Nearly 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon with the famous quote: Thats one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Armstrongs single pace made history and to this day it symbolizes the overcoming of a generational challenge. For our generation, that challenge is climate change, but this time everyone can make their small step right here on Earth.
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Most people dont give much thought to what happens to their feces once they flush their toilet. Others have their faces flush with shyness, when the subject of toilet pops up. But for billions of people who still lack access to sanitation services, toilets are often a matter of life and death. Ahead of this World Toilet Day, UN DESA Voice speaks to Kate Medlicott, Technical Officer at Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health at the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO coordinates this years World Toilet Day campaign on behalf of UN-Water.
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The future of everything took center stage at a joint event of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN General Assemblys Second Committee on 11 October. But this was not your average UN meeting; neither were the panelists joining to discuss the role of artificial intelligence to help spur sustainable development. Among them was Sophia, the first ever robot to participate in an official UN meeting.