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Orange the World: #HearMeToo, End violence against women and girls

Building on the momentum of global movements and grassroots campaigns such as ‘#Metoo’, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc” “#NiUnaMenos”, #MetooIndia and “HollaBack!”, the UN theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December), under the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, is Orange the World: #HearMeToo.

#HearMeToo brings to the forefront the voices of women and girls, who have survived violence, who are defending women’s rights every day, who are taking action — many of them very far away from the limelight or media headlines. Join them as they say #HearMeToo. Create a short story about your experience or support for survivors. Then, share your “story card” with the world.

In Focus

Man with HIV
World AIDS Day (1 December)

This year's theme is "Live positively: Know your HIV status." Around the world, 37 million people are living with HIV, the highest number ever, yet a quarter do not know that they have the virus. Knowing your HIV status has many advantages. It is an essential entry point to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support services. People who test positive for HIV should be linked immediately to antiretroviral therapy to keep them alive and well and, when viral load suppression is reached, prevent transmission of the virus.

student at a school for disabled children
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December)

This year’s theme focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda pledges to “leave no one behind”. Governments, persons with disabilities and their representative organisations, academic institutions and the private sector need to work as a “team” to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Prespa Lake Basin
World Soil Day (5 December)

While we can see many of the changes we have made to our planet, some of our impacts are virtually invisible, and soil pollution is a good example. Be the Solution to Soil Pollution campaign for World Soil Day 2018 aims to raise awareness and call people to #StopSoilPollution. One third of our global soils are already degraded. Yet we risk losing more due to this hidden danger. Soil pollution can be invisible and seems far away but everyone, everywhere is affected. 

In the Spotlight

person with disabilities using computer
Vashkar Bhattacharjee and Tencent 

Disabilities’ advocate Vashkar Bhattacharjee (Bangladesh), and private sector enterprise, Tencent (China) are this year's laureates of the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. Vashkar Bhattacharjee is a leading advocate who collaborates with partners on the production of resources for learners with disabilities, and to the training of teachers in use of accessible reading materials. Tencent, an Internet-based technologies and cultural enterprise, is recognized for its outstanding contribution to the empowerment of persons with disabilities by using inclusive digital technologies.

The UN System at Work

solar panels
UN Environment

UN Environment’s 2018 Emissions Gap Report concludes that nations must triple efforts to reach 2°C target. It calculates how far the pledges that countries have made to reduce their emissions will go to prevent dangerous levels of warming, and it shows just how much more action is needed to keep us on a safe path. What will happen to global greenhouse gas emissions if countries keep all of their climate promises? And what will happen if countries fall short? Scientists have modeled a number of scenarios, taking into account the climate pledges made in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Watch the video and download the full report.

Goal of the month

In Focus: Climate Conference

Each month, we provide an editorial package focusing on one of the Sustainable Development Goals, containing interviews, links to campaigns, social media assets, and resources.

Did you know?

Women in the labour market on average still earn a quarter less than men globally. Find out more in Global Issues: Gender Equality.
The UN aims to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Approximately 10 people a day are killed by landmines and other explosives. Find out more in Global Issues: Peace and Security
There are 5 nuclear-weapon-free zones in the world.

Worth Watching

UN in Pictures

father and children in Yemen
farmer sowing seeds
woman worker
textiles and shoes
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