Human Rights Day 2015

"Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we have collectively pledged to uphold. In a year that marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we can draw inspiration from the history of the modern human rights movement, which emerged from the Second World War..."

Remembering Rwanda

The Charter of the United Nations, the UN’s foundational document which created the UN in 1945, begins as follows: “We The Peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, …”
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The life of a displaced woman - finding the strength to carry on

Fuelled by competition for rich minerals, war, violence and instability have ravaged the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for nearly two decades. With the devastation of the economy and infrastructure, impunity has reigned. Sexual and other forms of violence against women, particularly displaced women, are commonplace. Mapendo is just one of the survivors; this is her story.

Secretary-General's Message for the International Day of Peace 2014

"Today is the International Day of Peace. Each year, on this day, the United Nations calls for a global ceasefire. We ask combatants to put down their arms so all can breathe the air of peace. Armed conflict causes untold grief to families, communities and entire countries. Too many are suffering today at the brutal hands of warmongers ..."

Nelson Mandela International Day

On July 18 Nelson Mandela will turn 95. To honor his extraordinary contribution to peace and freedom, the UN has designated July 18 of each year as Nelson Mandela International Day. This year the UN has joined a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and invites people around the world to devote 67 minutes of their time to service of helping others, as a way to honor Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service ...


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