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Children at St. Columba’s School in Delhi, #India, using a mobile phone.

One in three Internet users worldwide is a child. Children are connected, but are they protected? Our colleagues from @unicef explored the impact of the Internet and social media on children's safety and well-being, and they raise this question:
What if digital channels had a built-in alert service that forced you to think about the potential consequences of accepting an unusual Facebook friend request or mindlessly tagging your location on an Instagram post? Unfortunately, that technology doesn’t exist. We are all responsible for our online behaviour and that of our kids.
#ThinkBeforeYouClick is about making the internet a safer place for all of us. It’s about getting informed, being kinder, being careful about who we connect to and what we share. It’s about supporting one another and working together to #ENDviolence online. 📷: UNICEF / Ashutosh Sharma



In #Ethiopia, 14-year-old Konjit is one of the brave girls who dared to speak out about sexual assault happening at her school. Last year, one of her closest friends confided in Konjit that their teacher had been sexually abusing her.
Two years ago, our colleagues from @UNICEF began supporting the Ethiopian Ministry of Education to develop a national code of conduct, and a system to report gender-based violence and abuse. At their weekly gender club meetings, Konjit and her classmates learned about Ethiopia's national code of conduct, and began sharing their stories. They also brought written statements as evidence to the school’s Code of Conduct Committee.

The school dismissed the teacher and referred the case to the justice department. The teacher was ultimately sentenced to prison. "Now that the teacher is out, no one else would dare to do that to us. We feel stronger and more confident to take action," says Konjit.
Regram: @unicefusa | 📷: @unicefethiopia / Demissew Bizuwerk


Working in front of the #NYC skyline.
Passing through the gates of UN Headquarters in New York means entering international territory. This 18-acre site does not belong to just one country, but to all 193 Member States that have joined the Organization.

Every day, representatives from around the world gather at the #UnitedNations to find common ground on global challenges and take action on issues that cannot be resolved by any one country acting alone.

The UN works for everyone, everywhere -- by preventing conflict, vaccinating children, protecting refugees, feeding the hungry, addressing climate change, empowering women, responding to humanitarian crises and so much more. 📷: UN Photo / Kim Haughton




On 12 December 2017, two years after the adoption of the historic #ParisAgreement, the world is meeting again in the French capital in order to fast forward action on climate change.

The #OnePlanet Summit – which brings together the President of France, the President of the World Bank Group, and the UN Secretary-General, among many other leaders – aims to encourage tangible and collective action, innovation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increased efforts to support the most vulnerable countries and peoples.
Join us in taking climate action! We all have to do our part to protect our planet. 📷: via @gouvernementfr


A beautiful day in the Lynden Alps, northern #Norway.

Over half the world’s population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. But mountains are under pressure -- from climate change, overexploitation and more.
On Monday's International Mountain Day and every day, spread the word on the importance of mountains and the need to protect them. 📷: UN Photo / Oscar Muñoz



On your marks... Get set ... Go!

On November 19, the Palais des Nations, home to the #UnitedNations in #Geneva, opened its doors to the public for a training session for the 'Course de l’Escalade', the biggest city marathon in Europe. Thousands of participants ran or walked to promote respect, safety, and dignity for refugees & migrants.
Thank you to all who participated, including two guests of honour: Tadesse Abrahahm, former refugee and European champion of semi-marathon, and Yonas Kinde, member of the refugee Olympic team in 2016.
Regram: @ungeneva | 📷: UN Photo / Violaine Martin

#WithRefugees #GlobalGoals #UNGeneva #PalaisDesNations



Human rights are for everyone, everywhere, every day.
They include our rights to freedom from fear and from want, freedom to speak up, rights to health and education; and to economic and social justice.
On Sunday's Human Rights Day and every day, join people around the 🌏 and #StandUp4HumanRights! 📷: @unitednationshumanrights

#GlobalGoals #RightsOutLoud


One UN - many different languages here on Instagram.
Follow our accounts for multilingual content, behind-the-scenes photos and exclusive images from the #UnitedNations around the world:

Arabic: @unitednations_arabic
French: @nations_unies
Kiswahili: @um_kiswahili
Portuguese: @nacoesunidas
Russian: @unitednationsrussian
Spanish: @nacionesunidas


Meet Samba, a dog from the UN Geneva's family who specializes in explosive detection.

These dogs are highly trained by #UnitedNations security officers for the detection of explosives and firearms. They spend their days checking vehicles, meeting rooms, packages and anything else needed.

Thanks to our furry colleagues for all they do to keep us safe!
Regram: @ungeneva | 📷: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

#GlobalGoals #UNGeneva



A mother holds her newborn baby in a @UNICEF-supported special care unit in #India.

The period around birth constitutes a critical window of opportunity for prevention and management of maternal and newborn health complications, which can otherwise prove fatal.

#UNICEF's work on maternal and newborn health seeks to reduce inequities of care, strengthen health systems, and focus attention on the decrease of adolescent pregnancies. UNICEF helps enhance the role of women, prevent child marriage, increase girls’ schooling, and educate to eliminate female genital mutilation.

