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UN Secretary-General at UN Climate Change Conference – COP23

 

United Nations – Remarks by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the High-level event at COP23, the UN Climate Change Conference – November 2017 in Bonn, Germany.

“…The catastrophic effects of climate change are upon us.

And the voice of small island State that are on the frontlines of the impact of climate change must the voice of us all.

In the battlefield, when the frontline is decimated, the whole army is lost. And the same would happen to the planet with climate change.

Floods, fires, extreme storms and drought are growing in intensity and frequency.

Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide are higher than they have been for 800,000 years.

Climate change is the defining threat of our time.

Our duty — to each other and to future generations — is to raise ambition.

We need to do more on five ambition action areas: emissions, adaptation, finance, partnerships and leadership.”
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Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

The Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will provide a forum to identify key migration issues, challenges and priorities for the Asia-Pacific region; to identify existing national, bilateral, sub-regional and regional arrangements in place to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration; and to arrive at a set of conclusions that can serve as a regional input into the global stocktaking meeting due to be held in Mexico in December 2017.

In doing so, this will help to inform the negotiations on the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, to ensure that the final document addresses the situations faced by Governments of the Asia-Pacific region, and migrants from, to and between countries of the Asia-Pacific.

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