I congratulate Mr. Donald Trump on his election as forty-fifth President of the United States of America.
In the aftermath of a hard-fought and often divisive campaign, it is worth recalling and reaffirming that the unity in diversity of the United States is one of the country’s greatest strengths. I encourage all Americans to stay true to that spirit.
Today’s global challenges demand concerted global action and joint solutions. As a founding member of the United Nations and permanent member of the Security Council, the United States is an essential actor across the international agenda. People everywhere look to the United States to use its remarkable power to help lift humanity up and to work for the common good.
The United Nations will count on the new Administration to strengthen the bonds of international cooperation as we strive together to uphold shared ideals, combat climate change, advance human rights, promote mutual understanding and implement the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve lives of peace, prosperity and dignity for all.
Now more than ever, we must mobilize around the principles and common values of the United Nations Charter.
I would also like to express my deep appreciation to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for a lifetime commitment to peace, the advancement of women and the well-being of children.
She has been a powerful global symbol of women’s empowerment, and I have no doubt that she will continue to contribute to our work across the world.
New York, 13 October 2016
SG: I am very happy and pleased and honoured to welcome to the 38th floor this new Secretary-General-designate. He will soon become Secretary-General, succeeding me.
He will be looking and he will be addressing so many challenges from this 38th floor. There may be many challenges, at the same time, there is some hope for all of us. We have the Sustainable Development Goals, and Climate Change. These are two guides which will really bring a good sense of hope to many people.
Note to correspondents:
The date for the appointment of the Secretary-General has been set for Thursday 13 October 2016, at 10.00 a.m. in the General Assembly Hall.
The adoption will be followed by statements by the Chairs of the five Regional Groups and the host country, as well as the Secretary-General-designate.
The President of the General Assembly will convene an informal meeting of the plenary on Wednesday 19 October at 3.00 p.m. with the Secretary-General-designate, where all Member States and groups will be welcome to speak.
Please find all information on the President of the General Assembly website http://www.un.org/pga/71/sg/
Official letter: http://ow.ly/xuJj3054E8u
The Secretary-General condemns today’s bombing in central Istanbul, which is reported to have killed and injured dozens of people. This is the latest in a recent series of terrorist attacks in Turkey. The perpetrators of this appalling violence must be brought to justice, consistent with human rights obligations. The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of today’s attack and to the people and Government of Turkey.
The following statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was issued today:
I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of my predecessor, Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
The late Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, was a respected statesman in the service of his country, Egypt. He was a well-known scholar of international law and brought formidable experience and intellectual power to the task of piloting the United Nations through one of the most tumultuous and challenging periods in its history, and guiding the Organization of the Francophonie in subsequent years.
As Secretary-General, he presided over a dramatic rise in United Nations peacekeeping. He also presided over a time when the world increasingly turned to the United Nations for solutions to its problems, in the immediate aftermath of the cold war. Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali did much to shape the Organization’s response to this new era, in particular through his landmark report “An Agenda for Peace” and the subsequent agendas for development and democratization.
He showed courage in posing difficult questions to the Member States, and rightly insisted on the independence of his office and of the Secretariat as a whole. His commitment to the United Nations — its mission and its staff — was unmistakable, and the mark he has left on the Organization is indelible.
I extend my deepest condolences to Mrs. Boutros-Ghali, as well as to the rest of the family, to the Egyptian people, and to the late Secretary-General’s many friends and admirers around the world.
The United Nations community will mourn a memorable leader who rendered invaluable services to world peace and international order.
UN General Assembly President Lykketoft has committed to running his Presidency in the most open and transparent manner possible. This also applies to the process of selecting and appointing the next United Nations Secretary-General. Continue reading