INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD: EMPOWER THE GIRL CHILD THROUGH EDUCATION

1The United Nations General Assembly, in a resolution adopted on December 2011, declared October 11 of every year as the International Day of the Girl Child. The purpose of this day is to increase awareness and address the needs and challenges girls around the world face. It is also a day to specifically advocate for the empowerment of girls and the promotion of their human rights. Some of the challenges faced by girls around the world include a lack of access to quality education, gender-based discrimination, forced marriage, lack of quality healthcare, and numerous others.

 It is important that teachers and those who work with children, especially the girl child, familiarize themselves with some of the relevant UN human rights instruments in order to safeguard the rights of these children. Some pertinent mechanisms for reference in regards to the human rights of the girl child include the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Read more:

Convention on the Rights of the Child; http://bit.ly/1HthiYh

Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women; http://bit.ly/1BbMigU

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: http://bit.ly/1ivfGUB

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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: YOUTH CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY, DEVELOPMENT, AND PEACE

August 12, International Youth Day, presents all of us with an opportunity to celebrate and promote youth engagement in societies around the world. As the UN agency UNESCO says, “More efforts are needed to raise awareness about the importance of youth civic engagement and its benefits to the individual and to society, including for sustainable development as well as resilience and wellbeing.”

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The UN defines the worlds’ youth as the age group between 15 and 24 years old, making up one-sixth of the human population. Although more than 4 million youths go abroad to study each year, 74 million more are unemployed and also not in school. When youths are engaged in their communities, they and society both benefit. Skills training and community programs can be expensive for countries with limited resources, but in the end it will cost even more not to provide this societal support.

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SAT-7 KIDS SATELLITE TV: EDUCATION FOR DISPLACED SYRIAN AND IRAQI CHILDREN

UN Global Education Envoy Gordon Brown called for a multi-million dollar emergency fund for education, noting that refugee children have the fewest opportunities for schooling. Good news: an innovative on-air school enables Syrian and Iraqi children, whose education has been disrupted by conflict, to start learning again.   http://bit.ly/1BiOd0g

REFUGEE CRISIS IN SYRIA: WORLD’S LARGEST HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY

Anna ShketBy Anna Shket, Intern in SNDatUN Office

On Friday, April 24, the UN Security Council held a meeting on the situation in the Middle East, particularly the refugee crisis in Syria. Nearly four million Syrians are refugees in neighboring countries; moreover, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria increased to 12.2 million today. In 2014 Syria received 40 percent of all OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) humanitarian aid. This fact demonstrates that the crisis has become the world’s largest humanitarian emergency.

So the question remains – why does the UN fail to prevent and end the conflict in Syria? I would like to emphasize that it is unconditionally not only a concern of the Syrian government but all parties involved in conflict. Moreover, it is an entire international community responsibility to bring to an end the suffering of civilians. The Executive Director of the World Food Program, Ertharin Cousin, urged during the meeting for regional stability and security. Funding shortfalls fuel extreme poverty, making refugees vulnerable to traffickers and extremists, and limiting plans such as UNICEF initiatives in reaching pregnant women and providing children with feeding programmes.

UN Special Envoy for Refugees, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, states that the UN is failing to bring countries together. “If we cannot end the conflict, we have an inescapable moral duty to help refugees and provide legal avenues to safety.” It did not take long to verify this statement, since about an hour later the representatives of Turkey and Syria were having polemics on the responsibilities in fueling the crisis. It is the obligation of all states to stop the deterioration of the Syrian crisis, find diplomatic solutions, and fully collaborate in order to assist innocent people who have no part in an ongoing conflict. It is a UN responsibility to find a political solution.

Learn more:  Syrian refugee crisis as bad as Rwandan genocide:  http://bit.ly/1FvBlrm
                      Syria’s massive population displacement:   http://bit.ly/1Kd37KA