To learn more about the International Solidarity Day, click here.
"When their rights are violated, when they are marginalized and excluded, migrants will be unable to contribute either economically or socially to the societies they have left behind or those they enter. However, when supported by the right policies and human rights protections, migration can be a force for good for individuals as well as for countries of origin, transit and destination. "
To learn more about International Migrants Day, click here.
To view the Partnership's UN Update for December of 2012, please click here.
Today we join in commemorating International Mountain Day.
To learn more about the International Mountain Day click here.
The International Day aims to raise awareness about the relevance of mountain forests and the role they play within a Green Economy as well as in climate change adaptation measures. (International Mountain Day Website)
Despite Undeniable Progress, Far Too Many Obstacles Remain Along Path of Inclusion, Secretary General Says in Message for Human Rights Day
The following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for Human Rights Day, which was observed on 10 December:
Everyone has the right to be heard and to shape the decisions that affect their community. This right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and fully integrated in international law, especially in article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Over the past century, we have made undeniable progress along the path of inclusion. Yet far too many groups and individuals face far too many obstacles. Women have the right to vote almost everywhere, but remain hugely underrepresented in parliaments and peace processes, in senior Government posts and corporate boardrooms, and in other decision-making positions. Indigenous people frequently face discrimination that denies them the opportunity to make full use of their guaranteed rights or fails to take account of their circumstances. Religious and ethnic minorities — as well as people with disabilities or those with a different sexual orientation or political opinion — are often hampered from taking part in key institutions and processes. Institutions and public discourse need to represent societies in all their diversity.
More generally, in several parts of the world, we have seen alarming threats to hard-won gains in democratic governance. In some countries, civil society groups face growing pressures and restrictions. Legislation has been introduced specifically targeting civil society organizations and making it almost impossible for them to operate. Champions of democracy have encountered new confrontational measures. We should all be troubled by such backsliding.
Even in societies with a good track record, there is room for improvement. No country has succeeded in ensuring that all its inhabitants are able to participate fully in public affairs, including the right to be elected to public office and to have equal access to public services. Enacting new rights or removing unjust laws is not always sufficient. Too often, discrimination persists in practice, creating barriers and mindsets that can be hard to overcome.
Vibrant civil society groups are among the keys to the well-being and functioning of any nation, and the United Nations deplores measures taken to suppress them. That is why, on this Human Right Day, the United Nations is highlighting the right to participate and the associated rights that make it possible — freedom of expression and opinion, and peaceful assembly and association.
International law is clear: no matter who you are or where you live, your voice counts. On this Day, let us unite to defend your right to make it heard.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
To view this message, or to learn more about Human Rights Day, click here.
Today we join the international community in celebrating Human Rights Day.
Make your voice count by visiting the UN's website commemorating this day by clicking here.
Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere. This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.
These human rights — the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, to peaceful assembly and association, and to take part in government (articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) have been at the centre of the historic changes in the Arab world over the past two years, in which millions have taken to the streets to demand change. In other parts of the world, the “99%” made their voices heard through the global Occupy movement protesting economic, political and social inequality.
Today we join the United Nations in commemorating the International Anti-Corruption Day.
In speaking about this important day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the following
"On this International Anti-Corruption Day, let us pledge to do our part by cracking down on corruption, shaming those who practice it and engendering a culture that values ethical behavior."
To learn more about the International Anti-Corruption Day, click here.
Today we join the international community in celebrating International Civil Aviation Day.
To learn more about the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization, click here.
Today we join the international community in celebrating International Volunteer Day!
In celebration, we ask that you post comments to this post letting us know what volunteer work you've been doing!
For more information on this UN Observance, please click here.
The Partnership for Global Justice invites you to view a beautiful snippet for an upcoming documentary. To view the video click here.
About the documentary from their website:
Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where young musicians play instruments made from trash. For more information about the film, please visit facebook.com/landfillharmonicmovie.
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is strongly committed to making sure that every girl (and boy) can get a good quality education. GPE is collaborating with Gordon Browns office, UNICEF, UNESCO and others to help promote the UN Secretary Generals Education First initiative, which aims to help every girl and boy get a quality education.
In addition, as outlined in GPE partners’ 3-year Strategic Plan, we are actively working toward the goal of having All girls in GPE-endorsed countries successfully complete primary school and go to secondary school in a safe, supportive learning environment.”
The world is encouraged as Malala Yousafzai continues her fight since being shot in the head by the Taliban simply because she wanted to go to school. This weekend when she stood up for the first time since being laid low by the dreadful attack, the world witnessed her standing up for 32 million girls around the world who are denied daily their right to go to a classroom and learn.
November 10th was a global day of action for Malala and 32 million girls more. On that day, one month following the assassination attempt, as UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown the UN special envoy traveled to Pakistan and delivered to President Zardari the million-plus petition to make education a reality for all Pakistani children. We will let the world know that we will no longer accept keeping girls out of school. You can find out more and sign the petition by visiting www.iammalala.org.”
As part of our support for Malala, the Partnership for Global Justice is pleased to announce that our next booklet – What Price a Girl’s Life is dedicated to Malala and will be available from the Partnership in December 2012.
For more information on our booklet click here.
Today we join the UN and UN Enable in commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Did you know that over 1 billion people in the world today live with some form of disability?
For more information on this UN Observance, please click here.
Today we join the international community and the United Nations in commemorating the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
For more information about this UN Observance, please click here.
"To eradicate contemporary forms of slavery, we need new strategies and measures that can unite all actors. While Governments bear the primary responsibility, the private sector has an integral role to play. Earlier this year, the Human Rights Council endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, outlining how states and businesses should implement the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework. I welcome the widespread support it has received from the business sector."
More than 50% drop in new HIV infections across 25 countries as countries approach the 1000 day deadline to achieve global AIDS targets
A new World AIDS Day report: Results, by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), shows that unprecedented acceleration in the AIDS response is producing results for people.
Declining new HIV infections in children
The area where perhaps most progress is being made is in reducing new HIV infections in children. Half of the global reductions in new HIV infections in the last two years have been among newborn children.
Fewer AIDS-related deaths
The report shows that antiretroviral therapy has emerged as a powerful force for saving lives. In the last 24 months the number of people accessing treatment has increased by 63% globally.
The report shows that countries are increasing investments in the AIDS response despite a difficult economic climate. The global gap in resources needed annually by 2015 is now at 30%. In 2011, US$ 16.8 billion was available and the need for 2015 is between US$ 22-24 billion.
In 2011, an estimated:
10 goals for 2015
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