Mobilizing Support for Africa’s peace, security and sustainable development 

On Wednesday, the Secretary-General participated in the opening of the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VII), in Yokohama, Japan. He called TICAD “an open, inclusive and multilateral forum for mobilizing and sustaining international support for Africa’s peace, security and sustainable development.” The Secretary-General stated that he saw Africa as a “dynamic continent of opportunity where winds of hope are blowing ever stronger.” He also addressed a session on climate change and disaster risk reduction warning that “little undermines development like disaster. Decades of sustainable development gains can be wiped out overnight.” The Secretary-General spoke about his upcoming Climate Action Summit on 23rd September in New York emphasizing that “our overarching goal is to raise ambition and get the world on track to limit global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.” He told leaders to come to the Summit with “concrete, realistic plans to put us, once and for all, on a sustainable path.”

The Secretary-General addresses the media at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), in Yokohama, Japan. UN Japan/Ichiro Mae

Remarks to TICAD: https://bit.ly/2ZuBz0n

Remarks to session on climate change and disaster risk reduction: https://bit.ly/2LdHwtG

Remarks to the press: https://bit.ly/2PmXt68

At G7 Summit, Secretary-General warns of “dramatic climate emergency”

Mobilizing further support for the September Climate Action Summit was priority one for the Secretary-General at this week’s G7 Summit in Biarritz, France. “We need more ambition, we need a stronger commitment”, the Secretary-General stressed. “We need to make sure that we have shifting of taxes from people to carbon, ending subsidies to fossil fuels, and to make sure that we don’t build more coal power plants after 2020.” He added that the G7 gathering “represented “ an excellent opportunity to appeal for the very strong engagement of the international community.”

Remarks to the press: https://bit.ly/2ZuLNhk

“We must deliver on the demands of people around the world and address the global climate crisis”

In a tweet, the Secretary-General welcomed youth climate activist Greta Thunberg to New York. “The determination and perseverance shown during your journey should embolden all of us taking part in next month’s #ClimateAction Summit. We must deliver on the demands of people around the world and address the global climate crisis,” he wrote. The UN welcomed her with a flotilla of 17 sailboats, each branded with a sustainable development goal.

Greta Thunberg sailed into New York Harbor flanked by a fleet of 17 sailboats representing each of the Sustainable Development Goals. UN Photo/ Mark Garten


Statement and messages 

On the International Day Against Nuclear Tests: https://bit.ly/2zISUZf

On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances: https://bit.ly/2LmnvRF

To International Conference: “40 Years of Afghan Refugees Presence in Pakistan: A New Partnership for Solidarity” (video): https://bit.ly/30Ll6WV

To the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference (video): https://bit.ly/30LVkC8

To Award Ceremony of the Nazarbayev Prize for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World and Global Security (video): https://bit.ly/2ZqIWe1

To event in Commemoration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Referendum in Timor-Leste (video): https://bit.ly/2ZsGWlF

On the 20th anniversary of the Popular Consultation for Timor-Leste: https://bit.ly/2HxKvMd

Senior Appointments

 

Mr. Adam Abdelmoula of Sudan as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia: https://bit.ly/2zDekqF

Ms. Rosemarie McClean of Canada as Pension Benefits Administrator of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF): https://bit.ly/2ZC2bfR