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Secretary-General António Guterres (left) with Albert Ramdin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Suriname, plant a young mangrove tree in the Weg Naar Zee mangrove rehabilitation site in Suriname.
Weg Naar Zee, an easily accessible coastal area of about 10,000 acres situated north-west of Paramaribo and part of the 386 kms of the mainly muddy coastal zone of Suriname, has suffered from extreme erosion which has resulted in an absence of soft sling mud, a preferred foraging habitat for shorebirds.Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, briefs reporters ahead of the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.A view of participants during the first international celebration of World Kiswahili Language Day. July 7th was declared World Kiswahili Language Day at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference in November 2021.A group photo ahead of the General Assembly informal meeting of the plenary to mark the observance of Nelson Mandela International Day.

From left to right are: 
Meghan and Prince Harry, The Duchess and Duke of Sussex; Mondli Gungubele, Minister in the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa; Maria Theofili, Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations; Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed; Abdulla Shahid, President of the seventy-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly; Morissanda Kouyaté, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guinea; and Eric L. Adams, Mayor of New York City.

The 2020 UN Nelson Mandela Prize is awarded to Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis of Greece and Morissanda Kouyaté, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guinea.Gustavo Zlauvinen, President of the Review Conference for the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), briefs reporters after the opening of the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1-26 August).A Sing For Hope piano designed with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is placed in the Visitors Area of the General Assembly building. 

Sing For Hope is a global arts initiative that produces artist-designed pianos; places them in public spaces for anyone and everyone to enjoy; then transports and activates them year-round in permanent homes in schools, hospitals, transit hubs, refugee camps, and community-based organizations.Lucas di Grassi, Formula-E champion and Clean Air Advocate of the UN Environment Programme, visits UN Headquarters. Mr. Di Grassi will compete in the FIA Formula E World Championship in New York City 16 – 17 July.Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America, briefs reporters after addressing the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1-26 August).Giselle (second from left) of the K-pop group aespa delivers a message during the high-level Political Forum on sustainable development convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council 2022 session (5-15 July). The Forum is held under the theme: “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.Barbara Woodward (centre left), Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, speaks with Linda Thomas-Greenfield (centre right), Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, ahead of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya.  

The Security Council adopted resolution 2647 (2022) extending the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until 31 October 2022. The resolution was adopted with 12 votes in favour, none against and 3 abstentions (Gabon, Ghana and Kenya).Secretary-General António Guterres briefs reporters on the Black Sea Grain Initiative and the first grain shipment from Ukraine since February.
"This ship – the Merchant Vessel Razoni – is loaded with two commodities in short supply: corn, and hope. Hope for millions of people around the world who depend on the smooth running of Ukraine’s ports to feed their families," said the Secretary-General.Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of August, briefs reporters on the programme of work of the  Security Council for the month.Secretary-General António Guterres (centre right) speaks with Courtenay Rattray (left), Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General and staff between meetings.At an international garden party given at UN Guest House, to raise funds for the International School, Ralph J. Bunche Jr. (far left), and Ralph J. Bunche Sr. (far right) ""take friends for a ride"".Nelson Mandela, Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa, raises his fist in the air while addressing the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall.Secretary-General António Guterres leaving the signing ceremony of the "Initiative on the Safe Transportation of Grain and Foodstuffs from Ukrainian Ports Document" at the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Türkiye. He is greeted by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Türkiye (standing).Secretary-General António Guterres (left) and Ann Christin Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, attends the inaugural ceremony of the Abused Ammunition Sculpture.  

The sculpture is made by artist Thommy Bremberg in memory of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan. Their murder was an assault on the values of the United Nations – an attack on the mission that countless women and men around the world risk their lives every day to uphold, said the Secretary-General. The Abused Ammunition sculpture honours the mission by imagining the sorrow of inanimate objects – in this case, bullets – over the part they play in death and destruction.Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, attends her last Security Council meeting as Permanent Representative of Ireland. 

The Security Council met on the maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine.Fouad Hussein (front), Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq, and his delegation leave the Security Council Chamber after the Council meeting on the situation concerning Iraq. At his right is Mohammed Hussein Bahr Aluloom, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations.Shinzo Abe (centre right), Prime Minister of Japan, and Li Keqiang (lower centre, profile), Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, are seen on the sidelines of the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session.Peter Thomson, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, poses for a selfie during the closing ceremony of the United Nations 2022 Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.  
The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference is seeking to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.

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