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September 17, 2018

United Nations General Assembly holds the Closing Plenary Meeting of the Seventy-second Session

United Nations General Assembly

Photo: María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President-elect of the seventy-third session of the UN General Assembly, addresses the closing plenary meeting of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly. Behind her at the dais is (left to right): Secretary-General António Guterres; Miroslav Lajčák, President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly; and Catherine Pollard, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management. 17 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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September 16, 2018

UN Secretary-General Issues Warning about Dangers of Climate Change

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Photo: Jayathma Wickramanayake, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, makes her remarks following UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s comments on climate change. Mr. Guterres has issued a strong warning about the dangers we face from Climate Change, stressing the urgency of the crisis and the risks of inaction. Mr. Guterres has also outlined his vision for the 2019 Climate Summit. 10 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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September 8, 2018

UN Peacebuilding Commission Meets on Leadership, Accountability, and Capacity

United Nations

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaks during the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s meeting on “Leadership, Accountability, and Capacity in Supporting Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace.” 07 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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September 5, 2018

UN Security Council President Briefs Press on Programme of Work for September 2018

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Nikki R. Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN and President of the Security Council for the month of September, briefs press on the Council’s programme of work for the month. 04 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

UN Security Council

Photo: Nikki R. Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN and President of the Security Council for the month of September, chairs the Security Council meeting on the programme of work for the month of September. 04 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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August 23, 2018

UN Security Council Meets on Threats to Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts

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Photo: Joana Cook, Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, chairs the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. 23 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaks with Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, before the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. 23 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Nikki R. Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN, speaks with Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation, before the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. 23 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

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Photo: Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), addresses the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. 23 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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August 18, 2018

New Permanent Representative of Italy Presents Credentials to the UN Secretary-General

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Photos: Maria Angela Zappia, new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Italy to the United Nations, presents her credentials to Secretary-General António Guterres. 13 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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August 13, 2018

United Nations Event on Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement

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Photo: Chief Tadodaho Sidney Hill of the Onondaga Nation (United States), leaves the podium after making a ceremonial call to order to open an event on the theme “Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement”, held on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August). 09 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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Photo: Rosa Montezuma, of the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous and Miss Panama 2018, makes opening remarks during an event on the theme “Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement,” held on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August). 09 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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August 10, 2018

President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, calls on Prime Minister Modi of India

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New Delhi, India, August 10, 2018 — Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

Prime Minister Modi congratulated Ms. Espinosa on her election to the post of President of the 73rd UN General Assembly. Ms. Espinosa shared her priorities for the General Assembly’s upcoming session. Prime Minister Modi assured her of India’s full and constructive cooperation in discharging her new responsibilities.

They discussed the need for stronger UN action on significant global challenges including terrorism, United Nations reform and climate change.

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August 5, 2018

India and the UN: Celebrating 70 years of Invaluable Service to the Cause of Peace

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff of India. 04 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider. (file photo).

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Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, addresses a tea ceremony for military and police advisers of troop-contributing countries hosted by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

Among others, Luís Carrilho, United Nations Police Adviser; Carlos Humberto Loitey, United Nations Military Adviser; and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; attended the ceremony. 01 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

United Nations, New York, August 4, 2018 — From protecting civilians, disarming ex-combatants and helping countries transition from conflict to peace, Indian men, and women in uniform have served the cause of peace from the earliest years of United Nations peacekeeping and continue to do so in some of the most challenging missions.

“UN peacekeeping operates in increasingly complex environments, and we are grateful for steadfast partners like India, who have risen to new challenges and continue to participate meaningfully in our efforts to protect vulnerable civilians,” the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said in a recent interview with UN News.

Mr. Lacroix visited India in June as part of a broader trip to the sub-region during which he thanked the Government and people of India, as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan, for their service and sacrifice in the name of peace. Together, troops and police from the four countries currently make up close to one-third of some 91,000 uniformed personnel across 14 UN peacekeeping operations.

According to UN News, commencing with its participation in the UN operation in Korea in 1950, India has a long and distinguished history of service in UN peacekeeping, having contributed more personnel than any other country, as well as the first-ever all-female force that helped to bring peace to Liberia in the wake of that country’s brutal civil war.

From 2007-2016, there were nine rotations of all-female police units from India, whose primary responsibilities were to provide 24-hour guard duty, public order management and conduct night patrols in and around the capital, Monrovia, while assisting to build the capacity of local security institutions.

