NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS ON THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FROM THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

New York, 19 June 2018-In answer to questions following the announcement by the United States of its decision to withdraw from the Human Rights Council, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General has the following to say:

The Secretary-General would have much preferred for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council. The UN’s Human Rights architecture plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

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June 20, 2018-SIKU YA WAKIMBIZI DUNIANI

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“Ungalifanya nini iwapo ungelazimishwa kuondoka nyumbani kwako?

Hii leo, zaidi ya watu milioni 68 duniani kote ni wakimbizi au wakimbizi wa ndani kutokana na mizozo au mateso.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OPENING REMARKS AT PRESS ENCOUNTER WITH FOREIGN MINISTER OF NORWAY INE MARIE ERIKSEN SØREIDE AND PRIME MINISTER OF SOMALIA HASSAN ALI KHAIRE ON THE MARGINS OF THE OSLO FORUM

Oslo, 19 June 2018- “Ladies and gentlemen of the press, it’s a pleasure to be with all of you today. Indeed, we live in a dangerous world where we see a multiplication of new conflicts, old conflicts that seem never to die, and conflicts becoming more and more interlinked and more linked to what is now a new threat of global terrorism. There was always terrorism in the world, but this form of global terrorism is indeed new, and terrorism can strike anywhere at any time.’

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Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

JUNE 18, 2018-The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the two heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks that took place in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, on 16 and 17 June, which resulted in at least 43 people killed and 45 injured.  For one of those attacks, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) has claimed responsibility.

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Security Council Press Statement on a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban in Afghanistan

18 June 2018-The members of the Security Council welcomed the announcement by the Government of Afghanistan on 16 June, to extend the temporary ceasefire with the Taliban after the Eid al-Fitr holiday.The members of the Security Council expressed their strong disappointment that the Taliban has not extended their previously announced partial ceasefire, and urged them to respond to the call for peace from the Afghan people by reciprocating the Government’s ceasefire in full. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Assembly President calls for return to dialogue at Kultaranta talks in Finland

Helsinki, Finland, 18 June 2018 – The President of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, participated in a panel on the future of multilateralism and the role of the United Nations, as part of the Kultaranta Talks, a foreign and security policy debate hosted by H.E. Mr. Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland.
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WHO releases new International Classification of Diseases (ICD 11)

18 June 2018 ¦ Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) is today releasing its new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

The ICD is the foundation for identifying health trends and statistics worldwide, and contains around 55 000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death. It provides a common language that allows health professionals to share health information across the globe. Continue reading

UNICEF becomes first UN agency to get workplace gender parity certification

Report from UN Children’s Fund Published on 18 Jun 2018

NEW YORK, 18 June 2018 – UNICEF has received EDGE Certification, becoming the first United Nations agency to earn the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality.

“Advancing gender equality and the rights of women and girls is at the core of what we do at UNICEF,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore. “To be the leading organization for the rights of all children and young people, including young women and girls, we have to lead by example.”
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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Migrant and Refugee Children

NEW YORK, 18 June 2018-As a matter of principle, the Secretary-General believes that refugees and migrants should always be treated with respect and dignity, and in accordance with existing international law. Children must not be traumatized by being separated from their parents. Family unity must be preserved.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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Panel discussion hosted by H.E. Mr. Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland: “Power and strength or a shared order?” as part of the annual Kultaranta Talks

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17 June 2018 | Kultaranta, Finland

“Thank you, everyone, for your warm welcome.

It is great to be here, as part of these Kultaranta Talks

Particularly because they focus on a topic close to my heart: multilateralism.

And I think this is a good location for it. Continue reading