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Geir O. Pedersen (centre), United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, meet with Ahmad Kuzbari, Government Co-Chair (left) and Hadi AlBhara, Opposition Co-Chair, during the Syrian Constitutional Committee meeting in Geneva.Secretary-General António Guterres briefs reporters on the situation in Afghanistan.
"Despite financial shortfalls, logistical challenges, and an increasingly complex geo-political situation, we are undertaking a massive humanitarian operation in the country. I am particularly proud of the work of our colleagues, the vast majority of whom are Afghan nationals," said the Secretary-General.Geir O. Pedersen, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, addresses the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva.Angela and Jennifer Chun perform at the UN Day Concert 2021 on the theme "Building Back Together for Peace and Prosperity". The Concert is sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations.Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) holds virtual meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission on the Common Agenda.Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and  and President of the Security Council for the month of October, briefs reporters after the Security Council meeting on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, with a focus on diversity, state building and the search for peace.Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, briefs reporters on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.Shukria Dini (on screens), Co-founder and Executive Director, Somali Women’s Studies Centre, addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Somalia.BTS, Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture of the Republic of Korea, makes remarks and performs during the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Moment.  

The SDG Moment serves to place a  spotlight on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is held at the beginning of the United Nation’s General Assembly’s High-Level Week. It takes place as the world experiences a deeply uneven response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which risks creating a two-tier recovery with significant implications for the advancement of the SDGs, especially in developing countries.The Interspecies Assembly, a public art project commissioned by ART 2030, a non-profit organization which unites art with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will project the filmwork, Vertical Migration, onto the northern façade of the UN Secretariat building nightly from 22 to 24 September. The projections was created by SUPERFLEX, a Danish art collective. It shows the movement of Siphonophores in the ocean’s deep sea. The marine creatures, which function not as a single, physically connected body but a colony of organisms keeping an underwater society alive, illustrate the necessity and impact of working together, and in harmony with nature.Secretary-General António Guterres (right) meets with former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.A wide view of the conference room as Sofiane Mimouni (seated at left), Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations, pays a farewell call on Secretary-General António Guterres (second from right).Secretary-General António Guterres briefs reporters after the Security Council meeting on peace and security in Africa.Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (right) meets with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.A view of Abdulla Shahid, President of the seventy-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly, in the corridor at UN Headquarters during the third day of the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-sixth session.Raychelle Omamo, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya and President of the Security Council for the month of October, briefs reporters after the Security Council open debate on women and peace and security.Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar (left) meeting today at Headquarters with Nobel Peace Prize-winner Bishop Desmond Tutu (right) of South Africa, and Mrs. Tutu.A view of the United Nations flag outside the General Assembly Hall during the fourth day of the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-sixth session.Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed speaks at the Global Citizen Live event in Central Park in New York City.Secretary-General António Guterres (second from right) visits the exhibit entitled, “In Their Hands: Women Taking Ownership of Peace” at UN Headquarters. At right is Raychelle Omamo, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya and President of the Security Council for the month of October, and at left is Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The exhibition portrays 14 women from the Middle East, South America and Africa who have mediated with armed groups, participated in peace talks, advanced political solutions and advocated for women’s rights, alongside the women photographers who captured their stories. It invites visitors to discover some of the many women bringing and maintaining peace.Edith Lederer, Associated Press chief correspondent for the United Nations, asks a question during the briefing by Andrew Kirkwood, Acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the United Nations in Myanmar, on the situation in Myanmar.Raychelle Omamo, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya and President of the Security Council for the month of October, chairs the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Great Lakes region. The Council hears a Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region.Soprano Youngok Shin performs at the UN Day Concert 2021 on the theme "Building Back Together for Peace and Prosperity". The Concert is sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations.UN Headquarters in New York lit up blue for two nights, beginning 23 October when the annual UN Day concert was held, and concluding on 24 October, celebrated as UN Day since 1948. Starting in New Zealand, and moving in a wave around the world, some 300 sites around the world lit themselves blue to join the global commemoration, including iconic landmarks such as Australia's Sydney Opera House to the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and from the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro to the Empire State Building in New York. Other sites included Russia's Hermitage Museum, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, Edinburgh Castle and Central Hall Westminster in the United Kingdom, Table Mountain in South Africa, Japan's SkyTree Tower and the Alhambra in Spain, among many others.
The UN Secretariat Headquarters building in New York City lit up in “UN Blue”A group of women from Afghanistan brief reporters in the context of the Security Council open debate on Women, Peace and Security.

From left to right: Asila Wardak, former Diplomat; Fawzia Koofi, former Republic Peace Negotiator and first woman Deputy Speaker of Parliament; Mariam Safi, Executive Director of DROPS; Naheed Fareed, former Afghan Parliamentarian and Chairperson of House Standing Committee for Human Rights, Civil Society and Women Affairs.

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