Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, 26 April 1986 - A routine 20-second shut down of the system seemed to be another test of the electrical equipment. But seven seconds later, a surge created a chemical explosion that released nearly 520 dangerous radionuclides into the atmosphere. The force of the explosion spread contamination over large parts of the Soviet Union, now the territories of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia.

The Security Council adopted a resolution that states that it is necessary to complete an investigation without a sexual offense, strengthen the investigation mechanism and provide comprehensive assistance to women and girls who have been victims of sexual violence. 13 Security Council members voted in favor, China and Russia abstained.

Vaccines act as a shield, protecting children and newborn babies from dangerous diseases and saving up to 3 million lives each year.

Following is UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ message, as delivered by Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, to the Eighth Moscow Conference on International Security, in Moscow today:

Toddlers should spend no more than 60 minutes passively watching a screen every day, while babies under 12 months should have none, to ensure that they grow up fit and well, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, as part of a campaign to tackle the global obesity crisis. 

The International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace “underscores the value of international cooperation for the common good”, according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres marking its first-ever observance on Wednesday. 

Between 2010 and 2017, an average of 21.1 million children missed their first dose of the measles vaccine, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed on Wednesday, stressing its importance to creating “an umbrella of immunity for everyone.” 

"In these turbulent times, books embody the diversity of human ingenuity, giving shape to the wealth of human experience, expressing the search for meaning and expression we all share, that drive all societies forward. Books help weave humanity together as a single family, holding a past in common, a history and heritage, to craft a destiny that is shared, where all voices are heard in the great chorus of human aspiration."

— Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO