Jan 01, 2020

Security Council : Vietnam holds the presidency in January.


Decade of Action for the SDGs (20 January) : With just ten years remaining to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, a decade of ambitious action is needed, including:

  • global action to get strong leadership, more resources and smarter solutions;
  • local action embedding decisions to reach these global goals in the policies, budgets, institutions and regulatory frameworks of governments, cities and local authorities; and
  • people action – by young people, civil society, the media, the private sector, academia and all stakeholders – to generate an unstoppable movement behind needed transformations.

Find out more: The UN Global Compact hosts an SDG Media Zone at the World Economic Forum in Davos to highlight business initiatives 21-23 January.


UN Humanitarian Campaign (30 January) : One in every 45 people in the world – many living in the crises that now affect 53 countries – need food, shelter, health care, emergency education, protection or other basic assistance. The United Nations counts on the international community’s continued generosity to help save lives and alleviate suffering. This OCHA campaign aims to raise awareness and support for humanitarian efforts around the world by shining a light on the work, passion, drive and sacrifice of humanitarians.


Nelson Mandela Prize (28 February deadline) : The UN is calling for nominations for the 2020 prize honoring Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life and paying homage to his legacy of reconciliation, political transition and social transformation. It recognizes the achievements of those who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity and is presented every five years.


In Case You Missed It


United Nations’ 75th Anniversary : Throughout its 75th year, the UN is on a global listening exercise to spark dialogues throughout 2020 across the world – with particular emphasis on young people and groups not already engaged with the UN. It aims to increase understanding of global threats and opportunities, to discern a global vision for 2045 (the UN’s centenary year) and to shape a future that serves “we the peoples” who inspired the UN Charter that has served as the organization’s foundation since 1945. Ideas will be presented at a high-level gathering of world leaders and senior UN officials on 21 September.

Please join the UN75 conversation on social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube.


Reports and Resources

The United Nation’s flagship publication on the state of the world economy, the World Economic Situation and Prospects Report, is launched on 16 January.

The UN World Social Report, which examines the impact of four mega-trends on inequality – technological innovation, climate change, urbanization and international migration – is launched on 30 January.

SDG Book Club: New reading list on SDG10: Reduced Inequalities : This goal-a-month approach offers an opportunity for children to discover new voices and concepts from around the world and for educators and parents to open discussions about each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It is available in all six official UN languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.


International Days

World Braille Day (4 January)

International Day of Education (24 January) This focuses on the importance of insuring inclusive, equitable, and quality education at all levels – so that all people have access to lifelong learning opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to access opportunities to participate fully in society.

Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust (27 January) This year marks 75 years after Auschwitz: Holocaust education and remembrance for global justice to reflect the continuing importance of collective action against anti-Semitism, and other forms of bias, to ensure respect for the dignity and human rights of all people. An exhibition, “Seeing Auschwitz” opens following the UN’s annual ceremony marking the international day.

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