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70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights http://www.standup4humanrights.org/

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document, which underpins all international human rights law and inspires us to continue to work to ensure all people can gain freedom, equality and dignity. And in 2018, the UDHR turns 70.
The UN Human Rights Office kicks off the celebration of Declaration with the launch of website that gives access to information about the UDHR and actions and events at the click of a mouse.
70 years - Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 Report of the Secretary General (A/72/643): “Making migration work for all”

The report is the Secretary-General’s contribution to the process of developing the Global Compact for Migration.  It is his vision for constructive international cooperation on migration. The report focuses on making migration work for all, emphasizing its links to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It highlights options for Member States to help migrants fulfil their economic and social potential; offers steps to promote regular migration; and recommends policies to meet legitimate security considerations of Member States concerning irregular migration.  It also explores the specific challenges arising from large mixed movements of migrants and refugees…https://refugeesmigrants.un.org/SGReport 

World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2018

The report analyses key job quality indicators, devoting particular attention to informality, underemployment and temporary employment. It also takes stock of structural sectoral shifts and ageing, two long-term trends likely to add further pressures on the labour market. Check the report here.



World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018:

The world economy has strengthened as lingering fragilities related to the global financial crisis subside. In 2017, global economic growth reached 3 per cent—the highest growth rate since 2011—and growth is expected to remain steady for the coming year.  The improved global economic situation provides an opportunity for countries to focus policy towards longer-term issues such as low carbon economic growth, reducing inequalities, economic diversification and eliminating deep-rooted barriers that hinder development…https://tinyurl.com/yba3sqfa


  UN Women flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. has been launched. The report demonstrates through concrete evidence and data the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, and puts forth actionable recommendations on how to fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This report’s new data and analysis underlines that, unless progress on gender equality is significantly accelerated, the global community will not be able to keep its promise. This is an urgent signal for action, and therefore provides wide-ranging recommendations for change, highlighting key areas of action…https://tinyurl.com/ybqrbcfh

 Youth and Violent Extremism on Social Media (UNESCO)

Violent extremists use the Internet to attract younger audiences, to disseminate content and to foster direct dialogue with young people, a United Nations agency-backed study found, but more research is needed to find out if social media has an effective role in radicalization. “Rather than being initiators or causes of violent behaviours, the Internet and social media specifically can be facilitators within wider processes of violent radicalization,” according to research conducted for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The goal of the study was to answer the question: “Does social media lead vulnerable individuals to resort to violence?” According to the authors, violent radicalization generally entails a number of tools, and should be seen in the context of other communication platforms and significant social factors, such as the political, social, cultural, economic and psychological causes. The findings are based on more than 550 studies in Arabic, English and French which were published in scientific literature and so-called “grey literature” outside of the traditional and publishing channels..https://tinyurl.com/ybor9ylq

State of the World’s Children 2017:

Children in a Digital World.

The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World discusses how digital access can be a game changer for children or yet another dividing line. The report represents the first comprehensive look from UNICEF at the different ways digital technology is affecting children, identifying dangers as well as opportunities. It makes a clear call to governments, the digital technology sector and telecom industries to level the digital playing field for children by creating policies, practices and products that can help children harness digital opportunities and protect them from harm. https://tinyurl.com/y9dj5ydr