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Global Day of Parents passed quietly

This was publically declared in 2012, September 17, and from then on, June 1 has annually been recognised as the Global Day of Parents.

It’s not a day restricted to one’s biological parents but an opportunity to appreciate parents and parental figures for the vital role they play in the development of families.

Global Day of Parents highlights and promotes effective parenting.

According to the UN, this observance recognises parents as vital in providing protection and positive development for their children.

​Advocates educated on human rights

Human rights as defined by UN, is the standard to live with dignity, freedom, equality, justice and peace.

Participants included advocates in sports, youth issues and the media. Netballer Lua Rikis and cricketer Chris Amini also participated in the workshop.

The UN for All, a UN Cares workshop, was aimed to provide an understanding of the basic principles of human rights.

These include universality, indivisibility, interdependence, participation, inclusion, equality and non-discrimination.

​Fellowship Program for young journalists

It will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, taking place in September this year.

In a statement, the UN said the 2017 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme is open to journalists aged between 22 and 35.

“It will provide a range of exclusive learning and networking opportunities for the most promising journalists in the world.

More North Korea sanctions? They haven't worked so far

The U.N. Security Council has been trying for more than a decade to stifle North Korea's nuclear weapons program with little success: Nuclear tests and missile launches have continued.

Sanctions imposed so far range from restrictions on the arms trade and financial services to a ban on North Korea's business of exporting statues of foreign leaders.

Here are five key areas where the U.N. has taken action since 2006, when North Korea carried out its first nuclear test:



Syria civil war: UN calls emergency talks after 'gas attack'

The attack on a rebel-held town brought furious international reaction, with the US and other powers blaming the Syrian government for the deaths.

Officials in Damascus deny using any such weapons.

The attack will overshadow a conference in Brussels at which 70 donor nations will discuss aid efforts in Syria.

Delegates want to step up humanitarian access for thousands of civilians trapped by fighting.

Syria's civil war has raged for more than six years with still no political solution in sight.

REDD+ Strategy submitted for NEC endorsement

The Government of PNG, with the support of the United Nations Development Authority (UNDP), has been developing the PNG National REDD+Strategy since 2015, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

REDD+ is an important part of PNG’s plan to take action against climate change and PNG was one of the countries that supported its inclusion in the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The strategy is on REDD+ including sustainable forest management, conservation of carbon stocks and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) for the period of 2017-2027.

What makes you happy?

The definition of happiness varies with each individual, depending on where they live or come from.

It maybe love to some, peace to another, water or food, a home, even recognition, and money or fame.

Whatever it is, the International Day of Happiness aims to promote the idea that the pursuit of happiness is universal.

In 2012, the United Nations (UN) declared March 20 to be observed as the International Day of Happiness.

Babies starving to death as Yemen calls for aid

Charity Save the Children took the images this week in the Yemeni Capital Sanaa, in the wards of the Al Sabeen Hospital.

The NGO says its teams are seeing skeletal children in Yemen's hospitals on the brink of death, so hungry they do not even have the energy to cry.

CCDA reveals constraints in data collection

CCDA national communication officer Larsen Daboyan highlighted that there’s lack of funding for effectively collecting quality data throughout Papua New Guinea.

The agriculture, forestry and land-use sector is a key source of greenhouse gas emissions for PNG.

PNG is among many countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that rectified the Paris Agreement and must report on their status on the NGHGI.

Non-payment of UN fee a disgrace: Kua

Papua New Guinea’s voting right in the UN was suspended due to non-payment of its membership fee of US$180,000 (K571,000).

"This government has been reckless and cannot hide anymore behind the excuse of commodity prices. When the previous government was thrown out illegally, our economy was buoyant despite the Great Financial Crisis that affected world economies in 2008,” Kua said.

"Therefore if the PNG UN Mission has used up its operating costs, it also means the Government has been reckless in not funding operating costs forcing the Mission to divert funds.