Archive for May, 2015

Secretary-General’s message on World No Tobacco Day – 31 May 2015

31st May 2015 Secretary-General message

New York, 31 May 2015 – On this World No Tobacco Day, I call for boosting the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to eradicate the illicit trade in cheaper tobacco products which tend to lure younger and poorer groups into addiction while depleting the ability of States to charge taxes that could support health services. (more…)

The Secretary-General — Message for the International Day of UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS 29 May 2015

29th May 2015 Press Releases

New York, 29 May 2015 – This year’s International Day of UN Peacekeepers falls during the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, offering a chance to honour the invaluable contribution of the Blue Helmets to the proud history of the Organization. United Nations peacekeeping has given life to the UN Charter’s aim “to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security”. Through years of struggle and sacrifice, the iconic Blue Helmet has earned its place as a symbol of hope to millions of people living in war-ravaged lands. (more…)

Despite growing threats, UN peacekeepers worldwide remain dedicated to serve

29th May 2015 Press Releases

New York, 28 May 2015 – More than one million military, police and civilian personnel have served as United Nations peacekeepers over the years, and despite growing security threats and the sacrifices that come with being deployed in challenging environments, over 100,000 men and women continue to work for the cause of peace. (more…)

Top UN relief official urges Security Council to save Syria from ‘hopelessness and further despair’

29th May 2015 Press Releases

Syria, 28 May 2015 – The Security Council must set aside its political differences and come together to find a solution for the “intractable” and drawn-out Syrian conflict, the top United Nations humanitarian official urged today as she warned the 15-member body that the situation in the country was “extremely grave and deteriorating by the day.” (more…)

At UN Asia-Pacific policy forum, leaders discuss post-2015 agenda, financing and partnerships

29th May 2015 Press Releases

Asia-Pacific, 28 May 2015 – The 71st session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opened its ministerial session today in Bangkok, as region’s leaders meet to discuss the integration and implementation of economic, social and environmental development with focus on financing and partnership. (more…)