United Nations World Data Forum Concludes with More than 10,000 Producers, Users Connecting to Advance Solutions for Trusted Data in COVID-19 Response

23 Oct

The first virtual meeting of the United Nations World Data Forum concluded with the launch of the data community’s response to COVID‑19, stressing the increased demand for relevant, timely and trusted data and statistics as a critical part of building back a more equitable, sustainable and resilient future.

United Nations YouTube Channel Had 6.2 Million Views in High-Level General Assembly Week, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Tells Fourth Committee

12 Oct

Holding a virtual meeting today, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) heard introductory statements and questions relating to international cooperation on the peaceful uses of outer space, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and peacekeeping operations.  It also heard an introductory statement on questions relating to information.

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

2 Oct

The United Nations human rights office called today for urgent action to address the dire situation of migrants attempting to cross the central Mediterranean Sea in search of safety in Europe, and to tackle the shocking conditions they face in Libya, at sea, and frequently, upon their reception in Europe.

Spotlighting ‘Communications Emergency’, Secretary-General Vows Fight against COVID-19 Misinformation at World Health Organization Event

23 Sep

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the World Health Organization (WHO) event on “Infodemic Management:  Promoting healthy behaviours in the time of COVID-19 and mitigating the harm from misinformation and disinformation”, held today:

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

17 Sep

The Secretary-General expressed concern over the number of restrictions and attacks against journalists, as many face harassment, intimidation, killing and arbitrary detention.  He called on Governments to immediately release journalists detained while exercising their profession, stressing:  “No democracy can function without press freedom.”