Friday, June 27, 2008

UN Teaches Americans about Millennium Development Goals

Do you want to know more about the Millennium Development Goals? “Core Concepts of the MDGs,” an online course provided by the UN, seeks to delve deeper into educating Americans as to the origins, strategies, and hopes of the 8 MDGs. Eradicating extreme hunger and poverty, establishing universal primary education, empowering women and promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, ensuring environmental sustainability, and developing global partnerships for development. These goals were born when 189 world leaders met in 2000 to form the Millennium Declaration, and have been primary objectives of many UN organizations since their development.
Half-way through the 15 year time-span set for the MDGs achievement, great success has already been realized, but there is much more to be accomplished. This interactive and inspiring course includes messages from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and graphics which illustrate the implementation and urgency of the MDGs. It tests newly gained knowledge and encourages Americans’ involvement in the achievement of the MDGs, giving all of us a chance to have a share in the reduction of poverty, hunger, and inequality worldwide!

Take the course and learn more! Visit the link above

Monday, June 23, 2008



Holidays let us collectively remember the past and daydream together about the future. International observances bring Haiti together with Sweden, get Liberia reminiscing with Kazakhstan about the good times, and let Thailand and Canada contemplate about tomorrow over a glass of UN punch. The United Nations General Assembly, Economic and Social Council (UNESCO) have founded countless holidays and coordinate global festivities to unite the world in celebration and remembrance. Here are just a few of the countless holidays recognized by the UN:

  • January 27- International Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • February 22- World Day for Water
  • March 21- International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • April 23- World Book and Copyright Day
  • May 15- International Day of Families
  • June 23- United Nations Public Service Day
  • July 11- World Population Day
  • August 9-World Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
  • September 21- World Day of Peace Day
  • October 24- United Nations Day
  • November 20- Universal Children’s Day
  • December 1-World AIDS Day

Learn about more holidays!

So put on your traditional party costumes, call up those neighboring countries and get ready to party like you never have before!! But remember, don’t outdo yourselves: you have two more this week!

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A 'Swish' Heard around the World

He dribbles, he shoots, he scores!

With that swish of the net, the Bulls forward Luol Deng gets the crowd cheering, and gets Sudanese kids on their feet as well. Luol donates $50 for every basket he scores to Ninemillion, a campaign created two years ago by the UNHCR, with Nike and Microsoft as invaluable team members. It hopes to give over nine million children, many in South Sudan, better access to education, sports and technology by 2010. Not only does the campaign strive to secure donations, but it wishes to give a voice to the refugee children and to inspire people of every nation with their undying courage and limitless strength.

Team up with Luol and the UNHCR in guaranteeing a brighter future for refugee children and in inspiring a new generation alive with their own hoop dreams!


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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Who you gonna call? Not Ghostbusters...THE UN!

Imagine being a child traveling in a foreign country and walking down the street with your family. All of a sudden there is an explosion and you get separated from your parents. You learned in school what to do in an emergency: Call 911! Suddenly you realize that 911 doesn’t work, you can’t find you parents, and there is nobody to help you.

So what can you do as a trapped, lost, or injured child in a foreign country? Thankfully, the UN has your back! The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has asked countries throughout the world to link to a global child helpline. The UN has proposed the helpline number to be 116 111, which is already being used in European countries such as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Portugal and Sweden. Child Helpline International’s (CHI) data shows that more than 10.5 million calls are made to child helplines every year for counseling and emergency intervention. In today’s globalized world, a universal child helpline will greatly benefit the well-being of children everywhere. Next time you are a child in an emergency, all you have to do is call 116 111 and help will be on the way!

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