Hailed as role models, these female officers not only played a vital role in restoring security in the West African nation but also contributed to an increase in the number of women in the country’s security sector, the UN News said.

“The contribution you have made to inspiring Liberian women, to imparting in them the spirit of professionalism, to encourage them to join those entities, those operations that protect the nation, for that we will always be grateful,” then-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated when the last all-female unit departed Liberia in February 2016.

Medical care is among the many services Indian peacekeepers provide to the communities in which they serve on behalf of the Organization. They also perform specialized tasks such as veterinary support and engineering services.

In South Sudan, for, example, the Indian veterinarians ran a mobile clinic earlier this year, traveling across the Upper Nile region, including to remote and dangerous locations, to treat sick cattle and educate their owners about disease prevention.

“Wherever I went I was being welcomed by people. They were delighted because there was no one, no one to look after them and whatever little we could contribute as a veterinarian and part of UNMISS, it is beneficial for them and the animals,” said Indian peacekeeper and veterinarian Prashant Tripathi.

The Indian contingent in the Upper Nile region includes the Indian Battalion, the Horizontal Mechanical Engineering Company, the Level II hospital, the Petroleum Platoon and the Force Signal Unit. They have all received UN medals of honor for their dedication and service in peacekeeping.

The Indian contingent in South Sudan has gone the extra mile by providing vocational training and life-saving medical assistance, as well as carrying out significant road repair work.

It is the nature of the Indian Army to step in any time when there is a need when we are on peacekeeping missions, says Colonel Gaurav Bhatra, UNMISS battalion chief.

Colonel Gaurav Bhatra, who commands the 850-strong Indian battalion, considers such efforts “a normal part of Indian culture.”

“Even in our country, we are sometimes called upon to assist in areas where it is challenging to alleviate the suffering of the people. It is the nature of the Indian Army to step in any time when there is a need when we are on peacekeeping missions.”

According to UN News, more than 200,000 Indians have served in 49 of the 71 peacekeeping missions established around the world since 1948. Currently, there are around 6,700 uniformed peacekeepers from India, the vast majority of them in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

India has also provided 15 Force Commanders to various missions and was the first country to contribute to the Trust Fund on sexual exploitation and abuse, which was set up in 2016.

India’s longstanding service has not come without cost; as of 30 June 2018, over 160 Indian peacekeepers have paid the ultimate price while serving with the United Nations.

“India has lost more peacekeepers than any other Member State. We grieve with the families and the people and Government of India for these losses,” noted Under-Secretary-General Lacroix. “India’s continued commitment to UN peace operations and global peace and security is invaluable,” Mr. Lacroix said.

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August 4, 2018

UN Information Service conducts the United Nations Graduate Study Programme at the UN Office, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

United Nations, Geneva

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Photos: Participants of the United Nations Graduate Study Programme in front of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 13 July 2018. UN Photos / Jean-Marc Ferré.

To deepen the understanding of the United Nations system through first-hand observation and study, the United Nations Information Service conducts Graduate Study Programme at the United Nations Office at Geneva each year.

This seminar provides an opportunity for outstanding graduate and postgraduate students from all over the world to deepen their understanding of the principles, purposes, and activities of the United Nations and its related agencies.

The 56th Graduate Study Programme was held at the Palais des Nations from 2 to 13 July 2018. It comprised lectures given by senior members of the United Nations and the Geneva-based specialized agencies.

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August 1, 2018

Higher Education Institutions remain committed to advancing the Global Sustainable Development Goals in collaboration with the United Nations

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Photo: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed (left), meets with Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, speaks at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea while attending the Global Engagement and Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF-SD). Seoul, South Korea. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

New York: UNESCO, as a partner of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), joined the “Higher Education Sustainability Initiative Global Event,” held at United Nations Headquarters, at the margins of the High-level Political Forum 2018.

The global event for higher education institutions brought together diplomats, UN officials, education experts, university administrators and students to share their experiences and strategies for advancing the sustainable development agenda. University administrators from all over the world participated in the discussion, including from the University of São Paulo, Universidade de Cabo Verde, Universidad de Monterrey, Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, underscored that equal access to education for all men and women is a fundamental building block for sustainable peace and sustainable development.

