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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).
A UN convoy drives past destroyed buildings in the old city of Homs, Syria. March 2017. Photo: UNICEF/Ebo
The United Nations human rights chief today urged all warring parties in Syria to take every feasible measure to spare the civilian population from the effects of the armed conflict, noting that civilians are increasing caught in fighting between the Government forces and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group.
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.
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, 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.
It is sinful for a writer not to think about political subjects… Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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.
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.
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.
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.