Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes today’s announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices.
"The children of Gaza and Israel must be able to start the school year without the sound of rocket alarms and airstrikes. After 50 days of profound human suffering and devastating physical destruction, any violations of the cease-fire would be utterly irresponsible," he said.
Full statement is here: http://bit.ly/1qfi5XI

Photo of a family in Gaza from UNRWA.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes today’s announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices.

"The children of Gaza and Israel must be able to start the school year without the sound of rocket alarms and airstrikes. After 50 days of profound human suffering and devastating physical destruction, any violations of the cease-fire would be utterly irresponsible," he said.

Full statement is here: http://bit.ly/1qfi5XI

Photo of a family in Gaza from UNRWA.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), 2.3 million people worldwide die annually as a result of occupational illnesses and accidents at work. In addition, there are 860,000 occupational accidents every day. The direct or indirect cost of occupational illness and accidents at work is estimated at US$2.8 trillion worldwide.

A world without fatal or serious occupational accidents is possible, the organizers of the Xx World Congress on Safety and Health At Work 2014 have appealed, as the largest global occupational safety event opened in Frankfurt, Germany on Monday.
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According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), 2.3 million people worldwide die annually as a result of occupational illnesses and accidents at work. In addition, there are 860,000 occupational accidents every day. The direct or indirect cost of occupational illness and accidents at work is estimated at US$2.8 trillion worldwide.

A world without fatal or serious occupational accidents is possible, the organizers of the Xx World Congress on Safety and Health At Work 2014 have appealed, as the largest global occupational safety event opened in Frankfurt, Germany on Monday.

Read more at: http://j.mp/1qcyKuP

United Nations Human Rights  Chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned the appalling, widespread and systematic deprivation of human rights in Iraq by ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) and associated forces.
"They are systematically targeting men, women and children based on their ethnic, religious or sectarian affiliation and are ruthlessly carrying out widespread ethnic and religious cleansing in the areas under their control. Such persecution would amount to crimes against humanity,” Pillay said.

Read the full statement: http://j.mp/1pyX6Ah Image: OHCHR

United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned the appalling, widespread and systematic deprivation of human rights in Iraq by ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) and associated forces.

"They are systematically targeting men, women and children based on their ethnic, religious or sectarian affiliation and are ruthlessly carrying out widespread ethnic and religious cleansing in the areas under their control. Such persecution would amount to crimes against humanity,” Pillay said.

Read the full statement: http://j.mp/1pyX6Ah
Image: OHCHR

The UN Climate Summit takes place during Climate Week NYC (CWNYC) 2014.
"We have to keep our focus on 2014 as the year when most of the work needs to be done, and when we build people’s confidence that we can move to a low carbon economy," said Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of the unfccc.
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The UN Climate Summit takes place during Climate Week NYC (CWNYC) 2014.

"We have to keep our focus on 2014 as the year when most of the work needs to be done, and when we build people’s confidence that we can move to a low carbon economy," said Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of the unfccc.

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Syria update: United Nations Human Rights reports that more than 191,000 people were killed in the country between March 2011 and the end of April 2014. The actual number could be higher since a significant number of killings may not have been reported at all.
The majority of the victims documented were men, with around 9.3 per cent women. In addition, the list includes 8,803 minors, including 2,165 children under the age of ten.
“The killers, destroyers and torturers in Syria have been empowered and emboldened by the international paralysis,” UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay said. 

Read more at: http://j.mp/1t0gZCD
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Syria update: United Nations Human Rights reports that more than 191,000 people were killed in the country between March 2011 and the end of April 2014. The actual number could be higher since a significant number of killings may not have been reported at all.

The majority of the victims documented were men, with around 9.3 per cent women. In addition, the list includes 8,803 minors, including 2,165 children under the age of ten.

“The killers, destroyers and torturers in Syria have been empowered and emboldened by the international paralysis,” UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay said.

Read more at: http://j.mp/1t0gZCD

Image: OHCHR

Calling all photographers!  The Alfred Fried Photography Award, honoring the world’s best picture on the theme of peace, is now open for submissions. The Award welcomes entries from all over the world that capture human efforts towards a peaceful world, and the idea that our future must be based on peaceful coexistence. The deadline is midnight CET on 5 September.  Get more details from UNESCO: http://j.mp/1qklcKY Photo: Marcus Reichmann - In 2013, Reichmann received a Fried Award Medal for his work ‘A place to be.’

Calling all photographers!

The Alfred Fried Photography Award, honoring the world’s best picture on the theme of peace, is now open for submissions. The Award welcomes entries from all over the world that capture human efforts towards a peaceful world, and the idea that our future must be based on peaceful coexistence.

The deadline is midnight CET on 5 September.

Get more details from UNESCO: http://j.mp/1qklcKY

Photo: Marcus Reichmann - In 2013, Reichmann received a Fried Award Medal for his work ‘A place to be.’

Across Africa, more than 15 million young people are unemployed and most of those who are working earn less than two US dollars a day.
The International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Youth to Youth Fund (Y2Y Fund) is a competitive grant scheme, which enables youth-led non-profit organisations to pilot and replicate innovative projects that create employment for young people by helping them set up micro-enterprises in niche markets.http://j.mp/1o6n2xU

Learn more about Y2Y Fund here: http://j.mp/1rOxo8O

Across Africa, more than 15 million young people are unemployed and most of those who are working earn less than two US dollars a day.

The International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Youth to Youth Fund (Y2Y Fund) is a competitive grant scheme, which enables youth-led non-profit organisations to pilot and replicate innovative projects that create employment for young people by helping them set up micro-enterprises in niche markets.
http://j.mp/1o6n2xU

Learn more about Y2Y Fund here: http://j.mp/1rOxo8O

Each year millions of women, children and men are trafficked for sexual or labour exploitation, robbing them of their freedom, dreams, dignity and hope. Join UNODC and the cast of USA Network’s Graceland in supporting those most affected by this terrible crime by donating to the UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking. Tune in on 20 Aug, at 10pm ET, for Graceland’s final installment of a series of seven episodes dealing with this heinous crime, and which will be complemented by new public service announcements from two of the show’s stars, Daniel Sunjata and Serinda Swan. See their message at: bit.ly/1uYvPrk

Each year millions of women, children and men are trafficked for sexual or labour exploitation, robbing them of their freedom, dreams, dignity and hope. Join UNODC and the cast of USA Network’s Graceland in supporting those most affected by this terrible crime by donating to the UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking. Tune in on 20 Aug, at 10pm ET, for Graceland’s final installment of a series of seven episodes dealing with this heinous crime, and which will be complemented by new public service announcements from two of the show’s stars, Daniel Sunjata and Serinda Swan. See their message at: bit.ly/1uYvPrk

Different UN offices around the world marked World Humanitarian Day on Tuesday by paying tribute to aid workers who carry out life-saving activities, often in dangerous and difficult circumstances, while celebrating the spirit of humanitarian work worldwide.

The Day is observed annually on 19 August, the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad that killed 22 people, including UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.

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