16 February 2018

World leaders join new drive to beat noncommunicable diseases

Geneva, 16 February 2018 - WHO is announcing today a new high-level commission, comprised of heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The group will propose bold and innovative solutions to accelerate prevention and control of the leading killers on the planet – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart and lung [...]

15 February 2018

Over 1,000 refugees evacuated out of Libya by UNHCR

Geneva, 15 February 2018 - Since November, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has evacuated over 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees out of Libya and is looking for durable solutions for them in third countries. On Tuesday, a flight departed from Tripoli bound for, Niamey, Niger, carrying 128 refugees and on Wednesday, a second plane took [...]

14 February 2018

New UN Women report uncovers significant gaps for women’s empowerment and puts forth robust agenda to shift gears

United Nations, New York, 14 February 2018 — UN Women today launched its flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The report demonstrates through concrete evidence and data the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, and puts forth actionable recommendations on how [...]

11 February 2018

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

UN City Copenhagen, 11 February 2018 - Marking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we met Sara Lærke Meltofte Trærup, Senior Researcher in the Climate Resilient Development Programme at UNEP DTU Partnership, for a chat about her field of research and how she conceives the challenge of unequal participation by women [...]

9 February 2018

Women and children threatened by sexual violence at refugee reception centres in Greek islands – UN

9 February 2018 – Asylum seekers are reporting sexual harassment and violence at some sub-standard reception centres on Greek islands – where even bathing during the daytime can be dangerous – despite Government measures to address the dire living conditions, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday. “In 2017, UNHCR [the Office of [...]

9 February 2018

Joint message from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science on 11 February

7 February 2018 - Our future will be marked by scientific and technological progress, just like our past. That future progress will be the greatest when it draws on the full talent, creativity and ideas of women and girls in science. Most countries, industrialized or not, are far from achieving gender parity in Science, [...]

8 February 2018

Sixty five cities commit to health and well-being as drivers of urban development: two out of three people in the WHO European Region live in urban environments

Copenhagen, 8 February 2018 - Thirty seven mayors will be attending the Summit of Mayors, organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe at UN City, Copenhagen on 12–13 February, alongside a further 80 high-ranking politicians, advisers and other civic representatives from all over the world. Almost 125 million people from Paraguay [...]