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01.07.2016 - This week's #PhotoFriday highlights some of the most important UN news stories from around the world.

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Jordanian members of MINUSTAH in Haiti. Photo: UN Photo.

This week saw International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The theme in 2016 is ‘Listen First’ - an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.

By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. This resolution recommended further action with regard to the report and conclusions of the 1987 International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

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UN Secretary-General signing book of condolances in Turkey. Photo: UN Photo.

There is no justification for terrorism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated after signing a book of condolences for the victims of the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport.

Paying his respects at the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations in New York, the Secretary-General extended his deepest condolences to the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

“I sincerely hope that the Turkish people and Government will be able to overcome…this shocking tragedy,” Mr. Ban told a small group of journalists, adding that the UN stands firmly with the fight against terrorism and extremism.

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Ban Ki-moon in Cannes. Photo: UN Photo.

Passers-by take selfies with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Cannes, France, outside the venue where Mr. Ban attended a luncheon hosted by Project Everyone, a campaign to publicize worldwide the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Eritrean refugees wait for protection and assistance. Photo: UN Photo.

June 26th saw the marking of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings. Torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances. This prohibition forms part of customary international law, which means that it is binding on every member of the international community, regardless of whether a State has ratified international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.

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UN Secretary-General in Rawabi, West Bank. Photo: UN Photo.

This week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Palestinian city of Rawabi in the West Bank. While there he visited some construction there. Rawabi is the largest construction project in Palestinian history, but unfortunately cannot be completed due to the fact that there is no running water. This is the first time Ban Ki-moon has visited since he was there in 2012.  

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