Archived Recent Additions (April-June 2010)
At the new Office of Administration of Justice site, you can find out how the internal justice system works at the UN and what staff members can do in case of a dispute. There is information on how disputes are resolved informally, and general information about the Office of Administration of Justice, and other useful references.
On 12 December 1997, by resolution 52/149, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, (resolution 39/46), annex, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.
By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
The Presidency of the Security Council during the month of July is held by Nigeria. The Presidency rotates monthly based on the list of Member States of the Security Council, in the English alphabetical order of their names.
Chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010 will provide the platform for organizations to convene, collaborate and commit to building a new era of sustainability – an era where environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are deeply integrated into business based on both material and ethical rationales.
The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.
The theme of this year's World Refugee Day is “Home” - and highlights the plight of the world’s 15 million refugees, more than three-quarters of them in the developing world, who have been uprooted from their homes by conflict or persecution.
In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.
In his message, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says "Young people already play a crucial role in working for peace. Yet I know they can do even more. So this International Day comes with a challenge for young people everywhere: Expand on your work to build peace. Share your plans and ideas, with creativity and passion. The world’s concerns will soon be in your hands."
The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
Commemorated on 5 June since 1972, this Day is one of the principal vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action, and gives a human face to environmental issues - and enables people to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.
‘Greening the Blue,’ a new website, shows what is happening to make the UN more sustainable and provides advice to Staff Members of UN System offices, agencies and organizations how they can contribute. It includes the greenhouse gas inventories of 49 UN organizations, as well as detailed tips and tools for staff in how to reduce their personal carbon footprints.
In establishing World Oceans Day, the UN General Assembly recognized the important contribution of sustainable development and management of the resources and uses of the oceans and seas to the achievement of international development goals, including those contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration.
The purpose of this Day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN's commitment to protect the rights of children.
The Presidency of the Security Council during the month of June is held by Mexico. The Presidency rotates monthly based on the list of Member States of the Security Council, in the English alphabetical order of their names.
With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.
In his message for the Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes "On the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, we honour the sacrifices of the men and women who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag. This year's commemoration is a somber one. The past 14 months have been especially deadly for UN peacekeeping."
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a major online drive to spur action to eliminate hunger and highlight the fact that one in six people worldwide go hungry everyday. Through the “1billionhungry project” people can voice their outrage about world hunger by adding their names to an online petition. .
The Presidency of the Security Council during the month of May is held by Lebanon. The Presidency rotates monthly based on the list of Member States of the Security Council, in the English alphabetical order of their names.
Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War (8–9 May)
By resolution 59/26 of 22 November 2004, the UN General Assembly declared 8–9 May as a time of remembrance and reconciliation and, while recognizing that Member States may have individual days of victory, liberation and commemoration, invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe annually either one or both of these days in an appropriate manner to pay tribute to all victims of the Second World War.
Africa Renewal has a new website, which provides up-to-date information and analysis of the major economic and development challenges facing Africa today. Among the major items it produces is the renowned magazine, Africa Renewal (formerly Africa Recovery), which first appeared in 1987. It also produces a range of public information materials, including backgrounders, press releases and feature articles.
The Government of China has invited the United Nations to demonstrate its work at Shanghai World Expo 2010 in a 3,000 square meter pavilion. The United Nations will have its own state-of-the-art pavilion held under the theme of One Earth, One UN. The Pavilion will be situated in a prime location within the International Organizations area of the Expo site. It will host permanent and rotating exhibitions as well as a vibrant programme of activities.
World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every year on 3 May worldwide. It is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is held yearly on 28 April, and is an international annual campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. Since 2003, the International Labour Organization (ILO) observes the World Day, stressing the prevention of accidents and illnesses at work, capitalizing on its traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue.
15 years have passed since UNESCO proclaimed 23 April “World Book and Copyright Day”. The Day is celebrated by a growing number of partners and since its launch has shown itself to be a great opportunity for reflection and information on a significant theme. In this lengthy period, World Book and Copyright Day has won over a considerable number of people from every continent and all cultural backgrounds to the cause of books and copyright.
The proclamation of 22 April as International Mother Earth Day is an acknowledgement that the Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance. It also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.
Twelfth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
(Salvador, Brazil, 12-19 April 2010)
United Nations Crime Prevention Congresses have been held every five years since 1955 in different parts of the world, dealing with a vast array of topics. They have made a considerable impact on the field of international crime prevention and criminal justice and influenced national policies and professional practices.
The Presidency of the Security Council during the month of April is held by Japan. The Presidency rotates monthly based on the list of Member States of the Security Council, in the English alphabetical order of their names..
In his message for the day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said "Over the past two decades, United Nations assistance in mine action has reached more than 60 countries and territories. In addition to removing weapons, mine action efforts develop local capacity, restore the dignity of survivors and build safe environments for civilians, affected communities and United Nations peacekeepers. Such actions make an invaluable contribution to our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals."