Some interesting Videos from our Partners,Faith-Based Individuals, Institutions and Communities.
UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly during the “The Impact of COVID on Organized Crime” side event at the 10th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime in Vienna, Austria
Austrian Minister of Justice, Alma Zadic, at the “Impact of COVID on Organized Crime” side event organized during the 10th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime in Vienna, Austria.
Pope Addresses General Debate, 75th Session25 Sep 2020 – His Holiness Pope Francis of the Holy See addresses the general debate of the 75th Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 22 – 29 September 2020).
UN Chamber Music Society – Tribute Concert to the Homeless on the International Day of Charity
On the UN International Day of Charity, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will perform a tribute concert to the homeless – in the spirit and call of strengthened global solidarity, focused on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable. The United Nations recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. Opening remarks will be delivered by Olivier Adam, the Executive Coordinator of UN Volunteers. The performance will be delivered in collaboration with Professors Carol Rodland and Professor Natasha Brofsky from the Juilliard School, together with the members of the UN Chamber Music Society, dedicated to promoting the United Nations’ goals and values at large – through the universal language of music.
E4J Global Podcast Series – Episode 1: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and higher education
Why is higher education crucial for the advancement of the SDGs? What are the different ways universities have chosen to promote the SDGs? How can impact be assessed & how can the “silo approaches” be left behind to strengthen cooperation for advancing the SDGs. These are just a few questions that are addressed in this episode. “Voices of Academia” is the latest effort of UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) initiative to provide academics with a platform to showcase not only higher education’s role in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but also the importance of academia and higher education institutions in shaping policy discussion by providing the necessary research and baselines for evidence-based policy-making on issues that affect all of us. This Global Podcast Series features leading academics talking about their work and latest research related to the topics covered by the E4J University Module Series and how higher education can make a difference in addressing today’s and tomorrow’s challenges and in strengthening the rule of law worldwide.
Fundraising Concert for Victims of Human Trafficking – 30 July 2020
To support victims of human trafficking the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, Especially Women and Children (UNVTF), managed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), together with the Rukus Avenue Music Group organised a virtual concert on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July. The concert’s host, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador and actress Mira Sorvino, guides through the performances of the “Artists UNited against Trafficking in Persons”. Using the QR code on the top right corner donations can be made support victims of human trafficking. All donations will go to the UNVTF, which provides vital assistance and protection to the victims of trafficking through specialized organizations across the globe.
Webinar: The impact of COVID-19 on prisons
The Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative at Brookings will host a webinar to discuss this endemic within the pandemic. An expert panel will provide a broad overview of the scope of the impact of COVID-19 on prisons, offer firsthand accounts of how disease outbreaks affect incarcerated people, and propose policy solutions for keeping incarcerated people, correctional staff, and their families safe and healthy during this time.
The UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) presents a concert in celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day. The music repertoire of the concert honours the African heritage, by featuring compositions by extraordinary black composers who changed the course of classical music history. Opening messages are delivered by H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the Seventy-fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly and Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications. The concert also features messages from special guests Ndaba Mandela (grandson of Nelson Mandela), Ilyasah Shabazz (daughter of Malcom X), and Rohan Marley (son of Bob Marley). The music repertoire of the concert honours the African heritage, by featuring compositions by extraordinary black composers who changed the course of music history. During the concert, the UNCMS is proud to present the International Premiere of “Madiba the African Opera”, featuring opera singer Nonie Mtirara (Niece of Nelson Mandela), in addition to the world premiere of RJ Benjamin’s chamber ensemble arrangement of “Viva Mandela” – written by and sung by Onesimus.
The provision of work programmes in prisons is one of the most effective ways to support prisoners’ successful reintegration into society, providing them with income and with relevant skills to find employment and help reduce their recidivism. Work programmes are sometimes associated with the creation of a brand of prison products, a measure that has been found useful in reducing the social stigma associated to imprisonment and in enhancing prisoners’ self-esteem, while meeting consumers’ demand for products that contribute to positive social goals. Under the Doha Declaration Global Programme, UNODC has developed a Practical Guide to Creating a Brand of Prison Products to support Member States in developing or enhancing a brand of prison products or services, in full compliance with international standards and norms applicable to prison-based work programmes and prisoners’ working conditions.
On a daily basis, justice needs arise in a broad range of settings across the globe. Victim-survivors, witnesses, accused persons and prisoners all require access to the effective, accountable and inclusive justice institutions that uphold the rule of law. The complexity of ensuring justice for all underscores the importance of internationally agreed minimum standards to ensure that justice processes play a key role in the protection of human rights. To promote a broader understanding and more effective application of the United Nations standards and norms on crime prevention and criminal justice, UNODC has designed #Education4Justice University Modules for use by academics around the world.
Under the Doha Declaration Global Programme, a series of modules are being developed to help better teach on UNODC-mandated issues in universities as part of the #Education4Justice initiative. This covers topics such as transnational organized crime, among many others. We caught up with Prof. Jay Albanese from the Virginia Commonwealth University about the role of education in crime prevention in organized crime.
From inmates who domesticate wild mustangs, teach financial literacy classes and find catharsis in theater by performing works by William Shakespeare, we visit five facilities with rehabilitation programs that are breaking down the stigmas associated with life in prison.
Webinar Gender Responsive Deprivation of Liberty in Criminal Justice Facilities
Access to knowledge about cultural and religious diversity can help us break down stereotypes and prejudices that often create divisions in our communities.