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Volkan Bozkir, President of the seventy-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly, addresses the General Assembly high-level dialogue on desertification, land degradation and drought. The dialogue is convenes by the President of the General Assembly to assess the progress made in the fight against desertification, land degradation and drought, and map the way forward in view of the end of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification.For this year’s observance of International Environment Day the United Nations is focusing on the plight of forests worldwide. In Haiti, there remains less than one percent tree cover. Most deforestation is caused by the local population’s need for land to farm, wood to build with, and charcoal to cook with. The result has left immense tracks of land bare to the elements, hastened massive soil erosion and increased land slides and flash flooding. 
View of deforested land near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed visits the peacekeeping memorial at UN Headquarters to pay respect to fallen peacekeepers and to commemorate the International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2021.United Nations Office at Geneva commemorates the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

Thérèse Manirambona, Permanent Mission of Burundi to the United Nations in Geneva; Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva; and Laurent Attar-Bayrou, President of the International Association of Soldiers for Peace, stand in front of the Peacekeeping Memorial.Secretary-General António Guterres (right) draws the lot to determine which Member State will occupy the first seat in the General Assembly Hall at the seventy-sixth session. Suriname will occupy the first seat.  

The General Assembly also held elections for the President, as well as Vice-Presidents, of the General Assembly. 
Seated at left is Volkan Bozkir, President of the seventy-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly, and standing in the centre is Movses Abelian, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM).The island of Cuba forms the largest and the most westerly of the Great Antilles group and lies 135 miles south of the tip of Florida in the United States. It has a population of ten million people and its capital is Havana, on the northern coast. 
Sunset in Havana, Cuba. [c. 1985]Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on
HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), briefs reporters on the General Assembly's High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS.A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the recommendation for the appointment of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. 

The Security Council recommends to the General Assembly that Mr. António Guterres be appointed Secretary-General of the United Nations for a second term of office from the 1st of January 2022 to the 31st of December 2026.A joint delegation from the African Union (AU), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), United Nations and European Union arrived in Bangui for a high-level visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) from 2 to 5 June 2021. 

Participants included: Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; Mangaral Banté, ECCAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under Secretary-General for Peace Operations; Charles Fries, EU Deputy Secretary-General for the Common Security and Defence Policy; and Rita Laranjinha, EU External Action Service Africa Director.

Mathieu Simplice Sarandji, President of the Central African Republic National Assembly, greets members of the delegation. The delegation met with the President, Vice-Presidents and committee chairmen of the CAR National Assembly, and members of the cabinet.Men are shown in traditional dress at the national flag-raising ceremony to mark the anniversary of Timor-Leste’s popular consultation, the landmark UN-facilitated referendum which led to independence from Indonesia.Nazhat Shameem Khan, President of the Human Rights Council and Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN Office at Geneva, attends the 30th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the “Grave Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”, at Palais des Nations, Geneva.A view of the General Assembly meeting that held election of the President of the General Assembly, as well as Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly. The Secretary-General also drew the lots to determine which  Member State will occupy the first seat in the General Assembly Hall at the seventy-sixth session.

Volkan Bozkir (centre right), President of the seventy-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly, greets Abdulla Shahid, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives and President-elect of the seventy-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly. At centre left is Secretary-General António Guterres.Denise Brown, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, visits voting centers in two constituencies of Bangui’s 3rd district during the second round of legislative elections in the Central African Republic. She was accompanied by Force Commander of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Daniel Sidiki Traoré, as well as the Director of the Mission’s Electoral Assistance Division and the President of the National Elections Authority (ANE). The first round of legislative elections was cancelled in the two constituencies owing to technical problems.

A peacekeeper serving with MINUSCA stand guard at a polling station in the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui during the second round of legislative elections – held in constituencies where voting could not take place in the previous election.United Nations Office at Geneva commemorates the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.Denise Brown, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, visits voting centers in two constituencies of Bangui’s 3rd district during the second round of legislative elections in the Central African Republic. She was accompanied by Force Commander of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Daniel Sidiki Traoré, as well as the Director of the Mission’s Electoral Assistance Division and the President of the National Elections Authority (ANE). The first round of legislative elections was cancelled in the two constituencies owing to technical problems. 

A woman casts her vote in the second round of the country’s parliamentary elections.Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia and President of the Security Council for the month of June, briefs reporters after the closed Security Council meeting on the recommendation for the appointment of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. 

The Security Council recommends to the General Assembly that Mr. António Guterres be appointed Secretary-General of the United Nations for a second term of office from the 1st of January 2022 to the 31st of December 2026.Secretary-General António Guterres attends the wreath-laying ceremony to Commemorate International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2021 (29 May). The theme for the day is "The road to a lasting peace: Leveraging the power of youth for peace and security".A view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Somalia. Seated at the table is Abukar Dahir Osman, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Somalia to the United Nations.A conference officer changes the sign ahead of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Mali.Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of June, speaks at the 78th plenary meeting, on the voting and elections for non-permanent members of the Security Council. The General Assembly elected Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates to the Security Council for a two-year term starting on 1 January 2022.

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