New president of the General Assembly

The Secretary-General addressed Member States following the election of Professor Tijjani Mohammad Bande as president of the 74th session of the General Assembly.

From left, the Secretary-General, President of the General Assembly and Under-Secretary-General of the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management listen to President-elect of the 74th Session of the General Assembly


United Nations facing financial crisis

The Secretary-General expressed profound concern at the financial crisis affecting the United Nations, noting that “Despite numerous efforts to contain expenditures this year, we are likely to run out of cash in August”.  Caused primarily by arrears in payments by Member States and structural problems, the situation is “undermining the delivery of our mandates” and reform efforts.  The Secretary-General presented a report containing proposals to place the Organization on sound financial footing.


Secretary-General attends St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

Addressing the plenary of the St. Petersburg Forum, the Secretary-General called for strengthening the international system in the face of global challenges.  “In today’s world we live with a strange paradox”, he said; “The challenges we face are global and can only be addressed globally… But, at the same time, multilateralism is under attack, agreed norms are being eroded and tensions are rising.   We are threatened by global warming but also by global political warming. They are both dangerous but they are both avoidable.”

Remarks to plenary:

Remarks to opening session:

Statement and messages

World Environment Day (video):

Conference on carbon markets:

Sudan (1)

Sudan (2):

Women Deliver Conference, Vancouver:

Mozambique Donors Conference:

Next Week

On Monday, the Secretary-General receive the report of his High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation and brief Member States on its findings and recommendations.  On Tuesday, he will address the Conference of States Parties on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and launch the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy.  On Wednesday and Thursday, he will attend open debates of the Security Council focusing on, respectively, conflict prevention and mediation, and issues of priority to the League of Arab States.