Dr Margaret Chan
Director-General of the World Health Organization
22 May 2017
Madame President, Excellencies, honourable ministers, ambassadors, distinguished delegates, friends and colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,
I thank Member States for the trust shown when you appointed me as your Director-General more than ten years ago. I promised to work tirelessly, and have done so, but never got tired of the job, in the best and worst of times.
La deuxième session thématique pour l'adoption d'un Pacte mondial pour des migrations sûres, ordonnées et régulières a démarré ce lundi au Siège de l'ONU à New York. Cette session de deux jours aborde notamment la lutte contre les facteurs moteurs des migrations, tels que les changements climatiques, les catastrophes naturelles et les crises d'origine humaine. Louise Arbour, la Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général pour les migrations internationales, était l’une des intervenantes.
Michael Clemens and Jennifer Hunt
by Ameya Naik
To mark the anniversary of the Education Cannot Wait fund being launched, the Syrian teenager has sent a powerful message to children affected by humanitarian emergencies.
Around the world, more than 75 million children are being denied an education because of humanitarian emergencies.
Conflicts, natural disasters and health crises have seen them forced out of school, at risk of dropping out or receiving poor-quality education.
People-centred approach saves lives
A major global initiative to improve the generation and use of early warnings against extreme weather, earthquakes and a cascading range of hazards has been launched with a powerful plea from a tsunami survivor to build more resilient societies.
(Tokyo, 23 May 2017) – While 119 nations have joined the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions to rid the world of cluster munitions, in the past four years, 166 financial institutions invested US$31 billion in companies that produce cluster munitions. Investing in cluster munitions is morally unacceptable with devastating consequences when these weapons are used among civilians. Yet, financial institutions turn a blind eye and continue investing in companies that produce them.
By Jonathan Fowler
CANCUN, Mexico, 22 May 2017 – For island nations on the frontline of climate change and a swathe of natural hazards, the issue of whether communities should give up the battle and leave is never far away.
Meeting on the eve of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, representatives of the world’s Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have come together to exchange lessons and spotlight the challenges that they face.
Over the past few years, the world has been confronted with a series of crises that have challenged perceptions of global stability. Whether a moment of high risk or great opportunity, this is without a doubt a moment of growing complexity. More actors, institutions, and networks of interests are engaged in the international sphere than ever before.
by Liska Wittenberg
Every summer since 2014 has seen an increase in the number of refugees and migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy and Malta. This increase in migration is having a wide-ranging impact on countries of origin, transit, and destination, creating new and complex challenges for governments, humanitarian agencies, the European Union, and the international community at large.
The current wave of technological change has created new opportunities for multilateral cooperation across a wide range of areas, including sustainable development, conflict prevention, humanitarian responses, peace operations, and state-society relations. At the same time, however, it has created an enduring “digital divide,” raised questions about Internet governance and privacy, and led to new forms of warfare that challenge existing international human rights and humanitarian laws.
Water insecurity—ranging from chronic water scarcity to lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation services, to hydrological uncertainty and extremes (floods and droughts)—can cause severe disruptions and compound fragilities in social, economic, and environmental systems. Untangling the role of water insecurity in contributing to fragility is difficult, yet it is becoming a fundamental question for water policy worldwide given the scale of the fragility challenge.
Addis Ababa, 22 May 2017 (ECA) – The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) is jointly organized a session on “How taking into account climate change can help Africa to pursue better trade policies, with a focus on food security” on the margins of the 20th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis which will take place at Purdue University, Indiana, USA, from 7-9 June under the theme, “Global Economic Analysis in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities”.
Geneva, 22 May 2017 – On 21 May, Dr Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, presented a roadmap of WHO’s work for the Eastern Mediterranean Region for 2017–2021 to ministers of health of the Region. It translates the vision of the WHO Regional Director into a set of strategic actions to guide WHO’s work with Member States. It takes into consideration the global commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the WHO reform agenda.
22 May 2017
Science organisations, universities and policymakers should undertake broad efforts to identify research professionals among millions of war refugees and assure that they can get back to work in their new countries, says a bold set of recommendations issued in Trieste, Italy. The recommendations stem from a workshop co-organized by leading science organisations, including The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS)(link is external), a UNESCO programme.
Greek authorities must ensure that refugees and migrants expected to start being evacuated from three Elliniko camps tomorrow, are provided with safe, adequate, alternative housing, said Amnesty International.
“Whilst no one will mourn the closure of these uninhabitable, unsafe camps, the failure to provide people living there with information about their imminent removal has only served to increase their fears and anxieties,” said Monica Costa Riba, Amnesty International’s Regional Campaigner.
When warfare takes place in cities, civilians experience direct and indirect harm, from physical violence and injury to disruption of vital services and destruction of infrastructure. In its new report, released in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), InterAction highlights the experiences of civilians caught in urban conflict and good practices for mitigating immediate and long-term harm caused by parties to conflict.
22 May 2017 – With United Nations peace operations being carried out in highly complex environments and facing multiple challenges, Secretary-General António Guterres recently stressed the need to adapt peacekeeping to “our changing world.”