13 January 2017
Press Release: G/01/2017
BANGKOK (ESCAP News) — Ministers from countries party to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) met during the Fourth APTA Ministerial Council today to conclude negotiations that will more than double the number of products under preferential tariff treatment in order to expand trade and boost growth in the region. The Fourth APTA Ministerial Council was organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) which acts as secretariat for the Agreement.
10 January 2017 – Delivering his first formal briefing to the Security Council, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the need for new, strengthened efforts to build and sustain peace ranging from prevention, conflict resolution and peacekeeping to peacebuilding and sustainable development.
Top stories from the UN News Centre, during the week of 2 – 6 January 2017, featuring: UN welcomes new Secretary-General António Guterres and water crisis in Syrian capital Damascus.
This film is a VR experience that gives viewers the chance to ‘travel’ with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to witness the realities of humanitarian crises in the Middle East and Africa.
In 2016, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled to more than ten countries in five months to draw global attention to the urgent needs of some 130 million people severely impacted by armed conflicts and natural disasters. A VR crew captured the journey and offers viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at Ban’s visits to communities where people are suffering in some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
This is the first and only time the UN Secretary-General has been featured in a virtual reality film.
United Nations – The United Nations Year In Review looks back at the remarkable achievements and the daunting challenges the United Nations faced in 2016.
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Terrorist Attack Berlin
The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack in Berlin last night. He expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this horrific act, as well as to the Government and the people of Germany. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
The Secretary-General hopes anyone involved in the commission of this appalling crime will be swiftly brought to justice.
New York, 20 December 2016
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey
The Secretary-General condemns the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov in Ankara today. He expresses his deepest condolences to the family of Ambassador Karlov and to the Government and people of the Russian Federation.
The Secretary-General is appalled by this senseless act of terror and emphasizes that there can be no justification for the targeting of diplomatic personnel and civilians. The Secretary-General is following the unfolding situation closely and wishes the other people who were reportedly injured in the attack a speedy and full recovery.
New York, 19 December 2016
The General Assembly today paid a tribute to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his “never-tiring service to humanity” over the past decade, while also swearing in his successor António Guterres, who will assume his duties on 1 January 2017.
“Over the last ten years, Secretary-General Ban has led the United Nations with unwavering principles for the good, with dedicated professionalism, and with never-tiring service to humanity,” said General Assembly President Peter Thomson, following the adoption of a resolution by which the 193-member body acknowledged Mr. Ban’s exceptional contribution to the work of the UN, and noteworthy achievements.