One in three women and girls experience violence in their lifetime. It happens in every country and every society. It happens at home, in schools, on the streets, at work, on the internet and in refugee camps. It happens during war, and even in the absence of war. Too often, it is normalized and goes unpunished. No matter where violence against women happens, what form it takes, and whom it impacts, it must be stopped.
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Girls are a source of energy, power, and creativity—and they can drive change and help build a better future for us all. Yet, most girls continue to face challenges, violence, and discrimination that prevent them from realizing their full potential and rights.
Commemorated annually on 11 October, the International Day of the Girl puts a spotlight on the needs and challenges girls face around the world, while advocating for girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
On 18 September 2018, UN Member States will convene for the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) at UN Headquarters in New York. The annual General Debate bringing together world leaders to discuss global issues will take place from Tuesday 25 September to Monday 1 October.
On 17 October 1987, more than a hundred thousand people gathered in at the Trocadero in Paris, France, and declared that poverty was a human rights violation and one that had to be addressed. Five years later, the General Assembly adopted resolution 47/196, which officially declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. On this day, the everyday struggle of people living in poverty is recognized and it is a chance for their concerns to be heard.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrates World Food Day every year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. It is a chance to show the FAO’s commitment to ending hunger by 2030, one of the goals of the Sustainable Development Plan.
Since 2008, the International Day of the Rural Woman has been marked annually on 15 October. This day recognizes the role of rural women, including indigenous women, in agricultural and rural development. Historically women have improved food security in their communities and have aided in diminishing rural poverty and enhanced agricultural development in developing countries.
The world’s 1.1 billion girls are part of a vast and vibrant global generation poised to take on the future and investing in girl’s education, health and safety during times of peace and crisis would help address the disadvantages, and discrimination girls face everywhere - all over the world – daily.
The 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will take place at UN Headquarters from 24 April to 5 May 2017. This session also marks the ten-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and will be the basis of its special theme this year.
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.
The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.
The UN General Assembly on 19 September 2016 will host a high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. The issue of large movements of refugees and migrants is too vast for any one state to handle on its own. The international community must work together to find durable solutions.