2 October 2018

UN City welcomes officials to discuss the Joint Data Centre

2 October 2018 - On 28 September, a delegation comprised of the World Bank Group, UNHCR and the Government of Denmark representatives visited UN City to discuss the establishment of a Joint Data Centre on forced displacement. The new centre will greatly improve statistics on refugees, other displaced people and host communities by enabling [...]

24 October 2016

High level discussion on the role of the Nordics in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

On October 31st, the Nordic Council and UN City Copenhagen will host a high-level discussion to explore how the Nordic countries can work together to achieve the UN’s global sustainable development goals. The debate will lead up to a summit of the Nordic prime ministers during the 2016 Session of the Nordic Council. In [...]

4 October 2016

Greek heroes honoured at 2016 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony

Geneva, October 3 –  The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, today honoured the heroic efforts of Greek volunteers during the 2015 refugee crisis by giving its Nansen Refugee Award to the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) and Efi Latsoudi of PIKPA village on the island of Lesvos.. The HRT and Efi Latsoudi received the Award at a [...]

19 September 2016

World leaders at UN summit adopt ‘bold’ plan to enhance protections for refugees and migrants

New York, 19 September 2016 – With more people forced to flee their homes than at any time since World War II, world leaders came together at the United Nations today to adopt the New York Declaration, which expresses their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility [...]

19 September 2016

UN Women at the 71st session of the General Assembly

New York, 19 September 2016 - The 71st session of the UN General Assembly comes one year into the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, which places gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Following the “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and [...]

26 July 2016

IOM becomes a related organization to the UN

New York, 25 July 2016 - Member States of the United Nations (UN), through the General Assembly, today unanimously adopted a resolution approving the Agreement to make the International Organization for Migration (IOM) a Related Organization of the UN. The Agreement outlines a closer relationship between IOM and the UN to strengthen the cooperation and enhance their [...]

20 July 2016

First report card maps out scope of undertaking to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

New York, 19 July 2016 – As the world begins the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 13 per cent of the world population still lives in extreme poverty, 800 million people are suffering from hunger and 2.4 billion live without improved sanitation. The first Sustainable [...]

5 July 2016

UNHCR and partners warn in Syria report of growing poverty among refugees

Geneva, 5 July 2016 - A report released today on the Syria refugee response finds that, while significant progress has been made in providing assistance, the number of Syrian refugees living in poverty continues to rise in host countries in the region and providing access to basic services remains a critical challenge. The mid-year report [...]

20 June 2016

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi on World Refugee Day 2016

Geneva, 20 June 2016 - UNHCR marks World Refugee Day each year on June 20, to shine a light on the courage and resilience of families forced to flee war or persecution. And each year UNHCR seeks to find a glimmer of hope in the global statistics we publish to show that the world is [...]

16 June 2016

Global celebrities join campaign calling on governments to take action for refugees

Geneva, 16 June 2016 -  UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today launched a major campaign that asks the world to stand together #WithRefugees. In a stunning video message more than 60 global celebrities join with refugees and aid workers to echo the message, "we stand with refugees, please stand with us." The petition appeals for [...]