22 March 2018

Environment and Health Task Force meeting kicks off national planning in 7 key areas

22 March 2018 - Last year, countries in the WHO European Region adopted the Ostrava Declaration, which commits them to make visible, measurable and equitable progress on environment and health in 7 priority areas. In order to do this, Member States agreed to develop national portfolios of actions on environment and health by the [...]

22 March 2018

Food crises continue to strike, and acute hunger intensifies

Rome, 22 March 2018 – A new report out today sounds the alarm regarding surging levels of acute hunger. Some 124 million people in 51 countries were affected by acute food insecurity during 2017 — 11 million more people than the year before — according to the latest edition of the Global Report on Food [...]

21 March 2018

Remarks at tree-planting ceremony on the occasion of the international day of forests

21 March 2018 - António Guterres It is a pleasure to be here to mark this day as part of the Netherlands’ Presidency of the Security Council. High-level debates in the Security Council may sometimes seem divorced from grassroots issues. Today, we are literally looking at grassroots. I was supposed to get my hands dirty, [...]

21 March 2018

World looks to nature-based solutions for urgent water challenges

21 March 2018 – As more than 2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and more than double that number lack access to safe sanitation, the international community is drawing attention to nature-based solutions for the water challenges of the 21st century on this World Water Day. The theme of this year’s commemoration highlights [...]

16 March 2018

UN launches 2018 appeal for Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi host communities: Joint UNHCR/IOM Press Release

16 March 2018 - United Nations agencies and NGO partners today released the 2018 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis, a US$951 million appeal to meet the urgent needs of nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees and more than 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in the communities hosting them. Over the months since the outset [...]

14 March 2018

Procurement that creates positive change

Copenhagen, March 14, 2018: The United Nations annual procurement volume of $18 billion USD not only creates change for the world's poor, benefiting from purchased vaccine, contraception, emergency shelters, etc.; the United Nations also influences the supplier market in a positive direction. When the United Nations system collaborates on purchasing goods and services, lower [...]

12 March 2018

Remarks on International Women’s Day 2018 – Secretary-General António Guterres

8 March 2018 -  Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear friends, I am delighted to be with you to celebrate the activism and transformative power of women and girls. We are at a pivotal moment for women’s rights. For decades, women have been calling for the equality that is their right. And today, they are [...]

9 March 2018

Marking International Women’s Day, third and final session of the UN Women and BCG Gender Diversity Roundtable

UN City Copenhagen, 9 March 2018 - Yesterday, marking International Women's Day, the third and final session of Gender Diversity Roundtable (GDR) took place in UN City Copenhagen. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and UN Women Nordic Office have with this initiative brought together 15 Danish CEOs and leaders from both the Danish private sector, [...]

9 March 2018

Syria conflict at 7 years: “a colossal human tragedy”

Beirut/Geneva, 9 March 2018 - The relentless suffering of Syrian civilians marks a shameful failure of political will and a new low in Syria’s long-running conflict, which this month reaches a depressing seventh anniversary, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Friday. “This seven-year war has left a colossal human tragedy [...]