Janaina Tewaney Mencomo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama, briefs reporters after Panama today was elected non-permanent member of the Security Council for 2025 – 2026.

The General Assembly today elected five new non-permanent members of the Security Council to serve for the period of 1 January 2025 - 31 December 2026. The Assembly elected Denmark, Greece, Pakistan, Panama, and Somalia. All five candidates have served on the Council previously: Pakistan seven times, Panama five times, Denmark four times, Greece twice, and Somalia once. All the regional groups were running uncontested elections this year, known as a “clean slate”.A view of participants during the high level event to celebrate 49 years of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the theme “Regionalism, democracy and sustainable development in West Africa: building blocks to strengthening multilateralism”.Filippo Grandi (left), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, arrives to brief the Security Council.Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) poses for a photo with Sean M. Decatur (right), President of the American Museum of Natural History, and Michael R. Bloomberg, Former Mayor of New York City, at the American Museum of Natural History. 

The Secretary-General delivered a special address on Climate Action “A Moment of Truth".Tor Wennesland (left), Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General, speaks with Mathu Joyini (centre), Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations, and Majed S. F. Bamya, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, during the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.Joonkook Hwang, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of June, chairs the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security. 

The Council considered a Letter dated 24 May 2024 from the Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant addressed to the President of the Security Council.Lucy Liu, Children's Advocate for the 
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and actress, producer, director and artist, holds up her duck built with LEGO bricks during the panel discussion on the International Day of Play  (11th June). Casper Aarlit Jensen, Senior Facilitation Manager at LEGO Foundation, asked participants to build a duck with the help of six pieces of LEGO bricks at the start of the panel discussion. 

The first-ever International Day of Play marks a significant milestone in efforts to preserve, promote, and prioritize playing so that all people, especially children, can reap the rewards and thrive to their full potential. Beyond recreation, it is a universal language spoken by people of all ages, transcending national, cultural, and socio-economic boundaries. Play helps children develop the cognitive, physical, creative, social, and emotional skills they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

The event is co-organized by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with Permanent Missions of Bulgaria, El Salvador, Jamaica, Kenya, Luxembourg and Viet Nam.Kofi Kinaata, musician and songwriter from Ghana and National Goodwill Ambassador for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), addresses the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) 2024 on the theme “Facilitating Regular Pathways to a Better Future: Harnessing the Power of Migration”.

The event is organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).A detailed view of the sculpture "Arrival" in the garden of UN Headquarters. The sculpture is created by John Behan and was a gift of the people of Ireland to the United Nations.A view of the celebration of the first World Football Day (25 May). 

From left to right: Maurizio Massari, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations; Yoka Brandt, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations; Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations; and Vanessa Frazier, Permanent Representative of Malta to the United Nations, pose for a selfie during the event. 

Sports have been instrumental in promoting peace globally and have played a pivotal role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Football, as a prominent global sport, holds a unique position. Beyond mere recreation, it is a universal language spoken by people of all ages, transcending national, cultural, and socio-economic boundaries. Football's broad appeal and accessibility make it a potent tool for promoting health and well-being as well.The General Assembly today elected Philemon Yang of Cameroon as President of the seventy-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly. The President was elected by acclamation. During a dialogue with Assembly members in May, then candidate Yang, highlighted his theme for the 79th session as “unity in diversity, for the advancement of peace, sustainable development, and human dignity for everyone everywhere”.  

Philemon Yang, President-elect of the seventy-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly, addresses the Assembly.Cheryl Pearce (left), Acting Military Advisor of the Office of Military Affairs (OMA) at UN Headquarters, visits the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to meet with Mission leadership and peacekeepers. The Acting Military Advisor visited Bor in Jonglei State, where she engaged with the Sector East peacekeepers and received operational briefings on their challenges and achievements. 

Ms. Pearce sits inside an all-terrain vehicle which is being used to increase mobility to support the mandate of UNMISS. At right is Rajesh Kumar from India, serving with UNMISS.Geir Pedersen, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, briefs reporters after the Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria.Cheryl Pearce, Acting Military Advisor of the Office of Military Affairs (OMA) at UN Headquarters, visits the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to meet with Mission leadership and peacekeepers. The Acting Military Advisor visited Bor in Jonglei State, where she engaged with the Sector East peacekeepers and received operational briefings on their challenges and achievements, as well as a demonstration of an all-terrain vehicle which is being used to increase mobility to support the mandate of UNMISS.

Ms. Pearce is interviewed by Radio Miraya, UNMISS’s radio station at Tomping Camp in Juba.Elizabeth Salmón, Special Rapporteur on the situation on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, briefs the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed holds up a conch as she meets with fishermen that are part of an organized community called Fisherfolk Association in Antigua and Barbuda. 

The Deputy Secretary-General attended the fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4), held from 27 to 30 May 2024 in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.Security Council adopts Resolution 2735 (2024). The Resolution welcomes the new ceasefire proposal announced on May 31, which Israel accepted, calls upon Hamas to also accept it, and urges both parties to fully implement its terms without delay and without condition. The Resolution further notes that the implementation of this proposal would enable the following outcomes spread over three phases: Phase 1: an immediate, full, and complete ceasefire with the release of hostages including women, the elderly and the wounded, the return of the remains of some hostages who have been killed, the exchange of Palestinian prisoners, withdrawal of Israeli forces from the populated areas in Gaza, the return of Palestinian civilians to their homes and neighborhoods in all areas of Gaza, including in the north, as well as the safe and effective distribution of humanitarian assistance at scale throughout the Gaza Strip to all Palestinian civilians who need it, including housing units delivered by the international community; Phase 2: upon agreement of the parties, a permanent end to hostilities, in exchange for the release of all other hostages still in Gaza, and a full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza; and; Phase 3: the start of a major multi-year reconstruction plan for Gaza and the return of the remains of any deceased hostages still in Gaza to their families. The Resolution further rejects any attempt at demographic or territorial change in the Gaza Strip, including any actions that reduce the territory of Gaza, as well as reiterates its unwavering commitment to the vision of the two-State solution where two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders, consistent with international law and relevant UN resolutions, and in this regard stresses the importance of unifying the Gaza Strip with the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority. The Resolution was adopted with 14 votes in favour and one abstention (Russian Federation). 

A view of Council members voting in favour of the resolution.Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, briefs the Security Council.Children jump rope in a rubble-strewn street in the Delmas 32 neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is continuing to work with national and international agencies to clear Port-au-Prince of the piles of debris left over from the earthquake that struck the city on 12 January, 2010.Secretary-General António Guterres (left) speaks with Femi Oke during an event on Climate Action, “A Moment of Truth" at the American Museum of Natural History.Geir Pedersen (right), Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, speaks with Filippo Grandi (second from left), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, outside of the Security Council Chamber.A Military Officer attends the wreath laying ceremony in honour of fallen Peacekeepers at the Peacekeeping Memorial at UN Headquarters.Nick Herd, activist, actor and talk show host, leads the UN News team as its first ever guest editor for the live blog on the opening day of the 17th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP17) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The COSP17 takes place at UN Headquarters from 11 to 13 June 2024.

Mr. Herd, who is from Canada, was born with Down syndrome. He is passionate about disability rights and his mission is to amplify voices and drive change.Eganam Segbefia plays Taps during the wreath laying ceremony in honour of fallen Peacekeepers at the Peacekeeping Memorial at UN Headquarters.

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