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Join Summer of Solutions for Climate Action!

The “Summer Of Solutions” is a call for applications from young people around the world to create innovative technology-based solutions to global challenges.

This is a new initiative launched by the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, in partnership with the United Nations Technology and Innovation Labs, and the United Nations Development Programme.

The 2019 #SummerOfSolutions aims to solve climate challenges:  

  1. #OpenCI Platform Challenge: develop an information systems solution that can serve as a platform to enhance the access of localized climate and market information.
  2. #CircularEconomy Challenge: present ideas for ICT tools and business process innovations that are related to the Circular Economy and can result in rapid and far-reaching improvements for society.
  3. #EthicalFashion Challenge: present ideas for ICT tools and business process innovations that are related to Ethical Fashion & Textiles, which can result in rapid and far-reaching improvements for society.

Selected participants and their ideas will be showcased at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City in September 2019.

Pick your challenge, get involved and help change the world!

Read more: https://uniteideas.spigit.com/main/Page/summerofsolutions

For any questions, please contact:

Teresa Debuque, National Information Officer, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Manila, debuque@un.org

Call for Proposals: Expo Dubai ‘Small Steps, Big Leaps’ Best practice programme

What is EXPO Dubai 2020?

The first World Expo to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, Expo 2020 Dubai will take place from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021 and is expected to attract 25 million visitors, with 70% coming from outside the UAE. More than 200 participants including 190 nations, multilateral organizations, businesses NGOs and academic institutions will participate through exhibits and events at Expo 2020. The theme chosen for Expo 2020 is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

What is the Expo Dubai ‘Small Steps, Big Leaps’ best practice programme?

Expo 2020 Dubai will showcase projects that have provided tangible solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. It will highlight simple but effective initiatives, which localize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and demonstrate the potential to be adapted, replicated, and scaled up to achieve an enhanced global impact.

The call for proposals is open until 30 May 2019.

Submissions should relate to one of the five key topics and touch upon one of the crosscutting themes and enablers for development:

Priority topics

  1. Resilient habitats
  2. Livelihoods and enterprise development
  3. Social development (health and/or education)
  4. Water, food and energy security
  5. Inclusive and sustainable service delivery

Cross-cutting themes

  1. Gender equality
  2. Climate change and disaster risk
  3. Good governance and strong institutions

Enablers for development

  1. Innovation and technology for good
  2. Access to finance

Why should I apply?

The Best practices competition is a great opportunity for participants to showcase excellence and best practices in work related to the themes named above as well as to gain high visibility.

  • The global platform for best practices is expected to receive 25 million visits.
  • Projects will be featured on-site and online during the 6 months of Expo
  • Representatives of winning projects will be invited to the Expo site to present the project results.
  • Media coverage and visibility for projects at global level prior to and during Expo.

Who can apply?

Eligible candidates include governments of all nations, corporations and businesses, international organizations, public organizations or associations, universities and educational institutions, public-private partnerships, communities and entrepreneurs.

How can I enter?

Proposals must be submitted by 30 May 2019 using the online application form, which is available to download here. A multimedia submission is recommended as part of the application. More information is in the attached pdf file.

Of the 18 best practices awarded at Expo Milano 2015, five featured in a movie produced by Expo 2015 and 13 were illustrated through photo stories to the expositions 20 million visitors. The winners included two FAO projects (“Intensification of agriculture by strengthening cooperative agro-input shops” in Niger and “Eradication of the tsetse fly Glossina palpalis gambiensis from the Niayes in Senegal”) and an IFAD project (System of Rice Intensification in Madagascar).

Where will the winning projects be showcased?

Audiovisual content about the winning projects will feature in the Opportunity Pavilion, which introduces the SDGs and challenges visitors, through a set of gaming elements, to advance progress in achieving the SDGs.

For more information, follow this link: https://www.expo2020dubai.com/en/programmes/best-practice-programme

Join the biggest gathering of young people at the UN!

Filipino youth groups are invited to get involved in the 8th ECOSOC Youth Forum—the largest annual gathering of young people at the United Nations—which will take place from 8 to 9 April 2019 at UN Headquarters in New York

The Forum serves as a platform for youth leaders, government officials and civil society representatives to address the challenges that today’s generation of young people is facing.

