Engage and mobilize people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants, that’s the goal of this years’ Peaceday, which is celebrated on Thursday as the General Debate continues.

Throughout Peaceday people are encouraged to showcase the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations, while also acknowledging legitimate concerns of host communities.

On the sidelines of the General Debate, many other high-level events take place on Thursday at UN Headquarters.

Youth, Peace and Security

A year ago, governments have been encouraged to involve youth in the decision-making process on the local, national, regional and international levels with an aim to reduce rise of radicalization among young people.

As today marks the anniversary of that resolution, ministers are gathering for the Youth, Peace and Security event.

Access to water

The importance of access to water is being discussed elsewhere at Headquarters today. The High-level Panel on Water meets to discuss the commitment to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. The panel comprising Secretary-General António Guterres, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and 11 Heads of State.

Ending AIDS

At the high-level event entitled “Fast-Track: Quickening the pace of action to end AIDS”, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé will talk about breakthrough pricing agreement for HIV medicine. Mr. Sidibé earlier this week visited the UN Social Media Space.


Prevent and respond to famine

How to prevent and respond to famine? UN Humanitarians organize a high-level event with the Secretary-General António Guterres among others attending.

Participants will review and assess their collective response to the Secretary-General’s call to action to respond to and prevent famine in North-East Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

Syria conflict

As the Syria conflict moves into the seventh year and the humanitarian crisis continue to affect the stability in the region, the European Union organized an event to maintain focus and to further address the international communities’ response.