The Deputy Secretary-General Remarks at SE4ALL Side Event: SDG7 – Leaving No One Behind

New York, 16 July 2018-[As prepared for delivery]

“I am pleased to be with you today to discuss the immensely important topic of “Moving SDG7 forward”.  The 2030 Agenda declares that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions is the greatest global challenge. Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is critical to meet this objective.  It is also essential for addressing climate change, which is indispensable for sustainable development.

Put simply, sustainable energy is the golden thread that links most of the SDGs and the pledge to leave no one behind.  Access to cleaner energy benefits people’s health – especially women and girls — by reducing risks from indoor and outdoor air pollution, and by enabling access to clean water and refrigeration. Continue reading

Young Influencers in Tanzania to Boost Campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation

Dar es Salaam-This week, The Head of UN Population Fund in Tanzania, Jacqueline Mahon and The Head of the  European Union Delegation to Tanzania and the East African Community, Ambassador Roeland Van De Geer met with young influencers in the country to scale up the campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation.

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47 COUNTRIES SUBMIT VOLUNTARY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REVIEWS

47 countries including 10 African Member states have submitted their voluntary reviews on the Sustainable Development Goals at the high level political forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development happening in New York this week in a session that started on 9th July.

The Forty-seven countries – both developed and developing – presented on the actions they are taking to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals during the three-day ministerial meeting from 16 to 18 July when they present their Voluntary National Reviews.

The Voluntary National Reviews are part of the follow-up and review mechanism for the 2030 agenda which states agreed to in September 25, 2015. As stipulated in paragraph 84 of the 2030 Agenda, regular reviews by the High Level Political Forum-HLPF are to be voluntary, state-led, undertaken by both developed and developing countries, and involve multiple stakeholders. Continue reading

United Nations Secretary-General appoints High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

WHAT:

UN Secretary-General António Guterres established the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation to advance proposals to strengthen international cooperation in the digital space. The ultimate aim is to realize the transformational potential of digital technologies while safeguarding against risks and unintended consequences.

The panel will contribute to the broader global dialogue on how interdisciplinary and cooperative approaches can help ensure a safe and inclusive digital future for all.

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Record number of countries, private and public-­‐sector leaders to review progress on sustainable development

9-18 July 2018, UN Headquarters, New York-Thousands of high-­‐level representatives from governments, civil society and the private sector will gather at the annual High-­‐level Political Forum (HLPF) this month to take stock of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discuss successes, challenges and lessons learnt on the road to a fairer, more peaceful and prosperous world on a healthy planet by 2030.
Forty-­‐seven countries will submit their Voluntary National Review (VNRs) -­‐ an
important, evidence-­‐based platform to highlight national implementation.
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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL REMARKS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEBATE ON THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT

New York, 25 June 2018-” [as delivered] I welcome this formal debate of the General Assembly on the responsibility to protect.  The first as it was said, since 2009.  Such discussion is more critical today than ever as we strive together to protect people from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Global leaders unanimously endorsed the responsibility to protect at the 2005 World Summit.  Following genocides, a decade before in Rwanda and Srebrenica, and coming at a time of profound global divisions, this was a breakthrough.  The imperative was clear: do more to protect people, and do so as a united international community.

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The Secretary-General Message on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

NEW YOK-26 June 2018-Drug challenges are among the most complex problems we face, with wide-ranging impacts on health and well-being, families and communities, security and sustainable development.

Addressing them requires a holistic focus across many fronts, as highlighted in the outcome document unanimously adopted by the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem.

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The Secretary-General Remarks to UNRWA Pledging Conference

 New York, 25 June 2018-[As delivered]-“Mr. President of the General Assembly,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

We in the international community face a constant challenge – to address urgent matters while also keeping our focus on long-term priorities. This Pledging Conference for UNRWA is about doing both.

The outstanding work of UNRWA has an immediate effect by meeting the urgent humanitarian needs of millions of Palestine refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.  Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL REMARKS TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL ON THE MAINTENANCE OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY: COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

New York, 25 June 2018-[As delivered] Mr. President, Members of the Security Council,

I thank the Russian Federation Presidency for convening this debate at a crucial juncture for the people of the Middle East and North Africa. The region faces profound divisions, troubling currents and a tragic shredding of its diverse religious, ethnic and cultural fabric. Continue reading