Out-of-pocket spending on health care continues to increase around the world —accounting for 50% of total health care spending in African countries and up to 80% in some South Asian nations. This spending pushes millions of people into poverty each year. The movement toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC), well-captured in #SDGS and the @WHO's General Programme of Work, is a main driver for health and well-being as well as the eradication of poverty and inequality. UHC aims to provide affordable, high-quality health care to every man, woman, and child across the globe, regardless of their income, racial ethnicity, or the stability of their home country. Photo: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine #UHC #HealthForAll #GlobalGoal
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are being used around the world as means of recreation, government strategy, and global development. The @unitednations is using drones in a variety of creative ways to advance the #SDGs: ⠀ ⠀ 1)Delivering aid and other development materials to conflict zones as well as rural and other difficult to reach areas.⠀ .⠀ 2) Monitoring crises by capturing images and video from the skies to help find safe routes for disaster response, design more effective development programs, and to identify and monitor new or ongoing crises. ⠀ .⠀ 3)Creating frameworks for emerging technologies to address technological questions at a macro level and set up cooperation across borders to help understand the social and economic potential of digital technologies.⠀ .⠀ Photo: UNICEF/Chute
A woman or girl whose health and reproductive rights are not fulfilled is more likely to face inequalities in education, economic stability, and health outcomes. And, a woman or girl in poverty is likely to have less access to reproductive health information and services that can help her break the cycle.⠀ .⠀ Sexual and reproductive health and rights are critical to progress on all 17 of the #SDGs, from ending extreme poverty and hunger to #ClimateAction. Women who can plan if and when they become mothers are more likely to have healthy, well-educated children, leading to more resilient, prosperous families; thriving societies; and growing economies.⠀ .⠀ Photo: Jonathan Torgovnik⠀ .⠀ #SRHR #WeAreFP2020 #GlobalGoals #PowerOfChoice
🔊 Sound on! Healthy people need a healthy planet: A biodiverse world, full of a variety of animal and plant species, is a world in which individuals can live and thrive. But our natural world is under threat – from deforestation, global warming, ocean acidification, poaching, and so much more. Still, we’ve seen some significant progress in the last few decades to protect ecosystems and the creatures that call them home. Our Senior Fellow on Biodiversity, Thomas E. Lovejoy, shares the progress he’s seen with his own eyes to give him reason for hope. Read watch the full video and read our Q&A with Tom on our blog! Link in bio. #environment #biodiversity #earth #nature #climateaction #species #ecosystems #forest #Amazon #rainforest
Extreme heat, drought, and flooding are just some of the weather impacts that threaten our health and safety. But what is even greater, is the gains in global health that can be made through #ClimateAction. . Climate solutions not only help the environment but improvements in air quality, water sanitation, and food security make the world a healthier place to live. . Last month amid negotiations at #COP24 in Katowice, Poland, @WHO released a new report detailing the negative effects of delaying climate action across the globe. These delays will have drastic impacts on global health, and we need to take action now. . Photo: UN Photo/Kibae Park
As expected, 2018 was a doozy for international cooperation and global development, featuring a mixture of highs, lows, all around. But bright spots emerged, including the rise of new and refreshing voices standing up for collective action and global progress. In the face of this uncertainty, 2019 will be a critical year for shared action on issues that affect us all and require working together Here are 6 issues that we’ll be watching for 2019: . 1️⃣With the @UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit occurring this year, we expect 2019 to be a make-or-break for increasing ambition for climate action. . 2️⃣ For the first time since the #SDGs were agreed upon, heads of state will come together in support of the SDGs and to take stock of where we are and what is needed to make progress on this ambitious agenda. . 3️⃣ Will 2019 be one of walking the walk on financing? This year will be a test to see if pronouncements and commitments for SDG and climate financing will materialize. . 4️⃣ UN Secretary-General António Guterres has prioritized modernization and reform for the UN. This year, his ideas will be implemented—representing one of the most significant structural changes in the history of the UN. . 5️⃣ 2019 will be a pivotal year to show that the world is serious about addressing inequalities, but also understanding how political and social movements are fueled by the divides between the haves and the have nots. . 6️⃣ The UN will continue to respond humanitarian crises with ever swifter and long-lasting solutions. . . . #GlobalGoals #UN #2019
Progress needs protectors. In 2018, it was starkly clear that many of the gains we’ve made in improving lives are under threat around the world — from climate change, conflict and violence, discrimination, inequality, political division, and a lack of empathy.⠀ ⠀ But as the year reaches its end, we’re focusing on what gives us hope: the partners and supporters who didn’t shirk from the challenges and stepped up time and again to defend progress and push for more.⠀ ⠀ Throughout 2018, as during the past 20 years of our operations, partners — from citizens to companies to cities — joined the United Nations Foundation to support the United Nations in advancing human dignity, peace, and opportunity for all.⠀ ⠀ While serious challenges remain in the world, we end the year committed to supporting the UN to meet them.
Every day, in every corner of the globe, people tirelessly work to advance the mission of the @unitednations: peace, progress, equality, and human rights. The work of the UN extends far beyond the assembly halls in New York City, impacting lives around the world.⠀ ⠀ Take a look at a few numbers to better understand the work of the UN as a whole.⠀ ⠀ 45: UN agencies supply 45% of the world’s children with vaccines,⠀ ⠀ 68.5 million: The UN assists some 68.5 million women, men, and children forcibly displaced from their homes as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations⠀ ⠀ 30: In 1948, the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a declaration that outlines 30 fundamental rights and freedoms – such as the freedom of religion and the right to privacy – that belong to all human beings. .
The UN’s founding mission in 1945 was to prevent the scourge of war and advance human rights and dignity. Today, the @unitednations remains on the front lines of preventing and responding to conflicts, emergencies, and human rights violations. More than 100,000 ‘blue helmets’ keep peace on four continents; over a dozen UN agencies provide emergency relief for the more than 100 million people in need of humanitarian assistance; and around the world human rights are upheld and promoted through approximately 80 treaties and declarations agreed to at the UN.⠀ ⠀ Photo: UN Photo/Harandane Dicko