UNAIDS Current Affairs - 2020

UNEP: Actress Dia Mirza’s term as Goodwill Ambassador extended

On May 7, 2020, the United Nations Environment Programme extended the term of actress Dia Mirza as the Goodwill ambassador of India till 2022. The actress is also United Nations Sustainability Development Goal Advocate.

About Goodwill Ambassadors

A Goodwill Ambassador in general is a person who supports global issue or specific cause. The United Nations appoints goodwill ambassadors for its missions FAO, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNEP, UNODC, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNIDO, WHO, WEP, UNWOMEN, IMO, UN-Habitat, OHCR. Under the programme, UNICEF has the largest number of ambassadors which is 300.

Payments

The Goodwill ambassadors are not paid under the UNEP. However, they will be provided with a symbolic payment of 1 USD per year. They will also be provided travel allowances.

Role of a Good will Ambassador

Good will Ambassadors on the request of the United Nations will raise funds, engage in public advocacy (like creating awareness, etc.). Their term of service is for 2 years.

Dia Mirza Contribution

Dia Mirza had taken active part in the campaign “Beat the Pollution”. She had also made significant contributions towards World Environment Day celebrations, Circular fashions and other UNEP campaigns.

Under Beat the Pollution Campaign India works to become completely free from single use plastics by 2022.

Zero Discrimination Day observed all over the world

On March 1, 2020, Zero Discrimination Day was observed globally. The day was observed to challenge discrimination and inequality faced by women and girls. It aims to protect rights of women and promote their empowerment and gender equality. This year the day was observed under the theme

Theme: Zero Discrimination against Women and Girls

Highlights

The Zero Discrimination Day is observed by the United Nations AIDS Programme. Every year the day is observed on March 1. It was first marked in 2014. It is being associated with the AIDS Programme as the United Nations believe that fighting discrimination against women is important to eradicate AIDS.

Sustainable Development Goal

The United Nations aims to end the threat towards AIDS programme by the year 2030 as a part of Sustainable Development Goal.

Significance

It is important to mark the day as one among three women in the world are experiencing some form of violence. There are more than 50% of women that have reported violence against them globally according to UN. Therefore, it is important to mark these days to increase awareness.