International Youth Day

12 August 2017 – Regarding International Youth Day celebrating 12 August each year since 17 December 1999 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and UN Youth Envoy had video record for 2017 International Youth Day dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

On anniversary of Hiroshima bombing, UN chief calls for intensified effort on nuclear disarmament

6 August 2017 – With the presence of some 15,000 nuclear weapons on earth, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged all States to intensify their efforts in the shared pursuit of a nuclear-weapons-free world.
“Our dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from reality,” said Mr. Guterres in his message delivered on his behalf by High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu at an annual memorial held in Hiroshima, Japan, for the victims of the atomic bomb dropped on the city today in 1945.

UN Security Council toughens sanctions on DPR Korea over ballistic missile launches

5 August 2017 – In response to the launches of ballistic missiles of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council today moved to strengthen sanctions on the Northeast Asian country’s exports.
In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member body strongly condemned the DPRK’s ballistic missile launches on 3 July and 28 July, which the country has stated were of “intercontinental” range.

UN agency develops new guidelines to help countries better monitor forest resources. 26 July 2017 – The United Nations agriculture agency has created new guidelines to help countries develop a strong mechanism to monitor national forest resources.

“The demand for reliable, up-to-date and more diverse forestry data and stronger analytical capacities at a national level has grown considerably in recent years,” said Eva Muller, Director of Forestry Policies and Resources Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“Understanding forest resources and how they change is key to address climate change and make progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” she added.