Humanitarian issues

Humanitarian issues

25 March 2020
SG/SM/20021

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the launch of the global humanitarian response plan for COVID-19, in New York today:

24 March 2020

High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said today that broad sectoral sanctions should urgently be re-evaluated in countries facing the COVID-19 pandemic.  Such measures could have a potentially debilitating impact on the health sector and human rights, she added. 

21 March 2020
SG/SM/20017

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

20 March 2020

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees airlifted emergency relief items to Chad on 19 March, responding to the humanitarian needs of some 10,000 Sudanese refugees.  Clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur region since late 2019 have forced more than 16,000 people, mostly women and children, to cross the border into Chad.

17 March 2020

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that the voluntary repatriation of registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan has been suspended and it has closed several repatriation centres until further notice due to the Government’s precautionary steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

4 March 2020

In north-east Nigeria, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that 7.9 million people — more than 1 out of every 2 people in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States — need aid in 2020.  With an upsurge in attacks in the area over the past year, aid agencies have been forced to scale down their work.

26 February 2020

The border area of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger has become the epicentre of a fast-growing crisis marked by unprecedented levels of armed violence, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says.  Armed assailants have forced more than 3,600 schools and 241 health centres in those countries to close.

18 February 2020

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees today said it is deeply saddened by reports of the deaths of at least 20 people during a stampede for food and cash in Niger’s Diffa region on Sunday.  The number of victims could rise as more information is received.

10 October 2019
SG/SM/19807-IHA/1472-OBV/1927

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, observed on 13 October:

30 September 2019
SG/SM/19788-IHA/1471

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

19 August 2019
DSG/SM/1316-IHA/1470-OBV/1907

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at a wreath-laying ceremony on World Humanitarian Day, in New York today:

19 August 2019
SG/SM/19704-IHA/1469-OBV/1906

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Humanitarian Day, observed today:

15 July 2019
SG/SM/19664-IHA/1468

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

1 June 2019
SG/SM/19609-IHA/1467

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message to the International Donors Conference in Beira, Mozambique, today:

28 April 2019
SG/SM/19558-IHA/1466

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

22 March 2019
SG/SM/19506-IHA/1465

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ statement on Cyclone Idai:

12 March 2019
SG/SM/19490-IHA/1464

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Donor Conference on Syria, in Brussels today:

26 February 2019
SG/SM/19477-IHA/1463

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the pledging conference for Yemen, in Geneva today:

17 December 2018
DSG/SM/1247-HR/5419-IHA/1462

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks at the event to mark the adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees, in New York today:

12 December 2018
DSG/SM/1246-IHA/1461

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s opening remarks at the seventh Global Humanitarian Policy Forum, in New York, today: