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“Thrashing out the major challenges of our time”: the GA chamber

The General Assembly hall was the centre of the body’s 70th birthday celebrations on Monday, and it’s the place where leaders come to “thrash out” the major challenges of the day.

That’s according to Dan Thomas, spokesperson and communications director for the President of the General Assembly.

Matthew Wells spoke to Mr Thomas in the centre of the chamber where history has been made, over 70 years of lively debate.

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General Assembly "at heart" of United Nations

The General Assembly is “at the heart” of the United Nations, according to the head of the UN Department which supports dialogue and cooperation among the 193 countries that make up the global organization.

Catherine Pollard is Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) the largest Department in the UN Secretariat.

Veronica Reeves spoke to Ms Pollard and asked her about the importance of the General Assembly.

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Portraits of former UN chiefs celebrate organization’s values

The portraits of former UN Secretaries-General that are hanging in UN headquarters in New York serve to celebrate the organization’s core values.

That’s according to an art historian and portrait expert who has been taking a look at the paintings of the seven former UN chiefs.

As the United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary, Daniel Dickinson asked New York University’s Professor Kenneth Silver what he thinks of the portraits.

Unique initiative helps spread the word about new global goals

A train known as the UN70 Belarus Express is helping to spread the word about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) throughout the Eastern European country.

The train has been making its way around Belarus this week.

Film screenings, concerts, exhibitions and workshops on the goals have all been featured on board, in eight different cities.

The 17 development and poverty reduction targets which make up the SDGs were agreed by the international community in September.

In 1945, delegates meet in San Francisco to negotiate a charter for the organization that was to become the United Nations. Standing is Lieutenant Colonel Henri Rolin of Belgium.
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Moments and Milestones: Photo exhibit provides snapshot of UN’s 70-year history

In the wake of catastrophic war, and following months of intense negotiations, representatives of 51 countries laboured in 1945 to overcome differences and founded an enduring global institution for peace, security and human progress. They called it the United Nations. A new photo exhibit opening at UN Headquarters in November takes a look back at the Organization’s 70-year journey and some of the formative events that shaped its history.
Prudence Upton

More famous landmarks set to turn “UN Blue”

The Great Wall of China and the Palace in Monaco have joined a growing list of famous landmarks that will be lit for the “Turn the World UN Blue” campaign.

Well over 200 landmarks in more than 60 countries will be bathed in blue lights on Saturday, 24 October to mark 70 years since the founding of the United Nations.  From New Zealand to Zimbabwe, notable landmarks all around the world will participate in the event.