Children at the centre of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

This year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, observed on Thursday, focused on “acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty”, marking the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In a message, the Secretary-General recalled that “ending extreme poverty is at the heart of the world’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”, but that “success in leaving no one behind will remain elusive if we do not target the people who are farthest behind first.”

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BINUH, new UN Integrated Office in Haiti, begins operations

As the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti came to an end on 15 October, the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), started operations the following day. In a statement by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General “reaffirms the continuous commitment of the United Nations to support the Haitian people on their path to peace and development, through a new partnership.” The new office and the long-standing UN country team “will integrate their activities to support national efforts to bring about lasting stability and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” On Monday, the Secretary-General announced the appointment of Helen Meagher La Lime of the United States as his Special Representative for Haiti and Head of BINUH.

Statement on BINUH:

Appointment of the Head of BINUH:

Launch of Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance

On Wednesday, the Secretary-General held the inaugural meeting of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance.  The Alliance is made up of 30 globally prominent Chief Executive Officers and other leaders in the world of business and finance and will work with the Secretary-General on scaling up long-term financing and investment from the private sector towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Transforming food systems “crucial for delivering all the Sustainable Development Goals”

In a video message marking World Food Day, the Secretary-General said, “It is unacceptable that hunger is on the rise at a time when the world wastes more than 1 billion tonnes of food every year”. “World Food Day is a global call for Zero Hunger — for a world where nutritious food is available and affordable for everyone, everywhere,” the Secretary-General stressed.


Memorial Service for former General Assembly President Diogo Freitas Do Amaral

On Wednesday, the Secretary-General attended a memorial service for former General Assembly President Diogo Freitas Do Amaral. “I was honoured to serve as Prime Minister of Portugal during his tenure as President of the General Assembly,” he stated. “During the UN’s 50th year, Professor Freitas do Amaral left a strong imprint as an advocate for a multilateral approach to solving conflicts …  a defender of international law … a supporter of strengthening the United Nations through reform … and a promoter of expanding the voices and representation within our Organization,” said the Secretary-General.


Statements and messages

On Burkina Faso:

On Somalia:

For the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction(video):

On Syria:

For the International Day of Rural Women:

For Budapest Water Summit(video):

Personal Appointments

Ms. Fatoumata Ndiaye of Senegal as Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services (following approval by General Assembly):

Mr. Mamadou Diallo of Guinea as Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS):

Next Week

The Secretary-General will attend the annual meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.