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PRESS RELEASE: THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

By | 14 May 2019

From individual species through entire ecosystems, biological diversity is vital for human health and well-being.  The quality of the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe all depend on keeping the natural world in good health.  We need healthy ecosystems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to address climate… Read More »

UNHCR rushing staff, supplies to assist people affected by Cyclone Idai

By | 25 March 2019

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. 22 March 2019   |  Español   |  Français   |  عربي Residents carry their personal effects through a flooded section of Praia Nova, Beira, Mozambique, following Cyclone Idai.   © UNHCR/Denis Onyodi UNHCR, the… Read More »

#FightRacism this Human Rights Day

By | 21 March 2019

UNIC/PR/2019/03/19 Pretoria, South Africa – The United Nations in South Africa will join South Africans in commemorating Human Rights Day on Thursday, 21 March 2019 in Sharpeville and participate in the Human Rights Festival at the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. The day is of special importance to the UN and the global community as it… Read More »

Annual UN women activists’ summit opens with focus on services, infrastructure

By | 12 March 2019

A wheelchair-bound Pakistani mother who yearned to visit a park without worrying about ramp access, and a young South Sudanese woman who dreams of having affordable health care, were among the speakers opening the United Nation’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s rights on Monday. Addressing the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status… Read More »

Let us keep ‘their spirit of service alive’: Guterres leads tributes to UN workers who died in Ethiopia crash

By | 12 March 2019

United Nations flags flew at half-mast around the world on Monday to honor the more than 150 people killed in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, including at least 21 UN workers. Speaking to delegates attending the opening of the Commission on the Status of Women at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday morning, the UN… Read More »

UN chief ‘deeply saddened’ by Ethiopia plane crash which killed more than 150, including 19 UN staff

By | 11 March 2019

An Ethiopian Airlines fight crashed shortly after take off from the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing more than 150 people on board. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened at the tragic loss of lives” , as reports emerged that UN staff were also among the dead.