Mr. Staffan de Mistura of Italy and Sweden will be the new Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria.Ambassador Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy of Egypt was appointed as the Deputy Special Envoy for Syria."I call on the international community, including in particular the Security Council and the Syrian parties, to give Mr. de Mistura unified support in order to allow him to succeed in his mission,” said Ban Ki-moon.Learn more here.

Mr. Staffan de Mistura of Italy and Sweden will be the new Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria.

Ambassador Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy of Egypt was appointed as the Deputy Special Envoy for Syria.

"I call on the international community, including in particular the Security Council and the Syrian parties, to give Mr. de Mistura unified support in order to allow him to succeed in his mission,” said Ban Ki-moon.

Learn more here.

11 July is World Population Day! This year’s focus is on investing in young people. Today’s 1.8 billion young people are shaping social and economic realities, challenging norms and values, and building the foundation of the world’s future. Yet too many young people continue to grapple with poverty, inequality and human rights violations that prevent them from reaching their personal and collective potential.  “The solution lies in investments in health, education, training and employment for young people. This will improve prospects for their lives and our common future,” said Ban Ki-moon about the Day.


11 July is World Population Day!

This year’s focus is on investing in young people. Today’s 1.8 billion young people are shaping social and economic realities, challenging norms and values, and building the foundation of the world’s future. Yet too many young people continue to grapple with poverty, inequality and human rights violations that prevent them from reaching their personal and collective potential.

“The solution lies in investments in health, education, training and employment for young people. This will improve prospects for their lives and our common future,” said Ban Ki-moon about the Day.

Equality begins at home and a major UN policy change, in effect since 26 June, means the Organization will honour the marriage of any same-sex couple wed in a country where same-sex marriages are legal. Previously, a staff member’s personal status was determined by the laws of the country whose passport he or she carried. The change means same-sex spouses of UN staff can obtain the same benefits as heterosexual spouses, such as health insurance coverage.

Equality begins at home and a major UN policy change, in effect since 26 June, means the Organization will honour the marriage of any same-sex couple wed in a country where same-sex marriages are legal. Previously, a staff member’s personal status was determined by the laws of the country whose passport he or she carried.

The change means same-sex spouses of UN staff can obtain the same benefits as heterosexual spouses, such as health insurance coverage.

Advancement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — the world’s anti-poverty goals — has been enormous with global poverty continuing to decline, access to safe drinking water on the rise, 40 more million children attending school, 5 million children overcoming avoidable causes of death, 1.1 million living who otherwise would have died from malaria, and 8 million receiving life-saving HIV treatment. There is still much room for more progress. Find out more from the MDG Report 2014 and see the ways to step up #MDGmomentum: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

Advancement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — the world’s anti-poverty goals — has been enormous with global poverty continuing to decline, access to safe drinking water on the rise, 40 more million children attending school, 5 million children overcoming avoidable causes of death, 1.1 million living who otherwise would have died from malaria, and 8 million receiving life-saving HIV treatment.

There is still much room for more progress. Find out more from the MDG Report 2014 and see the ways to step up #MDGmomentum: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

Call for all bloggers who love to travel!
Why not participate in World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s Blogger Competition for this year’s World Tourism Day on 27 September under the theme “Tourism and Community Development”?
The author of the winning post will be invited to a round trip to Mexico, with the opportunity to visit local community projects.

The competition is open from 24 June to 15 August.
Find out more at: http://j.mp/1v25DKR

Call for all bloggers who love to travel!

Why not participate in World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s Blogger Competition for this year’s World Tourism Day on 27 September under the theme “Tourism and Community Development”?

The author of the winning post will be invited to a round trip to Mexico, with the opportunity to visit local community projects.

The competition is open from 24 June to 15 August.

Find out more at: http://j.mp/1v25DKR