Lily Gray, Senior Program Specialist and Liaison Officer from UNESCO’s New York office, moderated the session on highlighting innovative collaborations between Higher Education Institutions and the United Nations. In her opening remarks, Ms. Gray stressed the importance of Education for Sustainable Development, which empowers learners with knowledge, skills, and values they need to address the social, environmental and economic challenges of the 21st century. UNESCO representative emphasized that universities and higher education institutions have a pivotal role to play in Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, by contributing to analysis and diagnosis of sustainability challenges to inform policy, conducting research and providing advice on strengthening national education systems and capacity building for sustainable development across different sectors.

The interactive discussion explored how the world is integrating 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into sustainability strategies, research, teaching, pedagogy, and campus practices, and how it is positioning higher education institutions as crucial drivers for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), is a partnership between United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNESCO, United Nations Environment, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, United Nations University (UNU), UN-HABITAT, UNCTAD, and UNITAR. With commitments from over 300 universities from around the world, it provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science, and policy-making.

UNESCO is the only UN agency with a mandate in higher education. As such, it contributes to developing evidence-based higher education policies. In line with Target 4.3 of Sustainable Development Goal 4 that says “by 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university,” UNESCO provides technical support to the Member States to review higher education strategies and policies in order to improve equitable access to quality higher education and enhance mobility and accountability. Through its UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, UNESCO partners with higher education institutions to advance teaching, learning and research that supports the development of sustainable knowledge societies.

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July 31, 2018

“The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” is the next proposed site for UNESCO World Heritage recognition

UNESCO, India

Photo: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Image Credit: Amit Rawat.

New Delhi, July 31, 2018 — The site namely “The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” has been proposed for World Heritage. As per Operation Guidelines 2017, only one place can be nominated by the state party each year. The recognition of World Heritage is a matter of great pride. It impacts the local economy by giving a boost to domestic and international tourism leading to increased employment generation, the creation of world-class infrastructure and augmentation of the sale of local handicrafts, handlooms and heritage memorabilia. Besides, it adds to the prestige of the country as well as the prescribed site.

There are a total of 37 World Heritage sites in India at present —

WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN INDIA

CULTURAL SITES:
Under Protection of Archaeological Survey of India

Name of Site — State

NATURAL SITES:
Under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

Name of Site — State

MIXED SITE:
Under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

Name of Site — State

The above information was given by India’s Minister of State for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Parliament), today.

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July 26, 2018

UNESCO announces New Jury Members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize

UNESCO

Photo: Audrey Azoulay (right), Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs journalists following a Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, specifically destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

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Photo: Nandita Das, one of the newly appointed Jury members, is an Actor and Celebrity Advocate for UNICEF India. Here she is speaking at the launch of UN@70, a year of activities to celebrate the United Nations’ seventieth anniversary. Sachin Tendulkar, Cricketer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, is also seen. 12 January 2015. New Delhi, India. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

UNESCO, Paris, France — The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, has appointed the Jury members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary and its eleventh edition this year, the Prize rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communications fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.

The newly appointed Jury Members are:

Nandita Das

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. She made her directorial debut with Firaaq in 2008 that won many accolades and appreciation both in India and abroad. Nandita also acted, wrote and directed the play Between the Lines in 2012. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for issues of social justice and human rights. She was the Chairperson of Children’s Film Society between 2009 and 2012. Nandita has been conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. Nandita’s second directorial venture recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It was the only Indian film to be selected in 2018, in the official section of the festival.

Professor Nadia Bernoussi

Professor of Constitutional Law and Political Institutions at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) of Rabat, the Institut Supérieur de l’Administration (ISA) and the Académie marocaine des études diplomatiques, Professor Nadia Bernoussi obtained her Doctorate Degree in Public Law (Constitutional Justice) in 1998. She is a visiting professor in the Law Faculties of the Universities of Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, and Tunis. As Vice President of the International Academy of Constitutional Law and Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law, she is also a founding member of the Association of Moroccan Constitutional Law and the Moroccan Association of Political Science.

Abdoulaye Konaté

Abdoulaye Konaté was born in 1953 in Diré (in Timbuktu region). He studied arts at the National Institute of Arts in Bamako, then at the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana, in Cuba. He was Director General of the “Palais de la Culture,” Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Founding Director of the “Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimedia” (CAMM), in Mali. Konaté was a member of various boards of directors and several juries, such as the biennial festival of photography of Bamako, among others.

