18 October 2018

Five actions for choice

United Nations, New York, 17 October 2018 – Across the world, choices are restricted for too many women, says UNFPA’s flagship report, The State of World Population 2018, released today. The freedom to make decisions that affect one’s health and well-being is inextricably linked to reproductive rights. Where individuals and couples are unable to decide whether [...]

16 October 2018

Don’t steal our fish!—Officials gather at UN City in Copenhagen to further the fight against fisheries crime

Copenhagen, 15 October 2018 — More than 300 representatives of governments, international organizations and NGOs from 65 countries gathered at UN City in Copenhagen today for the fourth annual FishCRIME Symposium. The event aims to switch the focus on fisheries crime from the ocean to activities on land, such as financial crime associated with illegal [...]

13 October 2018

In Bali, UN chief Guterres outlines importance of international financial cooperation for sustainable development

13 October 2018 - Addressing finance ministers and central bank governors at International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), in Bali, Indonesia, the UN chief cautioned that high debt in many countries are limiting fiscal space and taking away much needed resources vital to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “This underlines the importance of international [...]

12 October 2018

With rapid, far-reaching changes, world can prevent climate change worst-case scenarios – UN chief

12 October 2018 - “Limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees will require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society – especially how we manage land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities,” Secretary-General António Guterres, at a ministerial meeting on climate finance, in Bali, Indonesia. “That means ending deforestation and planting billions more trees; [...]

12 October 2018

UN: Investing in people key to progress in fragile times

Bali, 12 October 2018 – With the world experiencing financial volatility, and with multiple risks heightened - excessive debt, polarized politics, climate change - doubling down on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals is our best bet to advance sustainability and greater inclusion, says Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). [...]

12 October 2018

80 per cent of school children returned to school in Ebola-affected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kinshasa/Dakar/New York/Geneva, 12 October 2018 – One month after the beginning of the school year, 80 per cent of school-aged children have returned to school in Beni and Mabalako health zones, the two epicentres of the current Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). More than half of these children are girls. “All [...]

10 October 2018

Visit UN City on Culture Night 2018

25 September 2018- On October 12, UN City welcomes the public on Culture Night 2018. This year you can experience several activities in our green and platinum LEED-certified building, including a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration was adopted at the UN General Assembly on [...]

5 October 2018

A call to protect women and girls on the move

United Nations, New York, 5 October 2018 – Women and girls make up nearly half of the 258 million people worldwide who have crossed international borders to escape danger or pursue opportunity. Amidst unprecedented levels of forced displacement – with 68.5 million people driven from their homes by the end of 2017 – about half of refugees, too, are [...]

2 October 2018

South Sudan signs the 1951 Refugee Convention

2 October 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today welcomes South Sudan’s accession to the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. President Salva Kiir signed the accession instrument in Juba on Friday (September 28) after it was ratified by the Transitional National Legislative Assembly. South Sudan has become 143rd [...]