Regram: @unicef | 📷: UNICEF/UN0135388/Selaam

#ForEveryChild #GlobalGoals


We mourn the loss of at least 14 #UnitedNations peacekeepers in an attack on Thursday in the Democratic Republic of Congo, during which many peacekeepers were also injured. "This is the worst attack on UN peacekeepers in the Organization’s recent history. It is another indication of the enormous sacrifices made by troop contributing countries in the service of global peace. These brave women and men are putting their lives on the line every day across the world to serve peace and to protect civilians," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

He added that these deliberate attacks "are unacceptable and constitute a war crime." The Secretary-General offered condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and a speedy recovery to those injured. He also called the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate this incident and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice. "There must be no impunity for such assaults, here or anywhere else." 📷: UN Photo


A mother and her child in The Gambia, where almost 60% of the population is under 25 years old. Yet 38% of Gambian youth (25-35) are unemployed.

By improving the employability of youth and helping young entrepreneurs to tap into new markets, the International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the #UnitedNations and the World Trade Organization, supports long-term economic competitiveness and well-being in the African country.

ITC's mission is to foster inclusive economic development and to contribute to achieving the #GlobalGoals for Sustainable Development.
Regram: @internationaltradecentre | 📷: ITC



#TBT to 1966: A refugee mother brings her child to an @UNRWA maternal and child health clinic for a regular check-up.

UNRWA, the #UnitedNations agency for Palestine refugees, was established in 1949 and provides assistance and protection for more than 5 million Palestine. UNRWA gives vital support to those most in need -- from education, health care, relief and social services, to microfinance and emergency assistance. 📷: UN Photo

#ThrowbackThursday #WithRefugees


Turkish and refugee children come together to spend the day filled with crafts, games and giggles.

Our colleagues from the #UnitedNatios Refugee Agency (#UNHCR) are working with the NGO AAR Japan in the Mardin province, #Turkey, to provide protection for refugee children of all nationalities. Services include psycho-social support and referring families to specialised government services. Putting a smile on the children’s faces and supporting their well being is a number one priority.

Regram: @refugees | 📷: UNHCR / I. Rondinella


A #UnitedNations Police officer working for the Child Protection Unit of the @unpeacekeeping mission in #Mali (@un_minusma) participates in the celebration of the World Children's Day on 20 November.

Conflict disproportionately affects children. Many of them are kidnapped, drafted by force, injured or exploited in countless ways. By protecting children who are growing up amid fighting, peacekeepers can break the cycle of violence and lay the foundations for lasting peace. 📷: MINUSMA / Harandane Dicko




A unique ceiling, created by the Spanish abstract artist Miquel Barceló, decorates the ‘Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations’ room which is home of the Human Rights Council at the UN in Geneva.
On Tuesday, the @unitednationshumanrights Council held a special session on the human rights situation of the minority Rohingya Muslim population and other minorities in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

#UnitedNations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein condemned the "widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal" attacks that have driven more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from #Myanmar since August.

Regram: @ungeneva | 📷: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

#UNGeneva #PalaisDesNations #TourTuesday


A UN Volunteer in conversation with a visually impaired home owner while assessing damaged houses after the earthquake in #Nepal in 2015.

On Tuesday's #InternationalVolunteerDay, we thank all the volunteers who respond to crises in the face of great risks!
Regram: @unvolunteers 📷: Lesley Wright


When three-year old Nishimoni was diagnosed with malnutrition, her family started participating in a @UNICEF-supported nutrition program in her village in #Bangladesh.
Her mother, Lovely, was given packets of micronutrient powder to sprinkle on Nishimoni's food. "I learned a lot from the health workers. I think Nishi has turned out to be healthier and brighter. She rarely falls sick now, and is happier, too,” Lovely said.
For the best start in life, children need good nutrition!
Regram: @unicefusa | 📷:@unicefbangladesh / Shehzad Noorani




Welcome to the UN family, @elliegoulding!

The British singer-songwriter is joining the fight to save the lives and habitats of people and animals by cleaning up our air and seas, fighting climate change and protecting species. “My focus will be on amplifying the activism of young people committed to creating a bright future. I want as many people as possible to become advocates for the planet," Ellie said.

Regram: @elliegoulding
#CleanSeas #BeatPollution #GlobalGoals


The #16Days of activism to #OrangeTheWorld as a way of calling for a world free of gender-based violence continue until Human Rights Day on 10 December.
People from all corners of our globe are raising their voices for the elimination of violence against women and girls.
As in previous years, iconic buildings and monuments are ‘oranged’, including Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer in #Brazil (pictured here), the parliaments in #Bangladesh, #Liberia, and #Morocco, the Palace of Fine Arts in #Mexico City, La Scala theatre in Milan, #Italy and many more.
Regram: @unwomen | 📷: UNIC Rio / Pedro Andrade

#Planet5050 #GlobalGoals


Elaine and her daughter go for a walk in their town in #Brazil.
Imagine our world in 2030: an inclusive, resilient and sustainable society for ALL.

