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United Nations Secretary General Press Conference – Content of report on conflict-affected children ‘will not change,’ asserts Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sspeaks to the Media at Security Council stakeout on a wide range of topics

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sspeaks to the Media at Security Council stakeout on a wide range of topics 

9 June 2016 – Standing by his decision to remove the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen from his latest report on conflict-affected children, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said it was one of the most ‘painful and difficult decisions’ he has ever had to make, and that it is ‘unacceptable’ for Member States to exert undue pressure as scrutiny is necessary part of the work of the UN.

“The report describes horrors no child should have to face,” said Mr. Ban speaking to the press outside of the UN Security Council chamber, where he acknowledged that the “fierce reaction to my decision to temporarily remove the Saudi-led Coalition countries from the report’s annex.”

“At the same time, I also had to consider the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously if, as was suggested to me, countries would de-fund many UN programmes. Children already at risk in Palestine, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen and so many other places would fall further into despair,” he stressed.

Insisting that he stands by the report, the UN chief added that the Organization “will assess the complaints that have been made, but the content will not change.”

“I fully understand the criticism, but I would also like to make a larger point that speaks to many political challenges we face. When UN peacekeepers come under physical attack, they deserve strong backing by the Security Council,” he stated. “When UN personnel are declared persona non grata simply for carrying out their jobs, they should be able to count on firm support from the Member States,” he said.

Mr. Ban also underlined that when a UN report comes “under fire” for raising difficult issues or documenting violations of law or human rights, Member States should defend the mechanisms and mandates that they themselves have established.

“As the Secretariat carries forward the work that is entrusted to us, I count on Member States to work constructively and maintain their commitment to the cause of this Organization,” he told reporters.

UNESCO’s report Re|Shaping Cultural Policies launched during World Press Freedom Day

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What is the impact of the new digital environment on the diversity of cultural expressions, from creation to distribution? How to encourage creativity and civil participation in the digital environment? And how to improve legislation to protect and promote artistic freedom, in particular for women as creators and producers of cultural goods and services?

These were some of the issues discussed during two side events organized on 2 and 3 May 2016 by UNESCO in cooperation with the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and the Hanasaari Culture Center for Sweden and Finland.

The first event, taking place at the National Museum of Finland on 2 May afternoon, brought together a panel of artists to prolong the high-level debate organized in the morning with the Director-General of UNESCO and the Nordic Culture Ministers on Re/Shaping Cultural Policies.

The panel included Deeyah Khan, Film Director and human rights activist (Norway), Jude Dibia, writer (Nigeria), Adel Abidin, visual artist (Iraq-Finland), Aude Pariset, visual artist (France) and Leevi Haapala, Director of the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Finland).

“Until artists are free to express themselves, they cannot make income form their art. Freedom comes first”, stated Deeyah Khan.

UNESCO: Celebrates World Oceans Day

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In the aftermath of the Paris Agreement on climate change adopted in December 2015, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission will highlight the crucial role of the ocean in controlling the planet’s climate during the celebration of World Oceans Day at the Organization’s Headquarters on 8 June (Room II).
Long overlooked in international negotiations about climate change, the role of the ocean was taken into account for the first time at the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris. A high level panel discussion entitled Moving from Agreement to Action, will examine the follow up to the Paris Agreement and the place of the ocean in the framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda adopted by the United Nations in the autumn of 2015.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will take part in the panel discussion, Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization and Lisa Emelia Svensson, Special Representative of Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.

66th UN DPI / NGO Conference (Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, 30 May-1 June 2016) – Wrap-Up

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This is a wrap-up video of the 66th UN DPI / NGO Conference that took place in Gyeongju (Republic of Korea) from the 30 May to 1 June 2016.

This is a wrap-up video of the 66th UN DPI / NGO Conference that took place in Gyeongju (Republic of Korea) from the 30 May to 1 June 2016.
A global education action agenda affirming the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 4 – ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong opportunities for all – has been adopted on 1 June. The newly adopted Action Plan includes a series of concrete measures for NGOs around the world to jump-start implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the grass roots level.
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New global education action agenda to mobilize civil society, adopted at UN DPI / NGO Conference

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Gyeongju, Republic of Korea (ESCAP News) – Representatives of NGOs and academia finalized and adopted a global education action agenda at the 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) / Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference that concluded today in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.
The Gyeongju Action Plan provides concrete guidance for NGOs around the world to enhance their ability to lobby governments for commitment to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to mobilize NGOs in communities on the ground.

“This conference has demonstrated another example of the value for the United Nations in investing in partnership with academia and NGOs,” said Ms. Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.

“The United Nations is committed to continue to support and partner with NGOs and academia in our joint efforts to advocate for and successfully implement the 2030 Agenda,” Ms. Gallach added. “Youth have also come in great numbers, demonstrating the value that they see in partnering with the United Nations.”

The Gyeongju Action Plan includes a series of concrete measures as a reference for NGOs around the world to jump start implementation of the 2030 Agenda, at the grass roots level.

Dr. Scott Carlin, Co-Chair of the conference and Associate Professor of Geography at Long Island University said: “NGOs from around the world brought passion and expertise to lively final consultations on the outcome document. We are grateful for all of the inputs received and very proud of the Gyeongju Action Plan.”

Dr. YuKang Choi, Co-Chair of the conference and NGO Representative to the United Nations for Dream Touch for All, said: “We hope that Gyeongju was an inspirational setting for finalizing a truly unifying action plan that will be useful for NGOs, wherever they are working.”

For the first time in the history of the DPI/NGO Conference, youth also developed and issued a Youth Declaration.

“Unfortunately youth are still not involved enough in policy making processes around the world,” said Ms. Saphira Rameshfar, Representative of the Ba’hai Community to the United Nations and youth leader at the conference.

“The Youth Declaration is a necessary reminder that young people are needed as leaders and decision-makers not only in youth forums and special-purpose councils, but in those spaces where the course and direction of society as a whole are determined,” added Ms. Rameshfar.

The Gyeongju Action Plan was drafted through a global multi-stakeholder consultation process, leading up to, and during the conference. It was adopted at the final plenary session of the conference, and will be shared widely with civil society as well as the United Nations Secretary-General, the United Nations System, Member States and learning communities.

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ILO Director-General: Everyone loses if the trend toward inequality continues

At the opening of the 105th session of the International Labour Conference, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder called on delegates to take responsibility for the rapid changes facing the world of work. In his opening remarks, Ryder told the delegates to the ILC that growing inequality, marginalisation and division are not phenomena of the world of work, but “the consequences of what we do, how we behave and what we decide.”

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Australian commitment to UN joint programme for Pacific mother, child and adolescent health kicks off investment in Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Three Pacific Island countries using integrated approaches to health delivery for women, new-borns, children and adolescents will benefit from a nearly AU$7 million UN Joint Programme announced in New York as part of a meeting of Pacific Foreign Ministers. Continue reading

First ever global cinema ad to promote the #globalgoals

On 25 September, 193 world leaders will come to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to formally commit to the Sustainable Development Goals, on the same day cinema audiences around the world will get a chance to join the Global Goals campaign in an unprecedented effort to reach seven billion people around the world. The Global Goals campaign, launched at the UN, aims to tell seven billion people in seven days that “it’s time to change the world” through a ground-breaking collaboration of campaigners, public figures, companies and civil society groups. Continue reading