International Youth Day Сelebrated in Belarus 12 August 2014
The United Nations General Assembly has designated 12 August to be marked as International Youth Day each year. This year the theme for the youth day is "Mental Health Matters". Half of the world's population –1.2 billion people – is comprised of youth between 15 and 24. Globally almost 20% of young people experience problems with mental health. In Belarus, neuropsychiatric disorders are estimated to contribute to 17.4% of the burden of disease.
Diplomats Pay Tribute to Former UN Employee 04 August 2014
UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha and U.S. Charge d'Affaires Scott Rauland today visited the Military Cemetery in Minsk to pay tribute to Ruth Waller, one of the first UN staff members who lost their lives in service to humanity. Ruth Waller came to Minsk in 1946 to work for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) to facilitate, coordinate, and provide international assistance to help Belarus recover.
Belarus Marked the First Ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons 29 July 2014
On July 30 two thematic films within the World Day against Trafficking in Persons were screened in Pobeda cinema.It was organized by the Office of the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Belarus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
United Nations Task Force on NCDs Finds Cause for both Concern and Optimism in Belarus 26 July 2014
A Joint Mission of the United Nations Inter–Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) visited Belarus for the first time on 14 – 18 July 2014. The mission made several recommendations for further strengthening of Government action, but also reported that by seizing this opportunity Belarus has the potential to become an exemplary case in multisectoral action for the prevention of NCDs in Eurasia.
Secretary-General's Message for the International Day against Nuclear Tests 28 August 2014
On this International Day Against Nuclear Tests, the international community reaffirms its commitment to secure the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear–Test–Ban Treaty (CTBT), which would prohibit all nuclear explosions. This would mark a welcome step toward a world without nuclear weapons.
ITU Telecom Young Innovators competition seeks solutions in tackling climate change 28 August 2014 Geneva – ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition has launched a Challenge on Smart Cities and Climate Change in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), seeking innovative ideas on how information and communication technologies (ICT) can help smart cities mitigate or slow down the effects of climate change, in particular in the area of global health. Two winning entries will be showcased atITU Telecom World 2014, the leading platform for debate, knowledge–sharing and networking for the global ICT community, in Doha, Qatar, 7–10 December 2014.
World Humanitarian Day 18 August 2014
On World Humanitarian Day, we renew our commitment to life–saving relief efforts — and we remember all those who died serving this noble cause. Last year, more humanitarian workers were kidnapped, seriously injured or killed than ever before. This is an outrage. In recent weeks, dozens of humanitarians — including members of the UN family — have lost their lives in South Sudan and Gaza. Too many people have died or suffered from deliberate attacks.
Message on the 500-Day Mark to the Conclusion of the MDGs 18 August 2014 THE SECRETARY–GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE 500–DAY MARK TO THE CONCLUSION OF THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS There are many fires raging around the world today — political turmoil, bloodshed, public health emergencies and human rights abuses. But there also burns a flame of hope – encouraging progress in the global drive to improve the lives of the world’s poorest through the Millennium Development Goals.