In Focus
UNTSO briefing in 1973
UN's Oldest Peacekeeping Mission Gets New Chief

Major General Arthur David Gawn, of New Zealand, was appointed as Head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO).  Set up in May 1948, UNTSO was the first ever peacekeeping operation established by the United Nations. Since then, UNTSO military observers have remained in the Middle East to monitor ceasefires, supervise armistice agreements and assist other UN peacekeeping operations in the region to fulfil their mandates.

In the Spotlight

Jessica Watson
Jessica Watson

WFP Youth Ambassador Jessica Watson visited Syrian refugees In Lebanon And Jordan.  Her trip came at a critical time when vulnerable Syrian refugee families are struggling to survive with reduced rations that WFP was forced to introduce early this year due to lack of funding. In 2011, Watson, who was born in Queensland, Australia, became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe alone at age 16. Shortly afterwards, she was appointed as a WFP Youth Representative in the global fight against hunger.


The UN System at Work

World Health Organization

World Hepatitis Day is marked around the world on 28 July. This year the World Health Organization and partners urge all governments and people to join the action to prevent hepatitis B and C – diseases that cause 1.4 million deaths a year. The key message is to "Prevent hepatitis. Act now". WHO is asking everyone to learn about hepatitis and how to prevent infection, demand safe injections, be vaccinated, and get tested and seek treatment. 

The UN System 

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