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:

Remarks to session on climate change and disaster risk reduction:

Remarks to the press:

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:

“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:

On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances:

To International Conference: “40 Years of Afghan Refugees Presence in Pakistan: A New Partnership for Solidarity” (video):

To the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference (video):

To Award Ceremony of the Nazarbayev Prize for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World and Global Security (video):

To event in Commemoration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Referendum in Timor-Leste (video):

On the 20th anniversary of the Popular Consultation for Timor-Leste:

Senior Appointments


Mr. Adam Abdelmoula of Sudan as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia:

Ms. Rosemarie McClean of Canada as Pension Benefits Administrator of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF):