24 May 2017

UNOPS Executive Director attends World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa

At the two-day event in Jordan, Grete Faremo discussed the importance of infrastructure that responds to the immediate needs of people and societies. Grete Faremo also explored the key role that technology and innovative solutions play in helping close the gap in access to modern infrastructure, as well as redefining procurement, project delivery and [...]

24 May 2017

World Health Assembly elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General

Geneva, 23 May 2017 - Today the Member States of WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017. Prior to his election as WHO’s next Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus [...]

23 May 2017

Unlock the potential of African entrepreneurs for accelerating Africa’s industrial transformation, says the African Economic Outlook 2017

Ahmedabad, India, 22 May 2017 – African governments need to integrate entrepreneurship more fully into their industrialisation strategies, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017 released today at the African Development Bank Group’s 52ndAnnual Meetings. In 2016, Africa’s economic growth slowed down to 2.2% from 3.4% in 2015 due to low commodity prices, weak [...]

23 May 2017

Seventieth World Health Assembly opens in Geneva

Geneva, 22 May 2017 - In her final opening address to the World Health Assembly as Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan offered some advice to delegates "as you continue to shape the future of this Organization". She called on the Health Assembly to make “reducing inequalities” a guiding ethical principle. "WHO stands for fairness," she said. [...]

23 May 2017

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

22 May 2017 - The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers [...]

22 May 2017

Searching for Syria? Google and UNHCR offer answers to five top questions

New York/London/Paris/Berlin/Madrid/Geneva, 22 May 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Google are launching a powerful new website that gives global online audiences an informative and compelling insight into the Syrian refugee crisis, its staggering human cost and the world’s humanitarian response aimed at helping millions of Syrian families, forced from their homes by [...]

22 May 2017

UN refugee chief Grandi in Libya: UNHCR ramping up its humanitarian response

Geneva, 21 May 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today that it is stepping up its presence and programmes in Libya in response to the worsening humanitarian crisis resulting from conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy in the North African country. Amid the increasing complexity of refugee and migrant movements through [...]

19 May 2017

Minamata Convention on Mercury to enter into force

New York, 18 May 2017 -The European Union and seven of its Member States, namely Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania and Sweden, have deposited their instruments of ratification with the Office of Legal Affairs at the UN Headquarters in New York, bringing to 51 the current number ratifying the Minamata Convention on [...]

18 May 2017

Diversity is Destiny! We Make our Future and Diversity Makes Us

Switzerland, 18 May 2017 - Cultural diversity is the driving force of modern life, has a crucial role in development and underpins the wealth of nations. We will celebrate it this week by observing World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Migration Agency, considers human [...]

17 May 2017

Azraq, the world’s first refugee camp powered by renewable energy

Azraq, 17 May 2017 - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, switched on today the newly constructed solar plant in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp. Funded by the IKEA Foundation’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, the solar farm has brought renewable power to a population that lived for two and a half years with only sporadic access [...]