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New York, 20 September 2017

“Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour to oversee this historic treaty’s opening for signature – the first multilateral disarmament treaty in more than two decades.

I congratulate all States that negotiated the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. I salute your commitment to the cause of nuclear disarmament and to our planet’s safety and security.  Continue reading


NEW YORK, 19 September 2017-[Trilingual, as delivered] “I am here in a spirit of gratitude and humility for the trust you have placed in me to serve the world’s peoples.

“We the peoples”, and the United Nations, face grave challenges.

Our world is in trouble.  People are hurting and angry.  They see insecurity rising, inequality growing, conflict spreading and climate changing. Continue reading

Tanzanian UN Peacekeeper Killed in Congo DRC

NEW YORK, 18 September, 2017-The Secretary-General condemns the killing of a Tanzanian peacekeeper serving with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) on 17 September in Mamundioma, in North Kivu province, following a clash with suspected members of an armed group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Another peacekeeper was also injured during the incident.

The Secretary-General offers his condolences to the friends and families of the deceased and to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania. He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured and urges the authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to swiftly investigate this incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Secretary-General calls on all armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to cease violence and to avoid a further deterioration of the security situation in the country.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.


NEW YORK, 18 September, 2017-“Your Excellency, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Your Excellency, President Macky Sall of Senegal, Your Excellency, Prime Minister Solberg of Norway, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank our sponsoring agencies and gracious hosts for bringing us together this afternoon.

Health is at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It is a pre-condition, an outcome and an indicator of progress.

And Universal Health Coverage is a key that can help unlock the full ambition of the SDGs.
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The Deputy Secretary-General Remarks at UN GA Side Event “Rebuilding Shattered Lives and Communities: Chibok and Yezidi Girls and Women”

NEW YORK, 18 September 2017-“I am honored to be with you today for this important event.

I thank UNFPA and the co-sponsors, Canada, Denmark, Iraq, Nigeria and the European Union, for bringing us together to focus on the urgent challenge of rebuilding shattered lives and communities.

Chibok and Yezidi girls and women have undergone horrific human rights violations at the hands of violent extremists. Continue reading

The Deputy Secretary-General Remarks at UN Global Compact CEO Roundtable

NEW YORK, 18 September, 2017- “It is good to be with you today.

It is a positive sign that so many senior business leaders have joined us for this important meeting.

There are more private sector representatives than ever before from almost every industry.

A large number of new initiatives have been announced in support of the 2030 Agenda.
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The Deputy Secretary-General Remarks at the High-level Event Financing the 2030 Agenda – The Role of the United Nations

NEW YORK, 18 September, 2017-“Secretary-General,
Vice-President Michetti
Ladies and gentlemen,
Good morning. I’m so pleased to be here with you today.

Financing the 2030 Agenda is fundamental to its successful implementation.
The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on Financing for Development provides a roadmap for shifting capital away from ‘business as usual’ towards investment in increased prosperity, social inclusion and environmental regeneration. Continue reading

The Secretary-General Remarks at the high-level event financing the 2030 Agenda – the role of the United Nations

NEW YORK, 18 September 2017-“Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is an enormous pleasure to be with you today starting our – I would say – “difficult week,” in which I will do everything possible to make sure that we take advantage of this fantastic gathering of decision makers from all over the world to really give a strong impulse also to the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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