In recognition of a lifelong devotion to communal harmony and peace, the Prize bears the name of its benefactor Madanjeet Singh, who was a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Indian artist, writer, and diplomat. Awarded every two years, on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance (16 November), UNESCO marks the Prize by a ceremony and presents the winner with the sum of US$ 100,000.

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July 21, 2018

United States Secretary of State visits United Nations Headquarters

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Photo: Secretary-General António Guterres (right) meets with Michael Richard Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States of America. 20 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

United Nations, United States

Photo: Michael Richard Pompeo (second from left), Secretary of State of the United States of America, about to address the press at the UN Headquarters. To the left is Nikki R. Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the UN. 20 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

United Nations, United States

Photo: Michael Richard Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States of America, briefs press during his visit to the UN Headquarters. 20 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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July 18, 2018

United Nations Headquarters observe Nelson Mandela International Day

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Photo: Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, and SDG Global Advocate, makes remarks during the annual observance of Nelson Mandela International Day. The 2018 commemoration marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). 18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

United Nations, Nelson Mandela

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left) and Miroslav Lajčák (right), President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, unveil a new stamp on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day, the 2018 observance of which marks 100 years since the birth of Mandela (18 July 1918).

The stamp, released by the UN Postal Administration, pays tribute to the centenary of Mandela’s birth. Designed by Norwegian artist Martin Mörck and issued in Swiss francs, it features the Nelson Mandela quote (in French): “It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.”

18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

United Nations, Nelson Mandela

Photo: Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs of the City of New York, makes remarks during the annual observance of Nelson Mandela International Day. The 2018 commemoration marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). 18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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July 17, 2018

New Chilling Prospects Report shows Lack of Cooling Access threatens Health, Prosperity, and the Climate

United Nations

Photo: Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), briefs the press on the launch of the report “Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All.” 16 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

NEW YORK, July 16, 2018: Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) today released Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All - the first-ever report to quantify the growing risks and assess the opportunities of the global cooling challenge.

The report shows there are over 1.1 billion people globally who face immediate risks from lack of access to cooling. Cooling underpins the ability of millions to escape poverty, to keep children healthy, vaccines stable, food nutritious, and economies productive.

“In a world facing continuously rising temperatures, access to cooling is not a luxury - it’s essential for everyday life. It guarantees safe cold supply chains for fresh produce, secure storage of life-saving vaccines, and dependable work and housing conditions,” said Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.

According to the report, these risks are both development and climate change issue, as they pose challenges for the health, safety, and productivity of populations across the world - especially countries in Asia and Africa where access gaps are the largest. This challenge also offers business and entrepreneurs the opportunity for significant new consumer markets which want super-efficient, affordable technologies to meet their cooling needs.

Closing these cooling access gaps is essential for economic growth and development in many countries, the report said.

Following are the report’s Key Findings based on an analysis of 52 vulnerable countries in hot climates:

1.1 billion people face cooling access risks, including:

Nine countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America have the most significant populations facing significant cooling risks.

These countries are India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, China, Mozambique, and Sudan.

2.3 billion people represent a different kind of cooling risk - a growing middle class, where limited purchasing options mean they may only be able to afford to buy less expensive and less efficient cooling devices, which could spike global energy demand with profound climate impacts.

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) launched its Chilling Prospects Report on July 16, 2018, during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on sustainability currently taking place in New York.

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July 16, 2018

United Nations Special Event on Occasion of 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

United Nations

Photo: Miroslav Lajčák, President of the seventy-second session of the UN General Assembly, addresses a special event on “Local and Regional Governments’ Forum,” on the occasion of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. At left is Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. 16 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed (on screens), addresses a special event on “Local and Regional Governments’ Forum,” on the occasion of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. 16 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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July 15, 2018

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Annual Meeting 2018 Pictures

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Photos: Scenes from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Annual Meeting 2018 held in Krakow, Poland, from 12 to 15 June 2018. Images provided by and copyright © UCCN Krakow.

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July 13, 2018

United Nations finalizes first ever Global Compact for Migration

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Photo: The United Nations, through Intergovernmental negotiations, finalized today the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration document.

Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, Co-facilitator for the Global Compact on Migration process, holds up the final draft of the document. 13 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, New York, 13 July 2018 - The text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, was finalized today. It is the first time that the Member States of the United Nations have come together to negotiate an agreement covering all dimensions of international migration holistically and comprehensively.

