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Opening of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly

The General Assembly of the United Nations opens its seventy-second session on Tuesday, 12 September, at 3 p.m., at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Assembly’s annual general debate, when Heads of State and Government and other senior national representatives gather to present their views about pressing world issues, will open on Tuesday, 19 September, and run through Monday, 25 September.

The general debate will be followed by a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, taking place on Wednesday and Thursday, 27-28 September 2017, when high-level representatives are expected to assess achievements and challenges in the implementation of the Plan of Action.

For updates and further information, please visit the General Assembly home page.

 

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General On The Nuclear Test Conducted By The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The Secretary-General condemns the underground nuclear test announced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

This act is yet another serious breach of the DPRK’s international obligations and undermines international non-proliferation and disarmament efforts. This act is also profoundly destabilizing for regional security. The DPRK is the only country that continues to break the norm against nuclear test explosions.

The Secretary-General reiterates his call on the DPRK leadership to cease such acts and to comply fully with its international obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions.

The Secretary-General remains in contact with all parties concerned.

 

 3 September, New York

Young Australians Talk About The Sustainable Development Goals

High School Students from across Australia took part in a Plan for the Planet programme at the Australian National University in Canberra.

We took our camera along and worked with the students to make this short video. The students spoke about which Sustainable Development Goal was important to them and why – they also had fun filming and interviewing each other in the process.

The Secretary-General On The Attack In Spain

The Secretary-General condemns today’s terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain.

He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those killed and to the Government and people of Spain. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured and hopes that those responsible for this heinous violence will be swiftly brought to justice.

The United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government of Spain in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General
New York, 17 August 2017

Ensuring a Robust and Reliable Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System For The PICT Region.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)- Pacific Tsunami Warning Systems (PTWS) Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICT’s) has successfully completed its 5th regional meeting that was held in Honiara, Solomon Islands from the 7th to the 9th of August.

The meeting which was attended by close to 30 representatives from Pacific countries and invited experts and observers, was the opportunity for tsunami warning and mitigation focal points to share the progress of national efforts to ensure effective and reliable tsunami warning and mitigation services for their countries.

The meeting allowed the participants to review tsunami detection, warning and response capabilities of the PICT’s and tsunami mitigation activities in the region. This meeting was also very important for the Working Group to discuss their priorities and future actions.

 

Five Asia/Pacific activists reach Young Champions of the Earth regional finals

  • UN Environment has selected five young environmental change makers from the Asia/Pacific region as regional finalists of the inaugural Young Champions of the Earth prize.
  • The public is invited to rate the finalists’ ideas to save the environment.
  • A global jury will award one Young Champion per region with $15,000 in funding and technical support to bring their ideas to life.

15 Aug. 2017 – Today, the United Nations Environment Programme announced a shortlist of regional finalists for the Young Champions of the Earth prize – a global competition aiming to identify, support and celebrate outstanding individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 with big ideas to protect or restore the environment.

From over 600 applicants, 30 regional finalists—all with emphatic track records of environmental commitment—were selected for having the most innovative, scalable and potentially impactful ideas.

Five of the 30 regional finalists hail from the Asia/Pacific regions, with projects submitted from China (Siting Zhuang), Bangladesh (Shougat Nazbin Khan), India (Ankit Agarwal), Indonesia (Awaludin Aryanto), and the Pacific island of Kiribati (Eritai Kateibwi).

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International Day Of Youth

Youth have an important role to play in building peace. Today’s generation of youth is the largest the world has ever known and youth account for many of those affected by armed conflict.

International Youth Day August 12, 2017
celebrates Youth Building Peace and recognizes the significant role that young people play in the maintenance and promotion of international security.

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Realizing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – A Decade in Review – Press Conference (9 August 2017)

Press conference by Ms. Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Ms. Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and Mr. Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, Cree Chief, Canada, on “Realizing the rights of indigenous peoples – a decade in review”.