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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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Mayor of New York City Proclaims 11 July as Global Goals Day

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Photo: New York City has submitted a review of its progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the United Nations, becoming the first city in the world to report directly to the international community on the status of its efforts to reach the goals by 2030. In recognition of this, Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, proclaimed Wednesday (11 July) as Global Goals Day in the city, a recurring annual day.

Alison Smale (left), United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, receives a proclamation from Penny Abeywardena, New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs. 11 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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July 11, 2018

United Nations Security Council Considers International Peace and Security with Focus on Climate-Related Security Risks

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Photo: UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, briefs the Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security with a focus on understanding and addressing climate-related security risks. 11 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: A view of a section of the UN Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security with a focus on understanding and addressing climate-related security risks. 11 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: Hindou Ibrahim, from the International Indigenous People Forum on Climate Change, addresses the UN Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security, with a focus on understanding and addressing climate-related security risks. 11 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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July 7, 2018

UNCTAD Announces Women in Business Awards Finalists 2018 — Winner to be named at World Investment Forum in October 2018

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Photo: Member States, International Organizations, NGOs, and academia gather for UNCTAD’s Geneva Dialogue. Image provided by UNCTAD.

Geneva, Switzerland, July 6, 2018 - UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)) has announced the finalists of the sixth Empretec Women in Business Awards.

The awards celebrate exceptional businesswomen who have benefitted from UNCTAD’s global entrepreneurship training network, Empretec, and have become role models for their outstanding achievements in running micro and small businesses.

The winners will be announced on 25 October at the World Investment Forum, taking place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 22-26 October 2018.

Empretec centers from 19 countries submitted more than 50 nominations. A panel of experts selected the ten finalists considering the innovation, leadership and impact on their communities the nominees demonstrated.

Since its launch in 1988, the Empretec programme has trained and motivated more than 400,000 entrepreneurs in more than 40 countries.

The 2018 finalists are:

The winner and two runners-up will win the chance to attend an executive course in digital marketing by IMD Lausanne, mentoring by the MBA Business School in Grenoble, France, and a watch by Delance of Switzerland among other gifts.

Previous winners of the Empretec Women in Business award include:

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July 5, 2018

UNESCO Creative Cities Network Reaffirms Commitment to Cultural Cooperation for Sustainable Development

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Photo: Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. Sydney is a UNESCO Creative City of Film.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Annual Meeting 2018 held in Krakow (Poland) from 12 to 15 June 2018 adopted a “Mayors’ Declaration” on how to advance the implementation of the United Nations Agenda 2030 in cities through culture. Over 350 participants, including 50 mayors and deputy mayors from across the globe, reaffirmed their cities’ commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

The UCCN currently has 180 member cities, from 72 different countries. They work together to place creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and actively cooperate at the international level across seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.

“In Medellín we understand that cultural and creative industries can generate decent work and economic growth that impacts the entire city, helping to reduce poverty and improving the quality of life. Through art, we can better communicate with the communities and make necessary changes,” declared Lina Botero Villa, Secretary of Culture of Medellin (Colombia).

Spurred on by this year’s theme “Creative Crossroads” the Creative Cities explored new cooperation prospects. Cities of Joao Pessoa (Brazil), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Porto-Novo (Benin) envisaged linking their crafts sectors to expand opportunities for their artisans at the international level. “Our role is to promote, guide and enable the emergence of creative forces. This meeting represents a unique opportunity for my city to broaden its international outreach and exchange with my peers,” said Nathanaël Ouedraogo, Deputy Mayor of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

Five thematic workshops and networking sessions allowed cities to advance the role of culture, mainly through creativity, as an enabler of sustainable development. Among the topics addressed were the need for reliable data collection, measurement, and monitoring processes for culture, the impact of digital technologies in shaping the city of tomorrow, urban regeneration, and youth.

The Annual Meeting provided an opportunity to showcase the UCCN LAB.2030 Initiative, which demonstrates diverse ways in which the Creative Cities embrace innovation and culture in their local policies.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is working towards strengthening cooperation on creativity and heritage as a foundation for making cities more inclusive, resilient and sustainable.

The city of Fabriano (Italy) will host the next Annual Meeting in 2019 with the focus on the theme of “The Ideal City.”

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July 2, 2018

United Nations holds High-level Conference on Counter-Terrorism

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres, addresses a reception in the Delegates Dining room hosted by Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, on the side of the High-level Conference of Counter-Terrorism. 28 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: Opening of High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States. 28 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres chairs the closing of the High-level Conference of Counter-Terrorism. On the left is Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism. 29 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: Ion Jinga, Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations and Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, addresses the Security Council meeting on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. 29 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: A view of a section of the General Assembly Hall as Vladimir Voronkov (on screens), Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, addresses the opening of the High-level Conference on Counter-Terrorism. 28 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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June 30, 2018

UNESCO Declares Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai a World Heritage Property

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Photo: Elphinstone College, as part of the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai. Image Credit: Franx.

