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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...

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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...

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Japan: Let’s Learn about Global Goals! | United Nations in Action

In the small coastal Japanese city of Hakui, elementary students visit local shops to learn how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are incorporated in their businesses. They are making “SDG newspapers” for their...

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Getting South African Youth Vaccinated – UNIA | United Nations | COVID-19

Zikhona Madubela, a young entrepreneur in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, is on a mission to persuade youth to wear masks and get a COVID vaccine. She meets scepticism, COVID fatigue and misinformation along the wa...

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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 ...

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How an Afghan refugee found a buddy in Belgium | United Nations

With help from the "CURANT" project connecting refugees with locals for house-sharing, Wasil, a young Afghan refugee, has a buddy: Bente, a young man in Antwerp, Belgium. Not only has Wasil found a new home, but Bente...

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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...

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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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A planet powered by green energy – Paris Climate Agreement Explainer

We need energy every day of our lives, but our planet is becoming hotter because most of our electricity still comes from fossil fuels. But we don’t have to choose between using energy and protecting the planet. UN En...

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Green Cities: Paris Climate Agreement

We have the power and know-how to transform our cities into green spaces, with clean transport and energy efficient buildings. UN Environment Programme Young Champion of the Earth Nzambi Matee explains how this can be...

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