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United Nations ESCAP Disaster Resilience Week opens in Bangkok
ESCAP: Tsunamis, earthquakes, unprecedented flooding, heatwaves, cyclones, drought and sand and dust storms. Almost half of the 281 natural disaster events worldwide last year occurred in the Asia-Pacific region, including eight of the ten deadliest. The defining issue of our times – climate change – has further resulted in the intensification and changing geography of disasters, hitting the most vulnerable populations the hardest. Against this backdrop, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold its second Disaster Resilience Week from 26 to 30 August 2019. Themed “Building disaster resilience through empowerment, inclusion and
World Humanitarian Day
UNITED NATIONS: Every year on World Humanitarian Day, we shine a spotlight on the millions of civilians around the world whose lives have been caught up in conflict. On this day we also take a moment to honour the brave health and aid workers who are targeted or obstructed as they set out to help people in need, and pay tribute to the government employees, members of civil society and representatives of international organizations and agencies who risk their lives to provide humanitarian aid and protection. — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres    BACKGROUND: On 19 August 2003, a terrorist attack hit the
International Youth Day
UNITED NATION: On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution S/RES/2250 (2015) in 2015, there is growing recognition that as agents of change, young people’s inclusion in the peace and security agenda and in society more broadly, is key to building and sustaining peace. Another Security Council Resolution S/RES/2282 (2016) reaffirms the important role youth can play in deterring and resolving conflicts, and are key constituents
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
UNITED NATIONS: There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures. Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. Despite their cultural differences, indigenous peoples
Geographic Information Assistant, New York
Closing date: Wednesday, 22 August 2018 Posting Title: Geographic Information Assistant, G6 Job Code Title: GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION ASSISTANT Department/ Office: Office of Legal Affairs Duty Station: NEW YORK Job Opening number: 18-IST-OLA-98089-R-NEW YORK (O) Staffing Exercise ID: N/A United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Organizational Setting and Reporting These positions are located in the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations. The incumbents will report to the Senior Geographic Information Systems Officer. Responsibilities Within the limits of delegated authority, the Geographic Information Assistant will be responsible for the
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
UNITED NATIONS: Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. Despite the absolute prohibition of torture under international law, torture persist in all regions of the world. Concerns about protecting national security and borders are increasingly used to allow torture and other forms of cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment. Its pervasive consequences often go beyond the isolated act on an individual; and can be transmitted through generations and lead to cycles of violence. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings