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05.08.2016 - This week's #PhotoFriday highlights some of the most important UN news stories from around the world.

banSecretary-General Takes Part in Olympic Torch Relay in Rio. UN Photo/Mark Garten

bankoMr. Ban (seated left) with Thomas Bach (centre), President of the International Olympics Committee (IOC); and Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, ahead of the start of the torch relay. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took part in the Olympic torch relay ahead of the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday 5 August.

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Secretary-General Meets Members of Global Fan Club for Refugee Olympic Team. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with young members of a Global Fan Club in Support of the Refugee Olympic Team this week. The first refugee team in the history of the modern Olympic Games will walk into the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games today, Friday 5 August.

Photo Friday 3Sumi Madhi a volunteer on child feeding, nutrition and care interacts with mothers in Kudada, India. Photo: UNICEF/Prashanth Vishwanathan

Photo Friday 4In Uzbekistan, a woman holds her newborn baby to her chest. Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

The World Breastfeeding Week 2016 (1 – 5 August) theme is on raising awareness of the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals. By recognising that breastfeeding is a key to sustainable development, we will value our wellbeing from the start of life, respect each other and care for the world we share. 

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WHO Director General Margaret Chan gave a message on the day:

"Breastfeeding is not only the cornerstone of a child’s healthy development; it is also the foundation of a country’s development".

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Adolescent boys practise parkour — athletic manoeuvres around obstacles — in Gaza. Photo: UNICEF/Romenzi

Saturday 30 July saw the International Day of Friendship, a day that was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commented on the day: 

“When greed supersedes concerns about the health of our planet or its inhabitants, when fanatic attachment to ideology is pursued at all costs, and when people suffer human rights violations because they are considered somehow less than equal, the heritage of humanity is betrayed and our future wellbeing is placed in peril...

...On this International Day of Friendship, let us resolve to cherish and cultivate as many warm relationships as possible, enriching our own lives and enhancing the future."


Watch this space for a photo of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon carrying the Olympic torch at the Olympics opening tonight in Rio!