Category Archives: Sustainable Development Goals-SDG’s

UN to join Government in commemorating the National Youth week in Simiyu

DAR ES SALAAM,October 4, 2016-The United Nations in Tanzania will join the Government of Tanzania in commemorating the National Youth week in Simiyu region in Western Tanzania from the 8th to the 14th of October, 2016.
leaving-no-one-behindPart of the activities to be conducted include an exhibition and training for 400 youths around the Sustainable Development Goals on the 13th of October.

Secretary-General’s remarks to the Sustainable Energy For All Advisory Board

BRUSSELS, 15 June 2016- “Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group,
Distinguished Advisory Board Members,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am honoured to be with you again, and I thank you for your commitment and leadership.I also thank our generous hosts, the European Commission, represented today by the Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, His Excellency Mr. Neven Mimica.  It has been half a decade since we launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General’s Closing Remarks at Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

23 april 2016, New York: Today, the governments of the world made history – just as they did last December in Paris at COP21.

With their signatures today, governments have made a covenant with the future.

The children who were with us this morning reminded us of our responsibility to them and to future generations.

The words they wore on their shirts said it clearly: “your promise, our future”.

Today’s signing is a vote of confidence in a new approach to climate change.

It is imperative this strong political momentum continues to grow.

If all the countries that have signed here today join the Agreement at the national level, the world will have met the legal requirement for the Paris Agreement to enter into force — 55 countries accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

I will do everything I can to help us reach this goal.

This afternoon I was pleased to hear several large emitter countries announce they will ratify in 2016.

I encourage all countries to raise their level of ambition.

I urge world leaders to continue to provide direct political oversight and guidance.

And I will look to civil society and the world’s young people to hold Governments to account for the promises they made today.

This covenant with the future is a covenant with you. Hold them to it.


It has been a long journey to this moment – and that journey still continues.

When I look out at the horizon, I see, more clearly than ever, the outlines of a new and better world.

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is a major step forward for people and the planet.

The World Humanitarian Summit I am convening in Istanbul, Turkey on May 23rd and 24th will be a critical opportunity to enhance our support to the most vulnerable and reaffirm our common humanity.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let us continue to build on the historic progress of today – and move swiftly, with courage and determination, to usher in the new era we know can be ours.

Thank you.

UN Secretary-General’s remarks to the Informal High-Level Event on Promoting the Early Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement

22 April 2016, New York: In Paris last December, countries embraced the spirit of multilateralism and showed how to work together to meet a common threat.

Today marks the next step in our shared journey to meet the climate challenge.

I warmly congratulate the 15 Parties that have deposited their instruments of ratification with the United Nations today and I am very much grateful. And I really want to make a point of recognizing each [of them] by name – this is what I have been doing for the third time [today]. I was told by our communication expert [that] when you really have a message to deliver, repeat it all the time! Repeat it, so that when your name is not included in the 15 then you may be motivated or even provoked to work, work even harder.

Out of my gratitude, I would like to again list the names: Barbados, Belize, Fiji, Grenada, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Nauru, Palau, Palestine, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Somalia and Tuvalu. I am very much grateful for all your very active decisive actions. Many of you are on the frontlines of climate impacts – and today you are showing that you are also on the frontlines of global leadership.

I also congratulate those countries that have indicated that they intend to join the Paris Agreement this year, within this year.

I encourage all countries to move forward quickly with their own domestic processes to accept and ratify the Paris Agreement. As you are well aware, we need at least 55 countries and 55 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Having 55 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions may be a little bit shorter and easier if United States and China – they ratify or join then it will add to almost 40 per cent. But at least we need 55 countries. That means we need to have a universality of this, of course 55 is not universality. One hundred and seventy-five countries is quite close to universality. And it is a great commitment of Parties to UNFCCC. I call on the countries gathered here to use this opportunity to announce your timeline for joining the Agreement as soon as possible.

It is imperative that the strong political momentum continues to build as the spirit of Paris is still continuing. I will do all that I can this year to ensure that the Paris Agreement enters into force as soon as possible.

Again, thank you very much Mr. Prime Minister for your initiative of convening this meeting for early ratifiers. This is a great opportunity to impress upon the importance for early action.

I thank you very much. Thank you.

UN Secretary-General’s remarks to Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement

22 April 2016, New York: En décembre dernier à Paris, la communauté internationale a adopté le premier accord universel sur le climat.

Chaque pays s’est engagé à réduire ses émissions et à renforcer sa résilience face aux effets potentiellement dévastateurs des changements climatiques.

Aujourd’hui, au moins 171 pays se retrouvent ici à New York pour signer l’Accord de Paris.

Arrêtons-nous et songeons-y un instant.

C’est un moment d’histoire. Jamais auparavant un aussi grand nombre de pays n’avait signé un accord international en une seule journée.

Je félicite tous les pays qui signent ce matin et je salue tout particulièrement les 15 Parties qui vont egalement deposer leurs instruments de ratification, que je me fais un devoir de citer : la Barbade, le Belize, les Fidji, la Grenade, les Maldives, les Îles Marshall, Les Iles Maurice, Nauru, les Palaos, l’État de Palestine, La Féderation de Sain Christophe et Niéves, Sainte-Lucie, le Samoa, la Somalie et Tuvalu.

“L’esprit de solidarite de Paris vive encore.”

We are breaking records in this Chamber – and that is good news.

But records are also being broken outside.

Record global temperatures. Record ice loss. Record carbon levels in the atmosphere.

We are in a race against time.

