6 July 2017

Opening remarks by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at press conference on Cyprus

Crans-Montana, Switzerland, 20 June 2017 - I am glad to be here in Crans-Montana to chair the Conference on Cyprus today.  And I want to thank His Excellency Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, the Greek Cypriot leader, and His Excellency Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, the Turkish Cypriot leader, as well as the three guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey [...]

6 July 2017

Ministerial Conference focuses on the importance of agriculture development for the future of African youth

Rome, 2 July 2017 – Agro-industrial development in Africa is key to fostering sustainable economic growth and creating jobs for youth and women, said UNIDO Director General LI Yong at the African Union – European Union Agriculture Ministerial Conference held today at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Themed "Making [...]

3 July 2017

2017 Global Migration Film Festival: Call for Entries

Switzerland, 3 July 2017 — The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is inviting professional and emerging filmmakers to submit perception-changing films about the migrant experience for the second annual Global Migration Film Festival (5–18 December). The Global Migration Film Festival showcases films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search [...]

3 July 2017

What did the United Nations buy last year?

28 June 2017 - Detailed report analyses where $17.7 billion was spent on goods and services by the UN in 2016. The Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement examines the combined spending on goods and services of 39 UN organizations, a record number of reporting organizations. More than $17 billion was spent in [...]

1 July 2017

Dr Tedros takes office as WHO Director-General

Geneva, 1 July 2017 - Today, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes office as Director-General of the World Health Organization, succeeding Dr Margaret Chan, who has held office since 1 January 2007. The Director-General is WHO's chief technical and administrative officer and oversees the policy for the Organization's international health work. Dr Tedros was elected on [...]

29 June 2017

A humanitarian crossroads: Why climate resilience is key to avoiding future food crises

By Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Head of Climate Change Adaptation, Global Environmental Finance Unit, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDPThis post is part of a series from UNDP experts sharing their views and experiences in the lead up to the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction taking place in May and the World Reconstruction Conference in June. Published on 3 May [...]

28 June 2017

Global innovation challenge opens for students to fight marine plastic

28 June 2017 – Entries open today for the world’s first student competition to find the next generation of solutions to the global problem of marine litter. Organized by UN Environment and Think Beyond Plastic, the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge invites university students worldwide to submit fresh ideas in the fields of engineering, communications, economics and [...]

27 June 2017

UN agencies launch youth entrepreneurship and self-employment campaign to boost transition towards decent work

Vienna, 27 June 2017 - Today, on Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day, we celebrate youth’s leadership in creating businesses and jobs all over the world. Young women and men are shaping our present and future, transforming societies and accelerating progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Youth’s creativity, innovation and drive are [...]

27 June 2017

Speech: “Together with our partners…we will continue to deliver for women and girls”—Executive Director

27 June, 2017 - Opening statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the 2017 Annual Session of the Executive Board. [As delivered] Madame President, Members of the Executive Board, Distinguished delegates, Colleagues and friends, Good morning. Firstly, let me thank Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh for her strong interest and [...]

24 June 2017

UNDP partners with 50 leading newspapers to raise awareness of the Global Goals

June 23, 2017 - UNDP is partnering with Impact Journalism Day 2017 to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, around the world. On 24 June, 50 of the world’s leading newspapers, including USA Today, Asahi Shimbun, Le Figaro, The Hindu, City Press, El País and La [...]