A group of indigenous women from #Kenya wear their traditional clothing.
Indigenous people make up 5% of the global population and live in 90 different countries. Their ancestral forests are ecologically rich and are home to 80% of global biodiversity.
The #UnitedNations Development Programme (UNDP) works with indigenous communities to protect and strengthen natural resources and community well-being by promoting sustainable forestry, ecotourism, greater political awareness and efforts to prevent deforestation.
Regram: @UNDP I 📸: Allan Gichigi / UNDP Kenya
The "Ark of Return" at #UnitedNations Headquarters in #NYC is a Permanent Memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the slave trade.
Designed by Rodney Leon ( @rodneyleonarchitects), an American architect of Haitian descent, the memorial pays tribute to the courage of enslaved people, abolitionists and unsung heroes who helped end the oppression of slavery. It also reminds visitors of the complete history of slavery, urging them to acknowledge its legacy and to heighten awareness of the current dangers of racism, prejudice and slavery’s lingering consequences that continue to impact the descendants of its victims today.
On Friday's #RememberSlavery Day, we pay homage to all who fought the injustice of the slave trade. 📷: UN Social Media / Elif Gulec
Regram @antonioguterres on Thursday's 1st-ever International Day for Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief:
Over the past few months, we have seen increasing numbers of attacks against people targeted simply because of their religion or belief. I have met some of them, including survivors from the Christchurch mosque and San Diego synagogue attacks.
We must do all in our power to prevent such attacks and demand that those responsible are held accountable. We must resist and reject those who falsely and maliciously invoke religion to build misconceptions, fuel division and spread fear and hatred.
The world must step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups. We all have a responsibility to look out for each other, to respect differences and to promote peaceful coexistence. 📷: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
These solar panels float on the Chullpia Lagoon in #Peru, capturing the Sun’s rays at 4000 meters above sea level.
Up this high, reliable irrigation is vital to the region. After 28-year-old Juansergio graduated with a degree in Agricultural Sciences from the country's Altiplano University, he returned home and invented a method to irrigate water to nearby villagers using solar powered pumps. Now two million people along the shores of the Chullpia Lagoon have steady water for livestock and farms, thanks to this system and the ancestral knowledge the community still guards. The initiative is supported by the #UnitedNations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote local actions that contribute to finding global environmental solutions.
Regram: @UNDP | 📷: @pnud_peru / Giulianna Camarena
Wala Matari was abducted by Boko Haram from #Cameroon and taken across the border into #Nigeria where she spent two years hiding in the bush.
Eventually, she was rescued and is now living in a camp in Cameroon, alongside other people who have been displaced due to terrorist attacks in the Lake Chad region. “I go to church to drown my sorrows, to move on from the bad memories," she says.
On Wednesday's Day for the Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism, #UnitedNations Secretary-General @antonioguterres said: "Supporting victims of terrorism is one way in which we live up to our responsibility to defend their rights and our common humanity. By listening to them, we can also learn much about how best to unite our communities against terrorism." "Let us commit to showing victims that they are not alone, and that the international community stands in solidarity with them, wherever they may be." 📸: UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe
Siblings Zadiel and Aranza, refugees from #Venezuela, share a laugh at a playground in #Brazil. While they might not remember their home, they know they are safe here and they are loved.
@filippograndi, UN High Commissioner for @Refugees recently spent four days in Brazil where he met with refugees, local authorities and members of civil society. “Local people have been at the forefront of the response to the needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants. They must not be left alone," he said, stressing the need for stronger international support for host communities.
The vast majority of the more than 4 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants have been received by Latin American countries. Brazil hosts more than 180,000 Venezuelan refugees and migrants, with an average of 500 arriving daily - most in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
Regram: @Refugees I 📸: @escobart#WithRefugees#ForMigration#UnitedNations#GlobalGoals
Ebola survivors and people potentially carrying the virus receive food distributed by @worldfoodprogramme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
One year since the declaration of the Ebola outbreak in 2018, it has been declared a public health emergency of international concern.
Weekly food parcels delivered by the #UnitedNations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners allow carriers of the virus to stay home while being treated, helping them focus on their health.
Since the beginning of its response in August 2018, WFP has provided food and nutrition assistance to 447,000 people, and is scaling up its response to provide vital support across the country. 📷: @martineperret / UN Photo
On the last day of my family vacation, I visited the Robben Island prison in South Africa where Nelson Mandela and other anti-apartheid leaders were detained. It is with deep emotion that I visited Mandela's cell and payed tribute to his memory and legacy.
He was an extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality, and he exemplified courage, compassion and commitment to freedom, peace and social justice.
How tragic it is that in today's world and in so many situations, values that Nelson Mandela represents and fought for seem to be forgotten. 📷: Francisco Ramos
Souad Mohammad Rachid is one of the many #WomenHumanitarians working to help vulnerable people in #Turkey.
On Monday's #WorldHumanitarianDay, we are honouring the women who are working tirelessly to provide humanitarian assistance to some of the most vulnerable people worldwide.
"From supporting civilians caught up in crisis to addressing disease outbreaks, women humanitarians are on the front lines. Their presence makes aid operations more effective by reaching out to women and girls in affected communities. It also improves the humanitarian response to gender-based violence, which increases during emergencies," said UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres.