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50 years ago this month Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled to the US with the American Red Cross as a young Korean to learn the value of service. During that trip, he and other young people met with President John F Kennedy and that was when he resolved to embark on a life of public service. This weekend he'll meet up other programme participants for their 50th reunion!

24 January... In 1946, the first resolution of the #UN General Assembly included the goal of eliminating #atomic weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction.

The UN joins the world in celebrating the life of Brazilian architect Oscar #Niemeyer, a key figure in the design and building of #UNHQ in #NYC. Read full story Mr. Niemeyer is shown here, second from right, in 1947 with other members of the #UNHQ design team.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is meeting up with friends who joined him on an American Red Cross Operation VISTA programme 50 years ago.

51 years ago today, 18 September, Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld died in service to the UN. We remember him today and always. Prior to taking up his posts as Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson discussed the legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld on the 50th anniversary of his death in a 2011 lecture called “Peace, Development and Human Rights: The Indispensable Connection” now available online.