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.
Jan 3, 2017
Secretary-General António Guterres cites multilateralism, teamwork as critical to achieving UN goals
On his first day in office, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for teamwork, telling staff at the world body’s New York Headquarters that it is not enough to the “do the right thing, we need to earn the right to do the right thing.”
Dec 12, 2016
UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children
The world’s largest children’s organization was established on 11 December 1946 to bring help and hope to children suffering in the aftermath of WWII NEW YORK, 11 December 2016 – On the 70th anniversary of its founding, UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty, inequality and discrimination.
Nov 30, 2016
Message on World AIDS Day 1 December 2016
Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride but we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Nov 28, 2016
UNAIDS Executive Director delivers his World Aids Day 2016 message
Today, we commemorate World AIDS Day—we stand in solidarity with the 78 million people who have become infected with HIV and remember the 35 million who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the first cases of HIV were reported.The world has committed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. We are seeing that countries are getting on the Fast-Track—more than 18 million people are on life-saving HIV treatment and country.
Nov 25, 2016
HIV prevention among key populations
Since 2010, the annual global number of new HIV infections among adults (15 years and older) has remained static, at an estimated 1.9 million. Members of key populations, including sex workers, people who inject drugs, transgender people, prisoners and gay men and other men who have sex with men, and their sexual partners accounted for 45% of all new HIV infections in 2015.
Nov 24, 2016
Message for the International Day to end violence against women and girls
At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.
Nov 24, 2016
Empowering women and girls requires renewed efforts to end violence and harmful practices
Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2016
Nov 23, 2016
UNESCO IITE and UNAIDS present a video lesson on HIV with Vera Brezhneva
Many schools all over the world mark the 1st of December, the World AIDS Day, by organizing lessons or other special events to discuss with learners issues related to HIV prevention, treatment and care. To help teachers deliver HIV education, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE UNESCO) and UNAIDS Regional Support Group for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) have prepared a video lesson on HIV with participation of Vera Brezhneva, UNAIDS goodwill ambassador.
Oct 19, 2016
Message on United Nations Day 24 October 2016
This year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations. Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfil the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet. The world is also moving at long last beyond the mindset which viewed the burning of fossil fuels as the path to prosperity. At a time of record heat, Member States have embraced the Paris Agreement on climate change in record time. This landmark measure will enter into force on 4 November. Across that historic threshold lies our best chance for greener, cleaner, low-carbon growth.
Oct 12, 2016
António Guterres appointed next UN Secretary-General by acclamation
The General Assembly today appointed by acclamation the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December.
Oct 11, 2016
Making Girls Count in the Sustainable Development Goals Era
Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2016. “Is anyone out there even thinking of improving our lives?” asks Susmita, a teenager from Odisha, India.
Oct 5, 2016
World AIDS Day 2016
Countdown to 1 December 2016. Week 9: condoms In the lead-up to World AIDS Day 2016, the hands up for #HIVprevention campaign will explore different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV.
Sep 21, 2016
Message on the International Day of Peace
Every year on the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls on warring parties to lay down their arms and observe a 24-hour global ceasefire. The symbolism of a day without fighting is a crucial reminder that conflict can and must come to an end.
Sep 15, 2016
UNAIDS urges donors to commit to fully funding the Global Fund
Ahead of the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund), to be held in Montreal, Canada, on 16 and 17 September, UNAIDS is calling on donors to fully fund the Global Fund. The Global Fund, a financing institution that raises and invests funds to support HIV, tuberculosis and malaria programmes, is calling for US$ 13 billion over the three-year period 2017–2019