31 December 2017

UN chief issues ‘red alert,’ urges world to come together in 2018 to tackle pressing challenges

31 December 2017 – In his message on the New Year, United Nations Secretary-GeneralAntónio Guterres is calling for unity among the global community to tackle overwhelming challenges and defend values shared by all. “On New Year's Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal. I am issuing an alert – a red alert for our world,” said [...]

20 December 2017

As crises become more complex ‘prevention must be at the centre of everything we do’ – UN chief

20 December 2017 – Today's conflicts are more complex, longer and intractable, and given their changing nature it is necessary to “rethink our approach to how we work and how we work with others,” Secretary General António Guterres told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. “The perils of nuclear weapons are again front [...]

20 December 2017

Migration, UN reform and sustainable development among 2018 priorities, says Assembly President

20 December 2017 – Safe migration, conflict prevention, sustainable development and United Nations reform will be the priorities of the 72nd UN General Assembly over the coming year, the 193-member body’s President, Miroslav Lajčák, said on Wednesday. “We will continue our work on the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration," Mr. Lajčák told a [...]

19 December 2017

IOM Launches MigApp on International Migrants Day

Geneva/Manila, 19 December 2017 – The MigApp is IOM’s institutional tool that leverages current technology and the widespread use of mobile telecommunications to bring a secure, objective and user-friendly downloadable app which serves as a one-stop-shop platform where migrants can access current, reliable and practical information and IOM services. Irregular and unsafe migration often is [...]

18 December 2017

Secretary-General’s message on International Migrants Day

18 December 2017 - On International Migrants Day, we recognize the contributions and celebrate the vitality of the world’s 258 million migrants. Evidence overwhelmingly shows that migrants generate economic, social and cultural benefits for societies everywhere.  Yet hostility towards migrants is unfortunately growing around the world.  Solidarity with migrants has never been more urgent. Migration [...]

18 December 2017

Celebrating the contribution of migrants to communities across Europe

18 December 2017 - On International Migrants Day, WHO/Europe recognizes and celebrates the important role that migrants play, and the great economic and social benefits arising from migration. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development also recognizes the positive contribution of migrants. The number of international migrants worldwide reached 244 million in 2015, according to [...]

15 December 2017

UNHCR evacuates 74 vulnerable refugees from Libya to Niger

Geneva, 15 December 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, evacuated during the night of 14-15 December, 74 vulnerable refugees, the vast majority children and women, from Libya to Niger. “I am happy to report that a group of 51 children, 22 women and one man have been successfully evacuated from Libya and are now [...]

15 December 2017

UNHCR welcomes launch of “Refugee Coalition for Europe”

Geneva/Rome, 15 December 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomed today the launch of an innovative “Refugee Coalition for Europe”. The Coalition, which brings together refugee representatives living in different European countries, aims at giving a voice to refugees in Europe and at ensuring that their opinions and needs are better taken into [...]

13 December 2017

New funding will allow countries to secure sustainable vaccine supplies and reach children more quickly – UNICEF

Copenhagen, 13 December 2017 – UNICEF announced today that funding for its Vaccine Independence Initiative (VII), a mechanism to help countries secure a sustainable supply of life-saving vaccines, has more than doubled in the past year, increasing from $15 million to $35 million. The increase was made possible especially by a $15 million financial guarantee [...]