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13.05.2016 - This week's #PhotoFriday highlights some of the most important UN news stories from around the world.

Knotted gun outside UNHQ

The “Non-Violence” (or “Knotted Gun”) sculpture that stands at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo: UN Photo

Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, who created the sculpture that stands at UN Headquarters in New York, sadly passed away on Tuesday 3 May at the age of 81.

A gift from Luxembourg to the UN, the artist designed the piece in 1980 following the murder of his friend, John Lennon. The sculpture, which consists of a large replica of a 45-calibre revolver with the barrel tied into a bullet-blocking knot, is an iconic symbol of peace.

Today, visitors to UN Headquarters from around the globe continue to appreciate and connect to the cherished piece and its powerful message. 

Ban Ki moon holding a palm seed

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek (right) hold a palm seed at the Primeval Palm forest during his trip to Praslin Island to visit the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. Photo: UN Photo

The Secretary-General visited the Seychelles on 7-8 May, where he met with President James Michel and Foreign Minister Joël Morgan and addressed the National Assembly. The Secretary-General also visited the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its biodiversity.

Participant at 15th Indigenous Peoples Forum

A young participant at the opening ceremony of the Fifteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Photo: UN Photo

More than 1,000 indigenous participants from all regions of the world attended the fifteenth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at UN Headquarters from 9 to 20 May. The issues of peace and conflict, often relating to indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources, and to their rights and distinct identities, were at the forefront of the discussions during this year’s session. 

Aid worker in Timor

Nadia Hadi (right), UN Humanitarian Affairs Officer, coordinates the provision of humanitarian assistance with the manager of a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in East Timor. Photo: UN Photo

On 10 May, as part of the lead up to the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, taking place in Istanbul, Turkey on 23-24 May 2016, the UN Photo Library launched a small gallery of UN photos representing humanitarian assistance at the United Nations throughout the years. In addition to a number of striking archival images, the gallery highlights Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's recent trips to areas around the world in dire need of humanitarian action. @WHSummit #‎ShareHumanity. The full gallery can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1UMGAfM

Woman breastfeeding

A woman breast-feeds her baby shortly after arriving at the Batanga Transit Centre. Photo: UNHCR/L.Baumann

On 10 May in Geneva, the Palais des Nations there was a press conference on the launch of a new report by WHO, UNICEF and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) which revealed that of the 194 countries analysed in the report, 135 have in place some form of legal measure related to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes and subsequent resolutions adopted by the World Health Assembly (the Code). This is up from 103 countries in 2011.

The Code calls on countries to protect breastfeeding by stopping the inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes (including infant formula), feeding bottles and teats. It also aims to and ensure breast-milk substitutes are used safely when they are necessary.

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