Portugal’s António Guterres emerges as favourite for next UN Secretary-General


On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly will host a High-Level Summit to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants at the UN Headquarters with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.

This is the first time the General Assembly has called for a summit at the Heads of State and Government level on large movements of refugees and migrants and it is a historic opportunity to come up with a blueprint for a better international response. It is a watershed moment to strengthen governance of international migration and a unique opportunity for creating a more responsible, predictable system for responding to large movements of refugees and migrants.

DOWNLOAD the detailed programme of the Summit.


The  General  Assembly  of  the  United  Nations  opens  its seventy-first session on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The  opening  of  the  session  will  be  followed,  in  the   second week, by a high-level plenary meeting of the General  Assembly  on  addressing  large  movements  of  refugees  and  migrants,  taking  place  on  Monday,  19  September 2016,  when  world  leaders  are  expected  to  consider  the  causes  and  consequences  of  large  movements of people.

The Assembly’s annual general debate, when Heads of State and Government and other senior national representatives gather to present their views about pressing world issues, will open on Tuesday, 20 September, and run through Monday, 26 September.

DOWNLOAD Press Kit of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon takes part in Olympic Torch relay as the Olympic Games kick off in Rio

5 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in the Olympic Torch Relay in Rio de Janeiro this morning as the historic torch, after having made its journey from Greece, is just hours away from lighting the Olympic Flame.

Congratulating the athletes and the supporters and fans who will be filling the sporting arenas of host city Rio – and at venues in the cities of São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília (Brazil’s capital), and Manaus – in the weeks ahead, the Secretary-General, in his message for the games, said: “The Olympics and Paralympics celebrate the best of humanity.” Read More.

Refugee Olympic Team makes history at Rio Games

Video credit: United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)

Against all odds, 10 refugees, who fled violence and persecution and overcame adversity to excel in their sports, are competing at the Olympic Games Rio. Because those driven from their home are also driven to achieve. Learn more about Team Refugees.

Sustainable Development Goals: Improve Lives All Around the Globe

“Sustainable Development Goals: Improve Life All Around The Globe” is a hip hop music video that was produced by Flocabulary in partnership with the Education Outreach Section of the Outreach Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information. It aims to teach young people throughout the world about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals and how they can help build peace.

UNiLibraryUnited Nations Publications is pleased to announce the launch of the United Nations iLibrary, the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and dissemination platform for digital content created by the United Nations.

Available from February 2016, the United Nations iLibrary provides librarians, information specialists, scholars, policy makers and the general public with a single online destination for seamlessly accessing knowledge products created by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs.

At launch, United Nations iLibrary comprises 750 titles in English, and 250 in other official languages of the United Nations: French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic. This initial scope covers most of the content published under the United Nations Publications banner between 2013 and 2015. A scope of around 3,000 titles is expected to be available by the end of 2016, corresponding to most titles published between 2010 and 2015.

The content of the United Nations iLibrary will be regularly updated with approximately 500 new titles published every year on the key topics reflecting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations.  LEARN MORE.

The UN and Bahrain: An Enduring Partnership

“The UN and Bahrain: An Enduring Partnership” is a documentary showcasing the historical partnership between the UN and the Kingdom of Bahrain.



Video credit: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

01 January 2016 marked the official launch of the bold and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the 193 Member States of the UN in September 2015. The new agenda with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core, aims to spur actions by governments, the private sector, civil society and others to end poverty and build a more sustainable world over the next 15 years.

As 2016 is a pivotal year to catalyzing action on the SDGs , the United Nations has launched  a new campaign, “Sustainable Development: 17 Goals to Transform Our World,” to highlight the importance of the Goals as well as stimulate action by all stakeholders—governments, the private sector and civil society—to successfully implement them. This year-long campaign will focus on strengthening existing partnerships and forming new ones across the world to help promote key events around the SDGs.


Secretary-General’s Video Message on the International Day of Peace 2016

Secretary-General’s Video Message on World Humanitarian Day 2016

Secretary-General’s Video Message on International Youth Day 2016

Secretary-General’s Video Message on Rio Games & the Olympic Truce

Secretary-General’s Video Message on World Press Freedom Day 2016

Secretary-General’s Video Message on World Autism Awareness Day 2016

Secretary-General’s Video Message on Earth Hour 2016

Secretary-General’s Video Message on World Radio Day 2016

 Secretary-General’s Video Message to the Israeli and Palestinian people

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The United Nations Secretariat Building is lit with the Red AIDS ribbon, demonstrating the Organization’s commitment to the battle against HIV/AIDS, and to spotlight the General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS on June 25-27, 23 June 2001. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

World AIDS Day (01 December)


International Day of Persons with Disabilities (03 December)


Egyptian IOM Volunteers Assist Refugees from Libya. UN Photo/OCHA/David Ohana

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (05 December)


International Anti-Corruption Day (09 December)


Human Rights Day (10 December)

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