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In the 15 years since the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa, the world has undoubtedly come a long way in ensuring equal rights and non-discrimination.  Member States have adopted new laws and safeguards, and established new institutions dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights.  Civil society organizations worldwide working on racism are increasingly active and vocal. Yet we have not yet done enough.  Today we are witnessing a surge of intolerance, racist views and hate-driven violence. Racial profiling and violence against certain communities is on the rise.  Economic hardship and political…
This year’s International Day of Happiness is focused on Climate Action for a Happy Planet. Everyone can be part of our campaign: governments, civic groups, the media and individuals. This year, even cartoon characters have joined in as the United Nations teams up with a group famous for lacking good cheer: the Angry Birds. These animated ambassadors are helping to raise awareness about the importance of climate action for our common future. You can join them by sharing your own climate actions using the hashtag #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet. At this time of grave injustices, devastating wars, mass displacement, grinding poverty and other…
“FROM THE GLASS CEILING TO A CARPET OF SHARDS” As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear. “They are wondering if they will ever step into those shoes again,” my mother explained. More than a half-century later, the memory continues to haunt me. In poor parts of the world today, women still risk death in the process of giving life. Maternal mortality is one of many preventable perils. All too often, female babies are subjected…