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Lebanon participates in World Cleanup Day initiative

Under the umbrella of a mounting garbage crisis, this much-needed initiative served as a reminder for the Lebanese not to wait for politicians and to start taking action.

Over 25 locations in Lebanon joined World Cleanup Day, a global positive civic action taking place on Saturday for the first time who welcomed energetic volunteers joining forces to clean up public areas and beaches.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan laid to rest in Ghana; Guterres hails ‘exceptional global leader’

Like few today, former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, could “bring people together, put them at ease, and unite them towards a common goal”, said the current UN chief, António Guterres on Thursday, speaking at his predecessor’s funeral in Ghana.

“Since the shock of Kofi’s death, I have been reflecting on what made him so special,” Mr. Guterres told those assembled, saying he was “both one-of-a-kind and one of us.” 

The only UN chief to have emerged from the ranks of its staff, passed away after a short illness on 18 August.  He was 80.

Cancer is a growing global threat and prevention is key, UN study shows

More than 18 million new cases of cancer are expected this year and it’s estimated that 9.6 million people will die from various forms of the disease in 2018, the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said on Wednesday.

According to IARC, a specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, the disease is a growing global health threat.

UNIC Beirut supports “Changemaker Festival” Lebanon to empower youth

The “Changemaker Festival”, which aims at bridging the gap between youth and the education sector on the one hand, and entrepreneurship and its impact on them on the other, convened for the first time in Lebanon on 8-9 September under the patronage of Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and in collaboration with the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut.

‘Sanctity of human civilian life’ in Idlib must win out, urges UN Syria Envoy

With the ingredients for a “perfect storm” brewing in the Syrian province of Idlib, the international community cannot allow civilians there to succumb to such a fate, the UN Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Friday.

Speaking from Geneva, where he is based, Staffan de Mistura briefed the 15 ambassadors on the intensified military presence and increased airstrikes in the northwestern region, which have prompted fears of a potential humanitarian catastrophe in the last rebel stronghold in the country.

Security Council must work towards ‘common approach’ as investigations continue into alleged Syria chemical attack

Experts continue to gather information related to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, earlier this year, the UN’s nuclear disarmament chief told the Security Council on Thursday. 

Izumi Nakamitsu updated ambassadors on these developments and the implementation of a five-year-old Council resolution calling for the destruction of the country’s chemical weapons programme.