The Global Compact is the culmination of thematic discussions and consultations among the Member States and such actors as local officials, civil society representatives, and migrants themselves. This open, transparent and inclusive process lasting over 18 months led to unprecedented dialogue and learning by all participants on the realities of international migration. The agreement now forms a basis to improve governance and global understanding of immigration, to address the challenges associated with movement today, and to strengthen the contribution of migrants and migration to sustainable development.

Calling today a “historic moment,” the President of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, said the Global Compact’s potential was huge. He added, “It can guide us from a reactive to a proactive mode. It can help us to draw out the benefits of migration and mitigate the risks. It can provide a new platform for cooperation. Moreover, it can be a resource, in finding the right balance between the rights of people and the sovereignty of States. Also, in December, it will formally become the first comprehensive framework for migration the world has ever seen.”

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, said: “This compact demonstrates the potential of multilateralism: our ability to come together on issues that demand global collaboration - however complicated and contentious they may be.”

The Permanent Representatives of Mexico and Switzerland to the United Nations acted as the co-facilitators in drafting the document.

The agreement will be formally adopted by the Member States at the Intergovernmental Conference on Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 10 and 11 December 2018.

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July 12, 2018

United Nations Secretary-General's launches High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

United Nations

Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (left), speaks with his Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, on his way to brief the press. 12 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, New York, 12 July 2018 — United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, today announced the launch of a High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

“The scale, spread, and speed of change made possible by digital technologies is unprecedented, but the current means and levels of international cooperation are unequal to the challenge,” Mr. Guterres said.

“Digital technologies make a significant contribution to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, and they cut uniquely across international boundaries. Therefore, cooperation across domains and borders is critical to realizing the full social and economic potential of digital technologies as well as mitigating the risks that they pose and curtailing any unintended consequences.”

Ms. Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Mr. Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, have been appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Co-Chairs of the Panel.

The Panel has a total of 20 members, representing a cross-section of expertise from government, private industry, civil society, academia and the technical community. A full list appears below.

Members of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation:

Co-Chairs

  1. Melinda Gates (USA), Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  2. Jack Ma (China), Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group

Members

  1. Mohammed Al Gergawi (UAE), Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, UAE
  2. Yuichiro Anzai (Japan), President of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  3. Nikolai Astrup (Norway), Minister of International Development, Norway
  4. Vinton Cerf (USA), Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  5. Fadi Chehadé (USA), Partner at ABRY Partners
  6. Isabel Guerrero Pulgar (Chile), Director, IMAGO Global Grassroots, and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
  7. Marina Kaljurand (Estonia), Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
  8. Bogolo Kenewendo (Botswana), Minister of Investment, Trade, and Industry, Botswana
  9. Akaliza Keza Ntwari (Rwanda), ICT advocate and entrepreneur
  10. Marina Kolesnik (Russian Federation), senior executive, entrepreneur and WEF Young Global Leader
  11. Doris Leuthard (Switzerland), Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy, and Communications, Switzerland
  12. Cathy Mulligan (United Kingdom), Visiting Research Fellow Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency
  13. Edson Prestes (Brazil), Professor, Institute of Informatics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  14. Kira Radinsky (Israel), Director of Data Science, eBay
  15. Nanjira Sambuli (Kenya), Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation
  16. Sophie Soowon Eom (Republic of Korea), Founder of Adriel AI and Solidware
  17. Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Australia), Secretary General, CIVICUS
  18. Jean Tirole (France), Chairman of the Toulouse School of Economics and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

Ex officio

  1. Amandeep Singh Gill (India), Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
  2. Jovan Kurbalija (Serbia), Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

All panel members serve in their personal capacity, not as representatives of their respective institutions.

“Soon, every industry will be digitized, and this will have a tremendous impact on every aspect of life. In this digital era, data and technology are more broadly available, enabling entrepreneurialism, economic growth, and improved quality of life for those who have the access and training to leverage it. Global, cross-sector collaboration is critical to ensure the benefits of the digital era are possible for all,” said Jack Ma.

In carrying out its work, the Panel will undertake a wide range of public consultations, including at least two public events and an open process inviting global inputs including through online engagement activities starting in September. The panel would function in a small Secretariat, based in New York and Geneva.

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