MESSAGE FOR 100-DAY COUNTDOWN TO THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

13 June 2018

The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September, embodies our shared aspiration to end conflict in all its forms and to safeguard the human rights of all people. It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope that one day in our lifetime we will witness an end to violence.

Yet there is more to achieving peace than laying down weapons. True peace requires standing up for the human rights of all the world’s people. That is why this year’s theme for the International Day of Peace is: “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”.

As the observance approaches, let us re-double our efforts to address the root causes of conflict and advance our work for the Sustainable Development Goals, including by promoting inclusive societies, providing access to justice and building accountable institutions.

Let us stand up for human rights for all in the name of peace for all. 

US-North Korea summit in Singapore ‘a promising development’ says Guterres

The summit between the leaders of the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is “a promising development for global peace and security,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday.

US President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un are due to meet in Singapore on Tuesday morning: the first-ever face-to-face encounter between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader.

As the UN chief stated, the world is watching.

“The two leaders are seeking to break out of the dangerous cycle that created so much concern last year,” Mr. Guterres told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York, referring to escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

“Peace and verifiable denuclearization must remain the clear and shared goal. As I wrote to both leaders last month, the road ahead will require cooperation, compromise and a common cause.”

https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/06/1011872

Inaugural meeting of International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries takes place in Mongolia

Press release
Ulaanbaatar, 11 June 2018 – A new centre of excellence for high quality research and policy advice for landlocked developing countries has held it’s first meeting in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia today. The International Think Tank for landlocked developing countries, the first intergovernmental body of this group of countries, will strengthen the analytical capacities of the world’s 32 poorest landlocked nations in economic growth and poverty reduction. The centre aims to amplify their collective voice and defend the interests of landlocked developing countries at the global level and in the UN.

The two-day inaugural meeting from 11 – 12 June 2018, is being attended by Government representatives, the UN system, representatives from international organisations and the private sector, who will share information and experiences from landlocked developing countries. These include the role of foreign direct investment, economic diversification, information and communications technology, connectivity trade and transport.
“At today’s Inaugural Meeting we have witnessed the birth of the very first intergovernmental international organization of the LLDCs’ Group with its headquarters in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia,” said H. E. Mr. Damdin Tsogbaatar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.

During the two days, the establishment of efficient transport and transit infrastructure will be discussed, a crucial issue for landlocked developing countries to reduce high transport costs, enhance competitiveness and integrate into global trading systems. The inaugural meeting will also highlight the importance of building physical infrastructure and the need to ratify and effectively implement conventions and other legal instruments related to trade and transport facilitation, including the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. The event will also stress the importance of diversification of economies and exports, which can help landlocked developing countries to effectively integrate into global and regional supply chains, attract foreign investment, create meaningful decent jobs and become more resilient to negative impacts of landlockedness and external shocks.

The event, organized by the International Think Tank for landlocked developing countries, the Government of Mongolia and the United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN- OHRLLS), will discuss future collaborations and to conclude with the adoption of the Ulaanbaatar Declaration, which will outline the intended ways forward for the Think Tank and make specific calls for action.

“The knowledge generated by this Think Tank will help inform the formulation and monitoring of policies aimed at accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Vienna Programme of Action for landlocked developing countries,” said Ms. Fekita ‘Utoikamanu, High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. “I have no doubt that this new centre will further strengthen the capacities of landlocked developing countries and complement the work of the UN in supporting these nations, including at the mid-term review of the Vienna Programme of Action next year.”

The Think Tank was proposed by the Government of Mongolia with the support of the group of landlocked developing countries and is hosted by the Government of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. A Multilateral Agreement for the Establishment of an International Think Tank entered into force on 6 October 2017. To date, 12 landlocked developing countries have ratified the Agreement and are members of the Think Tank: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Paraguay, Tajikistan.

Landlocked developing countries are categorised by their lack of direct access to the sea and remoteness from major markets. They also face high transport costs, structural challenges, infrastructure deficiencies, cumbersome border crossings and productivity constraints. The international community adopted the Vienna Programme of Action for the Landlocked Developing Countries to address the special needs of the LLDCs. A comprehensive high- level midterm review on the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action will take place in 2019.

Further Information:
Think Tank for landlocked developing countries – http://land-locked.org/
UN-OHRLLS: www.unohrlls.org
Contact: Louise Stoddard: stoddard@un.org & Gladys Mutangadura: mutangadura@un.org 

IV World Yoga Day will be held in Almaty

On June 16, on the Abai Square, the 4th World Yoga Day will be held in front of the Palace of the Republic.

All participants of the event will be able to work out yoga in the open air together with teachers of yoga in Almaty. Absolutely everyone becomes a participant of the lottery and gets a chance to win a subscription to one of the yoga centers of our city.

The program will also have other valuable prizes, incendiary Indian dances, music and a fine mood for the whole evening.

Grab comfortable yoga clothes!

Free admission

Date: June 16, 2018 Beginning at 4:00 pm

Almaty, Abai Square, in front of the Palace of the Republic

http://almatylife.kz/article/iv-vsemirnyi-den-iogi-proidet-v-almaty

Inaugural Meeting of the International Think Tank for landlocked developing countries, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

WHAT: The Office of the High-Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), the Government of Mongolia and the International Think Tank for landlocked developing countries (LLDC’s), are organizing an Inaugural Meeting of the International Think Tank for landlocked developing countries. The meeting will mark the historic inauguration of the International Think Tank for LLDCs and facilitate information and experience sharing through interactive discussions among government officials of LLDCs, donor countries and international experts during thematic sessions. It will include a high-level opening session, high-level press conference, and thematic discussions of priority issues for LLDCs and the effective implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

WHO: Ministers and high-level officials from landlocked developing countries and developing partners representatives of UN system, international and regional organizations, financial institutions and private sector. Key speakers include High Representative of UN-OHRLLS, Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, H.E. Prime Minister of Mongolia (TBC); Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and other Ministers from LLDCs.

WHEN: Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 June 2018

WHERE: “Consensus hall” Ministry of Foreign Affair, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

WHY: To inaugurate the International Think Tank for LLDCs. The Think Tank will use top-quality research and advocacy to improve the ability of landlocked developing countries to build their capacities with a view to benefiting from the international, trade system, reducing poverty, raising human development and overall achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Opportunities for the press: Press conference: 11 June 2018, 11:30 – 12:00 noon and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the inauguration of the Think Tank: 12 June 2018, 4:00 PM, UN House in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

BACKGROUND: The International Think Tank for LLDCs is a new intergovernmental body to support the world’s 32 landlocked developing countries. The Think Tank was proposed by the Government of Mongolia with the support of the group of LLDCs and is located in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. It is established based on the Multilateral Agreement for the Establishment of an International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries that entered into force on 6 October 2017. The Think Tank is well positioned to generate knowledge by LLDCs for LLDCs and this will promote national ownership. The knowledge generated will help inform the formulation and monitoring of policies aimed at accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Vienna Programme of Action.