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October 12, 2018

UN General Assembly Elects Eighteen Members of Human Rights Council

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Photo: A conference officer in the UN General Assembly distributes ballots before the elections of the UN Human Rights Council.

The United Nations General Assembly today elected eighteen new members of the Human Rights Council for three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2019. Those chosen were: Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eritrea, Fiji, India, Italy, Philippines, Somalia, Togo, Uruguay.

12 October 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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October 10, 2018

World Investment Forum, Geneva, 22-26 October 2018 — Heads of State, Private Sector and International Leaders to Boost Investment in Sustainable Development

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Photos: Students from Chinese university during the visit to UNCTAD. Group photo in front of the Place des Nations, at the UN’s European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. August 16, 2018. Images provided by & Copyright © UNCTAD.

Geneva, 9 October 2018 - More than 5,000 participants from 160 countries will meet in Geneva to thrash out major new investment-for-development initiatives at UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum 2018 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland from 22-26 October.

The high-level conference comes amid mounting disquiet about declining investment flows and their impact on efforts to meet the ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the international community three years ago.

“Global flows of foreign direct investment fell by 23% in 2017,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “Cross-border investment in developed and transition economies dropped sharply, while growth was near zero in developing economies. With only a very modest recovery predicted for 2018, this negative trend is a long-term concern for policymakers worldwide, especially for developing countries.”

Private sector investment in developing countries, totaling $3.9 trillion a year, is needed to generate economic activity to meet the Sustainable Development Goals - the core of the 2030 Agenda -according to UNCTAD research. Current levels leave an investment gap of some $2.5 trillion.

Marking its 10th anniversary, the biennial World Investment Forum remains the premier venue to forge partnerships between investment and development stakeholders to close this gap.

A unique gathering of high-level players from the global investment-development community, the forum provides an opportunity to hold an open dialogue, brainstorm solution-oriented initiatives and foster global alliances to advance prosperity for all. This year’s event comprises some 60 functions, including three summits, five ministerial roundtables, private-sector led sessions and several awards ceremonies.

Besides giving participants a chance to spotlight priorities for attracting and channeling investment that will drive sustainable development, the forum sessions will also focus on transformative actions and innovative financing modes for growth, such as blockchain, sustainability bonds, and blended finance.

Speakers from business and special guests include more than 30 top executives of multinationals, among them Aviva, De Beers, Coca-Cola, ContourGlobal, Jumia, Lavazza, PwC, Siemens Financial Services, UBS, and the heads of stock exchanges including those in Bombay, Johannesburg, Luxembourg, Nasdaq Nordic, SIX and Shenzen, as well as the leaders of sovereign wealth and pension funds.

Fourteen heads of state and government have confirmed they will attend, including those from Armenia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Cambodia, the Central African Republic, Kenya, Lesotho, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malawi, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Sierra Leone, and Switzerland.

More than fifty ministers from developed and developing countries and 21 heads of international organizations will join them.

In addition to United Nations entities, 50 other organizations will be at the event, including the Commonwealth, the International Labour Organization, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the International Olympic Committee, the International Organization of Securities Commissions, the International Telecommunication Union, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Economic Forum, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank Group.

These partnerships have generated exciting new content for this year’s participants, including an in-depth look at the relationship between sport and development, co-hosted with the International Olympic Committee and, on the annual United Nations Day, 24 October, a session on the role of investment in peace and security.

Five independent tracks will run in parallel with the main forum, with a special programme for parliamentarians, a multidisciplinary academic conference, an investment village, the 35th anniversary session of the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR), and the 2018 UNCTAD Youth Forum, taking youth entrepreneurship as its theme.

Previous World Investment Forums took place in Accra, Ghana (2008), Xiamen, China (2010), Doha, Qatar (2012), Geneva, Switzerland (2014) and Nairobi, Kenya (2016).

Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva

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October 3, 2018

UN Secretary-General Visits India

UN Secretary-General Visits India

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres visits the Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, in the city of Amritsar in Punjab, India. It is the holiest place of worship and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism. 03 October 2018. Amritsar, India. UN Photo/Ishan Tankha.

UN Secretary-General Visits India

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (center) makes remarks during the inauguration ceremony of the One UN House in New Delhi. Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, is on the right. 01 October 2018. New Delhi, India. UN Photo/Ishan Tankha.

