20 September 2017

President of UN General Assembly urges world leaders to engage in working for the people

19 September 2017 – Opening the annual general debate, the President of the United Nations General Assembly today stressed the need for more work on prevention, a greater focus on people, and keeping promises made to advance prosperity and protect the planet. “We are spending too much time and money reacting to conflicts, and not enough [...]

20 September 2017

Repair ‘world in pieces’ and create ‘world at peace,’ UN chief Guterres urges global leaders

19 September 2017 – Addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres today spotlighted several threats – including the nuclear peril, climate change, and ongoing conflicts – that must be overcome to create a better world for all. “We are a world in pieces. We need to be a world [...]

19 September 2017

UN General Assembly’s annual debate to ‘focus on people,’ ensuring decent life for all

18 September 2017 – Global leaders gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York this week for the annual round of top-level diplomatic talks known as the General Debate will shine a spotlight on the needs of the world’s people, with discussions on vital issues such as sustainable development and climate change, and set the stage [...]

18 September 2017

Visionary Nigerian teacher wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

Geneva, 18 September 2017 - Mediator who helped gain release of Chibok girls wins humanitarian honour for opening schools amid conflict in north-eastern Nigeria. Zannah Mustapha, a champion for the rights of displaced children growing up amid violence in north-eastern Nigeria to get a quality education, has been named the 2017 winner of UNHCR’s [...]

15 September 2017

UNHCR welcomes launch of Olympic Refuge Foundation

Geneva, 15 September 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today warmly welcomed the launch by the International Olympic Committee of the Olympic Refuge Foundation, with the aim of creating safe sport facilities and developing sport activities for refugee, displaced and vulnerable children. “UNHCR is fully supportive of this excellent initiative, which will improve [...]

13 September 2017

First UN Migration Recipe Book Launched in Vienna as Part of “Together” Campaign

Vienna, 13 September 2017 - To celebrate the benefits of migration in our daily lives IOM, the UN Migration Agency's Regional Office in Vienna has compiled a cookbook with traditional recipes from across much of Southeast and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The recipe book was launched this week at the Vienna International Centre under [...]

13 September 2017

UNHCR Chief Visits Hungary, calls for greater access to asylum, end to detention and more solidarity with refugees

Budapest, 12 September 2017 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called on Hungary to improve access for people seeking asylum and to do away with its so-called border “transit zones,” which he said are in effect detention centres.In Budapest, he met Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó and Interior Sándor Pintér and stressed that [...]

13 September 2017

UN chief calls for action on Myanmar and DPR Korea; launches reform initiatives

13 September 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine state to be granted nationality or at least a legal status that would allow them to lead a normal life, while also urging the international community to help provide assistance for the nearly 380,000 people who have fled [...]

12 September 2017

The Secretary-General’s remarks at opening of 72nd session of the General Assembly [as delivered]

12 September 2017  Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me begin by once again congratulating our new President of the General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák. He and I have had good discussions in recent months about our shared hopes for this session. I have no doubt the Assembly is in very capable hands. His experience, his [...]