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  • Celebration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter

    26/06/20

    Celebration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter

    The Charter was signed on June 26, 1945 in San Francisco, at the end of the United Nations Conference on International Organization,
    and it entered into force on October 24 of the same year. The Statute of the International Court of Justice is an integral part of the Charter.
    The Charter was signed on June 26, 1945 by the representatives of the 50 countries. Poland, which was not represented, signed it later and
    it became one of the 51 founding Member States.
    The United Nations officially came into existence on October 24, 1945, after the Charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and most other signatories.
    You can access a summary of their history here: their previous years and the forerunners of the United Nations:
    https://www.un.org/en/sections/history/history-united-nations/
    Watch historical footage of the signing of the UN Charter https://www.unmultimedia.org/avlibrary/asset/1288/1288630/
    Also listen on Radio UN Classics, the reading of the Preamble of the United Nations Charter, by the British actor Sir Laurence Olivier.
    https://www.unmultimedia.org/avlibrary/asset/C106/C1065/
    And you can also visit the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Charter Collection of translations. https://links.uv.es/QwVdyV7

  • World Refugee Day, 20 June

    20/06/20

    World Refugee Day, 20 June

    2020 Theme: Every Action Counts
    The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent anti-racism protests have shown us how desperately we need to fight for a more 
    inclusive and equal world: a world where no one is left behind. 
    It has never been clearer that all of us have a role to play in order to bring about change. Everyone can make a difference. 
    This is at the heart of UNHCR’s World Refugee Day campaign. This year, we aim to remind the world that everyone, including refugees, 
    can contribute to society and Every Action Counts in the effort to create a more just, inclusive, and equal world. 

  • Bulletin ONUBIB 2 2020

    04/06/20

    Bulletin ONUBIB 2 2020

    In this bulletin for the second quarter of 2020, we want to highlight the surprise of the global phenomenon, unforeseen and devastating: the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus. As expected, the United Nations System as a whole has been compelled to react to this phenomenon.
    The pandemic is global and only global cooperation can cope with it. Unilateral attempts by States that have wanted to act unilaterally have only led to the death toll of this pandemic by hundreds of thousands. Victims to whom, from this Bulletin, we want to pay a heartfelt memory and tribute. Undoubtedly, the United Nations should have played a more leading role in the reaction to the pandemic. But the United Nations cannot do what States do not allow it to do. However, the action of the United Nations System has been immense and, logically, it has been necessary to include a specific section in the Bulletin on the subject.
    Our wish is that it is a temporary section, that it will soon be a bad memory. But, for now, we have considered that it was necessary to dedicate an autonomous section to it, which the reader will find after the UN section in general.
    The decision to place it as the first section of specific questions is also deliberate. All United Nations action has been conditioned by the pandemic. Many meetings have been suspended, the bodies have not been called, the issues have been postponed, and the issues that have not been addressed. The entire System has reacted by trying to maintain its activity adapting to new circumstances, just as most of the International Community has tried to do. But, without a doubt, the pandemic has been a central element that has conditioned all other activities.
    However, the International Community continues to have vital and urgent needs that needed to continue to be addressed. The maintenance of peace, the guarantee, defense and protection of human rights, the attention to humanitarian needs, the preservation of the environment and the fight against climate change, disarmament, the achievement of the SDGs, could not be stopped by a pandemic and, as the reader will see, the United Nations has continued to work in all these areas.
    As always, we end by asking them to continue helping us in our continuous reflection, by sending us their criticisms, suggestions or proposals so that we are at the height of what society and the United Nations demand of us.

  • World Environment Day, 5 June

    04/06/20

    World Environment Day, 5 June

    World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on 5 June: engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.
    In 2020, the theme is biodiversity – a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events, from bushfires in Brazil, the United States, and Australia to locust infestations across East Africa – and now, a global disease pandemic – demonstrate the interdependence of humans and the webs of life, in which they exist.
    Biodiversity is the foundation that supports all life on land and below water. It affects every aspect of human health, providing clean air and water, nutritious foods, scientific understanding and medicine sources, natural disease resistance, and climate change mitigation. Changing, or removing one element of this web affects the entire life system and can produce negative consequences.
    Human actions, including deforestation, encroachment on wildlife habitats, intensified agriculture, and acceleration of climate change, have pushed nature beyond its limit. It would take 1.6 Earths to meet the demands that humans make of nature each year. If we continue on this path, biodiversity loss will have severe implications for humanity, including the collapse of food and health systems.
    The emergence of COVID-19 has underscored the fact that, when we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the system that supports human life. Today, it is estimated that, globally, about one billion cases of illness and millions of deaths occur every year from diseases caused by coronaviruses; and about 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic, meaning that they are transmitted to people by animals.
    Nature is sending us a message.
    Other resources in: https://www.un.org/en/observances/environment-day/resources

  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 29 May

    27/05/20

    International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 29 May

    The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 29 May, offers a chance to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilian personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of the Organization and to honour more than 3,900 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948, including 102 last year.
    This year, the challenges and threats faced by our peacekeepers are even greater than ever, as they, like people around the world, are not only having to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, but also support and protect the people in the countries they are based in. They are continuing their operations to the best of their abilities and supporting the governments and the local populations,  despite the risk of COVID-19. 
    The theme for this year’s Day is “Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace” to help mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
    To mark the Day at the UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General will lay a wreath in honour of all peacekeepers, who have lost their lives while serving under the UN flag over the past seven decades. And a virtual ceremony will be held at which the Dag Hammarskjold medal will be awarded posthumously to peacekeepers who lost their lives in 2019.  The Peacekeeping Gender Advocate of the Year award will also be presented at the virtual ceremony.
    For more information: https://www.un.org/en/observances/peacekeepers-day/resources

  • SDGs in Action at the SBD

    18/05/20

    SDGs in Action at the SBD

    Just a year ago we published that:
    The UN Depository Library (ONUBIB) collaborates in the dissemination of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    By complying with the following motto "This library supports the SDGs", libraries and documentation centers can play a great role in the implementation of the SDGs. IFLA considers it this way: "Libraries and the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda"
    And we also published that the United Nations officially launched the mobile application in Spanish of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) "SDGs in Action".
    And now we want to inform you that we are making progress on this topic, the Library and Documentation Service of the University of Valencia (SBD) supports the SDGs and joins the University's project "ODS: yo_si!". It aims to: Publicize the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, and study how to implement them in our SBD libraries and centers.
    The United Nations 2030 Agenda underscores the importance of developing library activities. In 2019, in the review of the SDGs, special attention was paid to education, employment and equality, as well as access to information, which is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of the work of libraries and place our institutions at the center where action policies are drawn up.
    It is worth noting what the University Libraries Network (REBIUN) and the International Federation of Librarians and Libraries Associations (IFLA) tell us on this subject.