I urge all countries to move quickly to join the Agreement at the national level so that the Paris Agreement can enter into force as early as possible.

The window for keeping global temperature rise well below two degrees Celsius, let alone 1.5 degress, is rapidly closing.

The era of consumption without consequences is over.

We must intensify efforts to decarbonize our economies.

And we must support developing countries in making this transition.

The poor and most vulnerable must not suffer further from a problem they did not create.

Let us never forget — climate action is not a burden; indeed, it offers many benefits. It can help us eradicate poverty, create green jobs, defeat hunger, prevent instability and improve the lives of girls and women.

Climate action is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Many people contributed to the COP21 negotiations in Paris and to the preparations for this event. I acknowledge their tireless efforts, particularly the work of the UNFCCC Secretariat.

Today is a day that I have worked toward since day one as Secretary-General of the United Nations and declared climate change to be my top priority.

Today you are signing a new covenant with the future.

This covenant must amount to more than promises.

It must find expression in actions we take today on behalf of this generation and all future generations; actions that reduce climate risk and protect communities; actions that place us on a safer, smarter path.

This morning we will be joined by 197 children, representing the Parties that adopted the Paris Agreement. Of course, they represent more than this. These young people are our future. Our covenant is with them.

Today is a day for our children and grandchildren and all generations to come.

Together, let us turn the aspirations of Paris into action.

As you show by the very act of signing today, the power to build a better world is in your hands.

Thank you very much for your leadership and commitment. Merci beaucoup.

The Deputy Secretary-General Remarks at High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

[as delivered]New York, 21 April 2016 “On behalf of the Secretary-General, I join you for this important High-level Debate on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I thank you, Mr. President, for convening this event under such inspiring circumstances today. Continue reading


  • More than 165 Countries Expected to Sign Climate Change Agreement at Ceremony on 22 April at UN HeadquartersNEW YORK,22 APRIL 2016 – More than 165 countries have indicated that they will sign the historic climate change agreement reached in Paris last December at a signature ceremony hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, Friday, 22 April.
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UN Secretary General remarks to the 93rd meeting of the deveopment committee

16 April,2016, Washington: I am deeply honoured to once again have the opportunity to address the Development Committee. Last year, we focused together on the importance of ensuring the successful passage of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Thanks in large measure to your support, world leaders adopted the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and the 2030 Agenda — with seventeen integrated and comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals.

Your continued support and engagement will be crucial to ensuring the successful implementation of this game-changing agenda.

We join forces today to discuss an issue that is integral to that success – addressing the global challenge of forced displacement.

As you know, the number of forcibly displaced people around the globe has reached epic proportions, with over 60 million people forced to flee their homes due to conflict and violence.

The ongoing refugee crisis and migration challenges are straining the European continent. We are seeing serious challenges to the implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement, with a number of human rights concerns being voiced.

Xenophobia is on the rise, and governments are scrambling to find a response in line with international and EU law.

When it comes to managing large movements of migrants and refugees, there is much room for improvement in international cooperation not only in Europe, but globally.

We saw this in the Andaman Sea last spring, when thousands of migrants and refugees were pushed back from territorial waters in unsafe boats.

We are seeing it in Central America, where thousands of women and children are on the run from the armed gangs and generalised violence.

The chaos in Libya and Yemen is similarly causing thousands of people to run for their lives.

Food insecurity, conflict, climate change, lack of opportunities and governance failures are also contributing to large migration flows across the African continent, including the Horn of Africa.

Member states are struggling for solutions.

The unfortunate responses are often shutting borders, detaining asylum seekers and migrants, pushbacks and refoulement.

Supporting States in addressing large movements of refugees and migrants is an issue ripe for more concerted multilateral action. We must strengthen international cooperation mechanisms, and boost our collective work.

It is for this reason that I have worked with the membership of the United Nations to have the United Nations General Assembly call a leader’s Summit on 19 September to move forward on this issue.

Next month, we will also convene the World Humanitarian Summit, which will feature both a high-level round table on forced displacement, and a special session on migration.

At the same time, we must boldly move to implement the SDGs, which will address many of the root causes of these large movements, build resilience, and promote well-managed migration policies. The 2030 Agenda will also strengthen the capacity of host States to integrate large numbers of refugees and migrants.

Let me quickly point to six areas for immediate action.
First, we need to counter xenophobic narratives, and ensure that the positive contributions that refugees and migrants make to our societies are acknowledged and understood.

Second, we must share responsibilities more equitably, more predictably, and more transparently.

Third, we must better support countries that are hosting large numbers of refugees, including through your excellent new initiative of offering concessional loans to middle-income countries hosting large refugee populations.

Fourth, we must create safe, orderly and regular pathways for refugees and others migrants in need.

Fifth, our fight against traffickers and smugglers must yield better results, and we must support States in enhancing their cooperation in this area.

And sixth, we must avoid diverting resources from long-term development, and make sure that development and humanitarian financing work hand-in-hand. This will ensure a sustainable response from day one, freeing more resources in the long-term for supporting least developed countries, as pledged in the Addis Agenda.


Our shared challenge and obligation is to address mass population movements while maintaining our commitment to sustainable development.

Let me repeat: implementing the 2030 Agenda in all its aspects will help to address the root causes of displacement and prevent mass population movements from occurring in the first place.

These are extraordinary times. Never before has the issue of forced displacement ranked so high on the international agenda.

I count on this important committee to develop fresh approaches and to take bold steps in addressing these challenges.

Thank you.