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  • 70th Celebration of the United Nations Charter Day

    Published June 29, 2015

    by Nathan Jumper

    June 26 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. It set the stage for the ratification of the UN Charter which was completed October . It is, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remarked:

    an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.

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  • We were wrong: Midyear 2015 report by OCHA South Sudan

    Published June 29, 2015

    by Sarah Hoyle

    Six months ago, we thought that violence and suffering had peaked and peace was on the horizon. We were wrong.

    - Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

    Unfortunately now, conditions in South Sudan are much worse than they were six months ago. OCHA South Sudan has just released the midyear report on conditions and progress in the region, and crises for those caught in violence and turmoil in South Sudan are as dire as ever.

    The report highlights 4 main areas of crisis that are currently of greatest concern. 

    1. Displacement. About 2.1 million people have ...

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  • 70th anniversary concert

    Published June 29, 2015

    by Amélie Clémot

    To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter, musicians from Sweden, who will perform at the official ceremonies on June 26th in San Francisco, came to the Church Center for the United Nations to compliment the reading and reaffirmation of the UN Charter. The piece preformed, "The Way Chose You," was written and directed by Stefan Safsten, who was inspired to compose the piece after reading the following poem by Dag Hammarskjöld, the second UN secretary general and the only one to die in the line of duty:

    Tired ...

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