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Secretary-General message on World Refugee Day 2020

Nearly 80 million women, children, and men around the world have been forced from their homes as refugees or internally displaced people. Even more shocking: ten million of these people fled in the past year alone.

On World Refugee Day, we pledge to do everything in our power to end the conflict and persecution that drive these appalling numbers. Continue reading

Op-ed from the Heads of UN Environment Programme and UN ESCAP: Direct COVID stimulus and recovery funding toward green and climate-friendly investments

We should not aim to return to normal

Armida Alisjahbana and Inger Andersen

The world before COVID-19 looks very attractive right now. In light of the disease, mass unemployment and social distancing, a return to pre-pandemic normality seems appealing. Yet we should remember what normal was. Continue reading

UN action joins the call of the Secretary-General for a global ceasefire


On the occasion of this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the member entities of United Nations Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict1 express their grave concern at the continued use of sexual violence as a tactic of war, terrorism and political repression, and call on all parties to conflicts to commit to ceasing such acts as part of the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire made in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Citing ‘weight of history’, senior UN officials of African descent issue call to ‘go beyond and do more’ to end racism

A group of more than twenty senior leaders in the UN, who report directly to Secretary-General António Guterres, and who are African or of African descent, have put their names to a personal and hard-hitting statement published on Friday, expressing their outrage at pervasive and systemic racism, highlighting the need to ‘go beyond and do more’ than just offering condemnation. More

Heads of State, Business and UN Leaders to discuss covid-19, inequality and climate crises at UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

Virtual event on 15-16 June set to be largest gathering of private sector leaders looking to tackle societal challenges and advance the Sustainable Development Goals
WHAT: United Nations Global Compact 20th Anniversary Leaders Summit
WHEN: 15 – 16 June
WHERE: Virtual summit (registration details below)UNITED NATIONS, New York, 9 June 2020 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Presidents of Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia will join dozens of Chief Executive Officers and UN chiefs at the United Nations Global Compact’s Leaders Summit next week to address the private sector’s response to three global crises – COVID-19, inequality and climate.

With more than 12,000 attendees already registered for more than 100 global, regional and local sessions, the virtual Leaders Summit on 15-16 June will be the UN’s largest, most inclusive and most sustainable convening of purpose-driven business leaders wanting to tackle societal challenges and advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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