13 June 2019

The 2018 Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement – Where did the UN spend 18bn last year?

11 June 2019 - United Nations (UN) organizations spent $18.8 billion on goods and services over the year 2018, according to a new report published by UNOPS on behalf of the UN system. The 2018 Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement analyzes the total annual UN spend on goods and services. The report also [...]

11 June 2019

Refugees and migrants from Venezuela top 4 million: UNHCR and IOM

Geneva, 07 June 2019 - The number of Venezuelans leaving their country has reached 4 million, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the International Organization for Migration, announced today. Globally, Venezuelans are one of the single largest population groups displaced from their country. The pace of the outflow from Venezuela has been staggering. [...]

5 June 2019

Beat air pollution to protect health: World Environment Day 2019

5 June 2019 - Beat air pollution – that is the theme for World Environment Day on 5 June. The air that we breathe is fundamental to our existence; yet, we sometimes forget the impact that the quality of the air has on our health and well-being. Although there are many reasons why the [...]

24 May 2019

New Funding for EU-IOM Joint Initiative in the Horn of Africa

Nairobi, 24 May 2019 – The European Union (EU) has committed an additional EUR 18 million to its partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) known as the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa (EU-IOM Joint Initiative). The funding brings to EUR 43 million the EU’s total commitment to the EU-IOM initiative in the [...]

23 May 2019

Protect the rights of children of foreign fighters stranded in Syria and Iraq

New York, 21 May 2019 – Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore “The thousands of children of foreign fighters languishing in camps, detention centers or orphanages in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere are among the world’s most vulnerable children. They live in appalling conditions amid constant threats to their health, safety and well-being. They have [...]

22 May 2019

UNOPS receives global recognition for promoting supplier diversity and inclusion

22 May 2019 - UNOPS has been awarded the ConnXus Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Award at the 2019 Procurement Leaders World Procurement Awards held in London. The highly competitive category, which included nominees from a range of world-leading private sector companies, recognized UNOPS innovative approach to advancing sustainable procurement, through its UNOPS Possibilities (UP) programme. [...]

17 May 2019

Over 250,000 Rohingya refugees get identity documents, for many a first

Geneva, 17 May 2019 - This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Over a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have now been jointly registered and provided [...]