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To raise awareness of the #GlobalGoals in a fun, colourful and relatable way, the @UN created a story book aimed at 3-11 year olds. This holiday season, download and read our illustrated children's book about Frieda  here 

UN Exhibit: Lives Cut Short: Seeking Refuge During the Holocaust  On display starting 18 January 2019
Through the story of young Holocaust victim, Ruth Maier, this exhibition portrays the broader history of the Jewish refugees’ search for safety during the Holocaust. It shows the courage and desperate choices Jewish parents made to keep their children alive. Ruth’s diaries and writings provide a searing testimony of creative promise destroyed through the actions of the Nazis and their collaborators and supporters.

This exhibit is organized by the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance and the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies with the support of the Permanent Missions of Austria and Norway to the United Nations.

Annual Call to be part of Global Festival of Action 2019
The UN SDG Action Campaign launches its call to SDG advocates, creators, influencers & stakeholders to co-design the program of its annual Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development, taking place in Bonn, 2-4 May 2019.
The deadline to apply is 14 January 2019. Learn more here

UNSRC Chamber Music Society | Music Therapy Concert

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 7:30 pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

(Entrance located near 154 West 57th Street)

The UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council is proud to present a concert in support of the Helen Sawaya Fund, a philanthropy program headquartered at Mount Sinai Health System, whose mission is to enhance the experience of cancer patients using complementary therapies which include music therapy.  Music, which symbolizes peace and hope, also holds the power to help in alleviating pain, easing side-effects, while reducing physical and emotional stress.
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Benefiting the Helen Sawaya Fund to provide music therapy to cancer patients.

New Global UNHCR Campaign 
UNHCR announced a new global campaign calling on people all over the world to cover the distance travelled by refugees each year.

The 2 Billion Kilometres to Safety campaign invites people to act in solidarity and run, walk or cycle to achieve a cumulative total of two billion kilometres. Participants can use their fitness apps or the campaign website –– to log the kilometres and contribute to a global total.

To join the campaign, please visit the website:

UN Democracy Fund Call for Project Proposals: Deadline 18 January

The UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) supports two-year projects that empower civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations.

Over the past 12 years, UNDEF has supported more than 780 projects in over 120 countries at a total amount of almost US$190 million. UNDEF provides grants of up to US$300,000 per project.

World Bank / Financial Times Blog Competition
"How Would You Reimagine Education?"

High school students around the world between the ages of 16-19 are asked to submit a short blog post on what could help better prepare them for the future. Youth will be most affected by the changing nature of jobs and skills and we believe they will have some interesting ideas about the opportunities that technology can provide them. Please share this with your networks so that we may hear from young people on their ideas on how to re-imagine education. 
  • Apply here by 31 January 2019
  • More details available here
14th St. Jerome Translation Contest - Deadline is 31 January 2019
Following up on the commemoration of International Translation Day, celebrated every year on 30 September, the Conference Management Service of the United Nations Office at Vienna is pleased to announce the launch of the fourteenth edition of the St. Jerome Translation Contest.
Deadline is 31 January 2019
UN News is now available in Hindi
Looking for UN News in Hindi? Check out the new Hindi News website with latest updates from around the globe:
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The NEW DPI: United Nations Department of Global Communications
as of 1 January 2019
The 2018 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons is the fourth of its kind mandated by the General Assembly through the 2010 United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. It covers 142 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based primarily on trafficking cases detected between 2014 and 2016. As UNODC has been systematically collecting data on trafficking in persons for more than a decade, trend information is presented for a broad range of indicators.

Civil Society Unit (formerly NGO Relations Unit)

Note on New Name
New Briefings, Chat Series and Events Calendar - Winter/Spring 2019

First Civil Society Briefing in 2019
Giving Back to Create Inclusive and Sustainable Communities

Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 2, United Nations Headquarters, New York 
RSVP to secure a Special Event Ticket. Tickets will be required to access CR2.
RSVP by Tuesday, 22 January 2019

United Nations Civil Society Briefing
A Matter of Humanity: The Rescue of Jews in Albania during the Holocaust 

Date: Thursday, 31 January 2019
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York 
RSVP to secure a Special Event Ticket. Tickets will be required to access CR1.
RSVP by Tuesday, 29 January 2019
The 2018 Annual Review for NGOs formally associated with DPI is open from 4 December 2018 until 10 February 2019*

Due to a large volume of queries regarding Annual Review login, the deadline to submit your Annual Review forms has been extended to 10 February, 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience that may have been caused and thank you for your understanding.

An email has been sent to the Head of the Organization unless another preferred email address was indicated by the NGO for communication with UN DPI. 
For questions or inquiries, please email us at

Civil Society Corner

Fifth Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs:
Financing for Sustainable Development:
Towards an Economy of Life

Date: Tuesday, 29 January 2019
: 8:30am-6:00pm

Location: Conference Room 2, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Please here RSVP by 18 January 2019
For further information please email:

Civil Society Resource Centre and Conference Room

Resource Centre

Hours of Operation

Monday: 9:45 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Tuesday: 9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 2 - 4 p.m.
Friday: 9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Conference Room Reservation

Monday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: It is mandatory for all visitors to sign-in at the Resource Centre and state the purpose of their visit. Failure to sign-in may result in denial of access to future conference room bookings.
To book the Conference Room please send your request via e-mail to Please note, a Civil Society Representative/s of Organizations associated with the Department of Global Communications must be present during your scheduled meeting. We will need the following information: - Name of the organization - Name of person responsible for the booking - Contact information (e-mail address and phone number) - Purpose of meeting We will send a confirmation e-mail with the booking information.

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