UN in the Philippines Press Releases

United Nations System in The Philippines Condemns Jolo Cathedral Bombing

Manila, 27 January 2019–On behalf of the United Nations System in the Philippines, we were shocked to learn of the bombing earlier today at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu.

We express our deepest condolences with the victims of this attack, civilian and security
personnel alike, and offer our sympathy to all affected communities in Sulu. The United Nations condemns the attack, and any form of violent extremism, and we hope that the perpetrators can quickly be identified and brought to justice.

The United Nations stands in solidarity with all who have been affected by this cowardly act. That it occurs at a historical moment in the peace process in Bangsamoro should strengthen the joint resolve of all responsible parties to pursue lasting peace in a region that has suffered from conflict for far too long.

Manila, 27 January 2019

Ola Almgren
Resident Coordinator

Media Statement: Internal displacement / Indigenous peoples: UN expert appalled at distortion of his comments by Philippines Armed Forces

MANILA / GENEVA (13 August 2015) – In a statement of clarification, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, today described the misrepresentation of his comments by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on the situation of hundreds of internally displaced indigenous persons in Davao, Mindanao, as “incorrect, unacceptable and a gross distortion of my views.”

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Media Advisory: UN expert on internal displacement launches first official visit to the Philippines

MANILA (21 July 2015) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani will carry out an official visit to the Philippines from 21 to 31 July 2015 to assess the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in different regions of the country caused by natural disasters, conflict and development projects.

“The Philippines has a range of internal displacement issues, which include those caused in 2013 by the devastation wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan where significant progress has been made, as well as other displacement situations where challenges remain to be addressed,” he noted.

“It is my intention to assist in finding solutions as well as to share experiences with the Government,” said Mr. Beyani, who visits the country at the invitation of the Government.

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Media Advisory: Queen Maxima visits PHL to promote access to financial services

Her Majesty Queen Máxima will visit the Republic of the Philippines from 29 June 2015 to 1 July 2015 in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development.

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UNDP calls for media safety as the Philippines marks Press Freedom Day – 4 May 2015