Statement by the Secretary-General on the 22nd Anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre
Ahead of the twenty-second anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre – the largest atrocity on European soil since World War II – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged all to “look honestly” at the past, acknowledge the crimes and the inaction that allowed them to occur and ensure that such atrocities are never repeated.
Declaration on Denouncing Stigmatization of Survivors of Conflict-related Sexual Violence Adopted by BiH Inter-Religious Council
The Declaration is a clear signal to everyone that religious communities, religious leaders and the clergy are clearly and unequivocally condemning social exclusion, marginalization and outright discrimination society commits against survivors of conflict related sexual violence.
War, violence, persecution push displacement to new unprecedented high
War, violence and persecution worldwide are causing more people than ever to be forcibly displaced, according to a report published on 19 June by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
On 19 June, ‘International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict’, we reflect upon where Bosnia and Herzegovina stands in addressing the legacy of sexual violence committed during the conflict of the Nineties, how the UN in BiH is responding and what still needs to be done to secure justice and redress to men and women who survived this hideous crime.
Nature in the focus of the World Environment Day 2017!
Representatives of administrations and NGOs will gather in Sarajevo on 5 June in the Botanical Garden of the country’s National Museum. There, they will highlight the benefits brought by protecting nature, such as cleaner air and water, while viewing artistic performances inspired by nature.
EU and UN Women launch initiative focusing on Ending Violence against Women and Girls
Half of all women have been subjected to some form of violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A serious violation of basic human rights, violence against women and girls is widespread here, and often seen as socially acceptable behavior justified by traditional patriarchal concepts.
World No Tobacco Day 2017: Beating tobacco for health, prosperity, the environment and national development
Action to stamp out tobacco use can help countries prevent millions of people falling ill and dying from tobacco-related disease, combat poverty and, according to a first-ever WHO report, reduce large-scale environmental degradation.
Joint action at the land-border Gradiška, within the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme
Officers of the Indirect Taxation Authority of BiH and Customs Administration of Croatia conducted joint operational activity focused on prevention of illicit drug trafficking and other smuggling activities that exploit maritime containers transported to Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as through the region. The action took place between 29 and 31 of May 2017.
New WHO study on health and well-being of Europe’s youth reveals that obesity continues to rise
A new WHO report, launched on 17 May at the European Congress on Obesity in Portugal, reveals that the number of obese adolescents is continuing to rise in many countries across the WHO European Region.
How do media in Bosnia and Herzegovina report on the issues of violence against women?
Research conducted in 2016 in Bosnia and Herzegovina shows that, although media report on violence almost daily, reporting about violence against women is sensationalistic.
3 out of 4 people suffering from major depression do not receive adequate treatment
World Health Day 2017 focuses on depression – the second-largest contributor to disability or health loss and a leading underlying cause for the 128 000 suicide deaths that occur each year in the WHO European Region. Despite being very common and affecting anyone at any stage of life, depression is still vastly under-recognized and under-treated; there is, consequently, a need to open up dialogue and tackle the stigma associated with this disabling condition.
Towards Creating a World with Equal Rights and Opportunities for All - SDG Conference
The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the importance of the commitment by a country to fully assume the responsibility for the goals were the focus of the conference attended by the Special Representative of the European Union in BiH, ambassadors of Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, the Special Envoy for the SDGs...
Speech of UN Resident Coordinator at SDG Conference in Sarajevo
"In a world where conflict and insecurity abound, the 2030 Agenda is also an agenda for peace. It is a recognition that development and peace go hand in hand. You cannot achieve one unless you achieve the other."
World Water Day 2017
Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.
Best "Postcards from the Future" awarded on the International Day of Happiness
The youngest award-winning author is seven-year-old Fatima Kadić, whose vision of the future is a world without divisions. "I wish that my friends could go to school together. We get together and we play together, until we have to go to school where we are separated in class", said Fatima, accepting her award.
The Secretary-General's message on International Women’s Day
"Gender equality is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the global plan agreed by leaders of all countries to meet the challenges we face." - António Guterres, UN Secretary General