UN Women statement: International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October

NEW YORK, Monday October 9, 2017- “Some people say that it is shameful for girls to go to work or go to school. These are old traditions and conventions.” These are the words of Alan and Israa, two Syrian girls who, through a UN Women-supported training and community centre in Beirut, Lebanon, are learning how to repair mobile phones. This training is helping to break down traditional ideas about what girls can and cannot do, and through giving them relevant skills for their future, it is building resilience and helping to break conventional isolation. Continue reading



New York, 28 September 2017-“I welcome this opportunity to brief you on the crisis in Myanmar.

On September 2nd, I wrote to this Council urging concerted efforts to prevent further escalation of the crisis in northern Rakhine state.

I am encouraged that the Council has discussed the situation four times in less than a month.   Continue reading

Syrian Crisis-United Nations Response

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information
No. 214/27 September 2017

 Reports of airstrike killing people fleeing ISIL in rural Hama, UN official

Briefing the UN Security Council on 27 September, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock expressed concern about reports of recent fighting and airstrikes in Idlib and Hama, which have resulted in significant death and injury, and damaged critical civilian infrastructure. Continue reading


UNITED NATIONS, New York – 27 September 2017-The Department of Field Support is pleased to announce that ten new contributors (Albania, Bangladesh, Canada, Italy, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Sri Lanka and Switzerland) have committed to provide contributions to the Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. These countries join Bhutan, Cyprus, India, Japan and Norway which have already contributed to the Trust Fund.
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The Secretary-General Remarks at High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons

New York, 27 September 2017-“I thank the General Assembly for convening this important meeting on the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, and I congratulate you, member of the General Assembly, on your successful deliberations on the Political Declaration to be adopted this morning. Continue reading

The Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa: From political commitment to actions on the ground

NEW YORK, 26 September 2017 – African leaders, UN officials, and representatives of international finance institutions and of the private sector met at the United Nations Headquarters to reaffirm their commitment to a broad-based international partnership to industrialize Africa in a socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable manner. Continue reading

Readout for the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Alain Aimé NYAMITWE Minister for External Relations and International Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi

NEW YORK, 25 September 2017-The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Alain Aimé Nyamitwe, Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi. The Secretary-General expressed condolences over the Burundian refugees recently killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo and hoped that the authorities of both concerned countries will be able to shed light on the tragic incident. Continue reading

Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See

NEW YORK, 25 September 2017-The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See.

The Secretary-General and the Secretary for Relations with States exchanged views on the large movements of refugees and migrants, and protection of minorities in the Middle East. They also discussed climate change and the 2030 Agenda, as well as developments in crisis situations in different parts of the world.