THE SECRETARY-GENERAL REMARKS FOR MEETING ON REGIONALISM AND THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

[as delivered]NEW YORK, 23 September 2016-Good morning.  I am pleased to join you for this important event. The drafters of the United Nations Charter recognized the importance of regional action. And the drafters of the 2030 Agenda also took that appreciation for the pivotal role of regionalism to a deeper level for the 21st century. World leaders recognized the crucial role of regional cooperation in implementing and assessing progress.

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Syrian Crisis United Nations Response-No. 164/14 September 2016

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information

Map of SyriaWelcoming truce in Syria, Secretary-General says the UN is positioned to deliver vital humanitarian aid

At a press conference at UN Headquarters on 14 September, the Secretary-General welcomed the reinstatement of the cessation of hostilities and stressed that the United Nations was positioned to use this critical opportunity to deliver humanitarian aid to Aleppo as well as to other hard-to-reach and besieged areas across Syria. Mr. Ban called on countries with influence to work towards a political solution. “It is essential that intra-Syrian negotiations resume so that Syria’s long-suffering people feel a real change in their daily lives. Major countries with influence have a duty to use their influence and seize this latest opportunity to pursue a political solution to end this catastrophic conflict”, he added. Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL-REMARKS TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL ON THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST, INCLUDING THE PALESTINIAN QUESTION

NEW YORK, 15 September 2016- First of all, I would like to thank Foreign Minister [Murray] McCully for organizing this meeting at a crucially  important time.

Before I say something, allow me to begin by wishing all Muslims who celebrated this week, “Eid Adha Mubarak”.

I also want to reiterate my hope for a swift and full recovery of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, who has been tireless in seeking peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Continue reading

Video: North Korea’s Long struggle for freedom

DPRK has one of the worst human rights records on the planet, and a silenced community who rarely have the chance to speak out. One brave young woman tells of her escape and determination to end the suffering – and efforts to bring those responsible to justice: http://bit.ly/2bypi2H