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UN Photo/AKUN Photo/AK: The first steel beans of the General Assembly Building of the U.N. Headquarters are laid back in 1950 (photo taken from the NW corner of the Secretariat Building on 21 August 1950).

SG's Blog

The UN Secretary-General's blog today features a video on the occasion of International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

President's Blog

President of the General Assembly makes a statement on building sustainable peace for all

SG's Blog

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemns the explosion on the metro in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg.

Crunch time at COP24

Crunch time at COP24

It’s crunch time in Katowice, on what it supposed to be the last day of COP24, but the talks are heading for an all-nighter.  It is not unusual for climate conferences to run late—in fact, they all do. But it is always a question of how late.

Most vulnerable countries

Most vulnerable countries

Some of the world’s countries that are most vulnerable to climate change took center stage at COP24.  Led by the Marshall Islands, the Climate Vulnerable Forum countries issued a plea for accelerated action. “We are out of time,” said Marshall Island President Hilda Heine in a video. Rising sea levels, she said, threatened the country with extinction, yet that has not stopped the country from submitting a new nationally climate commitment.

The clock is ticking

The clock is ticking

Ratcheting up the pressure – Tension is rising at COP24 as the clock ticks down on the time available to complete the Paris Agreement Work Programme—which is supposed to guide countries as they implement the agreement.  UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the meeting that “it is a moment of truth” and that “Katowice must be the dawn of a new determination to unleash the promise of the Paris Agreement.” 

Mid-week, final week

Mid-week, final week

Significant progress in the negotiating texts has been achieved, but several political issues remain, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa told ministers and other high-level officials who have come Katowice to complete the negotiations on the guidelines for implementing the Paris Agreement.

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