July 11, 2017 – The United Nations Information Office in cooperation with Ecological Alliance «Baitak-Bolashak» of Kazakhstan held a roundtable devoted to the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.
Roundtable discussion was primarily focused on territorial specifics of Kazakhstan, and influence of global climate change on Kazakhstan. It has also highlighted problems related to transboundary rivers. During the discussion issues of possible initiatives aimed at solution of problem related to desertification and droughts have been reflected as well. During the roundtable a project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Republic of Kazakhstan “Development of a technique and geoportal of space monitoring of processes of desertification and degradation of lands on the example of Aral-Syrdariya and Ili-Balkhash monitoring territories” has been presented. Information is available at http://geomonitoring.kz/
In honor of World population day youth peer education network Y-PEER with the support of the United Nations Information office in Kazakhstan and the United Nations Population Fund held a screening of the film “Love, Rosie” at the UN House in Almaty. Students from different universities and cities were acquainted with the activities of the Department of public information of the UN in Kazakhstan, the UN Refugee Agency, UN Women and the International youth peer network Y-PEER in Kazakhstan. After watching the film the participants took apart at small discussion on the importance of getting the correct information about moral and sexual education and reproductive health of today’s youth, proper behavior, family planning and etc. Participants enjoyed the movie and they expressed a desire to join youth peer education network and to engage in social activities together with Y-PEER.
4 July 2017 – In honor of the International year of sustainable tourism development Al-Farabi Kazakh National University with the support of the Ministry of education and science of Kazakhstan and cooperation with the United Nations Information office has conducted a scientific expedition “Kazakh Eli”. This expedition is unusual archaeological project named “On the Great Altai road” and dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the accession of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations. In addition to archaeological research in the valley Berelskoe were conducted educational activities and a press tour for a group of journalists.
7 July 2017 – The global nature of aviation puts everyone at the same level of risk from potential terrorism, senior United Nations officials said today, calling for greater information sharing, resources and political will to keep flights safe.
“Terrorism is not someone else’s problem. States and industry must commit necessary resources and provide necessary governance,” the Secretary-General of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Fang Liu, told the opening of a special meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee on “Terrorist threats to civil aviation.”
The concept note for the meeting cited recent attacks against airports in Belgium, Turkey and the United States, and the explosion of a terrorist bomb aboard Daallo Airlines flight 159, as “stark reminders that landside attacks, the threat posed by insiders and airport staff, and the use of increasingly sophisticated improvised explosive devices are all significant concerns.”
The meeting aimed to give government representatives an opportunity to discuss enhanced security measures – such as explosive detection and new cargo rules, as well as new challenges, such as cybercrime and “porous airport perimeters.”
Last September, the Security Council unanimously adopted its first resolution to address terrorist threats to civil aviation. Resolution 2309 (2016) urged governments to ensure that effective, risk-based measures are taken to protect airports, for example, to strengthen security screening procedures and utilize technology to detect explosives and other threats.
More recently, Security Council adopted resolution 2341 (2017), which recognized the urgent need to ensure reliability and resistance of critical infrastructure.
Mr. Laborde stressed the importance of collecting and sharing advance passenger information (API) to detect the departure from, entry into, or transit through their territories of individuals on the Al-Qaida sanctions list.
7 July 2017 – Countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York today adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years.
“The treaty represents an important step and contribution towards the common aspirations of a world without nuclear weapons,” the spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres said following its adoption.
“The Secretary-General hopes that this new treaty will promote inclusive dialogue and renewed international cooperation aimed at achieving the long overdue objective of nuclear disarmament,” Stéphane Dujarric added.
The treaty – adopted by a vote of 122 in favour to one against (Netherlands), with one abstention (Singapore) – prohibits a full range of nuclear-weapon-related activities, such as undertaking to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, as well as the use or threat of use of these weapons.
4 July 2017 – Access, funding and security are urgently needed to ensure humanitarians can reach hundreds of thousands of children suffering from cholera and diarrhoea across Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.
On top of these diseases, rising rates of malnutrition in these countries could be deadly for children, Christophe Boulierac, a spokesperson for the UN agency, said at a regular news briefing in Geneva.
“Access, funding and security are needed in the four countries so that UNICEF and our partners can reach out to the children with an integrated response that will simultaneously with both malnutrition and disease prevention treatment,” he added.
According to the UNICEF spokesperson, Yemen is presently the worst cholera outbreak in the world with over 260,000 suspected cases and over 1,600 deaths. Of these, half the suspected cases and a quarter of the deaths are among children.
4 July 2017 – Strongly commending today’s launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored that the country’s leadership must cease such actions and comply fully with its international obligations.
The vast majority have fled violence and instability in neighbouring South Sudan. In a visit on Thursday to the Imvepi refugee settlement, which hosts 120,000 South Sudanese refugees, the Secretary-General hailed Uganda’s generosity. “In a world where so many people are selfishly closing their doors, closing their borders, not allowing refugees to come, this example deserves praise, admiration from the whole international community,” he told reporters.
He also said South Sudan’s leaders “have not deserved the people they have. And the people are suffering enormously with this endless war. It is time for the war to end.”
The Secretary-General appointed Ghassan Salamé of Lebanon as envoy heading the UN mission in Libya; Josette Sheeran of the United States as Special Envoy for Haiti; María Soledad Cisternas Reyes of Chile has been appointed the UN chief’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility and Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as Envoy on Youth.
June 7, 2017 — On Monday the UN Secretary General António Guterres has made a speech in Lisbon at opening of the conference devoted to questions of development, in particular implementation of the Agenda for the period till 2030. As with concern the head of the UN has declared, lack of stability in many parts of the world can exert impact on efficiency of performance of Sustainable development goals.
According to Guterres, the world community will hardly manage to achieve implementation of Sustainable development goals if the Parisian agreement on climate, and all countries which have supported adoption of this contract isn’t realized. Besides, success of the Agenda for the period till 2030 in many respects depends on rational discussion of important questions as movement of the population, migration, mobility of people, the head of the UN has added.