In Focus
MINUSMA Holds Medal Parade for Chinese Contingent, Gao.
International Day of UN Peacekeepers (29 May )

The theme for the 2017 International Day of UN Peacekeepers is “Investing in Peace Around the World.” The Day offers a chance to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilians personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of the Organization and to honour more than 3,500 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948, including 117 last year. 

In the Spotlight

Nadia Murad Basee Taha
Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, is raising awareness about human trafficking crimes.  "I am so happy to hear that some of the girls kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, were released", Nadia Murad, told a packed meeting hall during the Crime Commission on 22 May.  Ms. Murad briefed the Security Council in its first-ever session on human trafficking last December. She described being rounded up with fellow Yazidis in Iraq in 2014 and witnessing ISIL fighters shooting men and boys in cold blood. She was subject to grave abuses at the hands of ISIL fighters and was bought and sold several times before she managed to escape from captivity.

The UN System at Work

International Atomic Energy Agency

An animal as tiny as a bat can carry up to 137 different virus species. Many of these, including Ebola, can be transmitted to humans. After years of studying bats and other animals in the jungles of central Africa, scientists are joining forces under IAEA projects to prevent the spread of diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases). The IAEA is helping countries use nuclear-derived techniques to detect these diseases and respond to them. To African countries facing the threat of new outbreaks, the IAEA’s help in equipping their laboratories and training their scientists in the use of these techniques and the corresponding biosafety measures has been critical. 

 The UN System 


Did you know?

Decolonization changed the face of the planet, creating more than 80 nations.
Women in the labour market on average still earn a quarter less than men globally. Find out more in Global Issues: Women.
The UN aims to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Unclean water and poor sanitation are the leading cause of child mortality. Find out more in Global Issues: Water
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