Global child and youth care conference to be held in Durban Child

Child and youth care workers and young people gather to support child protection from the 2nd – 4th July 2019, International Convention Centre, Durban

28 June 2019:  Over 1300 delegates from 28 countries will next week converge on Durban for the fourth global Child and Youth Care Network conference.

Representing governments, civil society, UN agencies, the private sector and various philanthropies, the gathering is being hosted by South Africa’s National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW), the international Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Department of Social Development. These three days will see a sharing of diverse child and youth care work experiences, practices, programs and policies.

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New UN Women report puts forth policy agenda to end gender inequalities within families

“Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World” examines how the transformations in families impact women’s rights, and reveals most countries can afford family-friendly policies

NewYork, 26 June 2019 –As women’s rights have advanced over the past decades, families around the world have become a place of love and solidarity but also one where fundamental human rights violations and gender inequalities persist, according to UN Women’s new flagship report,Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World,” published today.

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UNODC PRESS RELEASE: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 26 June 2019

Drug abuse is a complex problem at the intersection of public health, safety and social issues. It takes a heavy toll on our families and communities, claiming more than half a million lives per year. The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking shines a spotlight on this preventable crisis, and on the global quest to advance successful responses. Continue reading

The Secretary-General’s message for the World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, my thoughts are with the more than 70 million women, children and men – refugees and internally displaced persons — who have been forced to flee war, conflict and persecution.This is an astonishing number – twice what it was 20 years ago.

Most of the forcibly displaced came from just a handful of countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia. In the past 18 months, millions more have fled Venezuela. Continue reading

World Enviroment Day message from the Secretary-General

World Environment Day highlights how much we all rely on nature and on our planet’s health.

The quality of the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe — all depend on protecting the natural world.

But the environment is facing unprecedented perils, caused by human activity.

One million species are at risk of extinction.  Oceans are under stress.

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