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Highlights from Monday at the World Humanitarian Summit

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit opened on Monday in Istanbul, Turkey! The opening ceremony was a journey for humanity through music, images and words, featuring people affected by humanitarian crises. Watch the powerful performances online. As he took the stage, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the President of Turkey, relief activists and international celebrities to urge the global community to shape a different future for the world. Dozens of high-level side events took place at the Summit on Monday, focusing on a range of areas of  humanitarian action. Here are just some highlights: Global and national organizations launched the Education Cannot Wait fund, which aims to provide 13.6 million children and youth in emergencies and protracted crises with quality education over the next five years. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, and the International Rescue Committee announced a new partnership to help children and families living in crisis.  At an event on women and girls, UN Women called for women’s rights and empowerment to be central principles of humanitarian action. Every day, some 500 women and girls die from childbirth and pregnancy in areas affected by, or prone to, conflict or natural disaster. Recently-appointed UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd launched the Safe Birth Even Here campaign to to protect the rights of the women and girls living in humanitarian and fragile settings. Meanwhile, world leaders and celebrity supporters visited the Summit’s Innovation Marketplace...

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Facebook is on site at the World Humanitarian Summit

World leaders, celebrity supporters, aid chiefs and more will be stopping by the Innovation Marketplace at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul to take questions from Facebook users. Here are a selection of the Facebook Live videos: UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd European Union’s Kristalina Georgieva UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi UN Refugee Agency’s Melissa Fleming International Labour Organizations Chief Guy Ryder UN Special Adviser on the Syria Crisis and Norwegian Refugee Council Secretary-General Jan Egeland Human rights advocate Victor Ochen Advocate Muna AbuSulayman Virtual reality filmmaker Bryn Mooser of RYOT UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon UN Humaitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien UNRWA Chief Pierre Krähenbühl International Organization Chief William Lacy Swing UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Afshan Kan A World at School’s Sarah Brown UNODC’s Simone Monasebian Watch live on Facebook here: World Humanitarian Summit United Nations...

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See all the World Humanitarian Summit action via social media

Not in Istanbul? No problem! United Nations staff are using social media platforms and other digital tools to bring you virtually inside the Istanbul Congress Centre which is where the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit is taking place. Here are some links and tips to get you started. Tune in to watch live webstreams from the UN Webcast team. Follow multilingual social media accounts: Twitter: @UN, @WHSummit and @UNOCHA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WHSummit/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whsummit/ Snapchat: united-nations Hashtag: #ShareHumanity The major UN Social Media accounts are putting out content in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish are also actively covering the Summit, too. Here is what’s happening: Plenary sessions High-level leaders roundtables Special sessions Side events (Note — many have their own websites and hashtags) Exhibition fair Want to read up on the Agenda for Humanity? See it and more key documents online. Want to see more photos? Check out this constantly updated photo gallery. Wrap stories, interviews and more: UN News Centre UN Radio Archived...

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What’s happening on Earth Day? The #ParisAgreement Signing ceremony in NYC

To keep the global spotlight focused on climate change and build on the strong political momentum from Paris, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited representatives of all countries to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change at a special Ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters on 22 April. The Signing Ceremony takes place on the first day that the Agreement will be open for signatures, marks the first step toward ensuring that the Agreement enters into legal force as quickly as possible. How can you take part on social media? Join in using the #ParisAgreement hashtag. Additional additional information for attendees, including world leaders, is...

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Reddit “Ask me anything” session on eliminating racism with human rights expert Gay McDougall

Gay McDougal, UN Expert on the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of the rights of minorities around the world, is taking your questions on Reddit! Join in at 4 pm (NYC time) on Monday, 21 March. The question and answer session will be accessible via this link: http://j.mp/21DVnZo This online event is just one way the UN is marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws. Help spread the word on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag:...

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