PRESS RELEASE : UN World Data Forum wraps up with launch of Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data

United Arab Emirates selected to host next Forum

(Cape Town, 18 January)  — The inaugural United Nations World Data Forum is concluding today with the launch of a global plan for better data to improve people’s lives, and new ideas and solutions to boost the collaboration, resources and policies needed to put it into action.

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JOINT STATEMENT ON SYRIA

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien
WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

DAVOS, Switzerland, Monday January 16, 2017– While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, we again appeal for immediate, unconditional, and safe access to reach the children and families who are still cut off from humanitarian aid across the country.

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SECRETARY-GENERAL, AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION CHAIRPERSON APPOINT JEREMIAH KINGSLEY MAMABOLO OF SOUTH AFRICA ACTING JOINT SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR DARFUR

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced today the appointment of Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo of South Africa as Acting Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Continue reading

UN World Data Forum – Press Briefing Sessions

On the 10th January 2017, prior to the UN World Data Forum, Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the Statistics Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, briefed the media at the Spokesperson’s noon briefing as well as a WebEx briefing with UNICs in Pretoria, Lusaka and Nairobi.  The inaugural UN World Data Forum is set to take place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15-18 January.

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UN WORLD DATA FORUM – CAPE TOWN, 15 – 18 January 2017

The first UN World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa from 15 to 18 January 2017, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
MEDIA ADVISORY – UN World Data Forum , Cape Town, 15 – 18 January 2017

The Secretary-General Appeal for Peace New York, 1 January 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

On my first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, one question weighs heavily on my heart.

How can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight?

Civilians are pounded with deadly force. Women, children and men are killed and injured, forced from their homes, dispossessed and destitute. Even hospitals and aid convoys are targeted.

No one wins these wars; everyone loses. Trillions of dollars are spent destroying societies and economies, fueling cycles of mistrust and fear that can last for generations. Continue reading