17 November 2017

UNHCR concerned over Israel’s refugee relocation proposals

Geneva, 17 November 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is seriously concerned by proposals announced yesterday by Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. Under these proposals, Eritreans and Sudanese asylum-seekers and refugees would be compelled to accept relocation to countries in Africa or face imprisonment in Israel. The [...]

13 November 2017

Movies on Migration from Around the World – Countdown to the 2017 Global Migration Film Festival Begins

Geneva, 13 November 2017 – From Guyana to the Philippines, filmmakers from around the globe will showcase their vision at the Global Migration Film Festival. Organized by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, the festival will take place in over 100 countries from 5 to 18 December 2017. The second edition of the annual Festival will [...]

13 November 2017

UN Secretary-General’s remarks at the 9th ASEAN-UN Summit

13 November 2017 [as delivered]  Mr Chairman, Distinguished Heads of State and Government of ASEAN, Secretary-General of ASEAN, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great honour to join you for the 9th ASEAN-UN Summit. I congratulate the Government and people of the Republic of the Philippines for your success in chairing ASEAN in [...]

13 November 2017

World Identity Network and United Nations team up to launch innovative blockchain pilot to help prevent child trafficking

13 November 2017 - ​​A first in the world, this project is part of a broader effort titled "Blockchain For Humanity", announced during the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit in New York on November 10, 2017. According to United Nations statistics, nearly half of the world's children under the age of five do not possess a birth certificate.  The global estimates [...]

10 November 2017

Accelerate climate action and raise ambition, urges UN chief

10 November 2017 – As the impact of climate change worsens around the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the global community to redouble efforts to help countries respond to climate shocks, especially the most vulnerable. “I am encouraged to see climate action taking hold, at all scales, at all levels, involving an ever-wider [...]

10 November 2017

Hostile Terrain Slows Delivery of Lifesaving Aid to Rohingya Refugees

Cox’s Bazar, 10 November 2017 – Since 25 August, an estimated 613,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, fleeing violence in Myanmar. The total refugee population in the area is now over 826,000. The makeshift sites where the Rohingyas have settled are desperately overcrowded and located on inhospitable, hilly terrain with insufficient drainage [...]

9 November 2017

WHO warns that more people will die if ports in Yemen do not reopen to humanitarian aid

Geneva, 9 November 2017 - For the fourth consecutive day, the World Health Organization’s operations in Yemen have been severely hampered due to the closure of all land, sea and air ports. “WHO and the other humanitarian agencies need immediate and unhindered humanitarian access to Yemen”, said WHO Executive Director for Emergencies Dr Peter Salama. [...]

7 November 2017

Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance

Geneva, 7 November 2017 - WHO is recommending that farmers and the food industry stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals. The new WHO recommendations aim to help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics that are important for human medicine by reducing their unnecessary use in animals. In some countries, [...]

3 November 2017

Rohingya Entry Continues in Cox’s Bazar; at Least 2,000 New Arrivals Overnight

Cox’s Bazar, 3 September 2017 - Over the last 48 hours some 4,000 Rohingya refugees crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar at the Anjumanpara border crossing point. Traumatized, hungry and fearing for their lives, the refugees had camped out in the open in an area of no-man’s land between the two countries. They crossed at low [...]

2 November 2017

WHO Global Leadership Meeting concludes with new commitment to delivering results in countries

2 September 2017 - This week more than 260 of WHO’s leaders from headquarters, regional and country offices gathered in Geneva to discuss how to transform WHO into an organization that is better able to deliver meaningful improvements in health to the world’s people. It was first time that WHO’s new Director-General, Dr Tedros [...]