"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 United States and over 40 countries stood with Ukraine in a joint statement of support at the Human Rights Council March 26.
The text of the statement as delivered by Paula Schriefer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, is available here: https://geneva.usmission.gov/2014/03/….
List of countries who joined the statement: Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States of America.
"While the human rights situation has improved over the past year, Mali remains a fragile country facing numerous challenges relating to transitional justice, security reform, economic recovery, peace building, and reconciliation."
- US Human Rights Council Head of Delegation Paula Schriefer at Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Mali [Full Statement]
Forests provide an estimated one billion people globally with nutritious foods. Their products are consumed directly by people living in and around forests and are also sold, generating income for rural populations. In this way, forests and trees on farms make a major contribution to global food security. However, they have often been given little priority in national policymaking related to food security. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, emphasizes the importance of forests and argues that in the light of the Milliennium Development Goal to reduce hunger by half by 2015, the contribution made by forests and trees to food security and nutrition deserves urgent consideration.
The United Nations will issue new postage stamps and a souvenir card to celebrate International Jazz Day on 30 April 2014. The stamps, featuring three mini-sheets of twelve stamps were designed by Sergio Baradat (United Nations). Jazz is a unique American musical art form that originated at the beginning of the 20th century. It is rooted in African traditions, draws from European musical forms, and has evolved into various styles across the globe. For over a century, Jazz has united people of different cultures, religions, and nationalities. It serves as a universal language and highlights the musical genre’s role as a powerful communication tool for peace, dialogue and cooperation. In 2011 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed 30 April as “International Jazz Day”. The stamps and card are available for download on http://jazzday.com/
"At the very least, we should all aim to educate ourselves on the multifaceted ways in which women are oppressed. We have to start looking at gender oppression through a more holistic lens, one that does not stop at economic and/or political inequalities, but also health-related inequalities such as in sexual and reproductive health."
- Tiffany Taylor, US Youth Observer to the UN [Full Text]
The 3 United Nations postage stamps honoring International Jazz Day are available in US dollars, Swiss francs and Euros and sold at United Nations stamp shops in New York, Geneva and Vienna. For information about purchasing International Jazz Day stamps and other products available through UNPA, please visit www.unstamps.org
State Department Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Brownfield & Office of National Drug Control Policy Botticelli co-lead US Delegation to Comission on Narcotics and Drugs 2014
"Human progress has frequently been propelled at some level by what happens in civil society — people coming together to insist that a better life is possible, pushing their leaders to protect the rights and the dignity of all. That’s why the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.”"
- Statement by Paula Schriefer, Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council, at the Panel discussion on the importance of the promotion and protection of civil society space.