Refugees

Refugees

1 April 2020

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is sending equipment to more than 40 countries to help them use nuclear-derived technology to rapidly detect COVID‑19.  Dozens of labs will receive diagnostic machines to speed up national testing, biosafety supplies and personal protection equipment.

18 March 2020

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, has condemned continued attacks against health facilities in Taizz, which are threatening services for hundreds of thousands of people.  Preliminary reports indicate that two buildings at the Al-Thawra General Hospital were hit by missiles on 13 March.

13 March 2020

An estimated 14,000 people in Burkina Faso have fled their homes in the past 17 days due to recent violence, bringing the number of internally displaced to 780,000, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports.  It is increasing emergency supplies and protection for affected populations.

3 March 2020

United Nations agencies and their partners launched an appeal today for $877 million to help some 855,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar who are in Bangladesh, as well as more than 444,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in communities generously hosting those refugees.  More than half will fund vital services.

17 February 2020

The United Nations is alarmed by reports of an artillery shell explosion that injured up to 17 children at a school in Myanmar’s Rakhine State last Thursday.  The incident is part of an escalation of hostilities between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar military across much of Rakhine.

17 February 2020
SG/SM/19974

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the high-level segment of the International Conference on 40 Years of Hosting Afghan Refugees in Pakistan: A New Partnership for Solidarity, in Islamabad today:

24 January 2020
SG/A/1938

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Raouf Mazou of the Republic of the Congo, as Assistant Secretary-General to serve as the Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

17 December 2019
SG/SM/19915-REF/1266

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the opening of the Global Refugee Forum, in Geneva today:

7 October 2019
DSG/SM/1355-REF/1265

Following are UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohammed’s remarks at the seventieth session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Programme, in Geneva today:

26 August 2019
SG/SM/19709-REF/1264

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the international conference on “Forty Years of Afghan Refugees Presence in Pakistan:  A New Partnership for Solidarity”, taking place in Islamabad from 26 to 27 August:

8 August 2019
SG/A/1897-BIO/5239-REF/1263

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Gillian Triggs of Australia as Assistant Secretary-General to serve as the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.  Ms. Triggs will succeed Volker Türk of Austria who has been appointed as Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.  The Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Refugees are grateful for Mr. Türk’s 30 years of dedicated service to the refugee cause, including four years as Assistant High Commissioner for Protection.

26 July 2019
SG/SM/19679-REF/1262

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

19 June 2019
SG/SM/19631-OBV/1892-REF/1261

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Refugee Day, observed on 20 June:

9 April 2019
SC/13770

With the ongoing displacement of nearly 70 million people around the world driven mostly by conflict, the Security Council has a crucial role to play in resolving the resultant global crisis, the head of the United Nations refugee agency said as he briefed the 15-member organ today.

9 April 2019

Briefing the Security Council, the High Commissioner for Refugees stressed today that there is an unprecedented stigmatization of refugees and migrants in the media and in politics, and that this should concern us all as it is creating a toxic environment that makes it increasingly difficult to tackle this issue.

19 June 2018
SG/SM/19096-OBV/1801-REF/1260

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Refugee Day, observed on 20 June:

18 June 2018
SG/SM/19094-REF/1259

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

23 May 2018
SG/SM/19050-REF/1258

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the consultative meeting of the Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees, in Paris today:

23 March 2018
SG/SM/18952-PAL/2219

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

16 March 2018
SG/SM/18939-REF/1257

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message on the joint response plan for the Rohingya refugee crisis, in Geneva today: