Rice tests for toxic arsenic in Bhutan negative

Bhutanese farmers in Paro valley transplanting rice shoots into rice paddy.

The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests carried out tests of Arsenic contents in Rice to ensure food safety as rice is a staple crop in Bhutan. Arsenic is a toxic element naturally present in our environment of which organic arsenic is safe for consumption (up to a certain […]

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UNSG’s message on the UN Public Service Day

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On United Nations Public Service Day, we recognize and celebrate the role of public service in improving peoples’ lives. The efforts of women and men engaged in public service are crucial to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Each Sustainable Development Goal is linked to the delivery of public service: from health […]

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UNSG’s remarks at the 2016 global compact leaders summit: Making global goals local business

It is a great pleasure to join you for the 2016 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit. I warmly welcome all the participants who have come to the United Nations today from the worlds of business, civil society, labour and academia, as well as the many young people who are here in force. All of you […]

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Dy. SG’s remarks on the Elimination of Sexual Violence in conflict


Your Excellency Ms. Susana Malcorra, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina, Special Representatives Bangura and Zerrougui, Ambassador Moritán Excellencies, Colleagues, Distinguished guests, Thank you all for joining us here today, to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. I thank the Government of Argentina for co-hosting this discussion […]

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UNSG’s remarks for the Comprehensive Review of UN Security Council Resolution 1540


An important tool to prevent non-state actors from acquiring weapons of mass destruction. Throughout my tenure as Secretary-General, Security Council resolution 1540 has been an important tool to prevent non-state actors from acquiring weapons of mass destruction. For twelve years, it has functioned as a fine example of international cooperation. The alliances forged between the […]

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