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Protect children in conflicts and disasters from forced labour, underscores UN on World Day

Children in areas affected by conflict and disasters are among the most vulnerable, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) in warning on the World Day Against Child Labour, making a strong call for an end to the scourge, especially as children trapped in crisis risk falling prey to trafficking or being forced into hazardous work.

International community must ensure 'endemic' impunity in DR Congo brought to an end – UN rights chief

Voicing concern over lack of progress on the part of Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to undertake credible investigations into widespread allegations of rights violations and abuses in the Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental provinces, the top United Nations human rights official today called for setting up of an international investigation mechanism to look into the situation.

Winners of Multilingual Essay Contest to Present at United Nations General Assembly in July 2017

ELS Educational Services is pleased to announce that 60 students have been selected as winners of the 2017 Many Languages, One World® international essay contest. 2017 is the fourth year ELS Educational Services and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) have sponsored Many Languages, One World. This year ELS and the UNAI also welcome Northeastern University as the host of the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum and the sponsor and organizer of the Northeastern University Global Youth Symposium.

Get outside, connect with the planet that sustains us, urges UN on World Environment Day

With the theme of this year's World Environment Day – 'Connecting People to Nature' – aimed at highlighting the well-documented physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, the United Nations is today flagging the vast benefits of such engagement, from food security and improved health to reliable water supply and climatic stability.

Over 40 migrants die of thirst in the Sahara, signalling ‘broadening death trap,’ warns UN agency

Warning that smugglers may now be “broadening” a death trap for migrants and refugees that could stretch from the Mediterranean to the vast Sahara Desert, the United Nations refugee agency has reiterated its call for safe pathways so that those in desperate need of international protection do not lose their lives.

“Our oceans, our future”: Ocean Conference in New York

The spotlight will be on the ocean at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017. The Ocean Conference puts Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on use of the oceans, seas and marine resources at the center of attention. In particular, the Conference aims to be a turning point regarding maritime pollution and its negative effects for people, animals and nature.

Tobacco’s killer toxins also wreak havoc on the environment, UN health agency warns

Stamping out tobacco use can save millions of lives and combat poverty, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today and spotlighted for the first time the ways in which tobacco affects human well-being from an environmental perspective – caused by production, distribution and waste.

Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Annual Meeting

Every year, the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) hosts a three-day Annual Meeting, drawing together 250–350 academics and practitioners from around the world. This year, the Annual Meeting is being held 15–17 June, at Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea in co-operation with the Korean Academic Council on the United Nations System (KACUNS).

UN engages youth on national reconciliation in Iraq

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) – the UN’s special political mission for Iraq – has been working closely with the government to create a favourable environment for inclusive national dialogue. The country’s youth and universities have a critical role to play in this regard not just as stakeholders, but as partners in the process of national reconciliation.

UN Messenger of Peace Malala says girls can change the world

The Pakistani teenager whose courageous defense of girls' education continues to inspire people worldwide has a message for girls everywhere: your voice matters.

Malala Yousafzai, 19 has been appointed United Nations (UN) Messenger of Peace by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutteres, on April 10th, 2017 and became the youngest person ever to receive the distinction.

The Nobel Peace Laureate first came to the world's attention in October 2012 after being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' right to go to school.

GoGreen Week

GoGreen Week, an annual tradition in its third year, returned to NYU Shanghai this spring with a flurry of events related to the environment, wildlife, energy, food and sustainable development organized by the student club Green Shanghai.

A Global Citizen and a Champion for Peace

It is sinful for a writer not to think about political subjects… Yevgeny Yevtushenko

On Day for Biological Diversity, UN says tourists must protect nature that draws them

Tourism must not undermine the nature that attracts tourists in the first place, said the head of the United Nations-backed treaty on biological diversity, marking International Day for Biological Diversity.

Venezuela: UN human rights chief regrets opposition leader being blocked to travel

Amid rising violence in Venezuela, the United Nations human rights chief has expressed regret that the Latin American country’s opposition leader was allegedly blocked from leaving the country for New York, where they were planning to meet.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has said on Twitter that he regrets that Henrique Capriles was unable to travel and hoped that the incident is not a reprisal linked to the planned meeting with him in New York today, Mr. Zeid’s spokesperson, Rupert Colville, told reporters in Geneva.

At China's Belt and Road Forum, UN chief Guterres stresses shared development goals

Speaking at a major international conference in Beijing, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today drew comparisons between China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative and the Sustainable Development Goals, saying both are rooted in a shared vision for global development.

DR Congo: UN agency appeals for support as ‘steady stream’ of refugees crosses into Angola

With violence and insecurity continuing to force people to flee Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region and seek refuge in neighbouring Angola, the United Nations refugee agency has called for a suitable place to shelter them as well as additional resources to support those in urgent need.

Task of eradicating poverty must be met 'with a sense of urgency,' says deputy UN chief

Eradicating poverty remains the greatest global challenge, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said today, calling for a collective and comprehensive approach that recognizes the multidimensional nature the issue and its interaction with other aspects.

Central African Republic: UN cites ‘dire’ situation for children; amid threats, some aid work suspended

Four international humanitarian organizations have temporarily suspended activities in northern Central African Republic (CAR) after dozens of attacks on aid workers in the region, the United Nations humanitarian office today said.

Korean Peninsula: Conflict prevention 'our collective priority' but onus also on DPRK, says UN chief

Preventing armed conflict in north-east Asia is the international community's collective priority while the onus is also on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to refrain from further nuclear testing and explore the path of dialogue, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council today.

'Broadly positive' outlook for Asia-Pacific threatened by rising global uncertainty, warns UN report

Warning that despite a broadly positive economic outlook for 2017, Asia-Pacific economies are vulnerable to rising global uncertainty and trade protectionism, the United Nations social and economic development arm in the region has called for better governance and stronger fiscal management to sustain and improve economic growth.