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12 January 2021

The United Nations Department of Global Communications has organized the first virtual and joint Commemoration Programme in observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, to be screened on Wednesday, 27 January, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

9 December 2020

The 2020 International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East concluded today, with a vibrant online panel discussion exploring how trends in the systematic spread of untruths have changed the way traditional news outlets cover the Israel-Palestine conflict, and created avenues for citizen journalists to quickly push out stories to express their lived realities.

8 December 2020

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the United Nations International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, today:

8 December 2020

Journalists, media experts, policymakers and scholars within academic and faith communities in Palestine, Israel and elsewhere gathered for the opening of the twenty‑seventh annual International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East today, held for the first time in virtual format, amid the ongoing COVID‑19 pandemic.

7 December 2020

The annual United Nations International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East will be held virtually on Tuesday, 8 December, from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.EST, and Wednesday, 9 December from 10:30 a.m. to noon EST.

17 November 2020

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the closing of the fifteenth annual Internet Governance Forum Internet Governance in the Age of Uncertainty, held today:

11 November 2020

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

30 October 2020

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, observed on 2 November:

28 October 2020

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ keynote video message to the high-level dialogue on sustainable development at the Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Community, in Brussels today:

23 October 2020

The first virtual meeting of the United Nations World Data Forum concluded with the launch of the data community’s response to COVID‑19, stressing the increased demand for relevant, timely and trusted data and statistics as a critical part of building back a more equitable, sustainable and resilient future.

14 October 2020

The Department of Global Communications will host an online panel discussion, “Holocaust education in the virtual COVID-19 world”, at 9 a.m. on 21 October as part of the 2020 programme of Holocaust remembrance, education and outreach organized by the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme.

12 October 2020

Holding a virtual meeting today, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) heard introductory statements and questions relating to international cooperation on the peaceful uses of outer space, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and peacekeeping operations.  It also heard an introductory statement on questions relating to information.

2 October 2020

The United Nations human rights office called today for urgent action to address the dire situation of migrants attempting to cross the central Mediterranean Sea in search of safety in Europe, and to tackle the shocking conditions they face in Libya, at sea, and frequently, upon their reception in Europe.

23 September 2020

Disarmament is at the heart of the collective security system set out in the Charter of the United Nations, with its goal to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”.

23 September 2020

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the World Health Organization (WHO) event on “Infodemic Management:  Promoting healthy behaviours in the time of COVID-19 and mitigating the harm from misinformation and disinformation”, held today:

23 September 2020

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the high-level event on “Digital Cooperation:  Action for Future Generations”, held today:

17 September 2020

The Secretary-General expressed concern over the number of restrictions and attacks against journalists, as many face harassment, intimidation, killing and arbitrary detention.  He called on Governments to immediately release journalists detained while exercising their profession, stressing:  “No democracy can function without press freedom.”

15 September 2020

A record 13.4 million people in Burkina Faso, Mali and western Niger need humanitarian assistance and protection, as fast-growing crises spread across the Central Sahel region.  The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that the number of internally displaced people has grown 20-fold to 1.4 million in less than two years.

14 September 2020

In Sudan, nearly 720,000 people have been affected by floods, with more than 100 deaths reported, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.  While the United Nations and its partners have reached 200,000 with health, food and other assistance, the $1.6 billion Humanitarian Response Plan is less than half funded.

11 September 2020

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are helping the Government of Cambodia with distance learning programmes for the more than 3 million students who are out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic.