24 November 2020

UN General Assembly extends mandate for High Commissioner Grandi

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 Assembly, [...]

19 November 2020

UNHCR: Pace of Ethiopian refugee arrivals in Sudan unseen in the last two decades

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 [...]

17 November 2020

New WHO/Europe factsheet: policy action needed to reduce cancers attributable to alcohol use

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 [...]

16 November 2020

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 [...]

13 November 2020

UNEP: New research reveals major benefits of integrated approaches to climate and nature

London, 13 November 2020 Using new data and novel analytical approaches, research released today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners underscores the size of the prize on offer from integrating action to save nature and combat climate change. The report, Strengthening synergies: How action to achieve post-2020 global biodiversity conservation targets can contribute to [...]

12 November 2020

New WHO dashboard quantifies and visualizes European countries’ COVID-19 measures

Copenhagen, 10 November 2020 WHO/Europe has just launched its Public Health and Social Measures (PHSM) Severity Index to provide standardized data on the ways in which countries in the WHO European Region have sought to slow or stop community spread of COVID-19. This latest tool systematically captures and analyses individual governmental PHSM responses to [...]

12 November 2020

UNHCR issues report on statelessness in Denmark

Copenhagen, 10 November 2020 UNHCR’s mapping of statelessness in Denmark, prepared in collaboration with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and Danish authorities, is published today UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, which is also mandated to help and protect stateless people, today publishes the report “Mapping Statelessness in Denmark” – an overview of the extent [...]

11 November 2020

UNHCR urges states to end limbo for stateless people by 2024

Geneva,  11 November 2020 COVID-19 is worsening the plight of millions of stateless people worldwide, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi warned today. Marking the sixth anniversary of UNHCR’s #IBelong Campaign, aimed at ending statelessness by 2024, Grandi called on world leaders to include and protect stateless populations and make bold and swift moves [...]

2 November 2020

WHO/Europe: The challenge of winter during COVID-19 for poor families

This winter will present the unprecedented public health challenge of having to face the COVID-19 pandemic and the flu season at the same time. The colder months bring challenges for less affluent households to heat their homes adequately, thus increasing their exposure to health risks. On World Cities Day, 31 October, we take a moment [...]

14 October 2020

Follow WHO’s online film festival throughout October

Copenhagen, 14 October 2020 WHO is holding an online film festival showcasing some of the entrants from the inaugural Health for All Film Festival. From 10 to 24 October 2020, films will be shown on WHO’s YouTube channel with the option to ask questions via live chat. Read more about the online festival and the [...]