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Together We’re Cutting Climate and Disaster Risks in the World

It’s a simple fact that as we continue to pump record levels of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere we are ramping up disaster risk around the globe now and for generations to come. It goes with the sobering reality of warming and rising seas and widespread changes in the Earth’s systems that are influencing storms, winds and rainfall. The toll this takes on human life, economies and government expenditures will be high on the agenda when world leaders gather in Mexico for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in late May. Latest figures show that disasters –...

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UNMISS

What is UNMISS? The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was established by the Security Council in July 2011 to consolidate peace and security and to help establish conditions for development in the country, which gained its independence from Sudan that same month. On 15 December 2013, violence broke out in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, and quickly spread to other locations in the country, resulting in a nationwide political and security crisis as well as a sharp deterioration in the humanitarian situation. In the midst of the violence, tens of thousands of civilians arrived at UN bases around the country seeking protection. Despite the challenges and the strain on the Mission’s resources, UNMISS opened its doors and worked with humanitarian partners to provide sufficient assistance to the displaced persons. In the wake of the crisis, the Security Council reprioritized the Mission’s mandate towards the protection of civilians, human rights monitoring and support for the delivery of humanitarian assistance. UNMISS was also tasked with supporting the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement following the conflict that began in December 2013. blog_banner.jpg SG and Bodaboda Diplomats riding their bikes Diplomats and UN officials riding out of UN Headquarters, New York Bikes Diplomats prepare to get on their bikes at UN Headquarters, New York Bikes Diplomats prepare to get on their bikes at UN Headquarters, New York Leadership Ellen Margrethe...

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CCOI

What is CCOI? The United Nations Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI) seeks to help film and television professionals shine a light on the people and the issues that matter. It is the first point of entry in the UN for the international entertainment industry. Run by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), the Initiative provides film, new media, television, and documentary professionals around the world with access to information about the work of the UN and its priority issues. CCOI, which acts as a liaison between the UN and studios, producers, directors, writers and other content creators, can assist the creative community by: facilitating filming at UN locations acting as a clearinghouse for legal issues, including use of the UN name and emblem providing access to UN experts on global issues – including peace and security, human rights, the environment, gender equality and development facilitating access to the extensive collection of UN archival film and photos advising on script authenticity as it pertains to the work of the UN and its issues assisting with research on UN issues and storylines Among the projects facilitated by CCOI was the filming of The Interpreter at UN Headquarters in New York in 2005, the first time the world body opened its doors to a movie production. It has also collaborated with the television shows Ugly Betty, Law and Order: SVU and...

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COP21

What is ITLOS? The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) is an independent judicial body established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to adjudicate disputes arising out of the interpretation and application of the Convention. It maintains close links with the UN, which has granted it observer status in the General Assembly. The Tribunal is composed of 21 independent members – a President, a Vice-President and 19 Judges – who are elected by the States Parties to the Convention. It is one of three bodies set up by the Convention, the other two being the International Seabed Authority and the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. blog_banner.jpg SG and Bodaboda Diplomats riding their bikes Diplomats and UN officials riding out of UN Headquarters, New York Bikes Diplomats prepare to get on their bikes at UN Headquarters, New York Bikes Diplomats prepare to get on their bikes at UN Headquarters, New York The Tribunal was inaugurated in October 1996 in Hamburg, a German port city reputed for its long tradition in international shipping and maritime trade. Cases brought before the Tribunal have touched on issues such as the prompt release of vessels and crews under article 292 of the Convention; coastal State jurisdiction in its maritime zones; freedom of navigation; hot pursuit; marine environment; flags of convenience; and conservation of...

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