Christopher Lockyear, Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières, briefs the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.Dmytro Kuleba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, briefs reporters on the situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.A wide view of the Security Council meeting on climate change and food insecurity.A woman from the town of Boma, South Sudan, in traditional attire.Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, briefs reporters on Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan and Gaza.The unrestricted exploitation of wildlife has led to the disappearance of many animal species at an alarming rate, destroying Earth's biological diversity and upsetting the ecological balance.  The problem is particularly acute in developing countries.  Scientists estimate that various animal and plant species may be disappearing at the rate of one every day, with thousands more on the verge of extinction.  Widely sought for everything from medical research, medicinal supplies, and display in zoos, to satisfying the demands of high fashion, the illegal trade in wildlife is a lucrative business, making it difficult to control.  The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is actively involved in working with governments, scientists, private organizations and other concerned groups to preserve and protect our endangered species.
A lion watches his territory in Kenya.A wide view of the 57th plenary meeting of the General Assembly. The Assembly discussed a number of issues on the agenda, such as Sustainable development, New Partnership for Africa, Causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa, and the situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.Philippe Sands (at podium), member of the delegation of the State of Palestine, public hearing on the request for an advisory opinion in respect of the legal consequences arising from the policies and practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

The court’s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by states and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized UN organs and agencies.An ex-combatant holds up munitions in Attécoubé, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. He is one of several to have participated in a Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) operation conducted in the area by the UN mission, UNOCI.Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani (at podium), Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations alongside Permanent Representatives of the Arab Group, speaks to reporters at the Security Council stakeout area.Alerted by residents, UN Mine Action Coordination Centre (UNMACC) contractor team, Mechem, is dispatched to conduct a grenade destruction operation in a residential area. Since the latest fighting between FARDC and M23 rebels, UNMACC has destroyed 2,675 unexploded ordnance (UXOs) and 51,490 small arms ammunitions (SAA) found in and around the city.
A danger sign indicates the spot where an unexploded grenade has been found in a residential area of Goma.Valentine Rugwabiza, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Central African Republic.The Sons and Daughters of Peace Choir are pictured during the closing of the first day of the visit of the UN Security Council to Colombia. Council members traveled there to learn first-hand about the implementation of the 2016 Final Peace Agreement and the new challenges and progress of peace efforts in the country.A wide view as Secretary-General António Guterres (at podium at left) addresses the 55th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Secretary-General is in Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the high-level segment of the 55th session of the Human Rights Council and for the high-level segment of the Conference on Disarmament.A view of participants attending the 2024 UN Civil Society Conference Town Hall. 
The Town Hall is organized by the Civil Society Unit, Department of Global Communications.An elephant dusting at Savuti Camp, near the border with Zambia. [1984]

Drought is ravaging the continent of Africa. Famine is a harsh reality for millions of people living there and animals are also suffering greatly - dry lands are abandoned as man and wildlife seek refuge elsewhere. For example, the Delta of the Okavango River in Botswana, which used to host the most diverse wildlife in Africa has run dry and the few animals left there must now share the water holes dug for them in the nearby national park.A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo.A view of a penguin at the Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva in Antarctica. The penguins are currently laying and incubating their eggs. 

Secretary-General António Guterres visited Antarctica to see the deadly impact of the climate crisis. While in Antarctica the Secretary-General saw the Collins and Nelson Glaciers, as well as the Kopaitic Island, which is home to penguins and other species which are being impacted by climate change.Jürgen Stock, Secretary-General of Interpol, briefs the press at the media stakeout prior to the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security.Drought is ravaging the continent of Africa. Famine is a harsh reality for millions of people living there and animals are also suffering greatly - dry lands are abandoned as man and wildlife seek refuge elsewhere. 
An elephant drinking at the hole dug to allow water seepage for animals to drink. Savuti Camp, near the border with Zambia.

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