Author Archives: Julia Dean

Make 2021 a year of possibility and hope.

Following an “annus horribilis” of death, disaster and despair, 2021 must be a year of transformation, Secretary-General António Guterres told the UN’s 193 Member States on Thursday.

Outlining his priorities for the months ahead, Mr. Guterres emphasized that now is the time to secure the well-being of people, economies, societies and the planet. More

UN Health Agency Panel Issues Key Guidance On Second COVID Vaccine Doses

A World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel issued its first guidance on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, saying that it should ideally be given to people in two separate doses, 28 days apart.

In exceptional circumstances this period could be extended to 42 days, said WHO’s advisory group of experts on immunisation, SAGE, amid supply shortages affecting many countries.
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UN Chief Calls For Action Against Neo-Nazis in Holocaust Remembrance Message

More must be done to thwart neo-Nazis and white supremacists who are using the COVID-19 pandemic to target minorities, increase their ranks and re-write history, the UN Secretary-General has said.

Antonio Guterres made the impassioned appeal in a video message for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, observed on Wednesday, which honours the six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War.  More

Message from the Secretary-General

The International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on 27 January

Today we honour the memory of the six million Jews and millions of others who were systematically murdered in the Holocaust by the Nazis and their collaborators.

This year’s anniversary takes place under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has revealed longstanding fractures and injustices in our societies and contributed to a resurgence in antisemitism and xenophobia.

The Holocaust was the culmination of two millennia of discrimination, attacks, expulsions and periodic mass killings of Jews. It should have ended antisemitism for good. But it did not.

Antisemitism unfortunately remains alive and well.

Today, white supremacists and neo-Nazis are resurgent, organizing and recruiting across borders, intensifying their efforts to deny, distort and rewrite history including the Holocaust.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given them new opportunities to target minorities, based on religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, disability and immigration status.

We must make urgent joint efforts to stop them.

As we consider the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must address the fragilities and gaps exposed by the pandemic and strengthen our mutual bonds, based on our common humanity.

This year must be a year of healing. Healing from the pandemic, and healing our broken societies in which hatred has all too easily taken root.

As we remember those who died in the Holocaust and honour the survivors, our best tribute is the creation of a world of equality, justice and dignity for all.

World Economic Prospects Report Launch 25 January

 

We are living the worst economic crisis in 90 years. Even if we rebound in 2021, its consequences will be felt for decades, unless we #RecoverBetter.

Don’t miss the #WorldEconomyReport which we will be launching on 25th January. bit.ly/wespreport

The report is produced by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), with inputs from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the five UN regional commissions. The UN World Tourism Organization also contributed to the report.

Replenishment Conference for Peacebuilding Fund

The Secretary-General invites all Member States to a high-level Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund to mobilise critical support for conflict prevention and peacebuilding against the Fund’s $1.5 billion requirements for the period 2020-24.

The Conference aims to counter the persistent underinvestment in peacebuilding and provide this timely, catalytic and risk-tolerant instrument with more adequate, predictable and sustained resources to support national peacebuilding efforts in more than 40 countries around the world.

To be held virtually on  26 January 9am – 12pm EST

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UN Secretary- General Message

 On the occasion of the International Day of Education  24 January 2021 

When education is interrupted, it affects everyone – especially students, teachers and families. 

Today, on the third International Day of Education, I pay tribute to their resilience in the face of a pandemic that, at its peak, forced almost every school, institute and university to close its doors. 

Although this disruption has led to learning innovations, it has also dashed hopes of a brighter future among vulnerable populations.   

All of us pay the price.   

After all, education is the foundation for expanding opportunities, transforming economies, fighting intolerance, protecting our planet and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  

As the world continues to battle the pandemic, education – as a fundamental right and a global public good – must be protected to avert a generational catastrophe.  

Even before the pandemic, some 258 million children and adolescents were out of school, the majority of them girls.   

More than half of 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries were not learning to read a simple text. 

In 2021, we must seize all opportunities to turn this situation around.  

We must ensure the full replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education fund, and strengthen global education cooperation. 

We must also step up our efforts to reimagine education – training teachers, bridging the digital divide and rethinking curricula to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to flourish in our rapidly changing world. 

Let us commit to promote education for all — today and every day. 

Statement

Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on the occasion of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The Secretary-General is pleased to recognise today’s entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) — the first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in more than two decades.

The TPNW is an important step towards the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons and a strong demonstration of support for multilateral approaches to nuclear disarmament.

The Secretary-General commends the States that have ratified the Treaty and welcomes the instrumental role of civil society in advancing the TPNW’s negotiation and entry into force. The survivors of nuclear explosions and nuclear tests offered tragic testimonies and were a moral force behind the Treaty. Entry into force is a tribute to their enduring advocacy.

The Secretary-General looks forward to carrying out the functions assigned by the Treaty, including in preparation for the first Meeting of States Parties.

Nuclear weapons pose growing dangers and the world needs urgent action to ensure their elimination and prevent the catastrophic human and environmental consequences any use would cause.

The elimination of nuclear weapons remains the highest disarmament priority of the United Nations. The Secretary-General calls on all States to work together to realise this ambition to advance common security and collective safety.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 22 January 2021