PRESS RELEASE: The Secretary-General’s message on the international day of biological diversity

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 change: they can provide 37 …

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

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 UN Refugee Agency, is working …

#FightRacism this Human Rights Day

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 also marks the International Day …

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

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 of Women (CSW) in a joint …