Pemba, Mozambique, 30 April 2019 – Brazilian military firefighters, in coordination with the Government of Mozambique and several UN agencies, have saved the lives of hundreds of people displaced by Cyclone Kenneth near the flooded city of Pemba in the northern part of the country. At least nine people have died and almost 200 have [...]
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26 April 2019 Statement by Secretary-General António Guterres Convened by President Xi Jinping, we come together at this forum on the Belt and Road in the face of uncertainty and unease around the globe. I want to recognize China for its central role as a pillar of international cooperation and multilateralism. This gathering today reflects that [...]
Geneva, 24 April 2019 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has today evacuated some 325 refugees from the Qaser Ben Gasheer detention centre in southern Tripoli amid deteriorating security and escalating violence. The relocation, carried out together with IOM, was triggered by reports on Tuesday of the use of armed violence against detainees who [...]
With 80 journalists and media workers killed, over 300 in detention and 60 held hostage, 2018 was the worst year on record for violence and abuse against journalists. A free media continues to be a crucial element to a functioning democracy and one that needs protecting. Despite this, there has been an increase in restrictive [...]
Geneva, 16 April 2019 - A year into Nicaragua’s political and social crisis, an estimated 62,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, with the vast majority - some 55,500 – seeking refuge in Costa Rica. Many – in what is overwhelmingly a refugee flow – have resorted to irregular crossings to avoid detection, often walking [...]
UN City Copenhagen, 16 April 2019 - 821 million people go to bed hungry every night and eradicating hunger has become one of the most important challenges of our time. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is working every day around the world to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. In a fast-moving world, the [...]
NEW YORK/ BEIRA/CHIMANIMANI/LILONGWE, 14 APRIL 2019 – At least 1.6 million children need urgent assistance – in healthcare, nutrition, protection, education, water and sanitation – one month after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, UNICEF said today. Any prolonged interruption in access to essential services could lead to disease outbreaks and spikes in [...]
UN Women, the Embassy of Rwanda and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark marks the 25th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi
On 12 April, UN Women, the Embassy of Rwanda and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark hosted a commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. This year marks the 25th anniversary since the genocide and represents therefore an important opportunity for [...]
12 April 2019 Secretary-General António Guterres I am honoured to be with you on this solemn and moving occasion. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. In one of the darkest chapters in recent human history, more than one million people – overwhelmingly Tutsi, but also moderate [...]
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 9 April 2019 - WHO “best buys” – targeted policy interventions aimed at reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – can be a game-changer for achieving target 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through which governments have committed to reducing premature deaths from NCDs by one third by 2030. The interventions [...]