Opening Ceremony of UN Ocean Conference during the Fijian traditional welcome ceremony

Secretary-General António Guterres (centre at right) during the Fijian traditional welcome ceremony to open the Conference. 05 June 2017, New York (UN Photo/Mark Garten)

The UN Ocean Conference is taking place at UN headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day (8 June). Co-chaired by Fiji and Sweden, the Conference aims to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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PRESS RELEASE : UN Secretary-General opens Ocean Conference, calling on countries to set aside short-term gain to avoid catastrophe

Conference focuses attention on ocean pollution, overfishing and climate impacts

New York, 5 June— Warning that the special relationship between people and the ocean that brings untold benefits for life is under threat as never before, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the opening of the Ocean Conference that the problems of the ocean—all created by human activity, can all be reversed and prevented with decisive, coordinated action.

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THE OCEAN CONFERENCE

SDG_Media_Zone_promo_card2The Ocean Conference takes place at UN Headquarters in New York on 5-9 June and will mobilize action by all stakeholders—leaders of governments, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions, the scientific community—to advance the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) which calls for efforts to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

SDG Media Zone (5-8 June)

During the week of the Conference, the UN Department of Public Information in collaboration with the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, UN Foundation and the Pvblic Foundation will host the SDG Media Zone—a live broadcast of interviews, panel discussions and other digital content—to engage people all around the world in the important conversations happening at the conference. Speakers include the UN Deputy-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, the President of the UN

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International Day of UN Peacemaker

 

Peacekeeping is cost effective, but must adapt to new reality

By António Guterres

When I entered the United Nations Secretariat building for the first time as Secretary-General in January, my first act was to lay a wreath honoring more than 3,500 United Nations staff who died in the service of peace. Later that same week, two Blue Helmets were killed in the Central African Republic, where they were working to prevent violent confrontations between communities from descending into mass killings. United Nations peacekeepers place themselves in harm’s way every day, between armed groups that are trying to kill each other or to harm civilians.

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UN in South Africa celebrates Africa Day with the Department of Science and Technology.

The United Nations in South Africa joined the Department of Science and Technology in celebrating Africa Day at the Freedom Park in Pretoria. The day is marked annually on 25 May to celebrate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (now called the African Union) in 1963. The theme for this year was “Celebrating the advancement of science in Africa with specific emphasis on the role of data collection in tracking the Sustainable Development Goals for informing policies.”

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UNIC Pretoria holds a career guidance session with learners from Nurul-Islam School in Lenasia

Learners from Nurul-Islam School during the career guidance session facilitated by UNIC Pretoria

24 May 2017 – As part of a series of discussions with secondary school learners on career guidance taking place at Nurul-Islam School in Lenasia, UNIC Pretoria was invited to interact with learners on career opportunities within the United Nations. The question-answer sessions first centered around the UN in general and then the work of the UN in South Africa. Further emphasis was placed on explaining the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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UN Headquarters Observes International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 24 May 2017

— Two fallen peacekeepers from South Africa to be honoured at ceremony at UN Headquarters –

The United Nation Headquarters will observe the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Wednesday, 24 May.  Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will lay a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeepers and will preside over a ceremony at which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal will be awarded posthumously to 117 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2016.  
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