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Human Rights Day: Legal experts discussing the intersection between human rights and climate change

Human Rights Day 2023

Based on the increasing threats of climate change to the effective enjoyment of a range of human rights, we invited renowned legal experts to reflect on how changes in the Earth’s climate have impacted different spheres of life, and why those changes could hinder the effective promotion and protection of human rights, as well as the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

At the mid-point of the 2030 agenda: some reflections on Justice for All

United Nations Day

In 2015, global leaders took a historic step to include peace, justice and strong institutions as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The adoption of SDG16 demonstrated a clear recognition by all the countries of the world that economies might be performing well, and health and education may improve; but without peace and justice, people will be unable to achieve their full potential and development will remain precarious.

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International Day of Democracy

International Day of Democracy

International Day of Democracy

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Driving Change Towards Racial Justice and Equality

International Day for People of African Descent

August 31 marks the International Day for People of African Descent, now in its third year of observance. Created by the United Nations (UN), the International Day aims to celebrate the diversity and contributions of the Afro-descendant diaspora, end racial discrimination and exclusion around the world, and promote respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for people of African descent.

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Parliamentarism in Latin America

International Day of Parliamentarism

In the global political landscape, World Parliamentarism Day is a moment of reflection on the importance of democratic systems and how to ensure through them the representation of citizens. Latin America is no stranger to this debate and despite overall progress currently faces two main challenges: a) the disempowerment of parliaments by the executive through constitutional mechanisms (illustrated by the recent developments in Ecuador); and b) the still weak representation of women in parliament and political leadership positions.

Towards Sustainable Peace: An Interview with Lieutenant Colonel Mathias Voss

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of UN peacekeeping and the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on May 29, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) interviewed Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col.) Mathias Voss, Counsellor and Deputy Military Advisor at the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations, to discuss the changing nature of peacekeeping operations in the 21st century, examine how the UN and Germany are addressing new operational challenges and preparing personnel for peacekeeping missions abroad, and highlight Germany’s engagement in UN peacekeeping as a troop and budget contributor.

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UN Photo / Manuel Elias

Preserving the values of multilateralism to promote peace and security, and human rights

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

Following the devastation of World War II, a new phase of global integration began, in which international institutions for technical, financial, and commercial cooperation developed, while trade in manufactured goods expanded. The United Nations came into being with the maintenance of international peace and security as its central mission. 


International Day of Women Judges 2023

International Day of Women Judges 2023

International Day of Women Judges 2023

Diversity in science. Filling the dream gap

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

It appears especially astonishing for a wealthy country like Germany, where I am from. Despite high socio-economical investment in the academic education of women, who now make up the majority of university graduates, we seem stuck at 27% female professors, and less than 15% in top leadership positions as presidents of universities, or directors of non-university institutions. Even in the new digital disciplines and enterprises, the figures are dire – only 18% female participation in IT professions, and even less as owners of start-ups.

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Über diese Reihe

Die Vereinten Nationen bezeichnen bestimmte Tage, Wochen, Jahre und Jahrzehnte als Anlässe, um Ereignisse oder Themen zu markieren, die durch Bewusstsein und Handeln die Ziele der Organisation fördern. Es sind ein oder mehrere Mitgliedsstaaten, die diese Gedenktage vorschlagen, und die Generalversammlung legt sie mit einer Resolution fest.

Die KAS New York möchte ein regelmäßiges virtuelles Gespräch über diese Themen anregen, indem sie eine Gruppe von Experten einlädt, über die zugeordneten internationalen Tage der Vereinten Nationen zu schreiben und zu reflektieren.

Als Teil unserer Rechtsstaatlichkeitsprojekte zielt dieser Blog auch darauf ab, das Bewusstsein für die internationalen Gerechtigkeitstage und die Arbeit, die die Vereinten Nationen bei der Verwirklichung von Frieden und Gerechtigkeit auf der ganzen Welt geleistet haben, zu schärfen, sowie eine weltweite Diskussion über den Beitrag der Vereinten Nationen zur Stärkung der Unabhängigkeit der Justiz zu führen.




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