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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement

The decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security.

The Paris Agreement was adopted by all the world’s nations in 2015 because they recognize the immense harm that climate change is already causing and the enormous opportunity that climate action presents. It offers a meaningful yet flexible framework for action by all countries.

The transformation envisaged in the Paris Agreement is already underway. The Secretary-General remains confident that cities, states and businesses within the United States — along with other countries — will continue to demonstrate vision and leadership by working for the low-carbon, resilient economic growth that will create quality jobs and markets for 21st century prosperity.

It is crucial that the United States remains a leader on environmental issues.

The Secretary-General looks forward to engaging with the American government and all actors in the United States and around the world to build the sustainable future on which our grandchildren depend.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 1 June 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will issue a call to action on Tuesday to meet the climate challenge

Speaking to students, business leaders and academics at the New York University Stern School of Business, Mr. Guterres will describe both the increasing risks from climate change and the compelling opportunities provided by climate action to create jobs, generate economic growth and build the foundations for a safer and more stable world.

“The effects of climate change are dangerous and they are accelerating,” he will say. “It is absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris Agreement – and that we fulfil that duty with increased ambition.”

Mr. Guterres will stress that climate action is already under way, and that countries and companies that are involved will reap the rewards.

As the advisory contains quotes from the speech, the advisory is under embargo until 4 p.m. NY time on Tuesday, 30 May. The quotes should not appear in any articles until the embargo time.

Full Media Advisory on Climate Change Speech

The speech will be webcast and will be archived for viewing on demand after the event. (Full Media Advisory Attached)

The url for livestreaming is:
http://www.youtube.com/unitednations

The url for the on demand archived video is: http://bit.ly/2rHbnTp

Applications Open for UN Grant : For Powering the Future We Want

 

The @United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Grant offering 1 million US dollars to institutions or individuals to promote leadership and innovation in energy for sustainable development is now accepting applications for its 2017 cycle!

The thematic focus this year is ‘‘Sustainable Energy for Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World’’. To apply and to find out more about the grant programme “Powering the Future We Want – Recognizing Leadership and Innovative Practices in Energy for Sustainable Development”.

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Application Guidelines

Lead UN body in Asia-Pacific opens with focus on regional cooperation to support 2030 Agenda

17 May 2017
Press Release No: G/21/2017

Bangkok (ESCAP News) –The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) marked its 70th Anniversary at the opening of the annual Commission session in Bangkok today, with its Executive Secretary reflecting on the extraordinary transformation of the region, and underlining the importance of regional solutions to support the global development agenda.

“Seventy years ago, ours was a region devastated by conflict. Political instability was rife, poverty and famine were endemic, and social tensions widespread,” said United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar. “Today our region accounts for over a third of the world’s output, and we are on track to make up half of global GDP by 2050. We are driving global growth, global trade and increasingly, science, technology and innovation. Poverty has fallen to 15 per cent in 2012, down from 50 per cent in 1990.”

Indigenous peoples are ‘moral compass of humanity,’ special UN General Assembly meeting told

Endorsement of the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples does not equal implementation, speakers told the UN General Assembly today at a special meeting to celebrate the Declaration’s tenth anniversary and renew commitment to its tenets as a vital solution towards attaining a just and sustainable world. More

Media Release – The United Nations and the Government Sign the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2018-2022

Port Moresby, 6th April 2017

The United Nations in Papua New Guinea and the Government of Papua New Guinea signed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2018-2022, on 6th April 2017, which guides the work of the United Nations System in the country.

It outlines the partnership between the United Nations and the Government in support of the 2030 Agenda, and is grounded in national development priorities including the Vision 2050, the Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development, the Development Strategic Plan 2010-2030, the Medium-Term Development Plan and sectoral strategies.

The Secretary-General

Remarks at Organizational Meeting of the Special Committee on Decolonization
New York

Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,

It is an honor, in my capacity as President pro tempore, to open the 2017 session of the Special Committee. As this is the first time I address this body, let me express from the outset my sincere commitment to the decolonization agenda, one of the defining mandates of the United Nations.

Allow me a very emotional, personal comment. I am Portuguese. I was born and I lived my youth during the Salazar dictatorship. The Salazar dictatorship oppressed my country, and simultaneously oppressed the countries and the peoples – our sister peoples – in Africa and in Asia with a completely absurd colonial policy that Salazar intended to make last forever, forcing a bloody and terrible war to the peoples of Angola and Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau. That has created a strong bond between the Portuguese democrats and many of my friends and comrades at the time have been arrested, have been tortured or living in exile, and the liberation movements in Angola, in Mozambique and in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde.

International Day of Happiness 2017 – Small Smurfs Big Goals

Smurfs like eating big Smurfberry pies and singing happy songs, but it’s only fun when everyone in Smurf Village has enough to eat and has no worries. So when the Smurfs heard that the United Nations has a big plan to protect all people and the planet, they had to be a part of it. With their boundless energy and positive attitude, the Smurfs are a great choice to help the United Nations celebrate this year’s International Day of Happiness on 20 March by promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. The Goals aim to protect people and our planet so we can all live the happiest lives possible.

Learn more and take action by visiting Smurfs special website: http://www.smallsmurfsbiggoals.com/ and more about Sustainable Development
http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

 

Statement by Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the passing of the so-called settlements “Regularisation bill”

The Secretary-General deeply regrets the adoption of the so called “Regularisation bill” on 6 February by the Knesset. This bill is in contravention of international law and will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel. It reportedly provides immunity to settlements and outposts in the occupied West Bank that were built on privately-owned Palestinian land.

The Secretary-General insists on the need to avoid any actions that would derail the two-state solution. All core issues should be resolved between the parties through direct negotiations on the basis of relevant Security Council resolutions and mutual agreements. The United Nations stands ready to support this process.

New York, 7 February 2017

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

29 January 2017
Sydney Jewish Museum

UNIC Canberra joined the Sydney Jewish Museum and the Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and descendants at a moving yet inspirational ceremony in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.  Australia has a strong connection to the Holocaust as it has more survivors per capita than any other country and many of them were in attendance to listen to a wide range of speakers spanning the generations.

The attendees were also able to appreciate the exhibit “The State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” which was on display in the auditorium.

In his introduction, Professor Gus Lehrer, President of the Museum, stressed the importance of the preservation of memory and education and how we must not just recall the events, but also the experiences they caused.  Noting how the horrors of those days led to the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he announced the Museum would be creating a new section which would deal with the issue of the Holocaust and Human Rights.

There followed a solemn lighting of candles by survivors present, followed by Olga Horak, OAM who eloquently gave her testimony, describing her experience in the camps as “the bottom of hell, where the only music was that of intolerable heartache and sorrow and … living was worse than dying”.