Copenhagen, 8 December 2020 We are very happy to invite you to participate in three online events this month. On 10 December, WHO/Europe will host a webinar on belonging and loneliness. On 14 December the key findings of the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2020 Webinar will be discussed. And on 15 December DRC and UNHCR cordially [...]
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Copenhagen, 7 December 2020 Who is a refugee? Where do people flee from – and where do they seek safety? What would you take with you if you were forced to leave your home in a split second? These are some of the questions that pupils are presented with, will get answers to, and must [...]
Copenhagen, 3 December 2020 Statement by Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe "Globally over 63 million COVID-19 cases and more than 1.4 million deaths have been reported to WHO. There have now been over 19 million cases and over 427 000 deaths reported in the WHO European Region, with over 4 [...]
Geneva 02 December 2020 Donor governments today pledged a record US$932 million to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, for next year’s activities at its annual pledging conference in Geneva. These generous initial pledges will allow UNHCR to continue to deliver life-saving aid and to protect the rights of nearly 80 million refugees, displaced and [...]
Geneva, 23 November 2020 The United Nations General Assembly today renewed the mandate of Filippo Grandi as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for a further two-and-a-half-year-period. The extension of Grandi’s mandate follows a recommendation by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the General Assembly. High Commissioner Grandi, welcoming the decision of the General [...]
Geneva, 17 November 2020 This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is warning that a full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding as thousands of [...]
New publication! “Enhancing forest targets and measures in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)”
Copenhagen, 17 November 2020 Countries can incorporate the full potential of forests in their NDCs. Forests must play a crucial role if we are to keep average global temperature rise below 1.5°C. However, despite the urgency of the climate crisis, the potential of forests to mitigate and adapt to climate change is largely untapped [...]
Copenhagen, 13 November 2020 The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) with support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is jointly launching with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) a new USD 10 million small grants programme with funding from the Adaptation Fund. The Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator aims to foster innovation in [...]
Europe, 16 November 2020 The new WHO/Europe factsheet, “Alcohol and cancer in the WHO European Region: an appeal for better prevention”, emphasizes causal links between alcohol use and a range of cancers, including some of the most common types, such as female breast cancer and colorectal cancer. It also makes clear that alcohol-attributable cancers [...]
Outstanding public health achievements from the WHO European Region receive the highest recognition at the resumed 73rd World Health Assembly
Copenhagen, 13 November 2020 At the resumed Seventy-third World Health Assembly, 2 individuals and 1 organization from the WHO European Region were awarded prestigious global public health prizes for their significant contribution to population health. Professor Gunhild Waldemar from Denmark was presented with the His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Prize for Research in [...]