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07.04.2016 - This week's #PhotoFriday highlights some of the most important UN news stories from around the world.

Child speaks at International day for mine action event

A student from Juba Christian Centre Primary School delivers an imaginary news bulletin related to mines and other explosive remnants of war. Photo: UN Photo 

The world observed the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on 4 April. Every year landmines and other explosive hazards kill or injure thousands of people across the globe. The toll of human suffering is devastating. Mines kill indiscriminately, curtail the freedoms of communities that are affected, and hinder humanitarian effort. 

Yurt outside UN geneva

A traditional yurt, a gift from the Republic of Kazakhstan, is on view in the gardens of the UN’s Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: UN Photo

On 4 April, the award ceremony for 2016 Pritzker Prize for Architecture and pioneer in sustainable and energy conscious architecture was held at UN Headquarters.  The recipient of the prize was Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena.  To honour the event, UN Photo has added new materials to its Flickr album "Art & Architecture at the UN” now featuring special art exhibits at UN Headquarters from recent years.

Ban Ki moon speaks at World affairs council

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Photo: UN Photo

Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, addressed the Los Angeles World Affairs Council over dinner on Tuesday, 5 April. He discussed the role of the United Nations in an era of enormous challenges to world peace, human rights, and global healthcare.

children playing football in zimbabwe

Boys playing football in Zimbabwe. Photo: Dylan Thomas/UKaid/DFID  

Wednesday 6 April marked the third International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.  The emphasis was on sport as an effective vehicle for promoting the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "Sport promotes health and well-being.  It fosters tolerance, mutual understanding and peace.  It contributes to social inclusion and equality.  It empowers women and girls and persons with disabilities.  It is a vital part of quality education in schools."

Victim of human trafficking

Varna, Bulgaria. Crisis center and shelter for victims of trafficking, exploitation and domestic violence. Photo: A. Scotti for UNODC UNGIFT  

At UN HQ, New York on 7 April, there was a Press Conference on The Role of Pope Francis, the Holy See and the Santa Marta Group in Ending Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery by 2030. The briefing was sponsored by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. In attendance were Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster; the Santa Marta group; Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, and Commissioner Kevin Hyland, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner of the United Kingdom. The conference was moderated by Mr. Alexander DesForges, Press Secretary to Cardinal.

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