UN Secretary-General Visits India

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (front row, center) sits for a group photo with participants of the inauguration ceremony of the One UN House in New Delhi. To his right is Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in India. 01 October 2018. New Delhi, India. UN Photo/Ishan Tankha.

UN Secretary-General Visits India

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Photo: The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, with other dignitaries at the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention, at Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre, in New Delhi on October 02, 2018.

UN Secretary-General Visits India

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Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, at the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention, at Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre, in New Delhi on October 02, 2018.

Sources: United Nations, New York; Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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October 1, 2018

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde Appoints Gita Gopinath as IMF Chief Economist

IMF, Gita Gopinath

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Photo: Gita Gopinath, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, USA, at the India Economic Summit 2016 New Delhi, India. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell. [File Photo]

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Photo: IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Gerry Rice, Director of the Communications Department participate in the Managing Director’s press conference at the 2018 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Image provided by & Copyright © Ryan Rayburn/IMF Photo. [File Photo]

October 1, 2018 — International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde appointed Gita Gopinath on Monday as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s Research Department. Ms. Gopinath will succeed Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who announced in July that he would retire at the end of 2018. Ms. Gopinath currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.

“Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience,” Ms. Lagarde said. “All this makes her exceptionally well-placed to lead our Research Department at this important juncture. I am delighted to name such a talented figure as our Chief Economist.”

Ms. Gopinath is co-editor of the American Economic Review and co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She is co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics with Former IMF Economic Counsellor Kenneth Rogoff. She has authored some 40 research articles on exchange rates, trade and investment, international financial crises, monetary policy, debt, and emerging market crises.

Ms. Gopinath was born and grew up in India. She is a U.S citizen and an Overseas Citizen of India. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 2001 after earning a B.A. from the University of Delhi and M.A. degrees from both the Delhi School of Economics and University of Washington. She joined the University of Chicago in 2001 as an Assistant Professor before moving to Harvard in 2005. She became a tenured Professor there in 2010.

Source: International Monetary Fund

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September 29, 2018

Minister for External Affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj, Addresses UN General Assembly

United Nations, Sushma Swaraj

Photo: Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs of the Republic of India, addresses the General Debate of the UN General Assembly’s Seventy-third Session. 29 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.

Source: United Nations, New York

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September 27, 2018

United Nations Event on Accelerating Action on Girls' Education

UNESCO

Photo: Audrey Azoulay, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), addresses an event titled “12 years to break barriers and leave no girl behind: Countdown to 2030”.

The governments of Canada, France, Kenya, Mali, Niger, and the United Kingdom had convened the event on the sidelines of the general debate of the seventy-third session of the UN General Assembly. 25 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

UNESCO Girls Education

UNESCO Girls Education

Photos: UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, meets with participants at the event “12 Years to Break Barriers and Leave No Girl Behind: Countdown to 2030”. New York, 25 September 2018. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/J.Sheakovski.

UNESCO Girls Education

Photo: French President, Emmanuel Macron, meets with participants at the event “12 Years to Break Barriers and Leave No Girl Behind: Countdown to 2030”. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Teresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, are also seen. New York, 25 September 2018. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/J.Sheakovski.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, along with world leaders, notably French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, has called on the international community to do more for girls’ education and “Leave no girl behind.”

“Girls’ education is the most powerful driver for global transformation. It is also a fundamental right and a matter of human dignity,” said Director-General Azoulay. She also underscored that “today’s meeting is indeed a strong signal of high-level political commitment to a topic that is at the crossroads of two of the most important challenges of our time: education and gender equality.” However, she also called for more coordination: “UNESCO can serve as a coordinating hub,” noting, “We must work in synergy and on a sustained basis over time if we are to deliver on our ambition collectively.”

The event gave focus to the urgent need for countries to work together for the 132 million girls that are not in school today. It featured three-panel discussions which underscored the determination to do more for the education of girls in conflict and crisis-affected countries.

Sources: United Nations, New York; UNESCO, Paris

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September 25, 2018

United Nations Events on Youth2030 and Ending Modern Slavery

High-level Event on Youth2030: Launch of the UN Youth Strategy and Generation Unlimited Partnership

United Nations

Photo: Lilly Singh, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, attends the high-level event on Youth2030, to launch the United Nations Youth Strategy and the Generation Unlimited Partnership organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly, during the high-level event on Youth2030, to launch the United Nations Youth Strategy and the Generation Unlimited Partnership organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Event on Stepping up Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

United Nations

Photo: A participant of the event entitled “Stepping up Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.” 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel.

