10 August 2018

Former Chilean President Bachelet put forward by UN chief as next High Commissioner for Human Rights

10 August 2018 - She has twice been President of Chile, and on Wednesday, ground-breaking politician and women’s rights champion, Michelle Bachelet was nominated by the United Nations chief António Guterres for the key post of High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Secretary-General nominated Ms. Bachelet after consulting widely with the Chairs of the regional groups of Member States.  [...]

9 August 2018

Third time running: UNOPS receives award for distinction in sustainable procurement

7 August 2018 - UNOPS receives the gold level from the world's leading purchasing and supply association and remains the only United Nations organization to achieve this honour. “UNOPS deserves special commendation for achieving gold three years in a row […]. They are the only organization to have reached this level consistently and were particularly [...]

8 August 2018

UNHCR and UNDP urge tangible progress to improve conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Geneva/New York, 8 August 2018 - Joint UNHCR/UNDP Press Release Two months since the signing of the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNHCR, UNDP, and the Government of Myanmar, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and UNDP, the UN’s development agency, are both urging Myanmar authorities to make tangible progress to improve conditions in Rakhine [...]

7 August 2018

World Food Programme Executive Director calls for peace and stability in Sudan

Khartoum, 7 August 2018 – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today concluded a three-day visit to Sudan, his first to the country since he assumed leadership of the UN food agency in April 2017. Beasley met ministers and officials in the Government of Sudan to discuss WFP’s [...]

3 August 2018

Global Health Histories Seminar – Polio, Immunisation and Universal Health Coverage

WHO Regional Office for Europe & WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories at the University of York present Global Health Histories Seminar 110. 25 September 2018, 13.30-15.00 Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, UK In 1988 the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio by the year 2000, in what [...]

2 August 2018

Secretary-General Appoints Jens Wandel of Denmark Special Adviser to Secretary-General on Reforms

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Jens Wandel of Denmark as Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Reforms. The Secretary-General has decided to establish a reform coordination structure under the joint leadership of the Deputy Secretary-General and the Chef de Cabinet to ensure a unified and cohesive change management programme [...]

31 July 2018

3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life

New York/Geneva, 31 July 2018 – An estimated 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, say UNICEF and WHO in a new report. Most of these babies are [...]

31 July 2018

With Public and Private Sectors at Odds, Traffickers Win. Let’s Work Together to Protect Victims.

30 July 2018 By William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General   The world’s workforce has never been more mobile - from the gardener in California to the banker in Singapore. Whether it’s the dishwasher in Rome or the designer in London, we recognize human ambition is on the move; everyone – skilled or unskilled, with work [...]