Promoting respect for human rights is a core purpose of the United Nations and defines its identity as an organization for people around the world.
Member States have mandated the Secretary-General and the UN System to help them achieve the standards set out in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Democracy is a universally recognized ideal and is one of the core values and principles of the United Nations.
Democracy provides an environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights.
Climate change is one of the major challenges of our time.
From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale.Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and, therefore, also half of its potential.Gender equality, besides being a fundamental human right, is essential to achieve peaceful societies, with full human potential and sustainable development.Every child has the right to health, education and protection, and every society has a stake in expanding children’s opportunities in life.Yet, around the world, millions of children are denied a fair chance for no reason other than the country, gender or circumstances into which they are born.More than 30 countries worldwide are operating 444 nuclear reactors for electricity generation and 66 new nuclear plants are under construction.In 2014, 13 countries relied on nuclear energy to supply at least one-quarter of their total electricity.Far-right parties are already in government in Italy, Austria, and now Brazil. The eruption of resistance that first burst onto the scene in the US with the Women’s Marches is part of a global women’s rebellion.Cinzia Arruzza has argued that we are witnessing the birth of what she calls a “third...The number of older persons, those aged 60 years or over, has increased substantially in recent years in most countries and regions, and that growth is projected to accelerate in the coming decades.New HIV infections have fallen by 35% since 2000 (by 58% among children) and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 42% since the peak in 2004.