Prior to her current appointment, Kyoko was the Chief of the UNV External Relations and Communication Section (ERCS) from July 2019.
09 September 2021
Global
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SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 2: Zero hunger, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 13: Climate change, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
A UN Volunteer's journey in south-eastern Mauritania Sitting by the window on my first flight with the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) en route to Bassikounou, in the south-eastern part of the country, all I could see was the vast Sahara Desert. As I got off the airplane during a stop-over in Kiffa, heat blew into my face. The sand was playing with the wind. There was no shade. And it was about 45 degrees Celsius. The question on my mind was: how can people survive — and thrive — in a desert?  
18 August 2021
West and Central Africa
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SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Having earned a master’s degree in Migration Studies, Ken thought that the UN project dealing with border control issues was strongly relevant to his interest. Now, as a UN Volunteer, he is contributing to meaningful changes in this area. As part of his assignment, which involves countering narcotics, Ken supports assessment and monitoring in the beneficiaries’ field office, drafting mission reports and preparing related team events.
16 August 2021
Europe and the CIS
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 4: Quality education, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
12 August 2021
West and Central Africa
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SDG 5: Gender equality, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
In Tanzania, Violence Against Women and Girls is widespread and pervasive. Patriarchal social structures and traditional gender norms perpetuate violence. Women may be socialized to accept, tolerate or even rationalize domestic and partner violence perpetuated against them. For girls, some parents prevent their girl child from attending school and insist they fail exams or encourage them to quit schooling. Furthermore, rape and child marriage result in expulsion from education as does pregnancy, all of which are considered violence or violent acts.
19 July 2021
East and Southern Africa
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 5: Gender equality, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
In Uganda, thousands of children become extremely sick and at risk of death due to unequal access to safe drinking water and poor sanitation and hygiene. Diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia, which are preventable with safe water and sanitation, remain leading causes of child mortality.
02 July 2021
East and Southern Africa
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Undernutrition is an important contributor to poor maternal, newborn and child survival and development in Uganda. Stunting (low height for age) and wasting (low weight for height) are key indicators of childhood malnutrition and are the result of chronic or recurrent undernutrition. Both conditions are usually associated with poverty, poor maternal health and nutrition and/or inappropriate feeding and care in early life. Both indicators prevent children from reaching their physical and cognitive potential.
12 March 2021
East and Southern Africa
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SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Mihoko joined the Resident Coordinator's Office in April 2018, serving through the Global Human Resource Development Programme for Peacebuilding and Development (HRD) of the Government of Japan. She supported bringing together different UN entities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of activities at the country level. To do so, she developed strategies and activities to actively involve the private sector in development.
12 March 2021
Asia and the Pacific
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SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Despite the need for immediate response to the threats posed by the pandemic, countries must maintain a long-term perspective. The protection of human rights would help maintain peace and security and ensure the continuity of sustainable development, especially in post-conflict states such as Guatemala. In line with this, OHCHR continues to fulfill its mandate in Guatemala – albeit virtually due to COVID-19. 
08 December 2020
Latin America and the Caribbean
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Water filters, soap and hand sanitizers are essential for the survival and development of children – especially those who struggle every day from poor sanitation and a lack of access to drinking water – and have become more critical than ever during the global pandemic. In Viet Nam, UNICEF’s WASH team has distributed critical supplies to communal health centres and communities in selected provinces, reaching over 2.1 million people as of November 2020 through their immediate response.
19 November 2020
Asia and the Pacific
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