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"Need a Boda Boda?" This is the phrase that greets callers when they ring the Boda Boda hotline in this village in #Kenya.

Since farming alone is no longer a reliable way to put bread on the table because of climate change, women are creating entrepreneurial groups like the Boke Women in the Oda village.
They began with seed funding and small business training from @UNDP and the Kenyan National Drought Management Authority. The groups focus on tailoring, beekeeping, posho mills for grinding grains like maize and millet, bakeries, and hair salons. The Boke Women love the freedom of the road, so they opted for a taxi company.

Each woman from the the Boke Women's group earns around 200 Kenyan shillings (around 2 USD) a day driving people around. It isn't much, but it's hard-earned work they take pride in.
Regram: @undp | 📷: UNDP Kenya



“The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty (#CTBT) has stabilized the arms race. Today, in this 21st century, we only have one country that is conducting nuclear test explosions.” -- Dr. Lassina Zerbo, head of the organization tasked with verifying the ban on nuclear tests.

Last week, Dr. Zerbo received the 2018 Award for Science Diplomacy in recognition of his commitment to eliminating nuclear testing.

Dr Zerbo expressed his conviction that the prize would help to advance non-proliferation efforts globally: “In this particular time of geopolitical tension, this award means hope. Not only for me, but to the many people in the Organization that are working tirelessly day in and day out to stop nuclear testing”. 📷: Portrait by @robertclarkphoto. #Cinemagraph by @flixelphotos

#AAASmtg #sciencediplomacy #GlobalGoals


#UnitedNations peacekeepers from #China working for the @unpeacekeeping mission in #Lebanon (UNIFIL) celebrate the #LunarNewYear of the dog 🐶 while #ServingForPeace.
UN peacekeepers leave their families behind and work in some of the most hostile environments on the planet to help others. We thank them for their service and sacrifice.
Regram: @unifil_official | 📷: UN / Pasqual GORRIZ



The “Non-Violence” (or “Knotted Gun”) sculpture at #UnitedNations Headquarters in #NYC, pictured here, was created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd.

A gift from #Luxembourg to the UN, the artist designed the piece in 1980 following the murder of his friend John Lennon. The sculpture, which consists of a large replica of a 45-calibre revolver with the barrel tied into a bullet-blocking knot, is an iconic symbol for peace.

Today, visitors to UN Headquarters from around the globe continue to appreciate and connect to the cherished piece and its powerful message. 📷: UN Photo / Michos Tzovaras



A boy plays with a homemade kite in Ain Issa refugee camp, #Syria.

As vulnerable families move around northeastern Syria, our colleagues from the World Health Organization are moving with them, providing support in a variety of ways, including health centres in host communities, mobile medical teams and vaccination campaigns.

WHO supports partners to provide health assistance in 7 refugee camps in Raqqa and Hassakah.

Regram & 📷: @who


Friday was Kids Day at #UnitedNations Headquarters in #NYC. Young visitors were invited to explore the work of the UN, the #GlobalGoals and more through interactive games, quizzes and puzzles. They also got the opportunity to visit the Security Council chamber and General Assembly hall, and could try on blue helmets to see what it is like to be a UN peacekeeper. "The UN Kids Tour was great. We liked it because it was interesting and we learned a lot," the children agreed.
Check out our Instagram story for more photos. Tours are available to the general public all year long. 📷: UN Social Media Team / @roypanphoto



As we begin the Lunar Year of the Dog, we want to thank Taz and all our K-9 colleagues for keeping us safe all year round!

We wish good health, happiness and success to everyone!

Scroll through for more 🐶 shots. 📷: UN Social Media Team / @roypanphoto



A #UnitedNations peacekeeper from #Nigeria working on a rainy day for the @UNPeacekeeping mission in #Liberia.
Nigeria has been providing military and police officers to @UNPeacekeeping for over 50 years. These brave men and women leave their families behind and work in some of the most hostile environments on the planet to help others.
We thank them for their service and sacrifice. 📷: UNMIL Photo / Christopher Herwig



Teodora Vasquez hugs her mother shortly after being released from prison in El Salvador where she was serving a 30-year sentence for “aggravated homicide” as a result of a miscarriage.

