Friday is the International Day against Nuclear Tests - a day in which educational events, activities and messages aim to capture the world’s attention and underscore the need for a unified attempt in preventing further nuclear weapons testing.
"Together, let us demand an end to all nuclear tests and get on with the unfinished business of achieving a world free of nuclear weapons," says UN Secretary-Genera Ban Ki-moon in his message for the Day.
Learn more at: http://bit.ly/9nCd66
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.
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
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.
Lean more about CWNYC: http://ow.ly/AzAkL
Information about UN Climate Summit 2014: http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/
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
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.
Learn more about Y2Y Fund here: http://j.mp/1rOxo8O
World Health Organization(WHO) says travel to and from Ebola-affected countries is low-risk.
Here is what you need to know when you travel.
More about Ebola: http://j.mp/VCE4g3
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