19 December 2018

UNHCR welcomes agreement on migration compact

New York, Geneva, 19 December 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes today’s endorsement by the UN General Assembly of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. This comes two days on from Monday’s agreement by UN member states to a Global Compact on Refugees. The decision formally endorsing the migration [...]

18 December 2018

Remarks to General Assembly on Human Rights Defenders

18 December 2018 - Secretary-General António Guterres Today we commemorate the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted by consensus, twenty years ago. As Wangari Maathai, the late Kenyan environmental campaigner and Nobel laureate, once said: “Human rights are not things that are put on the table for people to enjoy.  These are [...]

18 December 2018

States reach historic deal for refugees and commit to more effective, fairer response

New York, 17 December 2018 - UN General Assembly agrees on an innovative global framework to better serve the forcibly displaced and their host communities. In a historic decision, the member states of the UN General Assembly today agreed on a new international framework – known as the Global Compact on Refugees – that [...]

13 December 2018

UNHCR donors commit a record US$926 million in initial pledges for refugees, internally displaced and stateless people in 2019

Geneva, 12 December 2018 - Donor governments today pledged an initial US$926 million towards the work of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in providing protection and assistance to millions of refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless people worldwide in 2019. The pledges, made at an annual donor gathering in Geneva, amount to the highest [...]

11 December 2018

UN and partners launch plan to support Syrian refugees and countries hosting them as number of Syrian refugee new-borns reaches one million mark

Amman/Geneva, 11 December 2018 - United Nations Agencies and NGO partners today released the 2019-2020 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), a USD 5.5 billion plan designed to support national efforts in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq deal with the continued impact of the Syria crisis. These neighboring countries have remained incredibly generous [...]

10 December 2018

Governments adopt UN global migration pact to help ‘prevent suffering and chaos’

10 December 2018 - Speaking at the opening intergovernmental session, Mr. Guterres, said that the Compact provides a platform for “humane, sensible, mutually beneficial action” resting on two “simple ideas”. “Firstly, that migration has always been with us, but should be managed and safe; second, that national policies are far more likely to succeed [...]

10 December 2018

Worldwide UN family celebrates enduring universal values of human rights

10 December 2018 - Speaking in Marrakesh, where over 160 Governments signed up to the first-ever global migration pact on Monday, UN chief António Guterres said that the Compact is an important step towards safety and dignity for millions of people which “sets out in practical terms how Member States and other stakeholders can respect, protect and fulfil [...]

7 December 2018

First group of refugees evacuated from new departure facility in Libya

Geneve 6 December 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in coordination with Libyan authorities, evacuated 133 refugees from Libya to Niger today after hosting them at a Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in Tripoli which opened on Tuesday. Most evacuees, including 81 women and children, were previously detained in Libya. After securing their [...]

27 November 2018

UNOPS and Vinnova launch new global innovation centre in Sweden

Copenhagen, 27 November 2018 - The UNOPS Global Innovation Centre will attract and develop startups that successfully contribute to a sustainable society. Located in the Ideon Science Park in Lund, the centre’s focus area will be on cutting-edge and disruptive technology based on engineering, mathematics, medicine, physics and science, which can have a positive [...]