Category Archives: Press Statements

“In a world of global migration, who is taking care of the rights of migrants?” – UN expert

NEW YORK / GENEVA (25 October) – “There is no migration organization within the United Nations, and no coherent institutional framework governing migration. States retreat from binding UN-based frameworks, with preference for informal processes governing migration,” the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, warned on Thursday. Continue reading

Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa, Mary Robinson, arrives in DR Congo [scroll down for French version – 2 September]

Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson. Photo: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson. Photo: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

Arriving in DRC, UN Great Lakes Envoy urges end to hostilities, focus on political process ahead of regional tours with AU,US and EU envoys

Kinshasa, 2 September 2013 – The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, has arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of the start of a joint regional mission this week of UN, African Union, US and European envoys to bolster diplomatic efforts for peace in the eastern DRC and the region. Continue reading

UN celebrates 50 years of invaluable contributions by women to human space flight

Press briefing by Valentina Tereshkova on the occasion of the celebration of 50 years of women in space. Photo: UNIS Vienna

Press briefing by Valentina Tereshkova on the occasion of the celebration of 50 years of women in space. Photo: UNIS Vienna

New York – The United Nations today commemorated the first space flight by a woman over 50 years ago and the contributions by women to that endeavour since then, hailing these “trailblazers” as powerful role models for young women and men worldwide.

It was on 16 June 1963 that cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to fly into outer space aboard the Vostok-6 spacecraft, making history in a 70-hour flight during which she orbited the Earth 48 times. Continue reading

Nearly 93,000 people killed in ‘vicious’ Syria conflict – UN human rights chief

06-13-2013bombedsyriaSyria – Warning the real figure is likely to be much higher, the United Nations human rights chief today announced that the death toll in Syria is nearly 93,000, with more than 5,000 people killed a month as the situation in the country has “deteriorated drastically” over the past year.

“The constant flow of killings continues at shockingly high levels – with more than 5,000 killings documented every month since last July, including a total of just under 27,000 new killings since 1 December,” Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human rights, said in a news release. Continue reading

Ban calls on Member States to press ahead with efforts to realize AIDS-free world

Caption: UNAIDS

Caption: UNAIDS

New York – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Member States to press ahead with efforts to realize the vision of a world free of AIDS, as the United Nations General Assembly met to consider progress in the global struggle against the epidemic.

Mr. Ban recalled that the Assembly’s 2011 Political Declaration set out a new framework of shared responsibility and global solidarity. Since then, the world has moved closer to the goal of no new HIV infections, no discrimination and no AIDS-related deaths. Continue reading

Independent UN panel calls for diplomatic surge to end ‘daily reality’ of war crimes in Syria

Paulo Pinheiro (left), Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, with High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Paulo Pinheiro (left), Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, with High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

New York – With Syria engulfed in an escalating and increasingly brutal civil war, a panel of United Nations human rights experts today issued its latest report on the crisis, detailing war crimes it says were committed by both the Syrian Government and opposition forces, and calling for a “diplomatic surge” to end the violence.

“War crimes and crimes against humanity have become a daily reality in Syria where the harrowing accounts of victims have seared themselves on our conscience […] Referral to justice remains paramount,” says the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria in a new report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. Continue reading

State communication surveillance undermines freedom of expression, warns UN expert

GENEVA  – “Freedom of expression cannot be ensured without respect to privacy in communications,” United Nations Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue said today, calling for more global attention to the widespread use of surveillance technologies by States in violation of the human rights to privacy and freedom of expression. Continue reading

HIGH LEVEL PANEL RELEASES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WORLD’S NEXT DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

New York,30 May 2013 – The High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda today released “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development,” a report which sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. The report calls upon the world to rally around a new Global Partnership that offers hope and a role to every person in the world. Continue reading

Statement on the Occasion of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula – 23 May 2013

FistulaDay E-cardNew York – Statement on the Occasion of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula delivered by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, United Nations Under-Secretary General and UNFPA Executive Director.

An estimated 2 to 3 million women and girls in developing countries are living with obstetric fistula, a condition that has been virtually eliminated in industrialized nations.

Obstetric fistula is preventable and in most cases treatable, and yet more than 50,000 new cases develop each year.  Continue reading