Archive for the ‘Press Releases’ Category

FEATURE: For winners of UN essay contest, multilingualism makes the world go ‘round

30th June 2014 Press Releases

New York, 27 June 2014 – An Arabic-speaking Chinese woman? A Mandarin-speaking Malagasy lady? A Spanish-speaking Portuguese gentleman from France? At first glance – or “listen”– all this might seem a bit strange, since the subjects come from cultures that are quite different from the languages they have chosen to speak and develop an expertise in. (more…)

The Secretary-General’s message on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2014

20th June 2014 Press Releases

New York, 20 June 2014 – Around the world, conflict has forced a record number of people to flee their homes.  More than 50 million people are currently displaced by war and violence, some 33.3 million in their own country and some 16.7 million as refugees, mostly in neighbouring countries.  Last year alone, more than 10 million people were newly displaced; every 15 minutes, one family was forced into flight. (more…)

Pillay welcomes appointment of new UN human rights chief

18th June 2014 Press Releases

GENEVA (17 June 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday warmly welcomed the UN General Assembly’s appointment of Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein to succeed her when Pillay’s mandate comes to an end on 31 August 2014. (more…)

Laws on the use of force by the police require urgent global reform, UN human rights expert says

13th June 2014 Press Releases

GENEVA, 13 June 2014 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns, stressed that laws regulating the use of force –especially lethal force- by the police are in urgent need of global reform. Mr. Heyns called on the UN and Governments around the world to launch a campaign to bring all States’ laws into line with international standards. (more…)

Modern slavery: UN rights experts welcome new international agreement on forced labour

13th June 2014 Press Releases

GENEVA, 13 June 2014 – A group of United Nations independent experts* on slavery, migrants, trafficking, sale and sexual exploitation of children, and internally displaced persons today welcomed the adoption by the International Labour Conference of a legally binding international Protocol to respond to today’s challenge of forced labour worldwide. (more…)