17 June 2019

Today is the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, and the 2019 theme is “Let’s Grow the Future Together”.  In his message, the Secretary-General stressed that protecting and restoring land can reduce forced migration, improve food security, spur economic growth and help address the global climate emergency.

29 April 2019

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres arrived in Beijing from New York on the evening of Thursday, 25 April.

29 April 2019

Responding to record flood levels in Iran, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, Ugochi Daniels, today asked the donor community for $25 million to cover the emergency and early recovery needs of 115,000 highly vulnerable people in the most hard-hit Provinces of Golestan, Khuzestan, Ilam and Lorestan.

25 April 2019

This week is World Immunization Week, and UNICEF is highlighting the dangers of the global rise in measles cases.  Executive Director Henrietta Fore said today:  “If we are serious about averting the spread of this dangerous but preventable disease, we need to vaccinate every child, in rich and poor countries alike.”

22 March 2019

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

22 March 2019

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says more measles cases continue to be recorded in the Philippines, with nearly 23,000 so far, including 333 deaths officially reported, a 385 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2018.  More than half the cases involve children under the age of five.

4 February 2019

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the Chinese Lunar New Year today:

13 September 2018

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen today said the situation in Hodeidah has deteriorated over recent days and that families are terrified by the bombardment, shelling and air strikes.  More than 25 per cent of children are malnourished; 900,000 people are desperate for food; and 90,000 pregnant women are at risk.

5 September 2018

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres arrived in Beijing from New York on Sunday, 2 September, in the afternoon.

4 September 2018

Virginia Gamba, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, will be conducting her first-ever mission in South Sudan between 4 and 8 September.  She intends to take stock of progress and challenges in the implementation of action plans to end and prevent grave violations against children.

3 September 2018

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the China‑Africa Cooperation Summit in Beijing today:

6 July 2018

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message to China’s tenth Eco Forum Global Annual Conference being held in Guiyang, from 6‑8 July:

28 June 2018

Following are UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the reception for the “Better Life, Dream Come True” exhibition on China’s poverty alleviation efforts, in New York today:

8 June 2018

Humanitarian organizations in South Sudan are responding to urgent needs of the estimated 50,000 people displaced in Leer, Mayendit and Koch Counties in Unity state amid a sharp escalation in fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), SPLA-in-Opposition and armed groups.

11 May 2018

In Afghanistan, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights welcomed the commitment by the Government to improve the human rights situation, but he also urged more action to end attacks on civilians, mainly by extremists, and the continued discrimination against Afghan women at all levels of society.

10 May 2018

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

16 April 2018

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres left New York on Friday, 6 April, for China.  He arrived in Beijing late on Saturday, 7 April.

10 April 2018

A new report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in cooperation with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, warns that armed groups in that country, including those affiliated with the State, hold thousands of people in prolonged arbitrary and unlawful detention, submitting them to torture and other rights violations.

9 April 2018

Forces from the Central African Republic and the United Nations Mission in the country launched a joint disarmament and arrest operation targeting criminal groups in the PK5 neighborhood in Bangui, resulting in arrests and the seizure of arms, ammunition and drugs.  The joint efforts will continue until the criminal groups are dismantled.

5 April 2018

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Food Price Index rose for the second consecutive month, led by prices of wheat and maize, whose production FAO expects will decline in 2018.  This follows global record high levels of cereal production in 2017.