Secretary-General calls for #ClimateAction at Global Engagement Summit    

On Friday, the Secretary-General attended the United Nations Association of the United States’ Global Engagement Summit held in the General Assembly Hall. He stressed the “indispensable” leadership and generosity of the United States over the decades.  The Secretary-General emphasized the importance of policies connecting to the “needs, aspirations and everyday problems” of people.  He cited recent UN progress such as the approval of the work programme of the Paris Climate Agreement on climate change in Katowice, Poland, the adoption of the Global Compacts on Migration and on Refugees and the ceasefire in Hudaydah in Yemen. He also sounded the alarm about the threat of climate change and issued a #ClimateAction call on Twitter.

The Secretary-General at the UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit. UN Photo/ Eskinder Debebe.

High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation

On Friday, the Secretary-General held the third meeting of his High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, created as part of his efforts for a “surge in diplomacy for peace”. In a tweet about the encounter, he stressed prevention will continue to be at the centre of the UN’s efforts and underscored the role of mediation in conflict resolution.

The Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General with members of the Secretary-General’s High-level Advisory Board on Mediation. UN Photo/ Loey Felipe

“Emerging Challenges to Multilateralism: A Parliamentary Response”

On Thursday, the Secretary-General took part in the annual United Nations-Inter-Parliamentary Union hearing. He highlighted the close ties between both organizations and recalled his experience as a former parliamentarian. The Secretary-General emphasized the crucial role of Parliamentarians in shaping legislation and spending decisions and asked for their support in advancing common global goals.

Remarks: https://bit.ly/2NibrRO

Decolonization    

The Secretary-General delivered opening remarks at the 2019 Session of the Special Committee on Decolonization and said that the UN’s decolonization successes across the decades can serve as an inspiration today. “Let us uphold our duty to assist all the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories in bringing their decolonization process to a successful conclusion, according to their choice,” he said.

Remarks: https://bit.ly/2T9uwLo

Statements and Messages

To High-Level Meeting on Action for Peacekeeping (video): https://bit.ly/2EpAaRp

To Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Budapest Process (video): https://bit.ly/2GFm9BB

Note to Correspondents on the establishment of the Civil Society Advisory Board on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse: https://bit.ly/2T81FY1

On the situation in South Asia: https://bit.ly/2EowEGS

Senior Appointments

Inger Andersen of Denmark as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme: https://bit.ly/2V9DtBI

Major General Zia Ur Rehman of Pakistan as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO): https://bit.ly/2U00GpZ

Next Week

On Monday, the Secretary-General will speak at the opening of the Human Rights Council session in Geneva, where he will also deliver remarks at the Conference on Disarmement and at a pledging conference on Yemen. In addition, the Secretary-General will  attend an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondent and take part in an event on conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence.