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A sign outside the General Assembly building highlights the hashtag for attendees to use to promote the 72nd session's General Debate. UN Photo/Kim Haughton
18 September 2017 – Global leaders gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York this week for the annual round of top-level diplomatic talks known as the General Debate will shine a spotlight on the needs of the world’s people, with discussions on vital issues such as sustainable development and climate change, and set the stage for what the President of the UN General Assembly has dubbed a “year of firsts,” which will see the negotiation of the first intergovernmental compact on migratio
Farmers prepare land to plant turmeric. Bheri Ganga village, Surkhet district, western Nepal. Photo: ©IFAD/Sanjit Das/Panos
15 September 2017 – The number of people hungry around the world is up for the first time in more than a decade, says a new United Nations report issued today, pointing to violent conflicts and climate change as the major drivers.
Each year on 21 September, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world as an occasion for humanity to commit to peace above all differences and contribute to building a culture of peace.
United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne has founded the first graduate school in France dedicated to addressing the challenges of sustainable development. Inasmuch as the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne—the UNAI hub for human rights—is a research centre for human and social sciences, the new graduate school will take an interdisciplinary approach to finding solutions for sustainable development.
At the Al Sab’een Hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, a doctor checks on a girl suffering from cholera. Photo: UNICEF/UN066510/Fuad
11 September 2017 – Nearly one-in-five children across the Middle East and North Africa – over 90 per cent of whom live in conflict-affected countries – need immediate humanitarian assistance, according to new analysis by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
A young girl does her school work in Karachi, Pakistan. UN Photo/John Isaac
8 September 2017 – New technologies open opportunities to improve lives and connect globally, but they can also marginalize those who are illiterate and lack other essential skills needed to navigate them, a senior United Nations official today said, highlighting that some 750 million adults worldwide are not literate.
Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman briefs the Security Council on 4 September 2017 on the latest nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People
4 September 2017 – The top United Nations political official today urged the Security Council to remain united and take appropriate action against Sunday's nuclear explosive test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Aerial view of roads and agricultural land inundated by floods in Banke district, south-western Nepal. Photo: UNICEF Nepal/2017/SJThapa
1 September 2017 – Saddened by the loss of life and the devastation caused by widespread floods and landslides due to torrential monsoon rains in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, Secretary-General António Guterres said today that the United Nations is ready to support ongoing relief efforts.
ASEAN Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives created Ikebana arrangements during the fourth "Peace is..." event in the GA lobby.
15 August 2017 — The fourth event of the “Peace is…” series hosted by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations took place on Friday in the lobby of the General Assembly Building at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The event, entitled “Peace is… beautiful”, celebrated friendship and the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Two boys, 16 and 12 years old , collect water from a damaged pipe on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. The water is pumped from the White Nile River, but is untreated, risking the health of those who consume it. Photo: UNICEF/Hatcher-Moore
28 August 2017 – Encouraging global action to support clean water and sanitation, United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson today underscored that when it comes to the environment, everything is connected.