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NEW YORK, 20 September 2017-“Dear friends, let me begin by saluting this impressive coalition of global leaders and youth here today.  Thank you for standing up for education.

We are also graced by the presence of the most world famous student.  Welcome, Malala [Yousafzai] – our youngest UN Messenger of Peace.

My commitment to education runs deep.  Long before I served at the United Nations or in politics in my own country, in Portugal, I started as a teacher. Continue reading

The Secretary-General Remarks at Security Council High-Level Open Debate on Peacekeeping Operations Regarding the Reform of UN Peacekeeping

Implementation and Follow Up

New York, 20 September 2017-I thank this month’s Presidency of the Security Council, Ethiopia, for being such a steadfast contributor to peacekeeping.

Your personnel are on the frontlines in some of ourmost challenging missions, and we are extremely grateful for that commitment. Continue reading

Statement by Adama Dieng, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and Ivan Šimonović, Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, on the situation in Yemen

New York, 19 September 2017- The Special Advisers to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect express concern at continued allegations of grave violations and abuses of human rights law and violations of international humanitarian law in the context of the on-going conflict in Yemen and voiced their support for the call made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish an impartial, international mechanism to investigate the facts and the circumstances. Continue reading



New York, 20 September 2017

[as delivered]

“I would like to express my deep solidarity to the government and the people of Mexico. Unfortunately, we are having every day a new dramatic event in this part of the world. This time we cannot blame climate change; it is an earthquake.  It is a devastating one. I want to express my very deep solidarity to the government and to the people of Mexico. 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 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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