NEW YORK, 29 August 2016-For nearly a decade as United Nations Secretary-General, I have witnessed many of the worst problems in the world as well as our collective ability to respond in ways that at times seemed impossible. Our ambitious new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change have demonstrated the power of political will to break longstanding deadlocks. On this International Day against Nuclear Tests, I call on the world to summon a sense of solidarity commensurate with the urgent need to end the dangerous impasse on this issue. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on South Sudan

NEW YORK, 16 August 2016-The Secretary-General is alarmed by the preliminary findings of a fact finding investigation by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) into the attack on Hotel Terrain in Juba on 11 July, in which one person was killed and several civilians were raped and brutally beaten by men in uniform.
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Statement by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative,Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez

Tanzania National Workshop – SDG Data Road Map 12 August 2016 – Dar Es Salaam

 Dr. Albina Chuwa, Director General, National Bureau of Statistics,

Government Representatives,

Ms. Bella Bird, Country Director, World Bank,

Mr Pali Lehohla, Statistician General of South Africa

Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Heads of Cooperation,

UN colleagues,

Distinguished Guests, colleagues from the media, academia and civil society

 Habari za Asubuhi na asalam aleykhum!

It is an honour to give a statement representing the UN at this important Tanzania National Workshop – SDG Data Road Map. As you know, I will discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  With regard to the focus of this workshop, these include the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (2015-2030) by member states at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.  The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) included in the 2030 development agenda provide a framework for shared action “for people, planet and prosperity” as well as for “partnerships and peace” to be implemented by all countries and stakeholders. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

NEW YORK,15 August 2016-The Secretary-General is appalled by reports of the killing of at least 36 civilians on 13 August in the area of Rwangoma village, North Kivu province of the DRC, by suspected members of the Allied Defense Forces (ADF). The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms this latest attack in the Beni area where, since October 2014, several hundred civilians have been killed by suspected members of the ADF. Continue reading

Secretary General appoints Werner Faymann of Austria as Special Envoy on Youth Employment

CALGARY, 12 August, 2016United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Werner Faymann of Austria, as his Special Envoy on Youth Employment.
This appointment comes at a time when persistently high levels of youth unemployment, poor quality and low paying jobs remain a concern globally.

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The Secretary General remarks at the University of Calgary

“A Call to Youth: The United Nations and Canada in a Changing World”

Calgary, 12 August 2016

Dr. Dru Marshall, Provost of the University of Calgary,

Distinguished faculty and students,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great honour to be here. Thank you for coming out in summertime.

I have always wanted to visit Calgary. I thought about coming in April to celebrate the last day of classes. The problem is: I look terrible in Bermuda shorts! Continue reading