Deputy Secretary-General Calls for Global Transformation from Inside Out, Commitment to Hope, Healing, in Desmund Tutu Peace Lecture Remarks

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks at the Twelfth Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture, in Cape Town, South Africa, today: It is a pleasure and it is a deep honour to be with you for the Twelfth Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture. I would like to extend the special greetings of […]

Health Services

World Mental Health Day 2022: Message of WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti

World Mental Health Day, marked on 10 October every year, provides an opportunity to draw attention to Africa’s large and growing burden of mental health conditions, with children and adolescents worst impacted. This year’s theme, “Make Mental Health and Wellbeing for All a Global Priority”, serves as a reminder that, after nearly three years, the […]


UNICEF & WHO call for end to historic underfunding of mental health services in Africa

On World Mental Health Day, UNICEF and WHO are calling for an end to historic under-investment in mental health services in Africa where the COVID-19 pandemic has helped shine a light on the gaps that exist in mental health care. Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable. Africa has one of the highest number of children […]


Climate crisis is intensifying heatwaves UN-backed report warns, ahead of COP27

Greater action is needed now to avert the recurrence of disastrous heatwaves, which are being intensified by the climate crisis, the UN humanitarian affairs agency, OCHA, and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), said in a report issued on Monday. Record high temperatures this year – which are fueling catastrophes in countries such […]