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Statement

Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on US migration and refugee policies

The Secretary-General welcomes the positive steps announced today by the US administration relating to migration and refugees.

The Secretary-General looks forward to working with the new US administration to strengthen multilateral cooperation in these areas. He also hopes to see the United States join the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Support from the United States to address the needs of migrants and refugees has been strong and steadfast. This partnership is needed now more than ever as we seek to provide assistance, protection and sustainable solutions to the displacement of record numbers of people who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict, violence or disaster, or are migrating in the hopes of finding a better life for themselves and their families.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 20 January 2021

Official Statement

Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General US re-engagement with WHO

The Secretary-General welcomes the United States’ stated re-engagement with the World Health Organization. Supporting the WHO is absolutely critical to the world’s efforts for a better coordinated response against COVID-19. Now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences.

With vaccines being a critical tool in the battle against COVID-19, the United States joining and supporting the COVAX facility will give momentum to efforts to ensure equitable access to vaccines for all countries.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 20 January 2021

Media Advisory – United Nations Human Rights Council

 Australia’s human rights record to be examined by Universal Periodic Review

GENEVA (15 January 2021) – Australia’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 in a meeting that will be webcast live.

Australia is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 18 to 29 January *.  Australia’s first and second UPR reviews took place in January 2011 and November 2015, respectively.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report – information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Australia on 20 January can be found here.

Location: Assembly Hall, Palais des Nations, Geneva [NB: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting will be held using a combination of in-person and remote participation, and media representatives are encouraged to follow the proceedings on webcast.

Time and date: 09.00 – 12.30, Wednesday, 20 January (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)

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Secretary-General’s Video Message on the Two Millionth Death From the COVID-19 Pandemic

With more than two million lives now lost worldwide to COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General appealed on Friday for countries to work together and help each other to end the pandemic and save lives. The Secretary-General António Guterres noted that the absence of a global coordinated effort has worsened the pandemic’s deadly impact. More.

2020 Climate Action Award winners shine ray of hope

In a year that has cast darkness upon many, the 2020 UN Global Climate Action Awards, announced on Tuesday, shone a light on the positive action that many across the globe are taking, to combat climate change.

While COVID-19 is the world’s most clear and present danger, climate change is a menace that threatens all future generations, according to the head of the UN climate change convention. More

UN treaty banning nuclear weapons set to enter into force in January

In what leading campaigners are describing as “a new chapter for nuclear disarmament”, the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will now come into force on 22 January, after Honduras became the 50th Member State to ratify on Saturday.

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement commended all the countries whose ratification of the accord, approved by 122 nations at the General Assembly in 2017, who have helped bring the ban on weapons this far, singling out the work of civil society groups. More