20 June 2017

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie in Nairobi, appeals for child refugees

Nairobi/Geneva, 20 June 2017 - UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie marked World Refugee Day 2017 visiting adolescent refugee girls in Nairobi.  Ms. Jolie met around 20 refugee girls, who are unaccompanied or separated from their parents and are now living in the Heshima Kenya Safe House and participating in a Girls’ Empowerment Programme.  The girls [...]

20 June 2017

Achim Steiner takes office as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

June 19, 2017 - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed Achim Steiner as he begins a four-year term as Administrator of the Organization. Mr. Steiner’s appointment as the new head of the UN’s lead development agency was confirmed by the UN General Assembly in April this year, following his nomination by Secretary-General António [...]

19 June 2017

Launch of the joint UN Women/UNIDO online training module

Vienna, 19 June 2017 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN Women have launched a new online training module, Gender, Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, as part of the I Know Gender e-learning course. Gender equality and the empowerment of women have a significant positive impact on sustained economic growth and [...]

19 June 2017

Major Global Brands Commit to Preventing Forced Labour in Supply Chains

Germany, 19 June 2017 - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) joins leading global brands, government officials, trade associations, recruiters and other expert organizations in Berlin to tackle forced labour in supply chains and encourage international companies to commit to the ethical recruitment of migrant workers. Participants at the Annual Leadership Forum for Responsible Recruitment are [...]

19 June 2017

In historic first, UNICEF appoints Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan as Goodwill Ambassador

New York, 19 June 2017 – UNICEF announced today, on the eve of World Refugee Day, the appointment of Muzoon Almellehan, a 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee, as its newest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador. The appointment makes Muzoon the first person with official refugee status to become an Ambassador for UNICEF. [...]

19 June 2017

In Kabul, UN chief calls for peace and compassion

14 June 2017 – Expressing solidarity with Afghan people, in the wake of recent violence in the country, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today underscored the Organization's full commitment to work with the Government and people of the country to build a sustainable and prosperous future for them. “Peace is the solution […] the [...]

13 June 2017

Soccer stars kick off campaign to help refugees

Barcelona, Spain, 13 June 2017 – Soccer stars Lionel Messi and Neymar Junior today kicked off a global campaign that seeks to ensure that millions of refugees have a safe place to live, receive an education and are able to provide for their families. The FC Barcelona strikers signed a ball to launch the [...]

12 June 2017

Gender Based Violence on the rise in war-torn Ukraine

"I first met 17-year-old Iryna in the maternity hospital where she was sitting next to the window, staring into space and rubbing her big belly – in the last month of her pregnancy.  She did not know whether or not to return home to her abusive husband," psychologist, Olga Shapoval says. After Iryna's father [...]

12 June 2017

New publications on enhancing energy efficiency in India and China

Copenhagen, 12 June 2017 - Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficency has released two new publications, Enhancing Energy Efficiency in India: Assessment of sectoral potentials and Enhancing Energy efficiency in China: Assessment of sectoral potentials, which are part of the China and India Energy Efficiency report series that emerged from the High Impact Opportunities studies [...]