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Sustainable Development Goals bannerThe new year ushers in the official launch of the bold and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders last September at the United Nations. The new Agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. “The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s Continue reading

Transnational organized crime is undermining security and governance in the Pacific: United Nations report

Press Release
French Polynesia, 21 September 2016  –  The Pacific is increasingly vulnerable to exploitation by transnational organized crime, law enforcement agencies in the region are largely unable to manage territorial borders, and governments and regional organizations are struggling to address the situation, according to a comprehensive report launched today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  Titled “Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) in the Pacific: A Threat Assessment”, it is the first UN report to examine major illicit trafficking flows and issues in the region following Security Council calls to address security threats to fragile small island states in 2015.

Developed in close partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the report draws together information and cases from the Pacific, with supplementary information from neighbouring East and South-East Asia and the Americas, to assess illicit flows impacting the region. Four major transnational organized crime types are covered in the report: drug and chemical precursor trafficking, human trafficking and migrant smuggling, environmental crime, and trafficking of small arms.

New Report Identifies Strategies to Finance the SDGs and Climate Action

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 21 September 2016 – Strategies to shift capital towards investments that generate climate action and sustainable development were discussed at the United Nations today at a high-level event to discuss a new report titled “Links in the Chain of Sustainable Finance: Accelerating Private Investments for the SDGs, including Climate Action.”

The high-level event was opened by the President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Peter Thomson and chaired by his predecessor H.E. Mogens Lykketoft.

Discussions were centred around the report, commissioned by President of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, Mr Lykketoft, and written by Brookings Institution scholars Homi Karas and John McArthur. Similar reports from UNEP and from the New Climate Economy were also discussed.

Twenty-Six Member States Pledge $151 Million to UN Peacebuilding Fund

New York, 21 September 2016 – The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund received $151 million in pledges from Member States at its Pledging Conference held Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the Fund announced.

The pledges cover the years 2017-2019 and will go toward projects the Fund underwrites in more than 20 countries with the aim of sustaining peace and preventing violent conflict. The event was co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The conference sought pledges totaling $300 million over three years.

UN Secretary-General Remarks To The Security Council On The Situation In Syria

New York, 21 September 2016
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I thank Prime Minister Key for organizing this very important meeting.

The Syrian tragedy shames us all. The collective failure of the international community should haunt every member of this Council.

Well over 300,000 Syrians have been killed, half of the country’s population has been uprooted, and much of its infrastructure lies in ruins.

UN Secretary-General Remarks To Media Following  High Level Meeting On The Paris Agreement On Climate Change

New York, 21 September 2016

I am pleased to see you this morning. This is a great day for the planet, for multilateralism and for our sustainable development agenda. We are now very close to bringing the Paris Agreement into force.

Sixty countries have now joined the Paris Agreement. They represent over 47.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. We need about 7.5 per cent more of the greenhouse gas emissions accounted.

The thresholds for entry into force are 55 countries representing 55 per cent of global emissions. We have crossed one threshold and the emissions threshold is within reach.

 

PRESS RELEASE Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer to Entry into Force in 2016

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60 Countries accounting for close to 48 percent of emissions have joined Agreement

New York, 21 September—The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Several large emitting countries, which had not yet completed their domestic approval processes in time for the event, also announced they were committed to joining the agreement this year.

The Paris Agreement will enter into force 30 days after 55 countries, representing 55 percent of global emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance or accession with the Secretary-General.

UN Secretary-General Closing Remarks Paris Agreement Event

New York, 21 September 2016

I am heartened by the tremendous support for bringing the Paris Agreement into force this year.
The global coalition that delivered in Paris continues to go from strength to strength.

With this meeting this morning, as of now, we have 60 parties representing, over 47.5% [of global greenhouse gas emissions]. We need 7.5% more.  And that means we have crossed one the two thresholds, the 55 countries, so it’s well over, now let us work harder to get all this 7.5% greenhouse gas emissions added more.   I thank the 31 countries who have deposited their instruments with me today.  I am happy to declare that we have officially crossed one of the two thresholds required to bring the Paris Agreement into force.

Address of the United Nations Secretary-General to United Nations General Assembly

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20 September 2016

I stand before you with gratitude for your support across the decade I have had the privilege to serve this great organization, the United Nations.

In taking the oath of office in December 2006, I pledged to work with you for “we the peoples” With the Charter as our guide, and the dedication of the staff, we have achieved much together.

I also stand before you with deep concern.

Gulfs of mistrust divide citizens from their leaders. Extremists push people into camps of “us” and “them”. The Earth assails us with rising seas, record heat and extreme storms. And danger defines the days of many.

One hundred and thirty million people need life-saving assistance. Tens of millions of them are children and young people — our next generation already at risk.

Press Release: UN Opens New Office Space In Honiara


September 21, 2016 (Honiara, Solomon Islands)

The new United Nations Joint Presence Office (UN JPO) space has been officially launched in the Solomon Islands capital Honiara this morning on Wednesday 21 September.

The Acting Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Honourable Manasseh Maelangah was the Chief guest to officially open the UN JPO, located at the ANZ Building in Ranadi, together with Ms. Osnat Lubrani, UN Resident Coordinator responsible for the Pacific nations including Solomon Islands.

Tuvalu Parliament Hosts Women’s Practice Parliament

21 September 2016

UNDP Practice Parliament for Women in Tuvalu_Image1Funafuti, Tuvalu: Seventeen women from a diverse range of backgrounds gathered on this week for the start of Tuvalu’s second “Women’s Practice Parliament”.

Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Maatia Toafa, in his opening remarks spoke on the importance of carving out a space for women in politics. He confirmed the government of Tuvalu’s commitment to gender equality, noting that, while great improvements had been made in sensitizing Tuvalu’s laws and policies, more must be done to get women into decision-making positions.