Locally, there are three ways in which youth groups could participate, as follows:

1. Identifying Local Influencers – (Deadline: 25 March)

  • Suggest any relevant local influencers with good social media reach who could join the conversation online, by promoting the Forum and issues affecting young people.
  • The DGC will produce an Instagram story with several influencers and would also like to include your local influencer.
  • The DGC would be happy to discuss and provide more suggestions on the influencers’ engagement, including proposed social media messages, as we move forward.

2. Photo/text on inspiring young people  – (Deadline: 29 March)

  • The DGC is looking for ways to profile a series of inspiring young people on social media in the run up to the Forum.
  • If you have in mind a young person involved in an SDG-related project, please share with us a good photo and a compelling paragraph (200 words max) on their work.
  • Ideally, the photo would be of them at work with the community paired with an inspiring short narrative with the paragraph you can provide.

3. Joining the conversation – (Deadline for confirmation: 29 March)

  • Tune in and join the conversation online. We will provide the link to the live forum.

#FightRacism!

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March, on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960. This year, the theme of the International Day is “Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies.” It is observed that racist extremist movements based on ideologies that seek to promote populist, nationalist agendas are spreading in various parts of the world, fueling racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, often targeting migrants and refugees as well as people of African descent. In its recent resolution on eliminating racism (A/RES/73/262), the General Assembly reiterated that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and have the potential to contribute constructively to the development and well-being of their societies. The resolution also emphasized that any doctrine of racial superiority is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous and must be rejected, together with theories that attempt to determine the existence of separate human races.

2019 Theme: Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies

We offer several social/digital cards for you to use on your social media accounts. Find them here and here.

Learn more about this Day:

Website:
http://www.un.org/en/letsfightracism/http://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/
http://www.standup4humanrights.org.

For more information, see: http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday

Hashtages: #FightRacism#AfricanDescent#StandUp4Humanrights

The “Together” Campaign

What is TOGETHER?

TOGETHER is a global initiative that aims to change negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, and to strengthen the social contract between host countries and communities, and refugees and migrants. The core values of the United Nations and the determination to “leave no one behind” which is at the heart of the Development agenda are at the centre of TOGETHER.

All 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously welcomed the TOGETHER initiative and committed to implementing it, when they met at the Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016. TOGETHER will run until the second half of 2018, when Member States are expected to adopt two Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants.

Who is involved?
TOGETHER is a UN System-wide initiative led by the Secretary-General, which will be implemented in partnership with Member States, the private sector and civil society.

Who is the audience?
TOGETHER will speak to communities hosting refugees and migrants as well as people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives. TOGETHER will engage and mobilize global citizens to show support for refugees and migrants.

What will TOGETHER do? TOGETHER will:

  • Create a coalition of UN agencies, Member States, the private sector and civil society, acting under the same banner, committed to addressing the problem of rising xenophobia.
  • Promote global action in support of non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants.
  • Create a strong persuasive narrative of solidarity, that will showcase the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations, while also acknowledging legitimate concerns of host communities.
  • Build empathy and humanize the debate. It will provide a platform for stories about and by migrants and refugees and of host communities that have benefitted from the inclusion of refugees and migrants. It will tell stories of children on the move.

How will TOGETHER do this? Our website together.un.org will be the interactive hub for finding out information and joining the initiative. It will:

  • Enable partner organizations (civil society, private sector, UN system, Member States, academia) to get involved and establish their own TOGETHER activities;
  • Provide a repository of best practices, products and outreach tools to adapt to local contexts;
  • Engage and encourage the general public to get involved – for example by petitioning for refugees at #withrefugees, by sharing a personal story of migration with @iamamigrant, by producing short films for the Plural+ youth film festival, by taking a stand for rights #standup4humanrights;
  • Present official facts and figures about flows of refugees and migrants; explain the benefits of managed flows and of shared responsibility.
  • UN network of field offices will lead partnerships for action at the community level, fostering contacts between host communities, and refugees and migrants.
  • UN Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors will engage the global public and promote the aims of the campaign.
  • We will harness the creative community and technology partners to support Innovative products and outreach tools to reach more effectively the target audience.