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International Day of Happiness

What is the International Day of Happiness? It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. In 2015 the UN launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.

This International Day of Happiness, the UN is partnering with the Smurfs to promote the Sustainable Development Goals as a way to make the world a happier place through the #SmallSmurfsBigGoals campaign.


UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ hails women for their many contributions on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017.  This year’s theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the importance of starting change in the home in order to “construct a different world of work for women”

In the nuclear sector, women are still underrepresented. At the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), women now account for around 29 percent of the professional staff, but their numbers are growing. To commemorate International Women’s Day, which this year has the theme “Be Bold for Change”, four women who work in the traditionally male-dominated fields of nuclear safeguards, security and safety, discuss their experiences.


UN Secretary-General António Guterres Video Message to the High-Level Forum on Combating Anti-Muslim Discrimination & Hatred – 17 January 2016


TOGETHER: A Global campaign to Change Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Refugees and Migrants


“Let us make 2017 a year for peace” – UN Secretary-General António Guterres


2016 Year in Review


Portugal’s António Guterres emerges as favourite for next UN Secretary-General


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“We the People” for the Global Goals

Sustainable Development Goals: Improve Lives All Around the Globe

“Sustainable Development Goals: Improve Life All Around The Globe” is a hip hop music video that was produced by Flocabulary in partnership with the Education Outreach Section of the Outreach Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information. It aims to teach young people throughout the world about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals and how they can help build peace.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit: 17 Goals to Transform Our World


UNiLibraryUnited Nations Publications is pleased to announce the launch of the United Nations iLibrary, the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and dissemination platform for digital content created by the United Nations.

Available from February 2016, the United Nations iLibrary provides librarians, information specialists, scholars, policy makers and the general public with a single online destination for seamlessly accessing knowledge products created by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs.

At launch, United Nations iLibrary comprises 750 titles in English, and 250 in other official languages of the United Nations: French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic. This initial scope covers most of the content published under the United Nations Publications banner between 2013 and 2015. A scope of around 3,000 titles is expected to be available by the end of 2016, corresponding to most titles published between 2010 and 2015.

The content of the United Nations iLibrary will be regularly updated with approximately 500 new titles published every year on the key topics reflecting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations.  LEARN MORE.


The UN and Bahrain: An Enduring Partnership

“The UN and Bahrain: An Enduring Partnership” is a documentary showcasing the historical partnership between the UN and the Kingdom of Bahrain.