Teodora, who had spent more than 10 years in prison, was released this Thursday after El Salvador’s Supreme Court commuted her sentence.

The #UnitedNations Human Rights Office believes this is a positive development that could pave the way for the release of other women who are in a similar situation. "We urge the authorities to continue to review the cases of over 25 women still serving similarly long sentences in connection with pregnancy complications or abortion-related offenses." The Human Rights Office also reiterates the call that El Salvador should comply with its international human rights obligations and lift the absolute prohibition on abortion.

Regram: @unitednationshumanrights | 📷: EPA / Rodrigo Sura

#GlobalGoals #Planet5050



#FlashbackFriday to January 1960: View of the #NYC skyline from the East River with #UnitedNations Headquarters in the foreground.
While our headquarters is located in New York, the UN has a presence around the world and 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

#GlobalGoals #FBF


#FlashbackFriday to 2009 when #UnitedNations peacekeepers from #China working for the @UNPeacekeeping mission in #Liberia (UNMIL) celebrated the #LunarNewYear while #ServingForPeace.
UNMIL, which was established in 2003 to monitor a ceasefire agreement following the conclusion of the Second Liberian Civil War, will close next month after having successfully accomplished its mission.
UN peacekeepers leave their families behind and work in some of the most hostile environments on the planet to help others. We thank them for their service and sacrifice. 📷: UN Photo / Christopher Herwig



Six-month pregnant, Samsunnahar walked five days to reach the safety of Thangkhali refugee camp in #Bangladesh after fleeing violence in #Myanmar.

Thangkhali is part of Kutupalong, which is now the world’s largest refugee camp. Samsunnahar and her children receive the food they need to survive from the World Food Programme, including rice, lentils and vegetable oil.

Regram: @wfpusa | 📷: @worldfoodprogramme_official / Saikat Mojumder

#WithRefugees #GlobalGoals



Syrian refugees Hilala (12) and her little brother Hasan (1) protect themselves beneath a blanket following heavy rain and snow. Winter storms are battering almost 5,000 flimsy shelters at Haoush Harime settlement in #Lebanon.
Children like Hilala and Hasan are struggling to live under freezing temperatures. Despite a serious funding gap, our colleagues from @unicef are providing life-saving support to over 250,000 children in Lebanon.

Regram: @unicef | 📷: UNICEF/UN0158349/Halldorsson

#ForEveryChild #WithRefugees


At age 12, Eunice was forced to marry after she became pregnant in #Kenya. She tried to run away, but she was caught. “They beat me up, a beating like I had never experienced in my entire life. I really suffered and cried a lot.” She tried to escape but her mother found her and reported the abuse to the police. Now, Eunice is 16 and happily in school.

#ValentinesDay is a romantic time for couples, but not for the more than 700 million women and girls alive today who were forced to marry before their 18th birthday.

Join @unfpa and raise your voices to say #IDONT to child marriage. 📷: UNFPA / Luca Zordan


These Ukrainian #UnitedNations Peacekeepers are the last from their country to leave the @UNPeacekeeping mission in #Liberia (UNMIL), which will close next month.
More than 80 officers from #Ukraine have been operating the mission's aviation service for the past 14 years.
UNMIL was established in 2003 to monitor a ceasefire agreement following the conclusion of the Second Liberian Civil War. It has been a steadfast partner to the African country, protecting civilians, supporting the rule of law and promoting human rights and sustainable peace. ➡️ Scroll through for more pictures. 📷: UN Peacekeeping




Tuesday is #WorldRadioDay!

Krishi radio journalist Salma Akter Santa interviews farmer Taslima Begum in #Bangladesh.
These radio programmes, supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), are designed to share farmer’s perspectives and give them knowledge in cultivation.
Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people, which makes it a great medium during natural disasters.

