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UN chief appoints Lebanese official as head of operations in Libya

22 June – A Lebanese political science professor and political advisor to the United Nations in Iraq has been appointed as the Organization's top official in Libya.


UN spotlights health benefits of yoga, ancient practice that can ease stress of our modern 'laptop' lives

21 June – Recognizing the universal appeal of yoga, the United Nations today marked the 2017 edition of the International Day of Yoga, which aims to integrate the benefits of healthy lives and wellbeing – essential aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Heading to Uganda for 'solidarity summit,' UN chief marks World Refugee Day with calls for action

20 June – Refugee protection is not a matter of solidarity or generosity, but an obligation under international law, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said, detailing five strong appeals to the international community for respecting refugees' rights.


UN Assembly honours legacy of slain Italian judge, hears calls to bolster fight against organized crime

19 June – Marking the 25 years since the murder of an Italian judge who dedicated his life to fighting the Mafia, a senior United Nations official today stressed the need for the international community to renew its commitment to address evolving and emerging forms of organized crime.


UN Peacebuilding Commission Chair says body is ready to help sustain peace wherever there is need

19 June – Briefing the Security Council today, the Chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission – an intergovernmental advisory body that supports peace efforts in conflict-affected countries – highlighted that partnerships, coherence, transparency and a focus on the gender dimensions of its work will be its key priorities for the upcoming session.


'Sexual violence is a threat to every individual's right to a life of dignity' – UN chief

19 June – Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today paid tribute to the women, girls, men and boys who have suffered the atrocity of sexual violence in conflict, and reaffirmed “our global commitment to eliminate this scourge.”


Need for world free of nuclear weapons more urgent than ever, says UN disarmament chief

15 June – Negotiations on the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons resumed today in New York, with the United Nations disarmament chief expressing hope that the talks result in an effective instrument that “complements and strengthens” existing ones.


General Assembly approves creation of new UN Counter-Terrorism Office

15 June – The General Assembly today approved the establishment of a new United Nations office to help Member States implement the Organization's global counter-terrorism strategy.


Political will, financial support needed to bolster new approach to cholera in Haiti – UN deputy chief

14 June – The United Nations deputy chief today called on Member States to fund the Organization's new strategy to counter cholera in Haiti, stressing that the initiative is facing a critical shortage of resources.


Not only strong, but smart policies needed to combat terrorism – UN chief

13 June – Efforts and policies to prevent extremism must encompass all segments of the society, in particular those who have suffered structural discrimination and marginalization, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, warning that measures which fail to do so could end up effectively “driving” people into the hands of terrorists.


Mine action vital to success of UN peace mandates, Security Council told

13 June – The mitigation of the threats posed by landmines and other explosive remnants of war is vital to the success of United Nations peacekeeping and special political missions, as well as to the delivery of humanitarian assistance, the return of displaced persons, and sustainable development, a senior UN official told the Security Council today.


Protection of migrant and refugee children must be at core of new global compacts – UN agency

13 June – Amid ongoing discussions towards the first-ever global compacts on refugees and migration, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) joined other United Nations agencies meeting in Berlin today stressing that all parties involved in these talks must work together to address the needs of migrant children, consistent with their human rights.


Joint African action crucial to protect persons with albinism from violence, highlights UN expert

13 June – Highlighting the importance of cooperation among countries to overcome the violence and discrimination faced by persons with albinism, a United Nations rights expert has urged African nations to fully implement a regional action plan on ending attacks on persons with albinism.


Guterres expresses support for UN agency's work assisting Palestine refugees in Middle East

12 June – Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed concerns over recent public criticism of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the integrity of its operations, and called on all Member States to continue to support the agency in discharging its important humanitarian mandate.


UN Ocean Conference wraps up with actions to restore ocean health, protect marine life

9 June – The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans today wrapped up with a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean's health, and more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the blue.


