UN General Assembly President Lykketoft has committed to running his Presidency in the most open and transparent manner possible. This also applies to the process of selecting and appointing the next United Nations Secretary-General. Continue reading
Let me start by thanking you for your support and wishing you every success as we begin our important work in 2016. Happy New Year to you all. Continue reading
Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for this opportunity.
As you know, tonight I will fly back to Paris again to take part in the climate change conference.
I was very encouraged by what I saw and I heard during the opening days of COP21 – the Summit meeting. World leaders did precisely what they were meant to do: give strong impetus to the negotiations.
Almost all countries have submitted climate action plans, known as INDCs [Intended Nationally Determined Contributions]. Major economies have made significant commitments to cut emissions. Many developed countries have made new financial commitments to help poor and vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts. Continue reading
I welcome this opportunity to reflect on the maintenance of international peace and security as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. Continue reading
The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about the continued ground fighting and aerial bombardment in Yemen and its impact on innocent civilians. More than 1,200 people have been killed and 300,000 have fled their homes in the past six weeks. There are credible reports of families in Aden trapped by the bombardment and snipers targeting civilians in the street. Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, humanitarian warehouses and UN compounds, are unacceptable and in violation of international humanitarian law. Continue reading
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon hosted the Climate Summit on the 23rd of September 2014 as an integral part of his strategy to engage leaders and advance climate action and ambition, drawing on his global convening power and harnessing the full strength of the UN system, working in partnership with all sectors of society. Continue reading
In it’s conclusion, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon describes the report as “an account of progress over the past year in delivering the eight long-term organizational priorities identified by Member States.” Click here to read the report (pdf).
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene leaders gathering in New York for the upcoming high-level segment of this year’s United Nations General Assembly to highlight the urgent needs and required response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Continue reading