Highlighting that India has long had a strong civil society at the forefront of “groundbreaking human rights advocacy within the country and globally", the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, raised concerns on Tuesday that “vaguely defined laws are increasingly being used to stifle these voices”.
Yinka Lawanson Lamboginny, known as ‘Lambo’, is a Nigerian musician who raises money to bring music therapy programs to youth prisons, through his NGO SALT (Saving All lives Together).
He was invited to the United Nations Civil Society Conference to talk about prison reform.
Conor Lennon from UN News met Yinka at the event, and asked him why he is so passionate about the subject.
How can we make sure that cities become more inclusive, with a smaller environmental footprint, and leave no-one behind? These questions will be tackled at the UN Civil Society Conference, which is due to take place in the capital of Utah, Salt Lake City, at the end of August.
The race is on for the new UN Secretary-General and for the first time in the organization’s 70 years of existence people everywhere can get involved.
The UN is encouraging civil society to submit questions which may be put to candidates when they begin meeting with General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft starting in April.
Susan Alzner heads the New York Office of the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS).
The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to a quartet of Tunisian organizations has been described by the UN in the North African country as amazing and unexpected.
The Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway, said the four civil society groups had made a “decisive contribution to democracy” following a revolution in Tunisia in 2011.
Kaouther Bizani is from the UN information centre in Tunisia.
May Yaacoub asked for her reaction to the news.