Calling for an end to child marriage, UN Women’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka warns in her Facebook Live interview that every day counts because every minute a girl is in danger of getting married.

The Executive Director spoke to UN Social Media Team about the new UN-EU Spotlight Initiative to end violence against women and girls to make headway on the 2030 goals and in particular SDG5.

This new initiative aims to place the issue in the center of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment.


At the launch of the initiative Secretary-General António Guterres said that “when we shine a spotlight on the empowerment of the world’s women and girls, everyone’s future is brighter.”

If it wasn’t for the UN, tens of thousands of people would be dead, says head of the UN in South Sudan

Visiting the UN Social Media Space, the chief of the UN Mission (UNMISS) discussed the ‘terrible state’ of the ‘youngest’ UN Member State, and how the his team works day in day out to build the peace.

Mr. Shearer heads an UN Peacekeeping mission consisting of some 12.000 troops from 57 different countries, the second largest operation in the world. His troops protect some 220.000 people.


Moving forward after Ebola

Discussing the mudslide tragedy and Ebola outbreak his country recently faced, Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sierra Leone, talked about how his country is moving forward looking to the Sustainable Development Goals for guidance.

He also uses this Facebook Live moment to thank the international community for standing by his country as it faced many challenges and highlights the work of the UN peacebuilding commission.


Fresh water pollution has a devastating impact on our environment

Pollution and the impact of fresh-water pollution has a devastating impact on our environment, said Ibrahim Thiaw in an interview with UN Social Media, as it degrades our ecosystem. The UN Environment Programme Deputy Director estimates it kills up to 800 thousand people every year while 6 out of 10 hospital beds in developing countries are occupied by people who suffer from drinking poorly-treated or untreated water.

Mr. Thiaw calls upon the world to create awareness about how much fresh water one really needs, and calls upon every citizen to control usage of fresh water.


WFP is “one lean mean operating machine”

World Food Programme’s David Beasley says he entered the job while the world was facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. The Programme’s Executive Director emphasizes that his organization is ‘one lean mean operating machine’. “It’s not about bureaucracy, it’s about objectives, it’s about feeding people and getting the job done feeding people”.

Mr. Beasley says he has no doubt we can end world hunger by the year 2030. Here’s how you can help: Share the meal

Canada’s and indigenous peoples’ common future

As Justin Trudeau spoke earlier extensively about injustices first nation people in his country face as well as the efforts being made to improve their relationship, his colleague Chrystia Freeland visited the UN Social Media Space and said that Canada sees this opportunity as a ‘historic moment’.

As both reflected on their country’s past, the Minister of Foreign Affairs was also looking forward on how Canada can include indigenous peoples in their common future. One example she highlights is her governments suggestion for the inclusion of an ‘indigenous chapter’ in an economic development agreement.

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