New York, 22 May 2018

[as delivered] “I thank the Government of Poland for convening this open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The most effective way to protect civilians is to prevent conflicts and to end them.  This is why conflict prevention, resolution and peacebuilding are, and will remain, the highest priorities for the whole United Nations system. Continue reading

UN-World Bank Group Joint Statement on Signing of a Strategic Partnership Framework for the 2030 Agenda

Note to Correspondents

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2018 –The United Nations and the World Bank Group today signed a Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF), which consolidates their joint commitment to cooperate in helping countries implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.   Continue reading

Secretary-General’s remarks at Second World War’s exhibit

NEW YORK, May 9 2018-[As delivered] “I believe that today’s commemoration has more meaning than in any of the previous years.

We see a world in which conflict is proliferating, we see a world in which so many wars are taking place, and so I believe it is absolutely essential to remind us all of the lessons of the Second World War that, for the Soviet Union, was considered the Great Patriotic War. Continue reading

Non Governmental Organizations to apply for ECOSOC consultative

This is the Last Month – To apply for ECOSOC consultative status in order to be considered by the 2019 NGO Committee (Deadline: 1 June 2018 – Late submissions will not be accepted)

1 June 2018 is the last day for Non-Governmental Organizations to apply for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in order to have an opportunity to take part in UN deliberations. ECOSOC consultative status is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which outlines the eligibility requirements for consultative status, rights and obligations of NGOs in consultative status, procedures for the withdrawal or suspension of consultative status, the role and functions of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, and the responsibilities of the UN Secretariat in supporting the consultative relationship.
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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the killing of a MINUSCA peacekeeper in the Central African Republic

NEW YORK, APRIL 11-The Secretary-General strongly condemns the killing of a Rwandan peacekeeper and the wounding of eight others of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on 10 April, in Bangui during an exchange of fire with armed elements. Continue reading


The Security Council will hold an open debate on Monday, 16 April 2018, at 10:00 a.m. New York Time, on “Preventing sexual violence in conflict through empowerment, gender equality and access to justice” under the agenda item “Women and peace and security” (S/2018/311).

Security Council Press statement on the situation in the Great Lakes region

NEW YORK, April 10-The members of the Security Council met on 10 April 2018 to discuss the situation in the Great lakes region, five years after the signature of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region. They were briefed by Mr Said Djinnit, Special envoy of the Secretary General for the Great Lakes, and Amb. Raymond Serge BALE, permanent representative of the Republic of Congo, as chair of the PSC Framework Regional Oversight Mechanism. Continue reading