31 August 2017

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General receives the new Danida Alumni Prize

The Danida Alumni Prize is a newly inaugurated prize to be awarded annually to an alum who has made a significant contribution to positive change in his or her home country or professional field based on his or her studies in Denmark. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was a Danida fellow in 1988 at [...]

31 August 2017

More than 180 million people lack basic drinking water in countries ravaged by conflict or unrest – UNICEF

New York/Stockholm, 29 August 2017 – More than 180 million people do not have access to basic drinking water in countries affected by conflict, violence and instability* around the world, UNICEF warned today, as World Water Week gets under way. “Children’s access to safe water and sanitation, especially in conflicts and emergencies, is a right, not a [...]

24 August 2017

As Europe refugee and migrant arrivals fall, reports of abuses, deaths persist

Geneva, 24 August 2017 - A newly compiled report by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, shows a decline in the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe in the first half of 2017. However, without legal means available to them many are still resorting to being transported by ruthless people-smuggling and trafficking networks, risking [...]

24 August 2017

Report shows progress towards Health 2020 targets

Copenhagen, 24 August 2017 - A new report shows an overall improvement in the implementation of Health 2020 values and principles in the countries of the WHO European Region. Between 2010 and 2016, the share of responding countries that had policies addressing inequalities increased from 88% to 98%. Those that aligned national policies with [...]

18 August 2017

Remarks at “Stand Together” event to mark World Humanitarian Day 2017

18 August 2017 - Remarks by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. It is very difficult for me not to remember at this moment my more than ten years of work with UNHCR, one of the central UN humanitarian agencies, and to say how shocked I always was when seeing that more and more in the conflicts we were [...]

17 August 2017

UN Refugee Chief urges international recognition and support for Sudan

Khartoum, 17 August 2017 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, paid his first official visit as High Commissioner to Sudan this week, at a time when refugees continue to flee the brutal conflict in South Sudan. He called on the international community to recognize Sudan’s long-standing tradition of hosting refugees and asked for [...]

17 August 2017

South Sudan refugees in Uganda pass 1 million mark, UNHCR renews call for help

Geneva, 17 August 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today reiterating its call to the international community for urgent additional support for the South Sudan refugee situation and Uganda in particular, where the number of refugees from South Sudan has now reached 1 million. Over the past 12 months, an average of 1,800 [...]

14 August 2017

1,000 young talents gathered this week to work on innovative solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals

This week, 1,000 young talents from 129 countries are gathered in Denmark to create real, implementable and scalable solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals. The event is organized by UNLEASH and was kicked-off in Copenhagen on the 13th of August and will culminate in an awards show in Musikhuset in Aarhus on the 21st [...]

11 August 2017

Youth can play ‘critical role’ in creating a peaceful world for generations to come – UN chief

New York, 11 August 2017 – In the lead-up to International Youth Day, marked annually on 12 August, the United Nations kicked off a commemorative event at its New York Headquarters with a message from Secretary-General António Guterres, who underscored his commitment to young people. “I'm truly happy to address you on International Youth Day,” the Secretary-General [...]

9 August 2017

Secretary-General Appoints Alison Smale of United Kingdom Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

New York, 9 August 2017 - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Alison Smale of the United Kingdom as the next Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Department of Public Information.  She succeeds Cristina Gallach of Spain, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.  The Secretary-General also wishes [...]