13 February 2017

On Valentine’s Day, say #IDONT

United Nations/Kapilvastu/Erbil – “I’ve been married for five years – since I was 12 – but I haven’t gone to live with my husband yet,” said Rupali Kurmi, from Kapilvastu district, in Nepal. “That’s happening in about three weeks’ time.” This Valentine’s Day, for its annual #IDONT campaign, UNFPA is partnering with artists to raise [...]

3 February 2017

SDSN Youth launches the first edition of the Youth Solutions Report to provide solutions to address global problems

New York, January 31 2017 - The first edition of the Youth Solutions Report, which identifies 50 youth-led projects aiming to solve the world’s toughest problems, was released today at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The report, produced by the youth initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Youth) identifies and celebrates [...]

3 February 2017

Innovation imperative to make Global Goals a reality – UN official, on day one of ideas fest

Bonn, 1 March 2017 – The first ‘playable’ United Nations conference on sustainable development kicked-off today in Germany’s city of Bonn, aiming to chart a new way of thinking on addressing some of the world’s most complex development challenges. The three-day Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development has brought together policy makers, civil society [...]

2 February 2017

UNHCR gravely concerned by intensified hostilities in Al Mokha affecting Yemeni civilians

Geneva, 1 February 2017 - UNHCR is deeply concerned about the plight of thousands of Yemeni civilians fleeing or caught up in heavy confrontations between the warring parties in the Red Sea districts of Al Mokha and Dhubab in Taizz governorate. Owing to ongoing military operations impeding humanitarian access, comprehensive displacement data is currently difficult to [...]

31 January 2017

Danish private sector hires refugees – because it’s good business

January 30, 2017 - The private sector plays a key role in providing opportunities for refugees. From employment, integration and business opportunities, to providing critical goods and services. In Denmark, refugees are offered paid internships in different industries through a state-funded programme that consists of work, Danish language classes and on-the-job training. Denmark’s biggest hospital laundry, [...]

31 January 2017

New open source app helps protect children displaced by conflict

New York, 31 January 2017 – A life–saving service for vulnerable children caught up in crises is now available to government, aid agencies and social service workers through an open source app developed by UNICEF and its partners. The app known as Primero, facilitates the secure collection, storage and sharing of data to improve child [...]

30 January 2017

UNHCR Alarmed at Impact of U.S. Refugee Program Suspension

Geneva, 30 January 2017 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi is deeply worried by the uncertainty facing thousands of refugees around the world who are in the process of being resettled to the United States. This week alone, over 800 refugees were set to make America their new home, but instead find themselves [...]

29 January 2017

Joint IOM-UNHCR Statement on President Trump’s Refugee Order

Geneva, 28 January 2017 – The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater, and the U.S. resettlement program is one of the most important in the world. The longstanding U.S. policy of welcoming refugees has created a win-win situation: it has saved the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in [...]

26 January 2017

United Nations and Partners Strengthen Commitment to Syrians and Neighbours Affected by Syria Crisis

Helsinki, 24 January 2017 – United Nations agencies and NGO partners today appealed for US$4.63 billion in new funding to continue vital work in addressing the growing needs of refugees from Syria and communities hosting them in neighbouring countries. The UN and more than 240 partners formally launched the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) [...]