8 November 2017

Greening industry to preserve our planet for future generations

Vienna, 8 November 2017 - With the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) underway in Bonn, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is restating its support for the Paris Agreement as a crucial step towards achieving a greener, sustainable future. Industry is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for nearly one third [...]

7 November 2017

Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance

Geneva, 7 November 2017 - WHO is recommending that farmers and the food industry stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals. The new WHO recommendations aim to help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics that are important for human medicine by reducing their unnecessary use in animals. In some countries, [...]

6 November 2017

Secretary-General’s remarks at Web Summit

6 November 2017  [as delivered] Welcome to Lisbon, welcome to the Web Summit Day. I am an engineer and, for the time being, I am also Secretary-General of the United Nations and we are all here because we believe in the force of Science, Innovation and Technology. From my perspective, what is important is [...]

3 November 2017

Rohingya Entry Continues in Cox’s Bazar; at Least 2,000 New Arrivals Overnight

Cox’s Bazar, 3 September 2017 - Over the last 48 hours some 4,000 Rohingya refugees crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar at the Anjumanpara border crossing point. Traumatized, hungry and fearing for their lives, the refugees had camped out in the open in an area of no-man’s land between the two countries. They crossed at low [...]

2 November 2017

WHO Global Leadership Meeting concludes with new commitment to delivering results in countries

2 September 2017 - This week more than 260 of WHO’s leaders from headquarters, regional and country offices gathered in Geneva to discuss how to transform WHO into an organization that is better able to deliver meaningful improvements in health to the world’s people. It was first time that WHO’s new Director-General, Dr Tedros [...]

1 November 2017

Violent discipline, sexual abuse and homicides stalk millions of children worldwide – UNICEF

New York, 1 November 2017 – Staggering numbers of children – some as young as 12 months old – are experiencing violence, often by those entrusted to take care of them, UNICEF said in a new report released today. “The harm inflicted on children around the world does tremendous damage,” said UNICEF Chief of Child Protection Cornelius [...]

31 October 2017

Emissions Gap Report 2017 launch in Geneva today

Geneva, 31 October 2017 – Governments and non-state actors need to deliver an urgent increase in ambition to ensure the Paris Agreement goals can still be met, according to a new UN assessment. The eighth edition of UN Environment’s Emissions Gap report, released ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, finds that national [...]

31 October 2017

A new network of ‘Possibilities’

31 October 2017 - UNOPS launches its new ‘Possibilities Portal,’ bringing innovation to the fore to help empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) around the world. "The 'Possibilities Portal' is about thinking beyond the here and now to focus on what could be," said UNOPS Procurement Director, Patricia Moser. "It's an acknowledgement that some [...]

31 October 2017

Close to 3 million people access hepatitis C cure

Sao Paulo, 31 October - On the eve of the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, WHO reports increasing global momentum in the response to viral hepatitis. A record 3 million people were able to obtain treatment for hepatitis C over the past two years, and 2.8 million more people embarked on lifelong treatment for hepatitis B [...]