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 [...]

16 April 2019

Invitation – Technology, Innovation & the End of Hunger

UN City Copenhagen, 16 April 2019 - 821 million people go to bed hungry every night and eradicating hunger has become one of the most important challenges of our time. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is working every day around the world to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. In a fast-moving world, the [...]

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 [...]

12 April 2019

Remarks on the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

12 April 2019 Secretary-General António Guterres I am honoured to be with you on this solemn and moving occasion. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. In one of the darkest chapters in recent human history, more than one million people – overwhelmingly Tutsi, but also moderate [...]

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 [...]