Regram: @ifadnews | 📷: IFAD / G.M.B. Akash



“I hope I can lead by example & inspire other young Africans to also follow their dreams.” 19-year-old Sabrina Wanjiku Simader (@sabrinasimader98) is making history at @pyeongchang2018 this week as Kenya's first alpine skier to compete at the Olympic Games.
Here, Sabrina shows her support for efforts to stop the trade in illegal wildlife which threatens several animals with extinction.
Thank you, Sabrina, for becoming UN Environment's first Mountain Hero & #WildforLife snow leopard!
Regram: @unenvironment | 📷: UN Environment

#PyeongChang2018 #Kenya #skiing


Mother and child, safe and sound, at Balukhali refugee camp in #Bangladesh.

Motherhood should be a time of joy and celebration, but for several thousands of Rohingya women who are pregnant or new mothers and fleeing violence in #Myanmar, it has become a time of pain and suffering.

Our colleagues from @unfpa are working tirelessly to make motherhood safer for Rohingya women and their babies.

They work for a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

Regram: @unfpa | 📷: UNFPA / Bangladesh / Naymuzzaman Prince

#WithRefugees #GlobalGoals



The United Kingdom is among the more than 120 countries that provide military and police officers to @UNPeacekeeping.

More than 600 UN Peacekeepers from the UK have left their families behind to work in some of the most hostile environments on the planet to help others.
These brave women and men are #ServingForPeace at great personal risk, working to stabilise regions in conflict and help keep us all safer.
We thank them for their service and sacrifice.

Check out our Instagram story for more photos and videos about UN Peacekeepers from the United Kingdom. 📷: @britisharmy


When the eggs of olive ridley turtles hatch in Sindhudurg, #India, it is one of the local fishermen who carefully collects them from under the sand and releases them into the sea.

There are 63 million people living on the country's coastline, and most of them work in fishing, tourism, and other areas directly related to nature. If biodiversity is not protected, the ecosystem becomes unbalanced.

India is the second-largest producer of fish in the world. Growing demand on 🐠 supplies, coupled with destructive fishing practices, was threatening the area, which is one of 11 ecologically critical habitats in the country.

With support from #UNDP, the #UnitedNations Development Programme, fishing communities are taking the lead to protect life under water, creating sustainable livelihoods and preserving the biodiversity around them.

In just two years, the number of olive ridley 🐢 nesting areas protected by villagers increased five-fold.
Regram: @undp | 📷: UNDP India / Prashanth Vishwanathan

#GlobalGoals #SaveOurOcean


A young student from Ayta Ash Sha’b school visits the headquarters of the @unpeacekeeping mission in #Lebanon (UNIFIL) in Naqoura.
@unifil_official works with 10500 peacekeepers from 41 countries to keep peace in south Lebanon.

#UnitedNations peacekeepers monitor the cessation of hostilities in the area, help ensure humanitarian access to civilian populations, and support the voluntary and safe return of displaced people. 📷: UN Photo / Pasqual Gorriz



"The Olympics and Paralympics showcase the best of the world’s athletic achievements. And the best of humanity." This week, #UnitedNations Secretary-General António Guterres attended the opening ceremony of the #PyeongChang2018 Olympic winter games and met Olympic athletes. "It was a pleasure to attend the opening of these historic games. I was very moved by the display of the Olympic spirit today in PyeongChang. As the eyes of the world turned to the Korean Peninsula, we saw athletes gather in solidarity and mutual respect for friendly competition," said the Secretary-General. 📷: Mark Garten & Stephane Dujarric/ UN



Baby Ilham plays as her mother attends a mother-to-mother support group held at a health post in #Ethiopia, supported by our colleagues from #UNICEF.
The #UnitedNations agency helps provide the most vulnerable children and women with health, nutrition, education & protection services.
Regram: @unicef | 📷: UNICEF / UN0157430/ Ayene



#UnitedNations Secretary-General António Guterres toured the Olympic village at #PyongChang2018 and met with athletes from all over the world. "I was moved to see people from different cultures, different religions and different ways to see the world, all ready to compete in the Olympic spirit. We could use more of that spirit of solidarity & mutual respect all over the world," said the Secretary-General. "Let the Olympic Flame shine as a beacon to human solidarity.
Let the Olympic Truce help spread a culture of peace.
Let the Olympic Spirit guide our actions today and every day." 📷: UN Photo / Mark Garten


#UnitedNations tour guides hard at work showing visitors around UN Headquarters in #NYC.
21 guides from 11 countries give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the #UnitedNations at work, explaining its goals and structure while pointing out the architectural highlights of the building to over a million visitors a year.

