November Digital News Recap


The most retweeted tweet of UN staffers in November was this one from the UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Sunday 25th November was International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In his tweet, Mr. Guterres outlined his drive to end gender-based violence. Speaking out and offering support for victims are two of the best ways to conquer and put an end to the violence.


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Jean-Pierre Lacroix was also vocal in his support for women. The Under-Secretary-General for  has made equal participation and leadership for women one of the top priorities for UN Peacekeeping.

Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, wrote this tweet reminding us of the dangers that nationalism taken too far can create. His tweet came as the landmark of 100 years after the end of the First World War was reached in November. Many countries throughout the world have experienced public outcries and the rise of political parties promoting nationalist movements. By working together, countries can grow, integrate and ultimately make the population better off worldwide. Self-isolation simply based on borders thus seems a backward step in contrast to recent decades of globalisation.

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The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J Mohammed, also wrote on the topic of inclusivity. Following a discussion with African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the Deputy Secretary-General relayed the importance of inclusivity, resilience and peaceful relations throughout Africa. The identity gap must close to enable all Africans to avail of opportunities if Africa’s widespread inequality is to reduce.

Melissa Fleming shared this powerful and extremely tragic photo from Yemen. The photo is of a poor baby at the malnutrition ward of the main hospital in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. The war in Yemen has raged on for three years. One of the many disastrous consequences has been widespread famine. This poor baby is one of thousands of Yemeni children suffering from malnutrition. The United Nations says 22 million of the 29 million people in Yemen, rely on humanitarian aid. Almost 18 million are considered hungry and 8.4 million severely hungry. The war is between the Houthi rebels, aligned with Iran, and supporters of Yemen’s government, backed by Saudi Arabia.

The work of the United Nations is more easily achieved with widespread support and action. The use of social platforms, such as Twitter, by UN staffers to share their experiences, work and promote awareness is thus valuable to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and ultimately greater prosperity for all.