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01 May 2018 description


Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Today, I want to give you an update on cases of sexual exploitation and abuse in the UN system, in line with the Secretary-General’s initiative on increasing transparency on these allegations.

For the first three months of this year, from 1 January to 31 March 2018, we have received 54 allegations for all UN entities and implementing partners. Not all allegations have been fully verified, and many are in the preliminary assessment phase.

02 Nov 2017 description

Refugees, trafficking in persons and other effects of current conflicts would be a thematic focus of the Security Council in November, Sebastiano Cardi (Italy), Council President for the month, said at a press briefing today at Headquarters.

11 Oct 2017 description

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.



17 Dec 2012 description

The newly formed Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had already adopted rules of procedure and targeted substantial issues for review, including the rights of minorities, marginalized communities and women and children, officials from the body told reporters at Headquarters today.

25 Jun 2012 description


5th & 6th Meetings (AM & PM)

Outcome Document Affirms Poverty Eradication
As Greatest Challenge, Recommends Strengthening of Institutional Framework

RIO DE JANEIRO, 22 June — High-level officials of nearly every Member State meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, renewed their commitments to ensuring an “economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for present and future generations”, as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development — Rio+20 — closed this afternoon.

02 Aug 2011 description

Alessandra Vellucci, Chief of the Press and External Relations Section of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, chaired the briefing, which was also attended by spokespersons for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the International Organization for Migration.


17 Jun 2011 description

As diverse demands for United Nations peacekeeping continued to grow, more than 14,000 United Nations police officers — a force that was increasingly specialized and increasingly female — were deployed around the world, said the United Nations top police officer at a Headquarters press conference today.

25 May 2011 description

At a Headquarters press conference today, human rights activists urged the United Nations to play a greater role in pushing for implementation of the 1997 Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord in Bangladesh, which was intended to protect the rights of the area’s indigenous peoples.

28 Oct 2010 description

The livelihood of fishermen has become increasingly dangerous. Stronger storms and more frequent tropical cyclones along the coastlines of Bangladesh are said to be the result of climate change. Now, a new project is helping vulnerable communities adapt and prepare for climate impacts.

Transcript (pdf): See attached.

UNIA Programme # 1262

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10 Dec 2009 description

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John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said today that he and other humanitarian actors would push negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen to guarantee sufficient funding and action plans to help the world's poorest, most vulnerable people adapt to the changing weather patterns threatening their physical and economic survival.

"Our particular concern is that the focus should not just be on mitigation, that is, …

22 Sep 2009 description


Sommet sur les changements climatiques
Matin et après-midi


07 Oct 2008 description

La Journée internationale de la prévention des catastrophes naturelles est l'occasion idéale de promouvoir une « culture mondiale » d'anticipation et de préparation à de tels phénomènes, a déclaré cet après-midi le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires, John Holmes.

07 Oct 2008 description

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"Making hospitals safe from disaster" was the theme of tomorrow's International Day for Disaster Reduction, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, said this afternoon at a Headquarters press conference to make the announcement.

The second Wednesday of October was designated in 1989 to be the International Day, Mr. Holmes went on.

05 Sep 2008 description

Le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence, M. John Holmes a indiqué aujourd'hui lors d'une conférence de presse tenue au Siège de l'ONU, à New York, que les récents désastres climatiques qui ont affecté les Caraïbes, l'Asie du Sud et l'Afrique de l'Ouest étaient survenus au pire moment, alors que les pays touchés sont confrontés de surcroît aux conséquences néfastes de la crise alimentaire mondiale.

S'agissant de la situation dans les Caraïbes, M.

05 Sep 2008 description

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The United Nations' emergency relief official today told a United Nations Headquarters press conference that the recent severe weather that had hit the Caribbean, South Asia and West Africa could not have come at a worse time, as many of the affected countries were already reeling from the effects of the global food crisis.

Briefing correspondents on the humanitarian situation in areas that have been affected by recent storms and floods, John Holmes, …

16 Nov 2007 description

Early warning, tracking of the storm path and implementation of preparedness measures had contributed to saving lives when "Super-Cyclone Sidr" had hit land the previous night in Bangladesh as the worst storm there since 1991, it was stated today at a Headquarters press conference by John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

The cyclone had hit on 15 November with winds of 140 to 165 km/h and an "eye" measuring 74 km across with winds of 240 km/h.