16 October 2017 – The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 15 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the highest intergovernmental body in the United Nations system for matters relating to protection and promotion of human rights worldwide. Newly elected to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council are Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Chile, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine. All would serve three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2018.
15 October 2017 – International Day of Rural Women – marked annually on 15 October – Women and girls are central to the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing, but their role and significance is often overlooked, the head of the United Nations entity for women’s empowerment today said.
14 October 2017 – A committee to strengthen cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will discuss its work at the annual IPU forum, which began today in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ahead of today’s opening, IPU said that its 2,000 delegates will focus discussions this week on overcoming intolerance, xenophobia and extremism.
13 October 2017 – The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed deep concern about a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia of more than 180 people perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), many of whom have reportedly been mistreated by law enforcement officials.
9 October 2017 – A nutrition crisis, exacerbated by continuing violence, instability and displacement, is threatening the lives and futures of thousands of children in Mali, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today. A report published today shows that an estimated 165,000 children are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition across the country in 2018.
6 October 2017 – The Security Council today expressed a deep concern over the persistent delays in fully implementing key provisions of the peace agreement between the Government of Mali and the “Plateforme” and “Coordination” armed groups, urging the parties to adopt an agreed-upon timeline for implementation.
16 September 2017 – Five refugee athletes from Kenya are heading to the competition, to the Asian Games 2017 in Turkmenistan, that starts on September 17 in the capital, Ashgabat.
They all fled war and violence in their native South Sudan before finding refuge in Kenya. All the refugee athletes were selected to compete in the Asian Games after winning tough competitive trials in Kenya.
On September 14, 2017, at the Faculty of International Relations of
KazNU named after Al-Farabi was held an “Open Day” of United Nations
Assistance Center. The purpose of this event is to involve the younger generation in the work of the Center aimed at popularizing the UN activities, supporting the UN “Academic Influence” program (UNAI), as well as training young and qualified diplomats in modern Kazakhstan. Mr. Vlastimil Samek – Head of the UN Information Office in Kazakhstan, was invited as the main speaker, as well as Duman Zhekenov, Deputy Dean of the International Relations faculty of KazNU, Director of the United Nations Center at International Relations faculty and active members of the Center.
14 September 2017 – UN Women will launch the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC) in New York City. This unique alliance with 22 partners from private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions will work over a two-year period to drive industry-wide action to make innovation and technology work better for young women and girls.