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Facebook is on site at the World Humanitarian Summit

World leaders, celebrity supporters, aid chiefs and more will be stopping by the Innovation Marketplace at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul to take questions from Facebook users. Here are a selection of the Facebook Live videos: UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd European Union’s Kristalina Georgieva UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi UN Refugee Agency’s Melissa Fleming International Labour Organizations Chief Guy Ryder UN Special Adviser on the Syria Crisis and Norwegian Refugee Council Secretary-General Jan Egeland Human rights advocate Victor Ochen Advocate Muna AbuSulayman Virtual reality filmmaker Bryn Mooser of RYOT UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon UN Humaitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien UNRWA Chief Pierre Krähenbühl International Organization Chief William Lacy Swing UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Afshan Kan A World at School’s Sarah Brown UNODC’s Simone Monasebian Watch live on Facebook here: World Humanitarian Summit United Nations...

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See all the World Humanitarian Summit action via social media

Not in Istanbul? No problem! United Nations staff are using social media platforms and other digital tools to bring you virtually inside the Istanbul Congress Centre which is where the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit is taking place. Here are some links and tips to get you started. Tune in to watch live webstreams from the UN Webcast team. Follow multilingual social media accounts: Twitter: @UN, @WHSummit and @UNOCHA Facebook: Instagram: Snapchat: united-nations Hashtag: #ShareHumanity The major UN Social Media accounts are putting out content in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish are also actively covering the Summit, too. Here is what’s happening: Plenary sessions High-level leaders roundtables Special sessions Side events (Note — many have their own websites and hashtags) Exhibition fair Want to read up on the Agenda for Humanity? See it and more key documents online. Want to see more photos? Check out this constantly updated photo gallery. Wrap stories, interviews and more: UN News Centre UN Radio Archived...

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What’s happening on Earth Day? The #ParisAgreement Signing ceremony in NYC

To keep the global spotlight focused on climate change and build on the strong political momentum from Paris, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited representatives of all countries to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change at a special Ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters on 22 April. The Signing Ceremony takes place on the first day that the Agreement will be open for signatures, marks the first step toward ensuring that the Agreement enters into legal force as quickly as possible. How can you take part on social media? Join in using the #ParisAgreement hashtag. Additional additional information for attendees, including world leaders, is...

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Reddit “Ask me anything” session on eliminating racism with human rights expert Gay McDougall

Gay McDougal, UN Expert on the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of the rights of minorities around the world, is taking your questions on Reddit! Join in at 4 pm (NYC time) on Monday, 21 March. The question and answer session will be accessible via this link: This online event is just one way the UN is marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws. Help spread the word on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag:...

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Selecting the United Nations Secretary-General

2016 will see the selection of a new Secretary-General of the United Nations, as Ban Ki-moon’s second term ends on 31 December 2016. Even though there is no limit to the number of terms a Secretary-General may serve, none has held office for more than two terms. But how does it all work? We explain the appointment process here: 1. How is the Secretary-General selected? According to article 97 of the UN Charter, “The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.” This rather general description has been further specified by a range of General Assembly resolutions and the Security Council Rules of Procedure. So this is what happens: Nominations There is no detailed outline for the nomination process. All UN Member States are encouraged to engage and the President of the Security Council is supposed to consult with the General Assembly on a regular basis. Furthermore, the President of the General Assembly has the right to consult with Member States and recommend potential candidates to the Security Council. Nominations have traditionally been made mostly my Member States though there is no rule governing who can make a nomination. As for the timeframe, the candidate should ideally be appointed one month prior to the end of the current term (General Assembly resolutions 51/241 from 1997 and A/Res/60/286). Security Council In the first stage...

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