General Assembly celebrates Nelson Mandela International DayListen /
• The United Nations marked Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrating the South African leader’s 94th birthday and honouring his contributions to democracy, racial justice and reconciliation with events at its Headquarters in New York and around the world. Every year on 18 July, individuals around the world are encouraged to devote 67 minutes to helping others, one minute for every year that Mr. Mandela devoted to public service.
The 19th International AIDS Conference
• The 19th International AIDS Conference is taking place from 22-27 July in Washington DC. Ahead of the meeting, UNAIDS released its 2012 report "Together we will end AIDS" which shows gaps and gains made in the fight to get to zero. At the end of last year there were 34.2 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS, a slight increase from the year before, which they attributed to the life-prolonging effects of antiretroviral therapy.
Africa's development rests on access to quality jobs and social services: UNDP
• Sub-Saharan Africa must provide universal access to decent jobs and social services if it is to achieve decisive development progress, according to a newly released report Assessing Progress in Africa Towards the Millennium Development Goals. With less than three years to the 2015 deadline of meeting the Millennium Development Goals or MDG's, the report urges policymakers to put greater emphasis on improving access to quality jobs, social services and safety nets.
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