UNIC Manila conducts forum on UN Philippines for Mindanao students

Last 13 July 2016, UNIC Manila National Information Officer Teresa Debuque conducted a forum on the United Nations (UN) in the Philippines for 41 students of the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City, in Lanao del Sur province in Mindanao.

The  MSU students are in Manila to fulfill the on-the-training requirement of their International Relations course.

Ms. Debuque presented the history of the UN in the Philippines; the UN Development Assistance Framework as the roadmap for UN Philippines assistance to the Philippine Government; the UN reform process as exemplified by ‘Delivering As One’ principles; and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Capping the student forum was the showing of two videos: the UN70 video produced by the UN Country Communications Group (UNCCG) in the Philippines, which showed progress made jointly by the UN and the Philippine Government in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the “We the People” video, showing international celebrities talking about the SDGs.

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Handicapable painters depict SDGs in Disability Week exhibit (21 July 2016)

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L-R in foreground: Mr. Zaldy Sanches, IEC Chief, National Council on Disability Affairs; Ms. Cecille Guidote-Alvarez, Executive Director, Earthsavers UNESCO DREAM Center/Artist for Peace; Secretary Salvador Panel, Presidential Legal Counsel; Ms. Teresa Debuque, National Information Officer, United Nations Information Centre Manila; Mr. Heherson Alvarez, former Philippines Senator and founder of Earthsavers UNESCO DREAM Center/Artist for Peace.

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Above: View of paintings done by handicapable artists and depicting their interpretation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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Above: Mr. Nikki Pahati gives a message on behalf of handicapable artists.

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(Above: Keynote speaker, Secretary Salvador Panelo–Presidential Legal Counsel)

On 21 July 2016, UNIC Manila and partners opened an exhibit of paintings of “handicapable artists” depicting the latter’s interpretation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Presidential Palace Museum.

This exhibit was put together in observance of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation month twinned with National Disaster Consciousness Month.

The exhibit was opened by Presidential Legal Counsel Mr. Salvador Panelo; Ms. Teresa Debuque, UNIC Manila National Information Officer; and former Philippines Senator and founder of Earthsavers UNESCO DREAM Center/Artist for Peace, Mr. Heherson Alvarez.

UNIC Manila’s partners include Earthsavers UNESCO DREAM Center/Artist for Peace; the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA); and the National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA).

The exhibit is open to the public and will run from 21-29 July 2016.

View more photos of the exhibit operning at: http://bit.ly/29XyYZm

You may take a closer look at the paintings here: http://bit.ly/2acMEfB

Running alongside the exhibit is a poetry contest on the theme: Persons With Disabilities and their Role in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” which is organized by UNIC Manila, NCCA, and Earthsavers UNESCO DREAM Center/Artist for Peace. Winners of this poetry contest will be announced at the end of July 2016 at the radio programme, Radyo Balintataw, aired over DZRH.


The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016

ScreenHunter_707 Jul. 20 11.22This inaugural report on the global Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) is a first accounting of where the world stands
at the start of our collective journey to 2030.

The report analyses selected indicators from the global indicator framework
for which data are available as examples to highlight
some critical gaps and challenges. The list of SDG indicators
agreed upon by the UN Statistical Commission in March 2016
will be subject to refinements and improvements as methods
and data availability improve.

Download the Report here.

UN launches 1st report on the Sustainable Development Goals


The first Sustainable Development Goals Report will be launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday, 19 July at 3.00 pm during the opening of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC in New York. The event will be webcast live at webtv.un.org.

While the Goals were only launched  seven months ago—too short a period for a proper assessment of progress—the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016, using available data, looks at the successes, as well as the gaps in addressing global challenges, and provides a clear picture of what the international community needs to do to achieve the Goals and ensure that no one is left behind.

A press briefing on the report will take place on Wednesday, 20th July at 11.00 am at UN Headquarters in New York and may be followed via webtv.un.org.

The Sustainable Development Goals Report, prepared by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs with inputs from a large number of international and regional organizations, is an annual assessment of global and regional progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Unanimously agreed on by world leaders at United Nations Headquarters in September 2015, the Goals represent a bold and ambitious global plan to end poverty, address inequalities and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. [Ends]

Secretary-General’s Message on Nelson Mandela International Day – 18 July 2016

07-17-mandela-day-2013Nelson Mandela International Day is an opportunity to reflect on the life and work of a legend who embodied the highest values of the United Nations.

Madiba was a model global citizen whose example continues to guide us in our work to build a better world for all.

Today, we remember a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement who worked tirelessly for peace and human dignity.

Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life to bring change to the people of South Africa. His accomplishments came at great personal cost to himself and his family. His sacrifice not only served the people of his nation, but made the world a better place for everyone, everywhere.

Nelson Mandela showed the way.

As the United Nations sets out to implement the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, let us seek to continue building on Nelson Mandela’s legacy of selflessness and deep sense of shared purpose.

The United Nations joins the Mandela Foundation in inviting people around the world to devote at least 67 minutes on 18 July to a community service activity.

At the heart of Nelson Mandela International Day is volunteer work for people and the planet. Its theme – “Take action, Inspire change” – is meant to mobilize the human family to do more to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world.

Tutor a child.  Feed the hungry. Clean up a site or care for your environment. Volunteer to serve at a hospital or community centre. Be part of the Mandela movement to make the world a better place.

This is the best tribute to an extraordinary man who, with his steadfast belief in justice and human equality, showed how one person can make a difference.

Let us all continue being inspired by Nelson Mandela’s lifelong example and his call to never cease working to build a better world for all. [Ends]