In Focus

World Population Prospects, 2019 Report, cover image.
World Population Prospects 2019

According to the World Population Prospects 2019 report, the world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion persons in the next 30 years, reaching 9.7 billion in 2050 from the current 7.7 billion. The report presents the main results of the 26th round of the UN’s global population estimates and projections. It is based on population estimates from 1950 to the present for 235 countries or areas, underpinned by analyses of historical demographic trends. The 2019 revision also includes population projections to the year 2100 that reflect a range of plausible outcomes at the global, regional and country levels. 

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International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June)

2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of the establishment of the mandate and Office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Over the past decade, there has been a paradigm shift in the understanding of the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence and its impact on international peace and security, the response required to prevent such crimes and the multidimensional services needed by survivors. Despite this paradigm shift, it remains essential to recognize and tackle gender inequality as the root cause and driver of sexual violence, including in times of war and peace. The UN endorses a survivor-centred approach to counter, prevent, and alleviate conflict-related violence in conflict and post-conflict situations.

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World Refugee Day (20 June)

A refugee is someone who fled his or her home and country owing to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”, according to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention. In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees.Around the world, communities, schools, businesses, faith groups and people from all walks of life are taking big and small steps in solidarity with refugees. This World Refugee Day, we challenge everyone to join together and take a #StepWithRefugees.

In the Spotlight

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

On a two-day visit to Colombia, Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy, met with refugees, returnees and government officials to assess the human impact of a mounting exodus. “This is a life and death situation for millions of Venezuelans,” Jolie told journalists. “It is not possible to put a value on the support that Colombia and Peru and Ecuador are giving to the people of Venezuela, because it is the core of what it is to be human.” Jolie’s stop in Maicao capped her trip to Colombia, a country she's longed to visit since 2002, when she met refugees in neighbouring Ecuador fleeing decades of conflict in Colombia. This was her 65th mission overall with UNHCR since 2001. She was joined by the agency’s Deputy High Commissioner, Kelly Clements, who'd just spent three days with Venezuelan refugees in Ecuador.

The UN System at Work

A mosaic of 2 photos showing women counting money that people have remitted to their families.
International Day of Family Remittances (16 June)

The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is a universally-recognized observance adopted by the UN General Assembly. The day recognizes the contribution of over 200 million migrants to improve the lives of 800 million family members back home, creating a future of hope for their children. The UN aims to bring greater awareness of the impact these contributions have on millions of households, communities, countries, and entire regions. The IDFR is fully recognized at the global level; is included as one of the key initiatives to implement the newly-adopted Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration; and furthers the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), as custodian of the IDFR, is supporting the #FamilyRemittances2030 Campaign, to allow stakeholders to endorse the IDFR values and showcase their engagement.

Goal of the month


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Did you know?

Approximately 10 people a day are killed by landmines and other explosives.  Find out more in Global Issues: Peace and Security
Global Issues: Human Rights
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
Since 1946, more than 170 cases have been entered in the General List of the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Find out more in Global Issues: International Law

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UN in Pictures

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