10 April 2018

UNHCR alarm at escalating Syria humanitarian needs

Geneva, 10 April 2018 - With violence in several areas of Syria UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency today expresses its alarm at the civilian deaths this is causing as well as spiralling new displacement. This is on top of a humanitarian situation that is already desperate; Syrian civilians have more than suffered enough. Of [...]

9 April 2018

Denmark hosts the WHO Global Dialogue on Partnerships for Sustainable Financing of Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Control

Copenhagen, Denmark, 9 April 2018 - Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for 40 million deaths globally every year.  Tackling NCDs is a global priority, but despite this, investment is still lacking and action is needed to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal target 3.4 of reducing premature deaths from NCDs by one third by [...]

6 April 2018

Micro Gardening Scheme to Help Feed Rohingya Refugees, Bangladeshi Local Communities

Cox’s Bazar, 6 April 2018 – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are distributing 50,000 vegetable gardening kits to tackle malnutrition and improve the diet of people affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Almost 700,000 refugees have fled to Cox’s Bazar from Myanmar’s North [...]

5 April 2018

WHO at 70 – working for better health for everyone, everywhere

Geneva, 5 April 2018 - On 7 April, World Health Day, the World Health Organization marks its 70th anniversary. Over the past 7 decades, WHO has spearheaded efforts to rid the world of killer diseases like smallpox and to fight against deadly habits like tobacco use. This year, World Health Day is dedicated to one [...]

3 April 2018

WFP Scales Up Response in Yemen to Prevent Famine

Sana’a, 3 April 2018 – Every year of conflict in Yemen pushes an additional one million people or more closer to the brink of famine, warns the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on the eve of a high-level pledging event in Geneva. “The conflict in Yemen has caused a humanitarian catastrophe creating suffering [...]

2 April 2018

Women and girls with autism must be empowered to overcome discrimination they face, says UN chief

2 April 2018 - “They face […] barriers to accessing education and employment on an equal footing with others, denial of their reproductive rights and the freedom to make their own choices, and a lack of involvement in policy making on matters that concern them,” said the Secretary-General in his message on the Day. Emphasizing that [...]

23 March 2018

Time for revamped commitment by all to end TB

23 March 2018 - Despite significant progress made over the last years, tuberculosis (TB) remains the top infectious killer worldwide. In the WHO European Region, the number of new TB patients has decreased at an average rate of 4.3% yearly over the last decade – the fastest decline in the world. But this positive [...]

22 March 2018

Remarks at Launch of International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028

22 March 2018 Secretary-General António Guterres I am pleased to be with you on World Water Day to launch the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development. I commend President Rahmon of Tajikistan for spearheading this effort at the General Assembly. I recall my trip to Tajikistan last year, when I had [...]

22 March 2018

Environment and Health Task Force meeting kicks off national planning in 7 key areas

22 March 2018 - Last year, countries in the WHO European Region adopted the Ostrava Declaration, which commits them to make visible, measurable and equitable progress on environment and health in 7 priority areas. In order to do this, Member States agreed to develop national portfolios of actions on environment and health by the [...]