Prof. Aderanti Adepoju of the Human Resources Development Centre in Lagos, Nigeria notes that over 31 million Africans live outside the country of their birth, the majority within the African continent. In fact, the majority of migration is intra-regional or intra-African, especially in west and southern Africa and only about 25 percent of African migrants go to Europe.
Prof. Laura Zanfrini of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy argues that the current refugee crisis is emblematic of Europe’s ambivalence and failure to manage forced migrations in the present time.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's video message for International Day of Peace
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. 
Global Citizenship Education
Can teaching students to view themselves as citizens of the world be the key to building peace and advancing equality and justice?  This was the question raised on 9 September at the United Nations Headquarters at an panel discussion organized by UNESCO, in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of the Republic of Korea, Croatia, and Andorra, Jordan to the United Nations, the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding  (APCEIU), UN  Academic  Impact  (UNAI),  UN  Women, and InterPress Service entitled “Global Citizenship Education: An Emerging Agenda for Peace and P
Girl Up
By Inés Rénique, WiSci Camp Counselor and Girl Up Teen Advisor alumnae.
Mogens Lykketoft, President of the seventieth session of the General Assembly, gives an interview for the UN News on the Assembly’s work during its current session. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine
8 September 2016 – On 15 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly elected Mogens Lykketoft – a Danish national – to serve as the President of its seventieth session. At the time of his election, Mr. Lykketoft was the Speaker (President) of the Danish Parliament, a position he had held since 2011. Born on 9 January 1946, it was a fitting coincidence that he would turn 70 during his term as President of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly– a personal fact he highlighted during his acceptance speech to the world body upon his election.
Efi Latsoudi, human rights activist, and Hellenic Rescue Team leader K. Mitragas, in front of a vast pile of lifejackets in northern Lesvos, a haunting reminder of the dangers faced by refugees who arrived on Greek shores in 2015. Photo: UNHCR/G. Welters
6 September 2016 – A Greek human rights activist and a Greek volunteer rescue team – Efi Latsoudi and the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) – have been jointly awarded this year’sNansen Refugee Award for their efforts to aid refugees arriving in Greece during 2015.
Licorne nuclear test, 1971, French Polynesia. Photo: The Official CTBTO Photostream
29 August 2016 - Marking the International Day against Nuclear Tests, senior United Nations officials today called for the entry into force of a multilateral treaty that bans all nuclear explosions, for both civilian and military purposes, in all environments. "Today marks a quarter of a century since the closure of the Semipalatinsk test site in Kazakhstan, ground zero for more than 450 nuclear tests," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the day. The victims there are joined by others scattered across Central Asia, North Africa, North America and the South Pacific.
In the wake of the February 2016 hostilities in Malakal, South Sudan, UN and humanitarian partners have rapidly mobilized additional supplies to respond to the new needs generated by the violence. Photo: OCHA/ Charlotte Cans
19 August 2016 – With a record 130 million people worldwide now dependent on humanitarian assistance, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that though solutions to the crises that plunged these people into such desperate hardship are neither simple nor quick, “there are things we can all do – today, and every day. We can show compassion, we can raise our voices against injustice, and we can work for change.”
Students at a UN-backed development project site that supports vulnerable populations in Antananarivo, Madagascar. UN Photo/Mark Garten
The world's young people – who make up the largest generation of youth in history – can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on course to a more sustainable future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said youth, with their creativity and idealism are the key to delivering the goals of the new UN sustainability agenda.