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Olga and Andrey, a couple in Minsk, Belarus, have one daughter, Yulia, age three. They’d like to eventually have two or three kids, says Olga, but cannot afford it. Nationally, the average wage is about $430 a month, while the cost of living for a family of four is about $1,600 a month. Many couples, like Olga and Andrey, cannot afford to have the number of children they want. In 2002, the government launched a program to provide couples with financial support when they have children, from incentives for antenatal check-ups and birth, to full-pay maternity leave, to a monthly family allowance for up to three years of parental leave. The program has helped many families like Olga and Andrey start a family, but has not removed all obstacles along the way to a larger family — including barriers related to gender inequality in the workplace post-parental leave, and the lack of comprehensive sexuality education in schools to educate the next generation on their rights.

In its annual State of World Population report, The Power of Choice, @UNFPA examines the barriers, country by country, that limit choices for women and families around the world such as financial support and stability, as in the case of Olga and Andrey. As UNFPA acknowledges in its report: no country has yet made reproductive rights truly a reality for all. The barriers are different in different places — some are larger, some are harder to resolve, than others. But they exist everywhere, meaning millions of women are having more or fewer children than they want. #SWOP2018
Photo: UNFPA, Egor Dubrovsky

Despite progress on many global development issues, two destructive trends are on the rise – severe hunger and conflict/fragility. According to a recent report, conflict and insecurity are the primary culprits behind food insecurity in 18 countries, accounting for 60 percent of the global total. Conflict and insecurity, which can be triggered by hunger and climate disasters, cause more instability by disrupting food production and driving displacement.
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Once this vicious cycle gains momentum, humanitarian agencies face challenges stopping it. As conflict-affected regions become increasingly inaccessible and/or besieged by violence, the effects of insecurity and fragility are compounding. As more people suffer from hunger and critical infrastructure for health care and sanitation collapses, disease and infection spread, leading to more malnutrition.
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Yet, a #ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible. Now is the time to get back on track. The world can achieve Zero Hunger if we join forces across nations, continents, sectors and act on evidence to foster innovative and scalable solutions to peace, development, and food security.
#WorldFoodDay
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WFP/Saikat Mojumder

In the 116-year history of the Nobel Prize in Physics, only three women have won. While it’s true that women scientist are less likely to be recognized and much less celebrated for their work, the problem has its roots in the pervasive stereotypes, biases and discrimination that prevent girls from pursuing and excelling in STEM fields. On #DayOfTheGirl. Here’s how we can become better feminsts and STEMinists.
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1️⃣ Educations plans at every level need to be gender aware and gender transformative, and education systems need to be held accountable
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2️⃣ We need to build and support pipelines to STEM programs, networking, and scholarship opportunities for girls and women.
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3️⃣ We must stop politicizing girls’ bodies and health. Girls have a right to information and services, including contraception and other reproductive health services, so they can make free and informed choices, and stay in school.
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4️⃣ The discrimination needs to end. We need to end early and forced child marriage for good. We need to enforce codes of conduct for students and teachers that promote equality. And we need to elevate female leaders, scientists, and entrepreneurs as powerful role models across society.
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Photos: WMO and Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
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#SDGs #GenderEqualiy #GirlHero

Drought, famine, and natural disasters are on the rise in our rapidly warming world. But a new report out from the @IPCC shares that bold action could make a bold difference: If we keep warming to 1.5 ° Celsius, we can safeguard hundreds of millions of people from devastating climate risks and related poverty by 2050. Even more, taking bold action to protect our planet can help us meet all of our Sustainable Development Goals. There's no time to waste -- it's time for unprecedented change for the better.
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UN Photo/John Isaac
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#SR15 #environment #planet #protectourplanet #IPCC #ParisAgreement

A powerful earthquake and tsunami struck the Indonesian island of #Sulawesi. The disaster has left over 190,000 in urgent need of #humanitarian aid. The @unitednations’ Central Emergency Response Fund works to deliver aid quickly to disaster areas like #Indonesia. See our story today to learn how you can help support their efforts.
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Credit: UNICEF/@Arimacswilander

More than 1,000 people from 134 countries applied to pitch their innovative ideas at the third-annual United Nations #SolutionsSummit, an event co-hosted by the UN Foundation, @shift7, @gix_edu, and Local 2030 to accelerate bold actions to achieve the #SDGs.
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For three days during this year’s #UNGA, this group of global innovators gave four-minute “lightning talks” about their breakthrough efforts to an audience of policymakers, investors and industry leaders at the SDG Media Zone at the @UnitedNations. By promoting greater ambition and collaboration on worsening global challenges, the Solutions Summit mobilizes local action and global ambition to achieve the SDGs for everyone, everywhere.
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#SDGLive

"I never let deafness define me. I define my deafness."
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Earlier this week, we kicked off #UNGA at the 9th #SocialGood Summit.
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1% of the world is deaf, and they are often a community that's looked over.
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@nyledimarco captured the spirit of the @unitednations mandate to "leave no one behind," by speaking out for people with disabilities, and reminding us all of the power we have to speak up too-- for all communities.
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#flashbackfriday #feelgoodfriday

“Together, as guardians of the common good, we also have a duty to promote and support a reformed, reinvigorated and strengthened multilateral system. We need commitment to a rules-based order, with the United Nations at its center and with the different institutions and treaties that bring the Charter to life.”
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Today, @unitednations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his annual #UNGA address set the stage for the 73rd general debate of the @unitednations with a call to rebuild solidarity, repair broken trust and reinvigorate the spirit of multilateralism.
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UN Photo/Manuel Elias

#FlashbackFriday: “By protecting the forest we are helping to alleviate climate change.” @janegoodallinst shares how her program @rootsandshoots inspires youth to step up & take action! .
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#stepupworld2018 #gcas2018 #environmentalism #conservation #climatechange

As the world faces increasing threats from climate change, hunger, conflict, and more, we need everyone to join forces.⠀

The @UnitedNations General Assembly is the forum where everyone can come together and confront our shared global challenges.⠀

Let's tell world leaders: Our ambition requires your action. #UNGA73

This is our call for #climateaction — it’s time to step up! Learn about the incredible solutions being implemented around the world right now to tackle our #climate crisis. Tune in to the Step Up World broadcast from the Global Climate Action Summit in September 13 - 14 with #StepUp2018 and #GCAS2018.

“Runa Khan, founder of Bangladesh’s Friendship NGO, meets with children at the school she helped found. She has launched a floating healthcare clinic on a giant barge and 78 self-sufficient schools that can be easily dismantled and moved in the event of flooding or other catastrophe. These solutions give much needed access to healthcare and education to Bangladesh’s Char dwellers, whose lands are literally dissolving before their eyes because of rising seas. Innovative infrastructure solutions like this are going to be vital as rising global temperatures drive the oceans higher, claiming more and more land.”
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This photo was shared by @amivitale as part of our #EyeOnClimate challenge - a campaign dedicated to raising the profile of #climatechange solutions around the Global Climate Action Summit, #GCAS2018.
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How is your #EyeOnClimate? Inspire action by sharing the climate solutions you see.
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@rippleeffectimages #conservation #climatechange #amivitale #photojournalism #sealevelrise #globalwarming

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