Category Archives: Press releases

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

JUNE 18, 2018-The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the two heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks that took place in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, on 16 and 17 June, which resulted in at least 43 people killed and 45 injured.  For one of those attacks, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) has claimed responsibility.

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PRESS RELEASE: Assembly President calls for return to dialogue at Kultaranta talks in Finland

Helsinki, Finland, 18 June 2018 – The President of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, participated in a panel on the future of multilateralism and the role of the United Nations, as part of the Kultaranta Talks, a foreign and security policy debate hosted by H.E. Mr. Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland.
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Media briefing on the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Media Advisory                        June 13, 2018

Thousands of government, business and civil society leaders will gather at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development from 9 to 18 July at UN Headquarters in New York to review successes, discuss challenges and mobilize efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Forum is the central platform for tracking progress on the Goals at the global level. Continue reading


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New York, 12 June 2018


[as delivered]

Distinguished Chair,


Fellow panellists,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to join you at this 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This Convention protects the rights of some
1.5 billion people around the world, and is one of the most widely-ratified international human rights treaties, with 177 ratifications since its adoption in 2006. Continue reading

Full transcript of UN Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter on US-DPRK Summit

The Secretary-General PRESS STAKEOUT

New York, 11 June 2018- “Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for your presence.

I usually come before you to express deep concerns about unfolding developments and trends around the world.

Today, a bit of good news.

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The UN Deputy Secretary-General Remarks at Inauguration of Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries

GEBZE, TURKEY, 4 June 2018-“Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,On behalf of the United Nations, I am delighted to participate in this significant milestone. With this ceremony to mark the operationalisation of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries, we celebrate today the achievement of the first target of the 2030 Agenda, SDG target 17.8.

This is a tangible materialization of an important aspiration of the Least Developed Countries and their partners. 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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Security Council Press Statement on the Rome Conference

NEW YORK, March 28 2018-The members of the Security Council commended the convening in Rome on March, 15 2018, of a ministerial meeting in support of Lebanon’s Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces, under the auspices of the International Support Group for Lebanon (ISG) and under the chairmanship of the United Nations and Italy. They welcomed the Joint Statement issued at the end of the meeting.
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#zerodiscrimination for everyone; everywhere

#zerodiscrimination for everyone; everywhere

 On Zero Discrimination Day, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is highlighting the right of everyone to be free from discrimination.

DAR ES SALAAM, 3 March 2018, Dar es Salaam—Zero Discrimination Day is a global commemorative day which takes place every year on 1 March. In the context of HIV, stigma and discrimination hampers effective HIV programming and is a violation of human rights. Zero Discrimination Day is anchored on the UNAIDS vision of eliminating all forms of discrimination, based on HIV status, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, geographical location or migrant status, or for any other reason. This is particularly pertinent in health care, workplace and educational settings. Continue reading