The commemoration of October 17 each year demonstrates how we can achieve greater participation by enabling people from all walks of life to come together to respect the human rights and dignity of people living in poverty. The participation of children and young people has always been encouraged and supported as an integral part of October 17 observances at the United Nations and around the world. This recognizes the important roles children can play by sharing and applying the valuable knowledge they have acquired from their personal daily struggle to overcome poverty.
World Food Day 2019: “OUR ACTIONS ARE OUR FUTURE: HEALTHY DIETS FOR A #ZEROHUNGER WORLD”
This year’s WFD echoes messages raised in the UN’s State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019) and calls for action to make healthy diets available and affordable to all, with the slogan “Our actions are our future. Healthy diets for a #ZeroHunger world”. The campaign calls for faster and more ambitious action across sectors to achieve SDG2.
Zero Hunger is not only about addressing hunger, but also nourishing people, while nurturing the planet. Some people, due to where they live, don’t even have the option to purchase fresh and nutritious foods.
Download the Eating Healthy Matters children’s activity book: http://www.fao.org/3/ca4694en/ca4694en.pdf
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction began in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. The 2019 edition continues as part of the “Sendai Seven” campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. This year will focus on Target (d) of the Sendai Framework, reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.
In nearly 25 years, we have seen more girls move from dreaming to achieving. More girls today are attending and completing school, fewer are getting married or becoming mothers while still children, and more are gaining the skills they need to excel in the future world of work.
Girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at children with disabilities and those living in marginalized communities. As entrepreneurs, innovators and initiators of global movements, girls are creating a world that is relevant for them and future generations.
To understand ground realities, the UN Resident Coordinator visited three Eastern Dzongkhags, namely Trashigang, Pemagatshel and Samdrup Jongkhar. The dialogue between the RC and stakeholders about key issues will ensure that the 26 UN agencies working in Bhutan responds to the needs of the people.
The RC visited projects of UN agencies such as IFAD, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF to meet farmers and youth groups. The RC also met with senior government officials and leaders of CSOs.
The focus of such discussions was finding new ways to support self reliance and ensuring that no-one is left behind.
Bhutan will implement the menu optimizer tool called the PLUS initiated by the World Food Programme (WFP). This tool is an online software that calculates the most nutritious and cost effective school feeding menus to ensure dietary diversity based on local food where possible. It will help substitute import goods by locally produced food to enhance local economy while ensuring our children eat healthy food based on balanced diet. This is one of the Global Best Practice projects selected to be showcased for the World Expo 2020 scheduled to be held in Dubai in October 2020. Bhutan is the country of implementation of the tool.
World Patient Safety Day is being celebrated for the first time today on 17 September 2019. Events are being held around the world to raise awareness of the need to establish patient safety as a global health priority. The day brings stakeholders together in an effort to reduce the unintended harm caused by healthcare.
The Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 themed “The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development” was launched yesterday. This report was requested by all countries to evaluate the progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and is the first of its kind since the landmark Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted four years ago. The report finds that the current development model is not sustainable, and the progress made in the last two decades is in danger of being reversed through worsening social inequalities and potentially irreversible decline in the national environment that sustains us.
Read the full report