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Emissions Gap Report 2017: Governments, non-state actors must do more to reach Paris Agreement

Governments and non-state actors need to deliver an urgent increase in ambition to ensure the Paris Agreement goals can still be met, according to a new UN assessment.

The eighth edition of UN Environment’s Emissions Gap report, released ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, finds that national pledges only bring a third of the reduction in emissions required by 2030 to meet climate targets, with private sector and sub-national action not increasing at a rate that would help close this worrying gap.

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Cities 2030, Cities for all: Implementing the New Urban Agenda – Applications Open

WUF9 is the key platform to discuss the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the urban dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is the the world’s premier conference on urban issues, established in 2001 by the United Nations.

WUF9 is one of the most open gatherings in the international arena, for exchanging views and experiences on urban challenges.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the seventh report of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism

The Secretary-General today transmitted advance copies of the seventh report of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism to the Security Council, pursuant to Security Council resolutions 2235 (2015) and 2319 (2016). The report provides the assessments and findings by the Leadership Panel of the Mechanism in relation to the two cases investigated by the Mechanism: the use of sulfur mustard in Umm Hawsh on 15 and 16 September 2016 and the use of sarin in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017.

The Secretary-General looks forward to the Security Council’s consideration of the Mechanism’s report on 7 November.

The Secretary-General reiterates his full confidence in the professionalism, impartiality and objectivity of the Mechanism and thanks the Leadership Panel and staff of the Mechanism for their hard work and dedication. The Secretary-General appreciates the continued support of the OPCW and the Office for Disarmament Affairs to the Mechanism, as well as assistance, including financial support, by Member States.

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General
New York, 26 October 2017

UN Day in Central African Republic, Secretary-General honours peacekeepers

Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrival in CAR.
Visit to wounded peacekeepers

Commemorating United Nations Day alongside UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday paid tribute to the sacrifices made by uniformed personnel in the service of peace. More

The Secretary-General on Somalia

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attacks perpetrated yesterday in Mogadishu. He conveys his condolences to the bereaved families and wishes speedy recovery to the injured.

The Secretary-General commends the first responders and the inhabitants of Mogadishu who have mobilized to assist the victims throughout the city. He urges all Somalis to unite in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and work together in building a functional and inclusive federal state.

The Secretary-General reaffirms the support and solidarity of the United Nations with the people and government of Somalia in their pursuit of peace and stability.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
New York, 15 October 2017