on the foreign-born or the foreign population obtained from population censuses, population registers or nationally representative surveys.

The International Migrant Stock 2019 presents the results of the 2019 revision of the UN’s estimates of the number of international migrants by age, sex and origin for 232 countries or areas for the mid-point (1 July) of each year: 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2019.

The 2019 revision of the International Migrant Stock and related materials are available at :

The SDG branding is now live on Times Square in New York City!

To highlight the need for more ambitious action to deliver the SDGs and to continue to engage with the general public, the 17 Goals are being showcased in Times Square this week, inviting everyone to stand behind the Sustainable Development Goals in advance of the UN General Assembly high-level week.

Starting today, Tuesday 17 September through Friday 20 September, the Nasdaq and Thomson Reuters electronic billboards will be showing each of the 17 SDGs.

The SDG Strategy Hub of the UN Office for Partnerships worked with the firm TBWA/Melbourne on this SDG activation in this iconic New York City location.

Files (credit UNOP)

International Day of Charity 5 September

In the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development adopted in September 2015, the United Nations recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. The Agenda also calls for a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable. It also acknowledges the role of the diverse private sector, ranging from micro-enterprises to cooperatives to multinationals, and that of civil society organizations and philanthropic organizations in the implementation of the new Agenda.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth in the Agenda can be grouped into six critical areas: people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. They have the potential to transform our lives and our planet by providing the framework needed for philanthropic institutions to enable all people to contribute to the betterment of our world.

International Day against Nuclear Tests marked in Almaty

A round table dedicated to the International Day against Nuclear Tests was held in Almaty on 28 August 2019. The event was organized in cooperation with the Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Almaty, the UN Information Bureau in Kazakhstan and the al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

During the round table, the sides discussed the possibilities of developing a dialogue on international security issues by actively involving the young generation of the country. A world free of nuclear threats is a reliable path to sustainable development, global security and stability on earth. The event was attended by representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Almaty, the scientific and academic community, youth organizations and civil society.

It is known, on 29 August 1991, by the Decree of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation Nursultan Nazarbayev, one of the largest Semipalatinsk nuclear testing ground in the world was closed. This date, by the initiative of Kazakhstan, was approved as International Day against Nuclear Tests at the 64th session of the UN General Assembly. The UN General Assembly called for increased efforts by the UN, world states, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in ending nuclear tests on the planet.

IX Mobile Media School – August 8-9, 2019

The IX Mobile Media School finished its work, dedicated to the International Youth Day “Berel culture: the transition of artifacts to digital format” with the support of the Information Office of the UN Global Communications Department in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, East Kazakhstan State University named after S. Amanzholov.

The media school was held in a unique place – the state historical and cultural reserve-museum “Berel”, located in the Katon-Karagai region of East Kazakhstan.

The two-day event were attended by students studying in the field of “History”, “Journalism” of East Kazakhstan State University, scientists, history teachers of secondary schools, journalists of regional media, ‘Shygys akparat’ LLP.

The school introduced a video of the representative of the UN Information Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Vlastimil Samek. The director of the state historical and cultural reserve-museum Berel Akhmadiev Zhangeldy Zhanybekovich made a welcoming speech.

In the framework of the mobile media school, seminars and master classes were held for students participating in the excavations of Berel. The program explored ways to find solutions for cases on sustainable development goals: sustainable cities and towns, partnership for sustainable development.