16 April 2019

One year into Nicaragua crisis, more than 60,000 forced to flee their country

Geneva, 16 April 2019 - A year into Nicaragua’s political and social crisis, an estimated 62,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, with the vast majority - some 55,500 – seeking refuge in Costa Rica. Many – in what is overwhelmingly a refugee flow – have resorted to irregular crossings to avoid detection, often walking [...]

15 April 2019

One month on from Cyclone Idai, 1.6 million children still reeling from its impact – UNICEF

NEW YORK/ BEIRA/CHIMANIMANI/LILONGWE, 14 APRIL 2019 – At least 1.6 million children need urgent assistance – in healthcare, nutrition, protection, education, water and sanitation – one month after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, UNICEF said today. Any prolonged interruption in access to essential services could lead to disease outbreaks and spikes in [...]

9 April 2019

WHO urges stronger action to reduce deaths from noncommunicable diseases in Europe by one third

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 9 April 2019 - WHO “best buys” – targeted policy interventions aimed at reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – can be a game-changer for achieving target 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through which governments have committed to reducing premature deaths from NCDs by one third by 2030. The interventions [...]

8 April 2019

New coalition to tackle cooling blind spot

8 April 2019 - As global temperatures rise and the growing energy demands of air conditioning threaten to emit more greenhouse gases, over 20 leaders committed to a new global effort on clean and efficient cooling. The commitments mark the launch of the Cool Coalition, aimed at making a positive impact on climate change, [...]

7 April 2019

Statement by WHO Director-General on World Health Day 2019

Geneva, 7 April 2019 WHO was born on 7 April 1948 with a clear and ambitious vision: a world in which all people enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. Although we have made enormous progress in recent years against some of the world’s leading causes of death and disease, we still have a [...]

4 April 2019

Experts and leaders agree on key ways to mobilise accelerated action for climate and sustainable development

Copenhagen, 3 April 2019 —Participants at Copenhagen synergy conference say strengthened relationship between climate and SDGs provide our best opportunity for systemic change to ensure that no one left behind. With the urgency of climate action at an all-time high, global [...]

2 April 2019

UNHCR says Ukraine landmine risk needs urgent action

2 April 2019 - This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for increased efforts to address the dangers and legacy of [...]

1 April 2019

Declaration affirms global support for reproductive health and rights

United Nations, New York, 1 April 2019 – Ministers and representatives of Governments unanimously adopted a political declaration today reaffirming support for the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which established that reproductive health, individual rights and women’s empowerment are critical to achieving sustainable development. The declaration comes on the 25th [...]

28 March 2019

Climate and SDGs Synergy Conference in Copenhagen 1-3 April

28 March 2019 - Experts and leaders gather in Copenhagen for a global conference that aims to link climate action and sustainable development agendas more closely What: Facing the increasing urgency to limit global temperature rise to 1.5° Celsius, global experts and leaders on climate change and sustainable development will come together at UN [...]

28 March 2019

World Food Programme Executive Director urges more funding for cyclone-hit Mozambique

BEIRA/MAPUTO, 27 March 2019 – At the end of a two-day visit to Mozambique, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, David Beasley, today said the international community must step up support to victims of the recent cyclone and flooding that have devastated large areas of the country. After arriving Tuesday [...]