United Nations Day “highlights the enduring ideals of the Charter”, as UN turns 74

In a video message celebrating United Nations Day on Thursday, the Secretary-General stressed that “at this time of turbo-charged change, the United Nations remains focused on the real problems of real people”, highlighting the Organization’s work for a fair globalization, climate action, human rights, gender equality and world peace. “The United Nations itself is becoming ever more agile and accountable as we enhance support to countries,” he said, recalling that next year marks the Organization’s 75th anniversary and inviting people everywhere to “join the conversation” that will be a major element in the observance of this milestone.  The Secretary-General also attended a concert in the General Assembly Hall to commemorate the Day.

Remarks at United Nations Day concert: https://bit.ly/367RXIE

For more information on the UN’s 75-year anniversary: un.org/UN75

“People are hurting and want to be heard”

Speaking to the press on Friday, the Secretary-General said that the recent global wave of demonstrations shows a “growing lack of trust between people and political establishments.” He stressed “disquiet in peoples’ lives is leading to anything but quiet in streets and city squares.” “I urge leaders everywhere to listen to the real problems of real people,” said the Secretary-General, who also called for a fair globalization.

The Secretary-General press encounter on Friday. UN Photo/ Eskinder Debebe

Press encounter: https://bit.ly/32NR6uN

Annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund

On Saturday, the Secretary-General attended the annual meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C. In remarks to the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the Secretary-General stressed the importance of fiscal policy and financing to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. At a meeting of the Finance Ministers Coalition on Climate Finance, the Secretary-General told them they could “turn the tide and move the markets” to address the climate emergency. He also spoke at the Small States Forum.

Remarks at the International Monetary and Financial Committee: https://bit.ly/340mDK4

Remarks at Ministerial Meeting of Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action: https://bit.ly/363pDHs

Statements and messages

For Conference: “Aral Sea Region – Ecological Innovations and Technologies Zone”(video): https://bit.ly/2pW5eDr

For Green Climate Fund Pledging Conference (video): https://bit.ly/32P9IKH

To Sustainable Development Forum: https://bit.ly/32Ng11x

Announcing the establishment of High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement: https://bit.ly/2PnDFxF


Mr. David McLachlan-Karr of Australia as Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: https://bit.ly/2phWasP

Next Week

On Tuesday, the Secretary-General will attend a Security Council debate on Women, Peace and Security.