Source: United Nations, New York

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September 24, 2018

United Nations General Assembly Convenes Nelson Mandela Peace Summit

United Nations, Nelson Mandela

Photo: María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the UN General Assembly, during Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.

United Nations, Nelson Mandela

Photo: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of the Republic of Croatia, makes remarks during the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.

Source: United Nations, New York

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AIRBUS and UNESCO challenge Youth to create Sustainable Solutions for Global Problems

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Photo: Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 runners-up Team Retrolley from University of São Paulo Brazil. From left: Fausto Mascia, Academic mentor University of Sao Paolo, Denise Ikuno, Lucas Otsuka, Tadeu Omae, Maki Shintate, Lucas Neumann.

The next generation of innovators can now submit their proposals tackling one of the six challenges set out by Airbus for its sixth global Fly Your Ideas competition (Electrification, Data Services, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality).

The biennial competition is a celebration of creativity and innovation to solve real industry challenges. Open to university teams from across the world, including all disciplines from engineering and information technology to marketing and design, the competition is an opportunity for students to unleash their pioneering spirit, working at the cutting edge of digital technology alongside industry experts. UNESCO granted patronage to Fly Your Ideas in 2012.

“Fly Your Ideas is an inspirational endeavor for students around the world and UNESCO is proud to be a part of this initiative,” said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO. “The new challenges will allow students to think outside the box and come up with sustainable solutions for global problems beyond aerospace - exactly what the world needs from our future generations!”

The submission phase would end on 16 November 2018. A team of Airbus specialists from across the business will review and evaluate all submitted ideas. The live final of Fly Your Ideas will be held in 2019, where students will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas to an audience of industry experts.

Airbus is seeking ideas that could change aerospace in the decades to come and create a safer, cleaner and better-connected world. The competition is an opportunity for students to build valuable employment skills including teamwork, project management, and presentation skills and to apply their classroom learning to real-world challenges.

Sources: AIRBUS and UNESCO

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September 23, 2018

United Nations Secretary General Meets UN Messenger of Peace

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Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (right), meets with UN Messenger of Peace, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan. 21 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations

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September 22, 2018

Kuala Lumpur named UNESCO World Book Capital 2020

Kuala Lumpur, UNESCO World Book Capital

Photo: A heritage building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur has been named World Book Capital 2020. Image credit: Uwe Schwarzbach.

UNESCO World Book Capital

Photo: Library sign at the International University of Malaya-Wales, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur has been named World Book Capital 2020. Image credit: Simon Haslett.

Paris, France — Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) has been named World Book Capital for the year 2020 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, on the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee.

UNESCO selected the city because of its strong focus on inclusive education, the development of a knowledge-based society and easy reading for all parts of the city’s population.

With the slogan “Caring through reading,” the program focuses on four themes: reading in all its forms, development of the book industry infrastructure, inclusiveness and digital accessibility, and empowerment of children through reading. Among other events and activities, there will be the construction of a book city (the Kota Buku Complex), a reading campaign for train commuters, enhancing of digital services and accessibility by the National Library of Malaysia for the disabled, and new digital services for libraries in 12 libraries in poor housing areas of Kuala Lumpur.

The city’s objective is to foster a culture of reading and inclusiveness - “A city that reads is a city that cares” - emphasizing ubiquitous access to books throughout the city. The city has linked the ambitious programme for World Book Capital to the Vision 2020 for Kuala Lumpur, and the eco-city project called the River of Life with open-air bookshops and libraries populating the newly-restored waterways of the city.

Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading and to organize activities over the year. As the twentieth city to bear the title since 2001, Kuala Lumpur follows Sharjah (2019), and Athens (2018). Past winners include Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Anvers (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Erevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014), Incheon (2015), and Wroclaw (2016).

The application of the city of Kuala Lumpur was accepted by an Advisory Committee, comprising representatives of the International Publisher’s Association (IPA), the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and UNESCO.

Source: UNESCO, Paris.

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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

United Nations

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

United Nations, Security Council

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.

United Nations, Security Council

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

United Nations

United Nations

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

United Nations Culture

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.

United Nations Culture

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

United Nations, India

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

United Nations, India

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).

United Nations, India

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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