UN Secretary-General António Guterres visits UN City Copenhagen

Copenhagen, 10 October 2019

Thursday 10 October, UN City welcomed United Nation’s Secretary-General António Guterres to UN City Campus 1 and 2 for the very first time. The UN Secretary-General attended a Town Hall Meeting in which he spoke to hundreds of UN City staff.

In his speech, Guterres emphasized, among others, on the importance of uniting and cooperating in the effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. He underlined that the UN system needs to focus on centring people’s needs, and for that to happen, the UN needs to build cooperation and strong institutions.

As for combating climate change, the UN Secretary-General emphasized that: “Climate change is the most concerning threat to the world. Everybody recognizes that the UN is at the centre of the leadership in the fight against climate change.”


UNHCR & World Bank Launch Data Centre to Support Global Compact on Refugees

Following the Town Hall Meeting, the UN Secretary-General attended the opening of the UNHCR/World Bank Joint Data Centre on Forced Displacement in Copenhagen, which will be based in UN City.

The Joint Data Centre, a collaboration between the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and the World Bank, aims to combine the former’s knowledge, and data, on refugees and displaced persons, with the latter’s global experience of poverty reduction, and socio-economic analytical experience.

The work of the Centre will support the objectives formulated in the Global Compact on Refugees, a UN document designed to strengthen the international response to large movements of refugees and protracted refugee situations.

Read the full press release on the Joint Data Centre here: UN Press Release