“Thirty years ago, nations came together to make a pledge to the children of the world”
Wednesday marked the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Secretary-General urged all countries to “keep their promise” to children, as made in the treaty. The Convention spelled out for the first time “a binding global commitment to the inherent rights of every single girl and boy. All countries recognized the unique vulnerability of children, and pledged to provide them with food, healthcare, education and protection,” he said in a video message commemorating the occasion. The anniversary was also celebrated by an event at the General Assembly Hall with the participation of UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors David Beckham and Millie Bobby Brown.
First Meeting of the Group of Friends on Digital Technologies
On Thursday, the Secretary-General attended the first meeting of the Group of Friends on Digital Technologies. “New technologies, and particularly digital technologies, are already having a major impact on the world,” he said, “affecting all our work on international peace and security, sustainable development and human rights.” While highlighting that the impact is both positive and negative, the Secretary-General stressed the “need to maximize the positive”, and that there is a major role for both “formal and informal frameworks, including this Group of Friends.”
“There is no reconciliation without justice, and there is no justice without truth”
On Tuesday, the Secretary-General spoke at a Security Council debate on the role of reconciliation processes and stressed that, supported by the international community, those can have a critical impact on people’s lives. “Successful reconciliation contributes to preventing a recurrence of conflict and building more peaceful, resilient and prosperous societies, particularly in the aftermath of large-scale violence and human rights violations,” he said. But reconciliation, the Secretary-General added, “cannot be a substitute for accountability or pave the way for amnesties for serious crimes under international law. This Council has rightly emphasized the importance of accountability for gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law.”
“Human and financial cost of focusing primarily on crisis response is unsustainable”
On Friday, the Secretary-General attended a meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission on the 2020 review. “The 2020 peacebuilding architecture review will allow us to take stock, consolidate gains and push forward on implementation,” he said.
High-level meeting between the United Nations and Shanghai Cooperation Organization
On Tuesday, the Secretary-General attended a high-level event between the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. He expressed his confidence that, in joining efforts, both Organizations “can make a positive contribution to the lives of people in Eurasia, strengthening regional cooperation at all levels.” The Secretary-General stressed that “we face an increasingly complex global peace and security environment and improving our understanding of the nexus between terrorism, transnational organized crime and drug trafficking is essential.”
Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction
On Monday, the Secretary-General spoke at the first session of a Conference on the establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction. He expressed his hope that the Conference could serve as the start of an inclusive process in which all the States of the region can participate.
Statements and messages
World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims: https://bit.ly/2KGlccD
To World Science Forum: https://bit.ly/2D9OoVe
On Africa Industrialization Day: https://bit.ly/34dnRCm
To United Nations Innovation Toolkit Launch Event (video): https://bit.ly/33aAmgF
To International Finance Forum 2019 (video): https://bit.ly/2OcOQsc
Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly of Egypt as Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV): https://bit.ly/2OcJihe
On Monday, the Secretary-General will speak at the Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, Germany.