United Nations Secretary-General appoints High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres established the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation to advance proposals to strengthen international cooperation in the digital space. The ultimate aim is to realize the transformational potential of digital technologies while safeguarding against risks and unintended consequences.

The panel will contribute to the broader global dialogue on how interdisciplinary and cooperative approaches can help ensure a safe and inclusive digital future for all.

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Record number of countries, private and public-­‐sector leaders to review progress on sustainable development

9-18 July 2018, UN Headquarters, New York-Thousands of high-­‐level representatives from governments, civil society and the private sector will gather at the annual High-­‐level Political Forum (HLPF) this month to take stock of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discuss successes, challenges and lessons learnt on the road to a fairer, more peaceful and prosperous world on a healthy planet by 2030.
Forty-­‐seven countries will submit their Voluntary National Review (VNRs) -­‐ an
important, evidence-­‐based platform to highlight national implementation.
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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL REMARKS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEBATE ON THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT

New York, 25 June 2018-” [as delivered] I welcome this formal debate of the General Assembly on the responsibility to protect.  The first as it was said, since 2009.  Such discussion is more critical today than ever as we strive together to protect people from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Global leaders unanimously endorsed the responsibility to protect at the 2005 World Summit.  Following genocides, a decade before in Rwanda and Srebrenica, and coming at a time of profound global divisions, this was a breakthrough.  The imperative was clear: do more to protect people, and do so as a united international community.

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The Secretary-General Message on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

NEW YOK-26 June 2018-Drug challenges are among the most complex problems we face, with wide-ranging impacts on health and well-being, families and communities, security and sustainable development.

Addressing them requires a holistic focus across many fronts, as highlighted in the outcome document unanimously adopted by the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem.

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The Secretary-General Remarks to UNRWA Pledging Conference

 New York, 25 June 2018-[As delivered]-“Mr. President of the General Assembly,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

We in the international community face a constant challenge – to address urgent matters while also keeping our focus on long-term priorities. This Pledging Conference for UNRWA is about doing both.

The outstanding work of UNRWA has an immediate effect by meeting the urgent humanitarian needs of millions of Palestine refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.  Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL REMARKS TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL ON THE MAINTENANCE OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY: COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

New York, 25 June 2018-[As delivered] Mr. President, Members of the Security Council,

I thank the Russian Federation Presidency for convening this debate at a crucial juncture for the people of the Middle East and North Africa. The region faces profound divisions, troubling currents and a tragic shredding of its diverse religious, ethnic and cultural fabric. Continue reading

UN Palestinian Rights Committee to organize International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem in Rabat, 26-28 June 2018

NEW YORK, June 22-The United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly, will convene, with the support of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem from 26 to 28 June 2018 in Rabat, Morocco. The conference theme is “The Question of Jerusalem after 50 years of Occupation and 25 years of the Oslo Accords”. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Eritrea and Ethiopia

New York, 21 June 2018-The Secretary-General welcomes the positive steps taken recently by Ethiopia and Eritrea to resolve the outstanding issues regarding the normalization of relations between the two countries.

The Secretary-General commends the efforts of the leaders of both countries to achieve sustainable peace and good neighborly relations which, in turn, will have positive repercussions in the entire Horn of Africa region.  Continue reading