Empowering people with disabilities with equal access and opportunities is crucial to achieve the #GlobalGoals and a sustainable future, leaving no one behind.
On Sunday's International Day of Persons with Disabilities - and every day - raise your voice for the rights, well-being and inclusion of people with disabilities. 📷: Luludi Melo


Rohingya children sit and smile beneath a solar lantern, part of the UN Refugee Agency (#UNHCR) emergency relief pack given to new arrivals at Kutupalong refugee camp in #Bangladesh.

Solar lamps help increase safety by lighting up evenings at the camp and allowing daily activities to continue past sunset.
This weekend, we mark 100 days since the latest exodus of Rohingya refugees began. Since August 25th, 2017, 624,000 refugees are estimated to have fled to Bangladesh from #Myanmar. They've walked for days through jungles and mountains, or braved dangerous sea voyages to flee violence.

UNHCR is helping them with emergency assistance focused on protection, shelter, water and sanitation.

Regram: @refugees | 📷: UNHCR / @andrewmcconnellphoto



A #UnitedNations peacekeeping helicopter on a reconnaissance flight in South Sudan.

The conflict in the world's youngest country has forced more than 1.8 million South Sudanese to flee violence. 62% of them are under 18 years old.

Since 2011, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (UNMISS) has been working to promote peace and security, protect civilians and help establish conditions for development.

Regram: @UNpeacekeeping | 📷: @unmissmedia / Valerii Tarasenko



When Martha was 11, she found out she was HIV positive. Since 2012 she has been on the B+ regime, which offers pregnant women living with HIV life-long and simplified antiretroviral treatment. “Option B+ is helping me take my medication at the right time. Timekeeping is much easier. I only take one tablet in the evening now and I don’t miss it. I take it at the right time,” says Martha, now 19, pictured here with her 8-month old son Rahim.
Despite progress, 17 million people living with HIV still don't have access to treatment. @unaidsglobal leads global efforts to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

Regram: @unicef 📷: UNICEF / Schermbrucker

#WorldAIDSDay #MyRightToHealth #GlobalGoals


#FBF to 2001: #UnitedNations Headquarters building is lit with the red AIDS ribbon, demonstrating our commitment to the battle against HIV/AIDS.

New HIV infections have declined by 16% since 2010. However, 1.8 million people still acquire HIV every year.

Friday's #WorldAIDSDay focuses on the challenges people around the world face in exercising their right to health.

We ALL can do our part to end the stigma and discrimination that continue to make people vulnerable to HIV. 📷: UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe

#FlashBackFriday #MyRightToHealth #GlobalGoals


Three refugee children look out of the window of a train in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia after having crossed the Mediterranean to seek refuge.
Some of the world’s most dangerous migration routes cross the Mediterranean Sea – a major pathway to Europe for migrants and refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Up to three-quarters of children and youth face abuse, exploitation and trafficking on these migration routes.
Children’s rights are not confined by national borders. Our colleagues at @unicef work every day to protect the hopes and dreams of refugee and migrant children. #AChildIsAChild no matter what.
Regram: @unicef 📷: UNICEF/UNI197652/Gilbertson VII

#ChildrenUprooted #WithRefugees


One of the resident peacocks at Palais des Nations, home to the UN in Geneva, #Switzerland.
You can see majestic peacocks roam freely on the grounds of the Ariana Park where @ungeneva is located.
The overall #UnitedNations complex in Geneva is 600 metres long, and hosts 34 conference rooms and 2,800 offices, making it one of the largest diplomatic conference centres in the world. 📷: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré #UNGeneva #PalaisDesNations


In Kalunga, Democratic Republic of the Congo, a young girl is being tested for malaria. The mosquito-borne disease remains a major killer for children under 5 years of age. Prompt diagnosis is the most effective means of preventing a mild case of malaria from developing into severe disease and death.

We need to do more to #EndMalaria. As progress has stalled, @WHO calls for urgent action to reduce malaria case incidence and mortality rates by at least 40% by the year 2020.

Regram: @who 📷: WHO / Tapper



Ghazal and Abdelraham are beaming after receiving schools bags through a generous donation from @dubaicares. They attend the Al Zaytoun Elementary School in Gaza, supported by the #UnitedNations agency for Palestine refugees @unrwa. Like many children attending #UNRWA schools, Ghazal and Abdelraham have big dreams for their future and already realizes that education will play a key part in achieving them.

On Wednesday's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that "now is the time to end the conflict by establishing an independent Palestinian State, living side by side in peace & security with the State of Israel." Regram: @unrwa | 📷: UNRWA / Khalil Adwan

#GlobalGoals #WithRefugees


"Sky, Earth, Sea...the water cycle," by Iciar Martínez González, celebrates the movement of water through the Earth.
Given the uneven distribution of water resources worldwide, it is important to know the rate at which freshwater resources are renewed or replenished by the hydrological cycle.
The World Meterological Organization (WMO) works to ensure international cooperation on weather, climate and water issues. Folllow @wmo_omm to join the #WMOWaterWays photo competition and see more entries.
Regram: @wmo_omm