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Sport for peace! 🕊️ Former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) and community members gathered this week in Llano Grande, #Colombia , for a soccer match played as a symbol of peace and reconciliation. The initiative was led by the #UnitedNations Verification Mission in the Latin American country. The mission, which started its operations in September 2017, was established to verify the commitments of the Government and the guerrilla organization on reintegrating former FARC-EP members into society and ensuring security in territories most affected by the decades-long conflict, which was ended with a peace deal between the two sides in November 2016. ➡️ Scroll through for more pictures! 📸: @MisionONUCol / Jeniffer Moreno #GlobalGoals #ServingForPeace
A Brazilian peacekeeper serving with the peace operation in Haiti rescues a child from his flooded home in the Cite Soleil neighborhood of the capital, Port-au-Prince (October 2007). #Brazil provides military and police officers to nine #UnitedNations peacekeeping missions around the world. These brave men and women go where no one else will to keep the peace, restore stability, protect civilians and help create conditions under which refugees can voluntarily return home. They serve at great personal risk and under harsh conditions to help others. We thank them for their service and sacrifice. 📷: UN Photo / Marco Dormino #ServingForPeace
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space. In 1963 he visited #UnitedNations Headquarters in #NYC together with Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. His bust, pictured here, is on display at the @UNOOSA space exhibition at the UN in Vienna, where #UNISPACE50 celebrates the 50th aniversary of the first UN Conference on Exploration & Peaceful Uses of Outer Space this week. 📸: UNIS Vienna / Marion Jacquin
“I managed to convince two of my friends who were going to get married young to wait,” says 16-year-old Raneem (left), a Syrian refugee in #Lebanon . With her parent’s encouragement, Raneem has become a youth leader in her community since arriving in Lebanon. She’s encouraging other girls to stand up for themselves against child marriage. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Child marriage is a human rights violation, but education empowers girls to change the world. Our colleagues from @UNFPA , @UNICEF , @UNwomen and others are working hard to #EndChildMarriage . Regram: @unfpa | 📸: UNFPA Lebanon / Sima Diab #GlobalGoals
#ThrowbackThursday to the first UN Conference on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in 1968. Delegates - scientists and non-scientists - from 79 nations took part in the UNSPACE conference in Vienna, Austria. 50 years later, participants from 102 countries have gathered at @UNOOSA 's #UNISPACE50 conference, happening this week at the UN in Vienna. 📷: UN Photo
Thursday is International #YogaDay ! Events to mark the Day are taking place around the world, including at the #UnitedNations in #NYC (pictured here) where yogis gathered to kick off this year's celebration of yoga, transforming the UN North Lawn into an outdoor yoga studio. Yoga supports physical & mental well-being and can help achieve good health for all -- one of the #GlobalGoals . ➡ Scroll through for more pictures! 📷: UN Social Media / Santiago González
This little girl is queuing for food in a makeshift camp in #Bangladesh . She's not alone. Overall, 1.2 million people have fled violence in #Myanmar , last year alone saw 655,500 Rohingya refugees. Many are in Bangladesh where they have found safety, but are left with a shadow of the home they once knew. With 68.5 million people forced to flee due to persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations, the world’s displaced population reached a new high in 2017. 85% of refugees are hosted in developing countries. More than half of them are children. "We must all think about what more we can do to help. The answer begins with unity and solidarity," said #UnitedNations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday's #WorldRefugeeDay . Regram: @refugees | 📸: UNHCR / Roger Arnold #WithRefugees
Walaa was shocked to learn she was expecting 4 daughters. Raising Ayat, Ghena, Sarah and Sali is a huge challenge, especially as a Syrian refugee in #Jordan . Sometimes the parents skip meals to make sure they have enough money to buy food, clothes and diapers for the girls. But despite struggling to meet their needs, she draws strength from her little "miracles." Every two seconds a person is forced to flee their home. A person just like Walaa. #UNHCR , the #UnitedNations Refugee Agency, works every day to save lives and builds better futures for the most vulnerable refugees. On Wednesday's #WorldRefugeeDay and every day, join people around the world in standing #WithRefugees . 📸: @Refugees / Annie Sakkab
#TourTuesday : A unique ceiling, created by the Spanish abstract artist Miquel Barceló, decorates the ‘Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations’ room which is home of the Human Rights Council at @ungeneva. The Human Rights Council is responsible for promoting and protecting the human rights of all people all over the world, making sure that all people have the same rights, checking what governments do to protect the rights of people in their countries and if governments do what they agreed on at the UN, as well as helping people whose rights were taken away. 📸: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré #StandUp4HumanRights
Nadia Murad, #UnitedNations Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking and Yazidi survivor of capture and sexual violence at the hands of ISIL (left), talks to Amal Clooney, legal counsel to Yazidi victims, at a UN Headquarters high-level event on the fight against impunity for atrocities. Tuesday is International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. "Sexual violence in conflict is a threat to our collective security and a stain on our common humanity," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who believes that the "prevention of sexual violence must remain one of our highest priorities." Our colleagues from @UNWomen are working to hold perpetrators accountable and achieve justice for survivors of sexual violence in conflict. The goal is to make these crimes a relic of the past. On #EndRapeInWar Day and every day, join us in supporting courageous survivors seeking justice. 📸: UN Photo / Rick Bajornas
Separating children from their families leaves them more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. #UnitedNations Secretary-General António Guterres believes that refugees and migrants should always be treated with respect and dignity, and in accordance with existing international law. Children must not be traumatized by being separated from their parents. Family unity must be preserved. Regardless of immigration status, children are children first. #ChildrenUprooted #WithRefugees
"Every man I met talked about the lashes and punishments inflicted by the extremists. The girls I met talked about the years of not being able to go to school, and of seeing people killed, and of feeling too afraid to leave their houses. It is deeply upsetting that people who have endured unparalleled brutality have so little as they try, somehow, to rebuild the lives they once had.” --Angelina Jolie, #UnitedNations Refugee Agency (#UNHCR ) Special Envoy, met displaced families in West Mosul, #Iraq , as they return to the devastated city after its liberation from ISIS. She is pictured here with Falak, an eight-year-old girl who has a gene disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Falak told Jolie that she had seen a man killed in front of her during the ISIS occupation of the city. Less than a year after its liberation, much of West Mosul still lies in ruins. Speaking in Mosul, Special Envoy Jolie said: "I have no words for the strength it must take to rebuild after loss like this. But that is what the people of this city are doing. They are grief-stricken and traumatized, but they are also hopeful. They are clearing their homes with their own hands, and volunteering and helping each other. But they need our assistance." The visit marked Angelina Jolie’s 61st mission – and her fifth visit to Iraq – with the UN Refugee Agency since 2001. She arrived in the city on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan. Regram: @refugees | 📸: UNHCR / @andrewmcconnellphoto #WithRefugees #GlobalGoals #AngelinaJolie
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