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Women's rights activists have observed 25 November as a day against gender-based violence since 1981. This date was selected to honour the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 by order of the country’s ruler, 

Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961). 
On 20 December 1993, the General Assembly adoptededthe Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women through resolution 48/104, paving the path towards eradicating violence against women and girls worldwide.
Finally, on 7 February 2000, the General Assembly adopts resolution 54/134, officially designating 25 November as the International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and in doing so, inviting governments, international organizations as well as NGOs to join together and organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the issue every year on that date.
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20 Years of Women, Peace and Security

31 October 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security, a ground-breaking resolution that was spearheaded by women leaders and organizations. It is the first resolution that recognized women’s leadership to achieve international peace and security and their contributions to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The implementation of women, peace and security priorities is a key political commitment in the Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative, which reaffirms that women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in peace processes and political solutions is essential for effective peacekeeping and sustainable peace outcomes.

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The Story of Resolution 1325 | Women, Peace and Security (Video presentation):

Call to action - Women transforming peace and security:

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International Day on the Eradication of Poverty

By adopting resolution 47/196 on December 22, 1992, the General Assembly declared October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution. The resolution further invites intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to assist States, at their request, in organizing national activities for the observance of the Day, and requests the Secretary-General to take, within existing resources, the measures necessary to ensure the success of the Day's observance by the United Nations.

October 17th presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. Participation of the poor themselves has been at the center of the Day's celebration since its very beginning.

For more information about the International Day on the Eradication of Poverty, please visit: 

United Nations Resources on Poverty

Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty 2018-2027: The theme of the Third Decade, to be reviewed at its seventy-third sessions, is “Accelerating global actions for a world without poverty”, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Report on the Implementation of the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2018–2027):

SDG Goal 1: End poverty in all its Forms Everywhere:

SDG Goal 1: This website maintained by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs provides information about SDG 1, including the targets and related indicators, infographics, progress reports and key publications.

Topic page: Poverty Eradication: This website provides a brief account of the UN’s work in the area of poverty eradication and highlights major reports on the topic.

Why it Matters: No Poverty:

Global Issues - Ending Poverty:

The 2019 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI):
The 2019 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) data and publication "Illuminating Inequalities" released on 11 July 2019 shed light on the number of people experiencing poverty at regional, national and subnational levels, and reveal inequalities across countries and among the poor themselves. Jointly developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford, the 2019 global MPI offers data for 101 countries, covering 76 percent of the global population.

Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights:



International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

The General Assembly declared 26 September as International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in December 2013 by adopting resolution 68/32 as a follow-up to the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on nuclear disarmament held on 26 September 2013 in New York. 

In resolution 68/32, the General Assembly called for the “urgent commencement of negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament of a comprehensive convention on nuclear weapons to prohibit their possession, development, production, acquisition, testing, stockpiling, transfer and use or threat of use, and to provide for their destruction.”

Subsequently, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted on 7 July 2017 by the United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination (UN doc. A/CONF.229/2017/8).  The Treaty has been ratified by 45 signatory states and is not yet in force (50 ratifications are required for that to happen).  For more information about the Treaty please visit:

The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons has been observed annually since 2014.  For more information about this international day, please visit:


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Research guide on nuclear weapons (Library and Archives Geneva):

List of Ask Dag FAQs on disarmament:

Documents and publications in the UN Digital Library:

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

To find out more about all the Sustainable Development Goals, please visit:

On the occasion of the opening of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly– and on the 5th anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals – a 30-minute film titled “Nations United” will feature leading thinkers and activists, data visualizations, testimonies, and performances to highlight the solutions and actions we can take to create a world where no one is left behind. The first transmission was on 19 September, 2020, and can be found on YouTube live stream.

The United Nations has created a detailed advertisement of this monumental broadcast which includes a general overview, production details, and a list of famous activists that are being approached to host and contribute to this event. To view, click the link below: "Nations United": SDG Global Broadcast

Already available is the "Do you know all 17 SDGs?" Video, in eight languages on UN Web TV website (

Other online resources available:
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Contents for this post was provided to FSU by the United Nations and the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.


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