Manama, Bahrain, June 30, 2018 — India’s nomination of the “Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai” has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

The decision was taken at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO at Manama in Bahrain today. As recommended by the World Heritage Committee, India accepted the renaming of the ensemble as “Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai”.

India has secured the inscription of the “Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai” on UNESCO’s World Heritage List under Criteria (ii) and (iv) as defined in the UNESCO’s Operational Guidelines.

In the past five years, India has managed to get inscribed seven of its properties/sites on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. India now has overall 37 World Heritage Inscriptions with 29 Cultural, 07 Natural and 01 Mixed sites. While India stands second in number after China regarding the number of World Heritage properties in ASPAC (Asia and Pacific) region, it is overall sixth in the world.

The Ensemble comprises of two architectural styles, the 19th-century collection of Victorian structures and the 20th century Art Deco buildings along the sea, conjoined through the historic open space of the Oval Maidan. Together, this architectural ensemble represents the most remarkable collection of Victorian and Art Deco buildings in the world which forms the unique character of this urban setting, unparalleled in the world.

The Ensemble consists of 94 buildings primarily of 19th-century Victorian Gothic revival and early 20th century Art Deco style of architecture with the Oval Maidan in the center. The 19th-century Victorian buildings form part of the larger Fort precinct situated to the east of the Oval Maidan. These public buildings include the Old Secretariat (1857-74), University Library and Convention Hall (1874-78), the Bombay High Court (1878), the Public Works Department Office (1872), Watson&#8217’s Hotel (1869), David Sasoon Library (1870), and the Elphinstone College (1888). The Art Deco styled buildings to the west of the Oval Maidan were raised in the early 20th century on the newly reclaimed lands at Marine Drive and symbolized the shift in expression to represent contemporary aspirations.

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June 26, 2018

UN Security Council Considers Maintenance of International Peace and Security

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, with a focus on a comprehensive review of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa. 25 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: Wide view of the UN Security Council chamber as UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, addresses the Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, with a focus on a comprehensive review of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa. 25 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Meets UNESCO Youth Volunteer and (Deaf) Artist

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Photo: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (right) meets with Apoorv Om, a UNESCO Youth Volunteer and (Deaf) Artist from New Delhi. 25 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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June 25, 2018

UNESCO World Heritage Committee Session Opens in Manama, Bahrain

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Photo: Rajabhai Tower, University of Mumbai, is a part of the Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai, India, which the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will examine for inclusion in the UNESCO cultural heritage sites list. Image credit: Nishita Desai.

Manama, Bahrain — The opening ceremony of the 42nd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee took place Sunday at the Bahrain National Theatre in the presence of Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa of Bahrain. It marked the beginning of the Committee’s work, which will continue until 4 July.

Several hundred people took part in the ceremony, which was opened by the President of the Bahraini Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, the Chair of the 42nd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, Sheikha Haya Bint Rashed Al-Khalifa, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, and the Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO, Lee Byong-Hyun.

“Expectations of this session are high, and we must seize this opportunity to strengthen joint work for the safeguarding of cultural heritage,” said Sheikha Haya Bint Rashed Al-Khalifa.

“It is significant that this year the Committee is being held in an Arab country,” said the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Azoulay. “The idea of World Heritage has become a global norm,” she added.

The Director-General went on to say that “Across Iraq, over 100 cultural heritage sites have been destroyed, many of which are in Mosul,” and she recalled that “Last February, UNESCO launched an initiative to Revive the spirit of Mosul, in partnership with the Iraqi authorities.”

The Chairperson of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Lee Byong-Hyun, said that “The World Heritage Convention, as UNESCO’s most universally recognized normative instrument, is a remarkable example of how collaboration among nationals through education, science, and culture can be put into practice through common effort.”

During the session, the Committee will examine 29 nominations for inscription on the World Heritage List.

The Committee will also examine the state of conservation of 157 sites already inscribed on the List, 54 of which are on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The following sites are slated for inclusion on the List of World Heritage in Danger:

The site of Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Belize), currently on the List of World Heritage in Danger, may be removed from that list due to improvements in its conservation.

