4 July 2018

Ben Stiller appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

Guatemala City/Geneva, 2 July 2018  - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today announced the appointment of actor, director, producer and philanthropist Ben Stiller as its newest global Goodwill Ambassador. The announcement comes today as Stiller concludes a trip with UNHCR to Guatemala, where he met some of the men, women and children from the [...]

29 June 2018

António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino elected as new Director General of UN Migration Agency

Geneva, 29 June 2018 - On Friday 29 June 2018, the member states of the IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, elected Portugal’s António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino as the International Organization for Migration’s next Director General. Mr. Vitorino, 61 (DOB 12 January 1957), succeeds the United States’ William Lacy Swing, who is leaving [...]

26 June 2018

Remarks to the General Assembly debate on the responsibility to protect

25 June 2018 - Remarks by Secretary-General António Guterres I welcome this formal debate of the General Assembly on the responsibility to protect.  The first as it was said, since 2009. Such discussion is more critical today than ever as we strive together to protect people from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. [...]

25 June 2018

Harnessing New Data Sources Responsibly For Effective Migration Policy

25 June 2018 - Today the European Commission and the International Organization for Migration launch the Big Data for Migration Alliance (BD4M), a global initiative to unlock the potential of big data sources and provide valuable insights related to migration. One of the main challenges to effective migration policies is working with traditional statistics, [...]

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. [...]