A refugee woman signs the necessary documents to receive her cash card, in the framework of UNHCR’s cash assistance programme in Greece. ; UNHCR works with its Greece Cash Alliance partners to provide monthly cash assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers in Greece. Cash encourages self-reliance, provides dignity and allows choice. Refugees use cash to meet their most basic needs (food, clothes, hygiene, communication, transport and school supplies for children), while at the same time contributing to the local economy. Since April 2017, more than 49,000 refugees and asylum-seekers are estimated to have received cash assistance in Greece at least once. Cash assistance is part of the Emergency Support to Integration & Accommodation - ESTIA programme funded by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). It is implemented by UNHCR and Greece Cash Alliance partners in coordination with the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy.

Common Secure Conferences

UNICC hosts an annual Common Secure conference with the goal to bring its information security Clients and partners together to increase the UN family circle of trust, share intelligence on cyber practices and provide feedback on UNICC Common Secure service. The two-day workshop typically blends vendor and regional stakeholder sessions with feedback, presentations and input from participating Agencies.

The Common Secure Annual Conference scheduled for Istanbul in September 2020 has been postponed to the week of 10 May 2021 at a venue yet to be determined. The conference will be held in conjunction with the UNDP CDN Conference and the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) Technical Colloquia.

The first day of the joint event will be for Common Secure subscribers only, but subsequent sessions are open for public attendance where we encourage you to join us. This includes training based on the FIRST curriculum.

Submission deadline extended and we are happy to receive interest and presentations at commonsecure@unicc.org.


In 2019, the conference was held at UNICC’s Centre of Excellence in Valencia, Spain.

Cyber criminals are collaborating more and more so cyber security professionals need to step up on sharing intelligence and information to keep pace with cyber criminals. Common Secure members can envision a UN family to collect and share information to keep our Agencies secure and aware.

Tima Soni, Chief, Cyber Security Section, UNICC

Participating Agencies included IFAD, PAHO, WFP, IMD, UNDP, OSCE, UNESCO, and ADB, IOM, WFP, UNDP, UNICEF, ILO, IAEA joined remotely – in addition to participation and presentations from the Computer Emergency Response Teams from the Spanish government and the city of Valencia. Participating partners included the Spanish CCN- CERT, Cynet, IBM, Microsoft, Qintel and the Valencia city Security Operations Centre.