Indigenous and environmental rights under attack in Brazil, UN rights experts warn

8 June – Human rights experts from the United Nations and an inter-American organization have denounced attacks on indigenous and environmental rights in Brazil, expressing concern over a Congressional report that accuses the UN of being “a confederation of non-governmental organizations influencing Brazilian policy.”


Musician Cody Simpson to be named 'Ocean Advocate' for UN development agency

7 June – To mark World Oceans Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will name Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of the planet and people.


Addressing Human Rights Council, UN rights chief decries some States’ lack of cooperation

6 June – In a major address in Geneva, the United Nations human rights chief today stressed that denying access or not cooperating with UN bodies would not diminish scrutiny of a Government’s human rights record.


FEATURE: Climate change and the world’s oceans

5 June – The vital link between oceans and climate change is among the issues at the forefront of discussions at the United Nations Ocean Conference taking place in New York from 5 to 9 June.


UN Ocean Conference opens with calls for united action to reverse human damage

5 June – Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials today urged coordinated global action to protect the planet.


After 50 years of Israeli occupation, 'now is the time' to create Palestinian state – UN chief

5 June – Marking 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in Israel's occupation of the Palestinian Territory, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated a call for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.


Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru, Poland elected to UN Security Council

2 June – In a single round of voting today, the United Nations General Assembly elected Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland as non-permanent members of the Security Council for the next two years.


UN poised to open summit on world's oceans; outcome will 'call for action' on ocean health

2 June – Warming oceans, depleting sea life and plastic pollution are on the agenda for next week's ocean summit at the United Nations, which will call for urgent action to improve the health of the oceans, while also creating jobs and raising people out of poverty.


Local solutions, people-centred health systems key to ending AIDS epidemic – UN deputy chief

1 June – While global optimism has fuelled a major push to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 – the highest ambition within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the United Nations today warned that the pandemic is far from over, and with more than 36 million people living with HIV, tackling it will require a life-cycle approach based on community-level solutions.


Slovak Foreign Minister elected as President of 72nd session of the General Assembly

31 May – The United Nations General Assembly today elected by acclamation Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia as President of its upcoming 72nd session.


With 'blue helmets' in harm's way every day, peacekeeping reforms and resources needed – UN chief

29 May – Marking International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Secretary-General António Guterres today said that peacekeeping must have the tools and rules it needs to adapt to the dangerous and challenging environments they face.


Marking International Day, UN honours dedication and service of peacekeepers

24 May – While the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is 29 May, the Organization today held ceremonies to pay tribute to the more than 3,500 people who have died on duty since 1948 and acknowledge the dedication and courage of those serving on the ground.


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

22 May – 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.


INTERVIEW: ‘Our peacekeepers are saving lives every day’ – new UN peacekeeping chief

22 May – With United Nations peace operations being carried out in highly complex environments and facing multiple challenges, Secretary-General António Guterres recently stressed the need to adapt peacekeeping to “our changing world.”

It is in this context that Jean-Pierre Lacroix took up his post as the new Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations at the beginning of April. The French national, who has more than 25 years of political and diplomatic experience, currently oversees 16 UN peacekeeping operations deployed on four continents.


On World Day, UN agencies urge countering threats to cultural diversity

21 May – Cultural diversity – the driving force of change and development – is increasingly under threat, United Nations agencies today said, reaffirming support for the cultural diversity that stems from migration.


Innovators, UN discuss using tech to tackle world's development challenges

17 May – From drones dropping food and medicines, to handheld devices that can diagnose Ebola with a drop of blood, the latest technological advances are converging to make the “unthinkable happen,” said global innovators and heads of tech companies invited to the United Nations today to discuss how to emerging technologies can boost achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


'World's most powerful job creators,' small enterprises vital to achieving Global Goals – UN official

11 May – By leveraging their ingenuity and creativity to harness new market opportunities, micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises can lead the way towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a senior United Nations official said today in remarks to a high-level meeting on the issue.