NEW YORK AUGUST 22-
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
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
Geneva, 18 August 2018-Today is a sad day for the world.
Humanity lost its strong moral voice, and I lost my mentor, my role model and great friend.
Kofi Annan was an extraordinary political leader, but his major legacy is his humanity. It infused everything he did, every decision he made, and helped him restore the trust and enthusiasm in our great organization. He was an exceptional human being, with an amazing balance, infallible political instinct and ever-present compassion, always caring for others, particularly the less fortunate of us. Continue reading
New York, Monday, 16 July 2018 [As prepared for delivery]
“Welcome to the 2018 High-level Political Forum. Almost three years have passed since world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda, a roadmap for peaceful and prosperous societies on a healthy planet. The HLPF is our annual opportunity to take stock of implementation efforts responding to that roadmap. The six goals in focus this year are an engine for driving inclusive and sustainable growth.
Above all the HLPF is an opportunity to respond to two central questions:
First, are we on track to achieve our Goals by 2030?
And second, what do we need do differently over the coming years to deliver better results?
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
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.
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.