In the course of the one-hour tour, visitors explore historic rooms such as the General Assembly Hall and the Security Council Chamber, while learning about how the UN addresses global issues like peace and security, human rights, and the #GlobalGoals. 📷: UN Social Media Team / @roypanphoto


"The Olympic Truce demands peace among participants during the period when the games take place. Its fundamental message is that our common humanity can transcend political differences.
I call on all parties to conflict to observe the Olympic Truce during the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games." -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ahead of #PyeongChang2018.


A woman painting graffiti is an unusual sight in Jalalabad city, #Afghanistan, a place where women rarely work outside their homes. But 24-year-old Muqadasa Ahmadzai is not your average Afghan woman.
She wanted to encourage combatants to renounce violence, so when she was a teenager, she started an anti-violence campaign with friends. “We sent a message to them to join in with us and spray colors instead of blood,” she explained.

Muqadasa is renown in her community for helping women. Whenever a mother in a village comes across a conflict where a neighbor or feuding party demands a child bride to settle debt or resolve tribal disputes, the women turn to Muqadasa who negotiates girls out of child marriage using her knowledge of national laws on women's and girls' rights.

This is only the start for Muqadasa. She wants to do more for women's rights in Afghanistan. That’s why she joined the Youth Parliament, a platform that the Afghan Ministry of Youth and the #UnitedNations set up for young people from across the country to experience what it is like to be a representative and learn how a parliament functions. “I have a passion for politics,” she says, “but only because it will give me a platform to do more for my people.” Regram: @undp | 📷: UNDP Afghanistan / Omer Sadaat


"We climb this mountain two or three times a week," says 8-year-old Mohammed. "It makes us happy because we can see the whole camp below us. We can even see #Myanmar!” Since violence erupted across Rakhine State, some 655,000 women, men and children have crossed the border into #Bangladesh seeking safety. Rohingya refugee children like Mohammed and his friends use the local hills around the crowded makeshift camp to find space to play and escape the reality below, while feeling a connection with Myanmar, visible off in the distance.
Our colleagues from @UNICEF are in Bangladesh, helping to provide the most vulnerable children with health, nutrition, education & protection services.
Regram: @unicefusa | 📸 : @unicefbangladesh / Thomas Nybo
#WithRefugees #ForEveryChild


Fourteen-year-old Latty Compaoré learned the spirit of resistance from her mother, who was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child in Burkina Faso. “She told me that one of the girls who had been cut the same day as her had experienced serious problems and died following a haemorrhage that no one had taken care of,” Latty explained.

FGM can cause serious health consequences, including haemorrhage, shock, infection and complications in childbirth.

Yet more than 200 million women and girls alive today have been subjected to the practice, and if FGM continues at current levels, 68 million girls will be cut by 2030.

Latty decided to become an advocate for ending the practice. A talented singer, she recorded a song about it, called “Excision,” which garnered attention throughout her country, even getting air time on national television and radio stations. 📷: @UNFPA / Luca Zordan
#EndFGM #Global Goals


This mural, entitled “Peace”, was painted by the Brazilian artist Candido Portinari. It is located on the west wall of the Delegates’ Lobby at #UnitedNations Headquarters in #NYC.
Right in front of it, on the east wall, there is another mural by the same artist entitled “War.” When representatives from around the world come into the lobby, they see “War". After meeting to find common ground on global challenges, they go out and see “Peace.” Both murals were presented to the United Nations by #Brazil in 1957. 📷: UN Social Media Team / @roypanphoto