UNESCO Director General Ms. Audrey Azoulay on International Day for Access to Information

Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Day for Universal Access to Information, 28 September 2018

The technological revolution is radically transforming how we inform ourselves. In just a few years, sources of information have multiplied, taken on numerous formats and become globalized. It is now possible to obtain immediately a wealth of material on the most varied of topics. Continue reading


A Tanzanian woman, Lucy Odiwa is among the Global winners of the SDGs&Her competition for women micro-entrepreneurs who are helping to achieve the SDGs.

The World Bank Group in partnership with UNDP, UN Women, The Wharton School’s Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, will hold an event on Monday the 24th of September in New York to award the 2018 winners of the SDGs&Her competition for women whose business help to achieve the global goals. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the elections in Mauritania

NEW YORK, September 5, 2018-The Secretary-General commends the people of Mauritania for the peaceful conduct of  parliamentary, regional and municipal elections in the country on 1 September, which saw broad participation of political parties.

He encourages all parties to continue to act in a peaceful manner during and after the announcement of the results. He further calls on political leaders and electoral contestants to resolve disputes through dialogue and in accordance with the law.


Beijing, 3 September 2018-“Your Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

All protocol observed,

I am honored to be with all of you today.

This Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is an embodiment of two major priorities of the United Nations: to pursue fair globalization and to promote development that leaves no one behind in the context of a rules-based system of international relations supported by strong multilateral institutions.

China has achieved remarkable development progress in recent years, with an unprecedented reduction in poverty, and I commend its commitment to sharing its successes through different initiatives and namely the Belt and Road.
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Security Council Press Statement

Security Council Press Statement on Attack against Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic

24 August 2018-The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack by armed elements against a convoy of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) which took place on 23 August 2018 in Pavika (prefecture of Basse-Kotto, in the south-east of the Central African Republic) and resulted in one Burundian peacekeeper killed. Continue reading



HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESS BRIEFING BY BRENDEN VARMA, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT MIROSLAV LAJČÁK also avalable here:https://www.un.org/pga/72/2018/08/22/highlights-of-press-briefing-by-spokesperson-22-august-2018/

Asked when the General Assembly would hold a commemorative meeting to pay tribute to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Spokesperson said that no date had been set yet. Continue reading

Security Council Press statement on the situation in Burundi

AUGUST 22, 2018-While the security situation in the country is generally calm, the members of Security Council reiterated their concern over the political situation in Burundi, the slow progress of the inter-Burundian dialogue led by the East African Community (EAC), and the lack of engagement by the Government of Burundi in that regard. They welcomed the announcement by President Nkurunziza that he will not seek another term in 2020, which is seen as a first step towards reducing political tensions and noted additional progress will be necessary for credible elections. Continue reading