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In Focus

SDG media zone
SDG Media zone

To engage people all over the world in the important conversations happening at the UN General Assembly this year, the United Nations in collaboration with the UN Foundation, Public Foundation and the President of the General Assembly’s Office, will be hosting the SDG Media Zone at the UN Headquarters in New York from 18 to 22 September 2017. Each day, the SDG Media Zone will set the scene for conversations with prominent officials and experts on a broad range of topics.

Children in Zataari Camp in Jordan
International Day of Peace (21 September)

The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” The theme honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. This year, the International Day of Peace focuses on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. 

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (26 September)

Achieving global nuclear disarmament is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations. This Day provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a high priority. It also provides an opportunity to educate the public—and its leaders—about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them. 

In the Spotlight

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie was appointed Special Envoy in April 2012. In her expanded role, Jolie focuses on major crises that result in mass population displacements, undertaking advocacy and representing UNHCR and the High Commissioner at the diplomatic level. She also engages with decision-makers on global displacement issues. Through this work, she has helped contribute to the vital process of finding solutions for people forced to flee their homes. She also engages with decision-makers on global displacement issues. 

The UN System at Work

New Rankin film puts spotlight on refugee and migrant children separated from their families

Renowned photographer and director Rankin has joined forces with UNICEF to create a 60-second film highlighting the plight of children uprooted by war, poverty and disaster, especially those separated from their families as they become refugees. The thought-provoking video urges people to see past the refugee and migrant labels and value each child as a child, first and foremost, no matter where they’re from. “I love filming with kids - they are so expressive, they don't hold anything back,” said Rankin. “I'm a dad, I can relate to kids, but every now and then, while we were shooting this, it would hit me what some of these kids had been through.

The UN System 

SDG Goal 15 - life on land

Did you know?

The UN aims to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
The UN has supported elections in more than 100 countries.
Decolonization changed the face of the planet, creating more than 80 nations.
Immigration slows down the ageing process of societies.  Find out more in Global Issues: Ageing

Worth Watching

UN in Pictures

On 8 September 2017, UN staff in New York celebrated UN Staff Day by participating in a series of events organized by the United Nations Staff Union in New York.
Violence in Myanmar is causing a mass exodus of civilians. Pictured, people crossing from Myanmar into Cox’s Bazar, a thin stretch of beach in south-eastern Bangladesh.
Women in the protection of civilians site in Malakal, South Sudan
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