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Coming up at the General Assembly on Thursday and Friday

The General Debate continues and Heads of State and Government will be addressing their peers on the pressing issues of the day.  The debate is webcast live starting at 9 am (NYC time).  See who is expected to speak  in the UN Daily Journal. Also at 9 am on Thursday, world leaders will participate in a High-Level meeting on Nuclear Disarmament which has been convened to advance the goal of having a world free of nuclear weapons.  Follow @UN_Disarmament for updates. On Friday, the 2013 Conference on Facilitating entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty will start at 10 am.  Foreign ministers from among the 183 countries that have already signed or ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) will call upon remaining countries to do so.  They will also agree on a number of steps to promote the Treaty’s entry into force in the next couple of years. The Annual Treaty Event, continues, providing an opportunity for Member States to sign on to, and particularly to ratify and adhere to multilateral treaties. This list highlights only a few of the events that are happening  – follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest. You can also watch press conferences, stakeouts and more live online. In addition, there are many other side events scheduled. Check out the Daily Journal (PDF) for updates and location information. More information Official General Assembly website UN Webcast: Live coverage of meetings — also includes on-demand...

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Coming up at the General Assembly on Wednesday

The General Debate continues as Heads of State and Government come before their peers to express their views on the Post-2015 Development agenda and more.  The debate will be webcast live starting at 9 am (NYC time).  See who is expected to speak in the UN Daily Journal. At 9 am, there will be a Special Event hosted by the President of the General Assembly towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals where world leaders, civil society and philanthropists will discuss in round table sessions, the weaknesses and gaps, the acceleration of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as the post-2015 Development Agenda.  Watch live online.  Follow @WeCanEndPoverty and hashtags #mdgmomentum, #MDGs & #futurewewant for updates. One year after the launch of the Global Education First Initiative by the UN Secretary-General in September 2012 , an anniversary event called “Delivering on the Global Education Promise” will celebrate the achievements made as well as look at coordinating the leadership and finance necessary to make a break-through in education.  You can watch live online at 11 am. Follow @GlobalEduFirst and #educationfirst for updates. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the support of the Austrian Government, will hold an event at 11 am on the occasion of the 20th anniversary since the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights.  World leaders are expected to participate and discuss achievements, shortcomings and next...

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Things look at bit different at this session of the UN General Assembly

The 68th session of the General Assembly is now underway, but this year the delegates are not convening in the usual General Assembly Hall.  Since the General Assembly Building closed for renovation on 31 May 2013, plenary meetings will be held in the North Lawn Building until renovations are complete in time for the opening of the 69th session slated to begin in September 2014. The reason for the renovation is that the original UN structures were built between 1950 and 1952. These buildings had aged considerably and clearly lacked the standards that are expected in a modern and safe building. Renovating the complex is the most cost-effective way of replacing aging and inefficient equipment, bringing the complex up to the same safety standards as other buildings in New York, and preventing future deterioration. See more answers to questions about the renovation in these FAQs on the website of the UN Capital Master Plan. Related material: More renovation photos are posted on the website of the UN Capital Master Plan Official General Assembly website Guest blog post by President of the General Assembly John Ashe UN Webcast: Live coverage of meetings — also includes on-demand videos of past events. Follow @UN, @UN_Spokesperson, @UN_PGA and #UNGA on Twitter (plus more specialized and multilingual accounts). Many high-level events will take place on issues including the Millennium Development Goals, migration and development, disabilities and development, and nuclear...

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Forest Heroes Awards and Forest Film Festival

In 2011, the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat launched the first-ever Forest Heroes Awards and Forest Film Festival in celebration of the International Year of Forests. The success of this effort was the inspiration for the 2012/2013 UN Forests for People Awards. Short Film festival Each entry shares a unique story of how forests inspire and contribute to our lives. The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat partnered with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to honor film makers who capture relationships between forests and the people who depend on them. This year’s Film Festival was for short films of five minutes or less. 128 entries from 38 countries competed to win. An international jury awarded 5 films. Forest Heroes All over the world people are working in quiet and heroic ways to sustain, protect and manage our forests. The Forest Hero Awards celebrates these “unsung” heroes who inspire positive change for forests. Watch nature film making at its most raw and innovative – An Unseen World by Paul Rosolie – one of 5 winning films from the International Forests Short Film Festival. Watch it here or on 24 September at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. In Ma Forêt, a talented young film maker and writer, Sebastien Pins tells the evocative tale of a forest seen through the eyes of a boy. Watch it here or on 24 September at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Green tells the story of habitat loss and the resultant impact on...

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Social media highlights from Liberia, Niger, Mali, Iraq, Switzerland, Somalia and more

Here’s a selection of photos and videos you may have missed posted on social media accounts from around the UN system over the past few weeks and shared with our social media team. Thank you to all who contributed! This fall, Palestine refugee students go back to school in a region in turmoil. 500,000 Palestine refugees will return to more than 700 the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools across the Middle East. Thanks to @UNRWA for posting this and more on their Twitter account. After escaping fighting in Nigeria, refugees receive a friendly welcome in Niger. Thanks to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (@OCHA) for posting this and more on their Twitter account. If you missed the recent performance of the 2050: The Future We Want musical at UN Geneva, watch it here: Thanks to Peace Child International for posting this  video on their YouTube account. UNICEF Goodwill ambassador and tennis superstar Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) was on hand when the UN General Assembly voted to create the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Thanks to the Novak Foundation (‏@novakfoundation) for posting this and more on their Twitter account. Have a photo or video you’d like to see here? Post it on Twitter and let us know by tagging @UN. More updates from: UN Photo UN News Centre UN...

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