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The Secret Path to Freedom over Niagara Falls | Global Lens | UN Story

Niagara Falls, NY, is not only a place of natural wonder, it also a central location in the history of African American resistance to slavery and discrimination. During the 19th century, Niagara Falls was one of the l...


Holocaust Survivor and Jazz Pianist: Simon Gronowski | United Nations in Action

Simon Gronowski is an 89-year-old lawyer, jazz pianist and author who escaped the Holocaust in Nazi Germany during the World War II. He started playing the piano in memory of his late sister who was deported to Auschw...


Natasha’s Journey, a Ukrainian Refugee in Portugal

A Ukrainian refugee shares her journey escaping war in her homeland. Nataliia “Natasha” arrived in Lisbon, Portugal with her daughter at the end of a daunting journey, when she had to leave her husband behind. She tel...


UN Charter – “We the Peoples” – Reading of UN Charter Preamble | United Nations

The Charter of the United Nations is the founding document of the United Nations. It was signed on 26 June 1945, in San Francisco, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and ...


Can you imagine a world without human rights? | United Nations

Without human rights, there can be no sustained peace, no stability, no protection from harm. No equality, no democracy, no space to speak up. No online safety, no end to the digital divide, no hope of an internet tha...


Beyond Boundaries: Drag Queen of Tokyo | UN in Action

Madame Bonjour JohnJ is a drag queen/performer/activist who desires “a world of glitter beyond boundaries.” Most of the week, JohnJ manages Community Centre Akta, a HIV/AIDS information centre and event space located ...


Genocide Prevention – Young People Say Never Again

As the world marks the 73RD anniversary of the establishment of the Genocide Convention, young people in Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in Northern Iraq, warn that the world is in danger of facing further genocid...


Racism leads to “vaccine apartheid” – UN Human Rights Expert

Ms. E. Tendayi Achiume, UN's Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, spoke to UN News on racism and xenophobia during the pandemic and the role of...


Living with the legacy of Slavery in Senegal – Ina Makosi

“We learn slavery at school. We know what happened, so we don't forget, we own it”, reflects Ina Makosi, a Senegalese photographer who researches the impact of the slave trade in Africa on today’s urban culture and yo...


A disability activist shows leadership on inclusion at EXPO 2020 and beyond

Fatma Al Jassim credits the forward-looking approach of the United Arab Emirates and in particular its leadership for inclusive conditions for persons with disabilities in the country, where they are known as persons ...

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