World News

  • Apr 25, 2018

    UN Women animated web feature on sexual and gender-based violence wins the prestigious Webby Award

    UN Women's animated web feature, Justice now: Ending impunity for sexual and gender-based violence as international crimes, has won a Webby Award. The web feature was selected by the Academy as the 2018 Webby Award recipient under the law category for websites.

  • Feb 19, 2018

    World Health Organization: Europe observes a 400% increase in measles cases in 2017 compared to previous year

    Measles has rebounded in the WHO European Region. The disease affected 21 315 people and caused 35 deaths in 2017, following a record low of 5273 cases in 2016. The WHO Regional Office for Europe has released new data for 2017 one day ahead of a health ministerial meeting on immunization in Montenegro on 20 February 2018.

  • Feb 6, 2018

    UNICEF: More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day

    More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day – a new child every half second – UNICEF said today on the eve of Safer Internet Day, observed globally on 7 February. Digital access exposes these children to a wealth of opportunities, but also to a host of risks, including access to harmful content, cyberbullying, and misuse of their private information.

  • UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Blockchain Start-ups

    Jan 24, 2018

    UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Blockchain Start-ups

    The UNICEF Innovation Fund (IF) is looking to make $50-90K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity

  • Dec 25, 2017

    UNICEF welcomes announcement of next Executive Director

    UNICEF welcomed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ announcement today that Henrietta H. Fore will succeed Anthony Lake as UNICEF Executive Director when his term ends on 31 December 2017.

  • Dec 10, 2017

    Values enshrined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights under assault, must be defended – Zeid

    Statement by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the occasion of Human Rights Day.

  • Nov 17, 2017

    More countries acting to combat antimicrobial resistance in food and agriculture

    Efforts to confront the spread of antimicrobial resistant pathogens on farms and in food systems are gathering momentum, thanks to strong backing by governments and technical support that is boosting national capacities to respond to the problem, FAO said today.

  • Nov 9, 2017

    The world’s food import bill is rising despite large production and robust supply

    While food commodity prices have been generally stable, the cost of importing food is set to rise in 2017 to USD 1.413 trillion, a 6 percent increase from the previous year and the second highest tally on record according to FAO's latest Food Outlook report published today.

  • Oct 23, 2017

    Message on United Nations Day

    A message of the Secretary General on the United Nations Day

  • Oct 10, 2017

    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    This year’s theme for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, “Answering the Call to End Poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”, celebrates the 25 year anniversary of the creation of this international day and the idea behind it: that hunger, lack of education, and violence are not inevitable. That extreme poverty must be something we all strive to eradicate.

  • Oct 3, 2017

    Dr. Natalia Kanem Appointed UNFPA Executive Director

    Dr. Kanem brings to the position more than 25 years of strategic leadership experience in the fields of medicine, public and reproductive health, peace, social justice, and philanthropy. She started her career in academia with the Johns Hopkins and Columbia University schools of medicine and public health.

  • Sep 21, 2017

    UNICEF: Early Moments Matter for Every Child

    Only 15 countries worldwide have three essential national policies that support families with young children – UNICEF New report says around 85 million children under five live in 32 countries that do not offer families two years of free pre-primary education; paid breastfeeding breaks for new mothers for the first six months; and adequate paid parental leave – three critical policies to support children’s early brain development.

  • Sep 19, 2017

    UN Secretary General announced the appointment of Natalia Gherman as his new Special Representative and Head of UNRCCA

    Ms. Gherman succeeds Petko Draganov of Bulgaria, who completed his assignment on 4 September 2017. The Secretary-General is grateful for his dedication and leadership of UNRCCA.

  • Jul 11, 2017

    Message for World Population Day 2017

    Every day, vulnerable women, especially those who are poor and are refugees, face social, economic and geographic obstacles to voluntary family planning services and information.

  • Jun 20, 2017

    Refugees deserve praise for resilience and courage

    On June 20, World Refugee Day, we honour the resilience and courage of more than 65 million people who have been forced to flee war, persecution and violence. But it’s also a moment to recognise those communities and people around the world who receive refugees and the internally displaced in their midst, offering them a safe place, and welcoming them in their schools, their workplaces and their societies.

  • May 30, 2017

    Peacekeeping is cost effective, but must adapt to new reality

    By António Guterres When I entered the United Nations Secretariat building for the first time as Secretary-General in January, my first act was to lay a wreath honoring more than 3,500 United Nations staff who died in the service of peace.

  • May 8, 2017

    Speed management key to saving lives, making cities more liveable

    Managing speed, a new report from WHO, suggests that excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to 1 in 3 road traffic fatalities worldwide. Measures to address speed prevent road traffic deaths and injuries, make populations healthier, and cities more sustainable

  • Apr 7, 2017

    Child Rights Award 2017: A call to broadcasters

    KUALA LAMPUR/HONG KONG/BANGKOK/, 7 April 2017 - ABU, CASBAA and UNICEF are calling for entries for the 17th Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award from broadcasters and producers in the region. Eligible countries in the CEE/CIS region include; Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

  • Apr 1, 2017

    Statement of the Secretary General on World Autism Awareness Day

    On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us all play a part in changing attitudes toward persons with autism and in recognizing their rights as citizens, who, like everyone else, are entitled to claim those rights and make decisions for their lives in accordance with their own will and preferences. Let us also renew our promise, engraved in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to leave no one behind and ensure that all people can contribute as active members to peaceful and prosperous societies.

  • Mar 6, 2017

    Statement of the Secretary-General on International Women’s Day

    Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.