Top stories from UN News this week, featuring Deputy SG’s push for greater role by women in peace process and development, children affected by conflict in Central African Republic and the UN progress report on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Highlights of UN events during the week of 10 July 2017, including High-level political forum on sustainable development, World Population Day, Security Council discusses situation in Syria and more.
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 4 July 2017.
This action is yet another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions and constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation. The DPRK leadership must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations.
The Secretary-General underlines the importance of maintaining the unity of the international community in addressing this serious challenge.
Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
New York, 4 July 2017
28 June 2017 – The United Nations mediator for the conflict in Syria today mapped out what needs to happen in the next two weeks before the next round of intra-Syrian talks begins on 10 July in Geneva, Switzerland.
“We are at a time of testing whether the political will exists for real de-escalation and more meaningful political talks and move beyond preparatory talks,” Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, told the Security Council via videoconference from Geneva.
13 June 2017
Upon taking up my duties as Secretary-General in January of this year, my very first act was to issue an appeal for peace — a call on citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to put peace first.
The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September, embodies our shared aspiration to end the needless suffering caused by armed conflict. It offers a moment for the peoples of the world to acknowledge the ties that bind them together, irrespective of their countries of origin. It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope that one day of peace can lead to another, and another, and ultimately to a stilling of the guns.
Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials today urged coordinated global action to protect the planet.
Speaking in the UN General Assembly Hall, Secretary-General António Guterres cautioned Governments that unless they overcome short-term territorial and resource interests, the state of the oceans will continue to deteriorate. More
New York, 2 June—A surge in the number of voluntary commitments to take action to improve the health of the ocean by countries, businesses and civil society groups has been recorded, and more are expected as the Ocean Conference gets underway Monday, 5 June at United Nations Headquarters in New York
The commitments, now numbering over 600 and still increasing, come as heads of state and government and ministers will join ocean leaders, experts, businesses, and civil society organizations to discuss solutions that restore the health of the world’s ocean. The commitments target a wide range of ocean problems, ranging from protecting coral reefs, strengthening sustainable fisheries, reducing plastic pollution, and addressing the impacts of climate change on the ocean. Read more of this Media Advisory about the Ocean Conference
UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson told UN News that reducing marine pollution and sustainably managing and conserving marine resources are some of the expected outcomes from the upcoming Ocean Conference.
Visit the Conference Website to find more information and also how to watch live.
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
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.
The speech will be webcast and will be archived for viewing on demand after the event. (Full Media Advisory Attached)
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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”.