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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 participantsincluding 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

Why we need to celebrate World Humanitarian Day

On World Humanitarian Day, we call for a more humane world and seek to inspire action from people all over the world to bring this about.

In today’s volatile world, more than 100 million people in countries across the world need urgent life-saving humanitarian aid as they face the impact of natural disasters, conflict, displacement, hunger or disease.

We recognize that each one of us can make a difference in the lives of others; and each one of us has the power to inspire our fellow human beings to take action to create a more humane world.

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World Humanitarian Day “ShareHumanity” campaign toolkit

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To mark the seventh World Humanitarian Day the United Nations and its partners are launching #ShareHumanity a global campaign to use the power of the newsfeed to amplify the real stories behind today’s humanitarian crises. In the lead up to the 19th August social media feeds will tell humanitarian stories of survival, resilience and hope. Inspiring the world to take action and donate their own feeds for the cause.

Be Part of World Humanitarian Day 2015

Starting August 12th share an inspiring humanitarian story via your social media networks and help us reach millions.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Donate your feed: Choose a story you’d like to share with your networks and donate your social feed for 12hrs for World Humanitarian Day. Tell your fans and followers they can join #ShareHumanity too by donating their social feed.
  • Create your own video: In addition to donating your feed, create a video asking your followers to join the #ShareHumanity campaign. Get as creative as you like and don’t be afraid to nominate others!
  • Support #ShareHumanity: Can’t donate your feed? Don’t worry — we’d still love your support by way of a shout out to your networks to support the day. Share the video and hashtag encouraging people to visit www.worldhumanitarianday.org and donate their feeds. We will provide you with a range of tweets, Facebook status updates and Instagram pics you can use to help tell your networks about the importance of sharing these inspiring stories. Together let’s inspire the world’s humanity.

Want to join this campaign? Download the WHD2015 #ShareHumanity Campaign Toolkit below.

WHD2015 #ShareHumanity Campaign Partner Toolkit

 

Watch this cool video to celebrate World Humanitarian Day 2015

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Watch this cool video to celebrate World Humanitarian Day 2015