14 September 2017

Sixty-Seventh Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe

Budapest, Hungary, 12 September 2017 WHO Director-General Dr Tedros' remarks at the Sixty-Seventh Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe Thank you, Madam Chairwoman. Your Excellency Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece, Excellencies, honourable ministers, Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to welcome His Excellency Prime Minister Tsipras [...]

13 September 2017

First UN Migration Recipe Book Launched in Vienna as Part of “Together” Campaign

Vienna, 13 September 2017 - To celebrate the benefits of migration in our daily lives IOM, the UN Migration Agency's Regional Office in Vienna has compiled a cookbook with traditional recipes from across much of Southeast and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The recipe book was launched this week at the Vienna International Centre under [...]

13 September 2017

UNHCR Chief Visits Hungary, calls for greater access to asylum, end to detention and more solidarity with refugees

Budapest, 12 September 2017 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called on Hungary to improve access for people seeking asylum and to do away with its so-called border “transit zones,” which he said are in effect detention centres.In Budapest, he met Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó and Interior Sándor Pintér and stressed that [...]

13 September 2017

UN chief calls for action on Myanmar and DPR Korea; launches reform initiatives

13 September 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine state to be granted nationality or at least a legal status that would allow them to lead a normal life, while also urging the international community to help provide assistance for the nearly 380,000 people who have fled [...]

12 September 2017

The Secretary-General’s remarks at opening of 72nd session of the General Assembly [as delivered]

12 September 2017  Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me begin by once again congratulating our new President of the General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák. He and I have had good discussions in recent months about our shared hopes for this session. I have no doubt the Assembly is in very capable hands. His experience, his [...]

12 September 2017

General Assembly opens 72nd session with focus on the world’s people

12 September 2017 – The United Nations General Assembly today opened its 72nd session, with an emphasis on striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet. “The UN was created for people,” Miroslav Lajčák said in his first address as President of the General Assembly. “The people who need [...]

12 September 2017

INTERVIEW: UN Assembly President aims to achieve ‘results for people’

12 September 2017 – Miroslav Lajčák hopes that under his presidency the United Nations General Assembly will overcome narrow national interests and produce tangible benefits for people. “My hope is that the 72nd session of the General Assembly will be a good one, a productive one that will result in many concrete solutions to [...]

12 September 2017

UNHCR report highlights education crisis for refugee children

Geneva, 12 September 2017 - More than 3.5 million refugee children aged 5 to 17 did not have the chance to attend school in the last academic year, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says in a report released today. These include some 1.5 million refugee children missing out on primary school, the report found, [...]

11 September 2017

Central Mediterranean situation: UNHCR calls for an additional 40,000 resettlement places

Geneva, 11 September 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, called today for an additional 40,000 resettlement places to be made available for refugees located in 15 priority countries*along the Central Mediterranean route. “These 40,000 resettlement places, which will complement already existing commitments, will be crucial to help the most vulnerable refugees along the Central [...]

5 September 2017

Invitation – Report launch: Journey to extremism in Africa

UNDP invites you to the launch of the report: Journey to extremism in Africa and the opening of the photo exhibition: Survivors Wednesday 13 September 2017, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. The programme includes speeches and presentations by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UNDP Africa Regional Bureau Director, Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Kenya, [...]