Category: UN in Action

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Plastic bricks in Kenya – Nzambi Matee – Young Champion of the Earth 2020

Nzambi Matee is a Kenyan engineer and head of Gjenge Makers Ltd., a social enterprise that produces sustainable low-cost construction materials made of recycled plastic waste. Nzambi was honoured with the United Natio...

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Women Defend Peace in the Central African Republic

In the troubled Central African Republic, women organize to claim their rightful, prominent role in shaping the future of their families, communities and country. Lina Ekomo, a leader representing women nationally ...

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Nigeria: Meet Rashidat, A Female Human Rights Lawyer Breaking Down Barriers

Rashidat Mohammed is a Nigerian human rights lawyer and barrister who provides free legal services to vulnerable groups, especially women and children who have experienced violence. She’s the only woman to have opened...

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Returning to Brazil: Stories of Young Migrants in Portugal

In 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) created the project SURE to help Brazilian migrants in Portugal, Belgium and Ireland return to Brazil. Meet Gercivaldo, Vitor and Diego, three Brazilian migr...

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Afghanistan: Teaching during COVID-19

In Afghanistan, students have been coping with the triple threat of conflict, COVID-19 and school closures. Girls make up most of the roughly 3.7 million Afghan children now out of school. UNICEF is working with the g...

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Parenting during the COVID Pandemic – Kyrgyzstan

Families all over the world are facing the stress of lockdown and isolation during the COVID pandemic. This family in Kyrgyzstan have found greater unity and understanding with a little help from the United Nations Of...

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Women on the Frontlines of Peace – UN Peacekeeping

The invaluable contributions of women to peace received a major international push twenty years ago, when the United Nations Security Council adopted a landmark resolution that boosted their impact on the geopolitical...

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Kiribati: Battling for Survival (Rising Sea Levels)

Kiribati risks becoming the first country to lose its land territory to climate change, as sea levels rise. Supported by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Kiribati's people are working to protect their island...

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Nepal: Amir, a Young Artist Born with a Disability (Amir Tamang)

Amir Tamang is a young artist who does not have the use of his arms and legs. He paints and writes poetry using his mouth. After the earthquake in Nepal in 2015, his house was unsafe and he had to live in a tent. Ther...

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COVID-19: Wildlife and conservation

COVID-19 has had a deep impact on wildlife conservation around the world. For decades, ecotourism had helped protect endangered species but COVID-19 and the subsequent closure of ecotourism sites has had an indelible ...

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Burkina Faso: Tackling Food Insecurity during COVID-19

Non-state armed groups and droughts have displaced over 830,000 people in one year in Burkina Faso. Climate change, landscape degradation and slow economic development also exacerbate food insecurity and undernutritio...