The United Nations has issued the Chinese version of the forty-second edition of Basic Facts about the United Nations, marking the publication of the trusted guidebook in all six official languages – the others being Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish – as a keystone of the Organization’s multilingual outreach.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has reappointed Lynn St. Amour of the United States Chair of the Internet Governance Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group.
The membership of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum has been renewed.
Delegates representing a broad range of interests — from Governments to technology companies — focused on efforts to promote “digital growth” while overcoming many of the abuses of the Internet, as the thirteenth Internet Governance Forum opened here today.
The United Nations Department of Public Information will host an educational event on the International Day of Tolerance, which will feature the 2018 YouTube Creators for Change programme, on Friday, 16 November, in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber.
Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Reporters without Borders event on “Commission on Information and Democracy, in Paris today:
More than 3,000 participants — including high-level Government officials, civil society leaders, private sector and Internet policy experts — will gather in Paris, France, from 12-14 November to discuss international cooperation on such issues as “fake news”, the spread of disinformation, cybersecurity and privacy, big data, the Internet of Things, and their effects on society.
Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, observed on 2 November:
The archives of former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have been made available online for public consultation via the website of the United Nations Archives and Records Management Section: search.archives.un.org/secretary-general-ban-ki-moon-2007-2018.
The United Nations and Mattel, Inc., launched a collaboration at New York Headquarters today to introduce the Sustainable Development Goals to pre‑school audiences through the animated children’s series Thomas & Friends.
The World Challenge Finland 2018 showcased innovative technology solutions that could potentially be used to tackle the effects of climate change as well as other major global challenges. The goal of the competition was to develop services supporting sustainable development using open-source satellite data.
The 2018 International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East concluded today with two panel discussions, one exploring media coverage of the Palestinian refugee story 70 years after the Nakba, and the other focused on the protection of journalists covering the Israeli‑Palestinian conflict.
Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Alison Smale, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, to the 2018 United Nations International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, in Moscow today:
MOSCOW, 5 September — The 2018 International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East opened here today, with journalists, policymakers and other experts examining progress in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict almost 25 years after the signing of the first Oslo Accord, as well as issues related to media coverage of the conflict, Palestine refugee narratives and the protection of journalists.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Marguerite El-Helou as Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Beirut, covering Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait and Syria. Ms. El-Helou assumed her new duties on 1 August 2018.
United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres has appointed Samir Aldarabi as Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Manama, covering Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Aldarabi assumed his duties on 1 August 2018.
Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in Geneva today:
Closing its fortieth session today, the Committee on Information approved two draft resolutions, the second of which emphasized the need to promote multilingualism, bridge the digital divide and maintain the use of traditional media.
Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for World Press Freedom Day, observed today:
Expressing concern about widening global inequality and deepening divides between peoples, speakers addressing the Committee on Information today urged the Department of Public Information to position itself as a critical resource for — and advocate of — the world’s most marginalized communities, as the 115‑member body entered the second day of its fortieth session.
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