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06.05.2016 - This week's #PhotoFriday highlights some of the most important UN news stories from around the world.


2 May: UNHCR appoint Cate Blanchett as Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR. Photo: YouTube/UNHCR

"There has never been a more crucial time to stand with refugees" says Academy Award winning actor and newly appointed global Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Cate Blanchett. The announcement comes as Blanchett returns from a mission to Jordan to witness the ongoing humanitarian operation for people displaced by the conflict in Syria. She met Syrian refugee families to hear first-hand about the perilous journeys they had undertaken and the daily challenges they face. "I am deeply proud to take on this role," Blanchett said in a video interview.


2 May: Ginko Tree Sapling from Hiroshima Arrives at the UN Office of Geneva. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Kazumi Matsui (centre), President of Mayors for Peace and Mayor of Hiroshima, along with Nikhil Seth (right), Executive Director of the UN Institute for Training & Research (UNITAR), delivers to Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), a sapling from an A-bomb survivor Ginko tree in Hiroshima. The sapling is expected to be planted by the UN Secretary-General in the Ariana Park of the Palais des Nations in the fall, as part of the Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH) Initiative which aims to safeguard and spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-bomb survivor trees.

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2 May: On World Tuna Day we must celebrate and honor the existence of tuna in our daily lives. Photo: Wild albacore tuna/Flickr

World Tuna Day is a day to commemorate this fantastic wild species that provides our families with good health and of course a delicious taste. Tuna species play a key role in our existence, ecosystem, economy and national income. Try these for tasty tuna facts:

·         The largest (ever recorded) specimen of tuna was 21 feet long, weighing 1600 pounds.
·         Tunas can reach a speed between 44 and 62 miles per hour.
·         In searching for food a tuna can dive to the depth of 3000 feet.
·         A tuna can cross the entire Atlantic in 30 days by traveling 16 miles per hours.

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2 May: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) met with, Global Music Artist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. Photo: UN Photo

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3 May: World Press Freedom Day in Sarajevo. Photo: UNESCO

Tuesday 3 May marked World Press Freedom Day which took place in Helsinki, Finland. The event was joined by hundreds of national celebrations worldwide, all highlighting the link between freedom of information and sustainable development. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated: “On this World Press Freedom Day, I urge all Governments, politicians, businesses and citizens to commit to nurturing and protecting an independent, free media. Without this fundamental right, people are less free and less empowered. With it, we can work together for a world of dignity and opportunity for all".


6 May: Senior midwife Yan Yan Phearen performs an antenatal exam in Kratie, Cambodia. Photo: UNFPA/Nicolas Axelrod

The International Day of the Midwife, 5 May, is a day to celebrate the life-saving work of the world’s midwives. Midwives save lives and, if deployed in larger numbers, could avert approximately two-thirds of the nearly 300,000 maternal deaths and 3 million newborn deaths that occur each year. However, the 73 countries that claim 96% of these maternal deaths have only 42% of the world's midwives, nurses and doctors. UNFPA is working together with a network of partners in more than 70 countries to train midwives, scale up midwifery services and end this deadly shortage of midwives.

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The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has released the #ListenFirst campaign and video which were launched during a high-level side event at the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo: Boy in clouds/Flickr

Under the slogan 'Listen First' a new campaign on science-based drug prevention has been launched to raise awareness around listening to children and young people as the first step to help them grow healthy and safe. The campaign targets parents, teachers, policy makers, health worker and prevention workers particularly, as well as the wider public. In order to illustrate this important issue to a diverse audience, a powerful new Public Service Announcement has been developed.

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