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Message on the occasion of the Lunar New Year

Chun Jie Kuai Le! [春节快乐!Happy Lunar New Year!]

I send my best wishes to everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year.

This year is the Year of the Ox – the same sign as the year of my birth.

The ox symbolizes energy, strength, and courage.

These qualities are what the world needs now.

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic brought great uncertainty and disruption.

In 2021, we must stand together to fight the virus, take climate action and build a strong recovery from the pandemic.

I thank China and the Chinese people for your continuous support for multilateralism and the United Nations, across all pillars of our work. I look forward to our continuing cooperation.

I send my best wishes to all for prosperity, health and happiness in the Year of the Ox.

Xie Xie! [谢谢Thank You!]

New York

11 February 2021

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.

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. 

UN Secretary-General’s statement

On US steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

I warmly welcome President Biden’s steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and join the growing coalition of governments, cities, states, businesses and people taking ambitious action to confront the climate crisis.   

Following last year’s Climate Ambition Summit, countries producing half of global carbon pollution had committed to carbon neutrality.  Today’s commitment by President Biden brings that figure to two-thirds.  But there is a very long way to go.  The climate crisis continues to worsen and time is running out to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and build more climate-resilient societies that help to protect the most vulnerable.  

We look forward to the leadership of United States in accelerating global efforts towards net zero, including by bringing forward a new nationally determined contribution with ambitious 2030 targets and climate finance in advance of COP26 in Glasgow later this year.  

I am committed to working closely with President Biden and other leaders to overcome the climate emergency, and recover better from COVID19. 

New York, 20 January 2021

Statement

Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on US migration and refugee policies

The Secretary-General welcomes the positive steps announced today by the US administration relating to migration and refugees.

The Secretary-General looks forward to working with the new US administration to strengthen multilateral cooperation in these areas. He also hopes to see the United States join the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Support from the United States to address the needs of migrants and refugees has been strong and steadfast. This partnership is needed now more than ever as we seek to provide assistance, protection and sustainable solutions to the displacement of record numbers of people who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict, violence or disaster, or are migrating in the hopes of finding a better life for themselves and their families.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 20 January 2021

Secretary-General message on World Refugee Day 2020

Nearly 80 million women, children, and men around the world have been forced from their homes as refugees or internally displaced people. Even more shocking: ten million of these people fled in the past year alone.

On World Refugee Day, we pledge to do everything in our power to end the conflict and persecution that drive these appalling numbers. Continue reading

UN High-Level Visit Fiji, New Zealand and Australia

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHO: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

WHAT: Mission to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia

WHEN: 23-28 February 2020

WHERE: Suva, Wellington, and Canberra

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock will be visiting the Pacific for the first time as UN Humanitarian Chief. He will be there to explore the important contribution Fiji, New Zealand and Australia make to the global humanitarian system.

Mr Lowcock will be in Suva, Fiji on 23-24 February, where he will meet senior Government officials and humanitarian partners. On 24 February, he will travel to Deuba in Serua Province to meet people from coastal communities and take stock of the humanitarian consequences of climate change in low lying islands.

Mr Lowcock will then travel to Wellington, New Zealand, on 25-26 February, followed by Canberra, Australia, on 27-28 February for a series of meetings with senior Government officials to discuss key humanitarian issues and strategic partnerships in the Asia Pacific region and globally.

For further information on media opportunities during the mission, please contact:

Zoe Paxton, + 1 917 297 1542 zoe.paxton@un.org