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08 Dec 2018 description

Sound policies and cooperation by countries are key

By: Richard Danzinger

From Africa Renewal: December 2018 - March 2019

Without a doubt, migration is a defining issue of this century. One billion people, one-seventh of the world’s population, are migrants. Some 258 million people are international migrants, 40 million are internally displaced and 24 million are refugees or asylum seekers. In 2018, there is no longer a single state that can claim to be untouched by human mobility.

29 Nov 2018 description

Louise Arbour: Thank you very much. Good afternoon, I think some of you are probably quite familiar with this process, so I’ll make some very brief remarks and I’m very happy to take your questions. Just a recap on the process. The United Nations General Assembly, coming out of the New York Declaration in 2016, passed a resolution launching the process for the adoption of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. So, this entire process is governed by a GA resolution. It consisted of a series of consultations and negotiations.

30 Jul 2018 description

As part of the Secretary‑General’s commitment to increase transparency on the reporting of sexual exploitation and abuse within the UN, I have an update on the period of 1 April‑30 June of this year. Please note that not all the allegations have been fully verified and many are in the preliminary assessment phase. During this period, the UN received 43 allegations involving UN personnel — 18 from peacekeeping and 25 from agencies, funds and programmes. We also received 24 allegations involving non‑UN personnel working for implementing partners.

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.

20 Mar 2018 description

At the start of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly of the United Nations I emphasized our common goal: peace and a decent life for all people on a sustainable planet. Many leaders echoed this overarching priority at the general debate and beyond. One very important element of this is universal access to water and sanitation. At a most basic level, human beings cannot survive without water. Equally important is sanitation, a lack of which negatively affects our quality of life and claims the lives of millions each year.

04 Nov 2017 description


Dans le cadre de l’initiative du Secrétaire général visant à améliorer la transparence concernant les allégations d’exploitation et d’atteintes sexuelles, nous essaierons désormais de faire une mise à jour sur la question tous les trimestres.

Pour la période du 1er juillet au 30 septembre, nous avons reçu 31 allégations. Toutes non pas été vérifiées, et certaines sont en phase d’évaluation préliminaire.

15 Jul 2017 description


La toute première initiative spécialement conçue pour aider les chefs religieux à prévenir les incitations à la violence a été lancée aujourd’hui. Le « Plan d’action des chefs et acteurs religieux pour prévenir les incitations à une violence susceptible d’engendrer des atrocités », a été baptisé par le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. António Guterres, au cours d’une cérémonie tenue au Siège de l’Organisation, à New York.

14 Jul 2017 description


Secretary-General António Guterres will launch the first-ever action plan designed specifically to enable religious leaders to prevent incitement to violence — the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes — in a meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

22 Jun 2017 description


NEW YORK, 22 June (Office of Information and Communications Technology) — The United Nations announced today that Data for Democracy (D4D) has won the Unite Ideas Internal Displacement Event Tagging and Extraction Clustering Tool (#IDETECT) data challenge.

30 May 2017 description

Several African countries have begun implementing climate resilience activities

By: Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi

From Africa Renewal: May - July 2017

01 May 2017 description

Innovative risk-pooling initiative will give a lifeline to countries in distress

By: Bill Hinchberger
From Africa Renewal: May - July 2017

08 Jul 2015 description

Conference Hears from Netherlands as Incoming President of the Conference and 18 States

7 July 2015

Kim Won-soo, Acting High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, this afternoon addressed the Conference on Disarmament. The Conference also heard from the Netherlands as incoming President of the Conference and from 18 States.

26 May 2015 description


International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East,
AM & PM Meetings

ASTANA, 26 May — The United Nations would spare no effort in supporting the quest for peace in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants in a two-day international media seminar today, stressing that a free, pluralistic media was essential in covering both the Israeli-Palestinian story and broader regional dynamics in a fast-paced digital world.

20 Mar 2015 description


The sustainable management and conservation of forests must be considered in the design and implementation of the new sustainable development goals and the new climate change agreement to be adopted this December in Paris, according to United Nations officials and forest experts in messages for the International Day of Forests, observed on 21 March.

02 Oct 2014 description



On 29 September 2014, the United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security held its ninth consultative meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on the margins of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly. The United Nations Secretariat and African Union Commission were represented by senior officials from the two organizations.

26 Sep 2014 description


La barre des 50 ratifications du Traité sur le commerce des armes a été franchie ce matin, lors d’une cérémonie conjointe, organisée, dans le cadre de l’édition 2014 de la Cérémonie des traités.

Aujourd’hui, huit États ont déposé leurs instruments de ratification auprès du Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. Ban Ki-moon, et deux autres États ont apposé leur signature.

Aux termes de son article 22, le Traité entre en vigueur 90 jours après la date du dépôt du cinquantième instrument de ratification, soit le 24 décembre 2014.

19 Aug 2014 description

2013 Set New Record for Violence against Aid Groups with Attacks on 460 Aid Workers, including 155 Killed

19 August 2014

As the United Nations Office at Geneva, together with Geneva-based humanitarian partners, commemorate World Humanitarian Day today, new figures show that the number of aid workers killed, kidnapped and seriously wounded has reached the highest number ever recorded.

20 Dec 2013 description


Le Vice-Secrétaire général de l’ONU, qui présentait, aujourd’hui, l’initiative Rights Up Front, désignée également sous le nom de plan d’action « Les droits avant tout », a souligné qu’il était nécessaire pour l’ONU d’agir plus vite pour empêcher que les violations des droits de l’homme ne donnent lieu à des crimes de masse.