The following proposals for inscription are scheduled to be examined on 29th June:

Natural sites:

  1. Fanjingshan (China)
  2. Chaine des Puys - Limagne fault tectonic arena (France)
  3. Arasbaran Protected Area (Islamic Republic of Iran)
  4. Bikine River Valley [extension of Central Sikhote-Alin, inscribed in 2001] (Russian Federation)
  5. Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains (South Africa)

Mixed sites:

  1. Pimachiowin Aki (Canada)
  2. Chiribiquete National Park - “The Maloca of the Jaguar” (Colombia)
  3. Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley: original habitat of Mesoamerica (Mexico)

Cultural sites:

  1. Žatec - the Town of Hops (Czechia)
  2. Funeral and memorial sites of the First World War (Western Front) (Belgium / France)
  3. Colonies of Benevolence (Belgium / Netherlands)
  4. Historic Monuments and Sites of Ancient Quanzhou—Zayton (China)
  5. Aasivissuit—Nipisat Inuit Hunting Ground between Ice and Sea (Denmark)
  6. Historic Urban Ensemble of Nîmes (France)
  7. Archaeological Border Landscape of Hedeby and the Danevirke (Germany)
  8. Naumburg Cathedral (Germany)
  9. Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai (India)
  10. Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region (Islamic Republic of Iran)
  11. Ivrea, the industrial city of the 20th century (Italy)
  12. Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano a Valdobbiadene (Italy)
  13. Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region (Japan)
  14. Thimlich Ohinga Archaeological Site (Kenya)
  15. Ancient City of Qalhat (Oman)
  16. Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea (Republic of Korea)
  17. Roșia Montană Mining Landscape (Romania)
  18. Al-Ahsa Oasis, an Evolving Cultural Landscape (Saudi Arabia)
  19. Caliphate City of Medina Azahara (Spain)
  20. Göbekli Tepe (Turkey)
  21. Khor Dubai, a Traditional Merchants’ Harbour (United Arab Emirates)

The World Heritage Young Professionals Forum will take place in Manama ahead of the Committee session, from 17 to 26 June. Its theme this year will be Protecting Heritage in an Ever-Changing World.

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June 21, 2018

United Nations Photos: Sustainable Development Goals Report Launched; Chiefs of Police from around the World Gather at UN Headquarters

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Photo: Yongyi Min, Chief of Sustainable Development Goal Monitoring Section at United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), briefs press on the launch of the 2018 Sustainable Development Goals Report. 20 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

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Photo: Participants of the second United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS) pose for a group photo in the General Assembly Hall. Secretary-General António Guterres’s Chef de Cabinet, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti (front row center) is representing him in the summit.

The gathering of police leaders from around the world is taking place at UN Headquarters in New York from 20-21 June.

21 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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June 12, 2018

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed launches powerful Policy Resource for Least Developed Countries

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Photos: Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, during the launch of the publication, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Least Developed Countries. 06 June 2018. Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

Geneva, Switzerland - Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, launched a unique policy compendium in Geneva that aims to assist governments of the world’s most disadvantaged countries in boosting prosperity and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

The policy compendium, entitled Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), integrates nearly 15 years of UNCTAD research and policy materials in a single source that connects growth objectives with concrete steps and practical actions to reach specific targets of the global goals.

“UNCTAD is, as it always has been, in the forefront of crafting vital policy options needed for the structural transformation of the world’s poorest and most fragile economies,” said Ms. Mohammed, who was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, of which the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are at the core.

“Without concrete proposals to bring about this transformation, the development prospects of millions of people remain in jeopardy.”

“I welcome this UNCTAD compendium as a powerful resource for countries working to achieve the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, and for their development partners worldwide,” Ms. Mohammed remarked.

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June 8, 2018

United Nations General Assembly Elects President for Seventy-third Session

United Nations General Assembly President

Photo: The United Nations General Assembly elected María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, as President of its seventy-third session. She will be the fourth woman to hold the post.

Miroslav Lajčák, President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, is seen congratulating Ms. Garcés (right) following her address to the General Assembly. Also pictured is UN Secretary-General António Guterres. 05 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations General Assembly President

Photo: (From the UN Archives). The eighth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, convened at U.N. Headquarters in New York, elected Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, of India, as its President. Mrs. Pandit was the first woman to hold this post.

This picture, taken just after the election, shows Mrs. Pandit receiving the gavel from Lester B. Pearson, of Canada, retiring President. Standing at left is Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General of the United Nations. 15 September 1953. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Marvin Bolotsky.

United Nations General Assembly President

Photo: (From the UN Archives). The eighth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, convened at U.N. Headquarters in New York, elected Madam Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, of India, as its President. Madam Pandit is photographed here with U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. Madame Pandit was the first woman president ever elected by the U.N. General Assembly. 16 September 1953. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Albert Fox.

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June 4, 2018

United Nations: Dialogue on Sport and Development with Olympic Athletes

United Nations Sport

Photo: Chantelle Sladics, Professional Snowboarder, participates in a dialogue on the theme “Let’s talk about sports! Why sports and development go hand in hand”. 29 May 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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May 5, 2018

United Nations celebrates World Press Freedom Day

World Press Day, United Nations

Photo: Scene at a special event entitled “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice, and the Rule of Law” at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. 03 May 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

World Press Day, United Nations

Photo: On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, Nicole Stremlau, head of the program in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford, addresses a special conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The event was titled Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice, and the Rule of Law. 03 May 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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