On the first International Jazz Day at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, China Moses asked all in attendance one simple question: When Did You Fall In Love with Jazz?

Duke Ellington (1899-1974) closely observing musicians on a 1963 tour of India, sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Ellington was arguably the US’s greatest all-around musician—composer, arranger, bandleader, arranger, pianist, accompanist. (© Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution )

Duke Ellington (1899-1974) closely observing musicians on a 1963 tour of India, sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Ellington was arguably the US’s greatest all-around musician—composer, arranger, bandleader, arranger, pianist, accompanist. (© Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution )

Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect. This is the message of this year’s World Immunization Week, on 24-30 April. This short video encourages you to ask your local health clinic which vaccines you need, check whether your vaccinations are up-to-date, and to get the vaccines you need, when you need them.

"It’s [Jazz] really about the human experience. It’s about the ability of human beings to take the worst of circumstances and struggles and turn it into something creative and constructive. That’s something that’s built into the fiber of every human being. And I think that’s why people can respond to it. They feel the freedom in it. And the attributes of jazz are also admirable. It’s about dialogue. It’s about sharing. And teamwork. It’s in the moment, and its nonjudgmental,
at its best."
- Herbie Hancock
"The ocean fuels our trade, the food we eat, the air we breathe… But today, this incredible resource is threatened… That’s why I’m pleased to announce the “Our Ocean” Conference in Washington, DC on June 16th and 17th."
- Secretary Kerry on the 2014 “Our Ocean” Conference (via statedept)

(via statedept)

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Following his recent visit to the Central African Republic, Ban Ki-moon makes a unique personal appeal for peace, justice and reconciliation in the national language of Sango.
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22 April is International Mother Earth Day! Earth Day 2014 will focus on green cities, mobilizing millions of people to create a sustainable, healthy environment by greening communities worldwide. It’s time for us to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild our cities and towns, and begin to solve the climate crisis.

united-nations:

22 April is International Mother Earth Day!

Earth Day 2014 will focus on green cities, mobilizing millions of people to create a sustainable, healthy environment by greening communities worldwide.

It’s time for us to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild our cities and towns, and begin to solve the climate crisis.

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 8): ”The United States and our allies will not hesitate to use 21st-century tools to hold Russia accountable for 19th-century behavior.” Full Text»

Happy World Health Day, world!  Find out how #Just1Bite can cause serious diseases and how to protect yourself [Source: World Health Organization]

Happy World Health Day, world!  Find out how #Just1Bite can cause serious diseases and how to protect yourself [Source: World Health Organization]

"The importance of documentation at birth cannot be overestimated: Without a birth certificate, as a girl grows up it will be difficult, if not impossible, for her to attend school or get a job. She will not be able to own her own land or start her own business. She will not be able to vote. She will likely be confined to the home and left unpaid. She becomes an invisible member of society."
- Tiffany Taylor, U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations; Huffington Post: Why Every Girl Should (Literally) Count [Full Text]
The World Health Organization and partners support #Ebola outbreak response in #Guinea by mobilising international expertise, such as on contact tracing and data management, clinical care, infection prevention and control including isolation services, surveillance and epidemiology, reference laboratories, laboratory diagnosis, logistics and social mobilization. 

WHO is also supporting countries in mobilizing financial and human resources as well as supplies such as personal protective equipment. 
More on #Ebola: http://goo.gl/4WhdbD #AskEbola

 

President Obama’s message to youth: “The success of our ideals comes down to us”  “In the end, the success of our ideals comes down to us — including the example of our own lives, our own societies.  . . That’s what will make Europe strong.  That’s what makes us who we are.”

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