21 June 2018

What did the UN buy for $18.6 billion in 2017

21 June 2018 - The Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement examines the combined spending on goods and services of 40 UN organizations, compiled by UNOPS on behalf of the UN system. “With a purchasing power of more than $18 billion, the UN system has the potential to significantly advance sustainable development through [...]

20 June 2018

On World Refugee Day cities worldwide stand #WithRefugees

Geneva, 20 June 2018 - Today on World Refugee Day (June 20), mayors from more than 50 cities around the world, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Los Angeles, Manchester, Mexico City, New York, São Paulo and Sydney, are calling for more local authorities and municipalities to join them in welcoming and including refugees in their [...]

20 June 2018

Roadmap to healthier, cleaner oceans adopted by UN Environment and European Commission

Brussels, 20 June 2018 – To address the threats of pollution, marine litter and overfishing, UN Environment and the European Commission today adopted the ‘2018 Oceans roadmap 2.0’, an agreement to support the conservation of marine biodiversity and ecosystems and keep our oceans healthy, productive and resilient. The Roadmap 2.0 on Healthy, Productive and Resilient Oceans sees [...]

19 June 2018

Commemorating the impact of Semmelweis’ work on global health

19 June 2018 - The year 2018 has been designated the Ignác Semmelweis Memorial Year in Hungary. It marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the man credited with saving more lives than any other physician in history. Semmelweis’s discoveries and achievements, including the introduction of effective handwashing protocols for medical procedures, brought [...]

19 June 2018

Forced displacement above 68m in 2017, new global deal on refugees critical

Geneva, 19 June 2018 - Wars, other violence and persecution drove worldwide forced displacement to a new high in 2017 for the fifth year in a row, led by the crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan’s war, and the flight into Bangladesh from Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. [...]

18 June 2018

Waste-to-energy where it is needed the most

18 June 2018 - Waste management and access to energy services are important development issues throughout the world. In humanitarian contexts however, they are often not sufficiently considered. Current solutions tend to address the immediate needs, but do not always consider the longer-term impacts and future needs. Insufficient supply of energy and unsafe waste [...]

11 June 2018

Remarks to General Assembly on the election of the President of the General Assembly for its seventy-third session

5 June 2018 - Secretary-General António Guterres Mr. President of the General Assembly, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me start by expressing my deep appreciation to His Excellency Miroslav Lajčák for his dedicated service and leadership as President of the General Assembly. This has been a productive session, underscored with last week’s milestone resolution on the [...]

7 June 2018

New DKK 4bn fund contributes to UN Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries

7 June 2018 - Today, six pension funds and IFU signed an agreement to establish the Danish SDG Investment Fund, which will contribute to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries and promote the sale of Danish know-how and technology. The current capital commitment is DKK 4.1bn, and it is expected that [...]

6 June 2018

First Ever TEDx Event in a Refugee Camp to Take Place in Kenya on 9 June

6 June 2018 - The world’s first TEDx event in a refugee camp will take place at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in the Kenyan northern county of Turkana on 9 June from 10:00am to 3:30pm (EAT). TEDxKakumaCamp will feature local and international speakers exploring the theme - Thrive. Their talks will revolve around innovation, [...]