The Deputy Secretary-General Remarks at the Opening of the High-Level Segment of the 2018 High-level Political Forum

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?

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The Deputy Secretary-General Opening Remarks at the Local and Regional Governments’ Forum

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

“Welcome to the United Nations. I am so pleased to take part in this first-ever Local and Regional Governments Forum at the High-level Political Forum.  I thank the Global Task Force for Local and Regional Governments, UN DESA, UN-Habitat and the Local2030 network for your work.  I am delighted to see so many distinguished leaders and experts from local and regional governments around the world with us today.  I am here for a simple reason. We need you. Continue reading

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 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


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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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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