International Day of Peace 2018
Video message from António Guterres (UN Secretary-General)
Peace Song Video 2018
Please go to worldhumanitarianday.org and join the campaign by signing the world’s first ‘living petition’ by giving your selfie and demanding greater protection of civilians and humanitarian workers in conflict. The 3D living petition will be on display in the UN lobby at HQ on Friday all the way through to the General Assembly in September when world leaders will be able to see for themselves the global movement behind protection of civilians and humanitarian workers.
Defending people, promoting justice and standing strong for human rights: Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, the outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, reflects on his four years of serving the cause.
Video Message on International Youth Day (12 August)
António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) Video Message to the 15th Anniversary Of the Terrorist Attack Against the United Nations Mission In Iraq
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Nelson Mandela International Day
UNIC Jakarta and the Embassy of South Africa working together in planting vegetables seeds to mark Nelson Mandela International Day at Panti Sosial Anak Asuh (PSAA) 3 Tebet.
5 Sept.: International Day of Charity
8 Sept.: International Literacy Day
10 Sept.: World Suicide Prevention Day
15 Sept.: International Day of Democracy
21 Sept.: International Day of Peace
Jakarta Model United Nations (JMUN) 2018 Recap
Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on the earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia
The Secretary-General is saddened by the devastating loss of life, injuries and damage caused by the earthquake on Sunday, 5 August, in Indonesia’s East Lombok, just one week after another earthquake in the same region left more than a dozen people dead and over 150 people injured.
The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Indonesia, and wishes the injured a quick recovery.
The United Nations stands ready to support ongoing rescue and relief efforts, if required.
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General
Wrap Up - 2018 High-Level Political Forum
The 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) was held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018, with the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from 16 July to 18 July.
Sombre ceremony for fallen Indonesian peacekeeper
Jakarta, 19 July 2018 – In a sombre ceremony today, UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary, fellow peacekeepers and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) paid their last respects to a fallen Indonesian peacekeeper, who died of medical conditions on Monday.
In his remarks at a memorial service in the tarmac of the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Major General Beary said the untimely passing of Second Corporal Ajat Wahyudin, 35, has “left us all in shock.”
Nelson Mandela International Day
Jakarta, 18 July 2018 – The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), together with the Embassy of South Africa commemorated the Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July at PSAA 3, Tebet, South Jakarta. This is a home for girls aged from 12-17 years who are either orphaned, from poor and broken families or abandoned as babies. Staff from the Embassy of South Africa were led by the Ambassador, while the UNIC team was led by its Acting Director. The group gave their services to the girls’ home by assisting in the kitchen, garden, painting the badminton court, cleaning the girls’ rooms and ironing their clothes. CONTINUE
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Charity, like the notions of volunteerism and philanthropy, provides real social bonding and contributes to the creation of inclusive and more resilient societies. The International Day of Charity was established with the objective of sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities. The date of 5 September was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.”
This year’s theme is ‘Literacy and skills development.’ Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, and at the same time the demands for skills required for work, evolve rapidly. This year’s theme explores integrated approaches that simultaneously support the development of literacy and skills, to ultimately improve people’s lives and work and contribute to equitable and sustainable societies. The day focuses on skills and competencies required for employment, careers, and livelihoods, particularly technical and vocational skills, along with transferable skills and digital skills.
International tourist arrivals grew 7% in 2017, the highest increase since 2010, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest collection of Tourism Highlights. These strong 2017 results were driven by sustained travel demand for destinations across all world regions, including a firm recovery by those that have suffered from security challenges in recent years. China continues to lead global outbound travel, with almost one-fifth of the world’s total tourism spending in 2017. Among the top destinations in the world, in 2017 Spain rose to become the world’s second most-visited destination, after France.