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United Nations 29 May 2020

UN Chief on the Commemoration of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2020


Opening remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations on the Commemoration of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2020 - Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace.

"(...)The pandemic has required us to hold the ceremonies for the Military Gender Advocate Award and the Dag Hammarskjold Medal virtually.
But what the virus has not changed is the service, sacrifice and selflessness of the more than 95,000 women and men serving in 13 peacekeeping operations around the world.
Every day, our peacekeepers continue to protect vulnerable local populations, support dialogue and implement their mandates while fighting COVID-19. 
They are doing everything they can to be an integral part of the solution to this crisis while keeping themselves - and the communities they serve - safe.
As always, they give the United Nations family many reasons to be proud.
But the virus is not the only threat that our peacekeepers face. Hostile acts, improvised explosive devices, accidents and diseases continue to take a heavy toll.
Today, with the awarding of the Dag Hammarskjold medal, we pay tribute to the 83 military, police and civilian personnel from 39 countries who lost their lives last year serving in UN peace operations.
I honor their memory and express my deepest condolences to their families. I hope that this medal offers them a measure of comfort (...)" - António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations [Excerpt].

The Permanent Mission of India in New York is commemorating the International Day of Yoga on 19 June 2020. The celebrations are marked at a time when the global outbreak of COVID-19 has upended lives and disrupted lifestyles of people across the world. Working from home, home-schooling of children, lack of physical contact with friends and colleagues have become the new realities of life. Adapting to such lifestyle changes have been particularly challenging.
Studies indicate that there has been a rise in depression, anxiety, and fear than normal among people during these changing times. The increasing psychological suffering, mental health problems and the mental health dimension of this pandemic needs to be effectively addressed.
The message of Yoga in promoting physical and mental health and the well-being of humanity have never been more relevant. There is a growing trend of people all over the world embracing Yoga to fight social isolation and depression during the pandemic. Yoga can also play a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19  patients in quarantine and isolation. They are particularly useful in allaying their fears and anxiety.
Recognizing this important role of Yoga, the Permanent Mission of India, together with Yoga gurus and therapists, has created a special Yoga module,  "Yoga for Health - Yoga at Home", on the occasion of 6th International Day of Yoga. The module is a safe set of Yoga practices, based on available scientific evidences, designed for all age-groups, which can be practiced from their homes.
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Press Conference by the President of the 74th session of the General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande will be holding a virtual press conference on Monday 22 June, 2020. The President will talk about the Ceremony to Commemorate the Signing of the Charter of the United Nations on June 26th and the High-Level Meeting on Poverty Eradication on June 30th and will answer questions from the journalists.

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