EARTH HOUR 2017: UN JOINS ICONIC LANDMARKS ‘GOING DARK’ TO SUPPORT PROTECTING THE PLANET


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Lights dimmed at UN Headquarters, in New York, to observe Earth Hour in 2017. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

EARTH HOUR 2017: UN JOINS ICONIC LANDMARKS ‘GOING DARK’ TO SUPPORT PROTECTING THE PLANET

The United Nations this evening dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of the tenth annual ‘Earth Hour,’ global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably. Read more

HOPING TO BUILD WITH ‘INCREMENTAL, CONSTRUCTIVE STEPS’ – UN ENVOY FOR SYRIA


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Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria briefs the press in Geneva. 24 March 2017. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

HOPING TO BUILD WITH ‘INCREMENTAL, CONSTRUCTIVE STEPS’ — UN ENVOY FOR SYRIA

Speaking to the media in Geneva yesterday, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said that he is not expecting miracles, breakthroughs or breakdowns but is hoping to build on the previous rounds of talks on the war-ravaged country with some incremental, constructive steps. Read more

INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TOWARDS MIDDLE EAST PEACE MUST BE MATCHED BY STEPS ON THE GROUND – UN ENVOY


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Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TOWARDS MIDDLE EAST PEACE MUST BE MATCHED BY STEPS ON THE GROUND – UN ENVOY

Noting that international engagement on reviving the Middle East peace process over the last three months reconfirmed the consensus that the two-state solution is the only means of realizing the national aspirations of both peoples a senior United Nations official called for continued expansion of the momentum into a concrete vision to end the wider conflict. Read more

CLOSING SESSION, UN COMMISSION AGREES ROADMAP TO WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT


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Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. UN Photo/Mark Garten

CLOSING SESSION, UN COMMISSION AGREES ROADMAP TO WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women today agreed on a roadmap to women’s full and equal participation in the economy as a vital step to achieving sustainable development as the body concluded its two-week session. Read more

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UN Commission on Status of Women opens with calls for more men to stand up for equality

UN Commission on Status of Women opens with calls for more men to stand up for equality

With men still dominating even in countries that consider themselves progressive, the world needs more women leaders and more men standing up for gender equality, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today. Read more

UN SPOTLIGHTS SLAVE DESCENDANTS’ LEGACY OF ACHIEVEMENTS, OVERCOMING ‘DARK CHAPTER OF HUMAN HISTORY’


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The Ark of Return, the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, located at the Visitors’ Plaza of UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

UN SPOTLIGHTS SLAVE DESCENDANTS’ LEGACY OF ACHIEVEMENTS, OVERCOMING ‘DARK CHAPTER OF HUMAN HISTORY’

Stressing the importance of remembering slavery and slave trade in human history, the legacy of which “resounds down the ages,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today highlighted the contributions that people of African descent have made and are continuing to make to their communities and to the world. Read more

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At Security Council, UN officials urge governments to implement rules on prosecuting traffickers

At Security Council, UN officials urge governments to implement rules on prosecuting traffickers

Human trafficking thrives in countries where the rule of law is weak or non-existent, top United Nations officials today told the Security Council, calling on Governments to make better use of the tools created under the UN flag to stop the victimization of men, women and children. Read more

PHOTO FEATURE: THE ENDURING LEGACY OF THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE


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Slavery memorial in Stone Town, Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania. Photo: Israa Hamad

PHOTO FEATURE: THE ENDURING LEGACY OF THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE

The transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in history and undeniably one of the most inhumane. According to the United Nations, over a 400-year period, the forcible extraction of Africans from their motherland was unprecedented in the annals of recorded human history Read more