In Focus

Libyan migrants
International Migrants Day (18 December)

Approximately, one billion people in the world are migrants - this includes those who have migrated within their own country or internationally. Many migrants have no option but to undertake risky and dangerous journeys to fulfill their dreams or to simply feed their family. They often do not have real access to safe routes. This year's theme is "Safe Migration in a World on the Move."

Arabic Language Day (18 December)

The role of new technologies and how to harness them is the theme of this year’s World Arabic Language Day. The observance acknowledges the Arabic language’s immense contribution to science and culture, including philosophy and the arts. With more than 290 million native speakers, and millions of others gaining some level of fluency, it is one of the five most spoken languages in the world. Arabic is also a very diverse language, with numerous dialects. 

Peacekeeper helping local women
International Human Solidarity Day (20 December)

The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda is built on a foundation of global cooperation and solidarity. International Human Solidarity Day is a day to: celebrate our unity in diversity; remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements; raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity; encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the SDGs; encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.

In the Spotlight

Louise Arbour
Louise Arbour

Louise Arbour of Canada was appointed by the Secretary-General as his Special Representative for International Migration in March 2017. Ms. Arbour is leading the follow-up to the migration-related aspects of the 2016 High-level Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants. She is also Secretary-General of the intergovernmental conference on international migration to be held in 2018. Ms. Arbour previously served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and as Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda.

The UN System at Work

World Migration Report 2018: InfoSheet No 2 - Migration and migrants: A global overview
World Migration Report 2018

Since 2000, IOM has been producing world migration reports to contribute to increased understanding of migration throughout the world. The chance for evidence and knowledge to help explain migration and how it is changing seems to be diminishing at a time when, more broadly throughout the world, facts and expertise seemed to have increasingly taken a back seat to opinion and politics. The World Migration Report 2018 is the ninth in the series and presents key data and information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical migration issues. 

SDG Goal 15 - life on land

Did you know?

Africa has the highest growth rate of female-owned businesses.
Nine out of ten refugees are hosted by developing countries.
Most of the world’s people live no more than 200 miles from the sea.  Find out more in Global Issues: Oceans and the Law of the Sea
Approximately 10 people a day are killed by landmines and other explosives.  Find out more in Global Issues: Peace and Security

Worth Watching

UN in Pictures

UN peacekeeping operations paid their respects to MONUSCO Blue Helmets from Tanzania who lost their lives
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