Matthew Dee, Head of WFP Logistics for the Syria operation, explains how WFP food is delivered inside the country to feed 4.25 million Syrians every month.

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Child marriage destroys childhoods, disrupts schooling, and contributes to cycles of poverty. It’s time to end it! On 22 July, UNICEF will co-host an international summit to rally leaders, communities and girls themselves to end these practices everywhere, forever.  Read more here.

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Child marriage destroys childhoods, disrupts schooling, and contributes to cycles of poverty.

It’s time to end it!

On 22 July, UNICEF will co-host an international summit to rally leaders, communities and girls themselves to end these practices everywhere, forever.  Read more here.

This morning, President Obama made a statement on the situation in Ukraine (including Malaysian flight MH17) and the conflict in Gaza.

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Inspiring Change and an End to Child Marriage with @stephsinclairpix

To learn more about the stories behind the pictures, follow @stephsinclairpix and @tooyoungtowed on Instagram. To see how you can get involved, visit the Too Young To Wed website and the Girl Summit website.

“She looked at me with tears in her eyes and spoke quietly, ‘In my whole life, I have never felt love.’ I continued to hear similar stories as I traveled, researching and photographing child marriage in countries like Nepal, Ethiopia, India and Yemen, Tanzania, South Sudan and even Europe and the US,” says photographer Stephanie Sinclair (@stephsinclairpix), who has spent more than a decade documenting the abuse of women and girls around the world.

Stephanie’s long-term photography project, Too Young To Wed (@tooyoungtowed), joins the UK’s Department for International Development and UNICEF at the first Girl Summit in London.

"I wanted to make sure that we got these images and stories in front of diplomats and policy makers who could enforce laws and support programs to provide more protection for these girls," she says. "I was sure if the rest of the world understood their lives as I had come to, real change wouldn’t be far behind."

The United States and Brazil are working together with UNESCO on anti-racism education,  Last week the Teaching Respect for All guide was released. Find out what it’s all about here.

Let’s Make Every Day, a #MandelaDay
Six years ago, Nelson Mandela made a call to the next generation to take action to address the world’s social injustices. One year later, in 2009, the first Nelson Mandela International Day was celebrated, launched via unanimous decision in the UN General Assembly. Today, in our fifth year of commemoration, we continue to join the call to carry on Mandela’s legacy and to join the global movement for good.  Nelson Mandela once said, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” More

Let’s Make Every Day, a #MandelaDay

Six years ago, Nelson Mandela made a call to the next generation to take action to address the world’s social injustices. One year later, in 2009, the first Nelson Mandela International Day was celebrated, launched via unanimous decision in the UN General Assembly. Today, in our fifth year of commemoration, we continue to join the call to carry on Mandela’s legacy and to join the global movement for good.  Nelson Mandela once said, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” More

Today is Nelson Mandela Day: http://www.mandeladay.com/

Today is Nelson Mandela Day: http://www.mandeladay.com/

Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks today at 11:00 a.m. EDT celebrating the groundbreaking for the USA Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015. 
The USA Pavilion, “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” will showcase American leadership on global food issues, including food security and policy, science and technology, nutrition and health, and culinary culture. The United States is among 147 nations participating in Expo Milano 2015, a world’s fair in Milan, Italy from May 1 to October 31, 2015. With the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” the Milan Expo will promote a global dialogue about the future of our food system.More»

Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks today at 11:00 a.m. EDT celebrating the groundbreaking for the USA Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015. 

The USA Pavilion, “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” will showcase American leadership on global food issues, including food security and policy, science and technology, nutrition and health, and culinary culture. The United States is among 147 nations participating in Expo Milano 2015, a world’s fair in Milan, Italy from May 1 to October 31, 2015. With the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” the Milan Expo will promote a global dialogue about the future of our food system.More»

Each year millions of children, women and men from all regions of the world are trafficked, their hope stolen. To mark the first ever United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July, we’re encouraging people across the globe to symbolically help give back this precious item.
Join the #igivehope campaign today and show your solidarity with victims of human trafficking. Download the ‘how to’ for more details on how to get involved and remember to sign up for the 30 July Thunderclap.

Each year millions of children, women and men from all regions of the world are trafficked, their hope stolen. To mark the first ever United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July, we’re encouraging people across the globe to symbolically help give back this precious item.

Join the #igivehope campaign today and show your solidarity with victims of human trafficking. Download the ‘how to’ for more details on how to get involved and remember to sign up for the 30 July Thunderclap.

Today is Malala Day! Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani blogger who drew global attention after the Taliban shot her in the head for advocating girls’ education, is celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday. Please join us in raising your voice for girls worldwide: http://uni.cf/GS14 #GirlSummit UNICEF

Today is Malala Day! Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani blogger who drew global attention after the Taliban shot her in the head for advocating girls’ education, is celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday. 

Please join us in raising your voice for girls worldwide: http://uni.cf/GS14 #GirlSummit UNICEF

On 11 July, as communities everywhere observe World Population Day, UNFPA is calling for investments in support of the largest-ever generation of youth.

Today’s 1.8 billion young people are shaping social and economic realities, challenging norms and values, and building the foundation of the world’s future. Yet too many young people continue to grapple with poverty, inequality and human rights violations that prevent them from reaching their personal and collective potential.

Safeguarding the rights of adolescents and youth and investing in their future is essential to their development and that of their families, communities and countries. Providing quality education, decent employment, effective livelihood skills and access to sexual and reproductive health, including comprehensive sexuality education, will ensure that every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

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Congratulations to actress Emma Watson on her appointment as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador!  “Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting,” she said. Read more about Ms. Watson and her work advocating for girls’ education. Photo credit: Carter Bowman

united-nations:

Congratulations to actress Emma Watson on her appointment as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador!

“Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting,” she said.

Read more about Ms. Watson and her work advocating for girls’ education.

Photo credit: Carter Bowman

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Secretary Kerry is traveling to Beijing, China for the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Follow his trip on Twitter and on our trip page!

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Secretary Kerry is traveling to Beijing, China for the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Follow his trip on Twitter and on our trip page!

9 Infographics that will give you hope for the future (and make you want to do even more to help)!

(via the United Nations report on the Millennium Development Goals) 

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in the Central African Republic

Today the United States announced nearly $51 million in additional humanitarian aid to support those affected by the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR). This new assistance brings the total U.S. humanitarian funding for the crisis to nearly $118 million in Fiscal Year 2014, helping people suffering inside CAR as well as refugees in the neighboring countries.

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