Secretary-General awarded Charlemagne Prize

On Thursday, the Secretary-General received the 2019 Charlemagne Prize in Aachen, Germany and referred to the European Union and the United Nations as “two of the greatest peace projects of our times.” “As a committed European and Secretary-General of the United Nations, this prize is especially meaningful to me. But I know that you are paying through me tribute to the commitment, service and sacrifice of the women and men of the United Nations,” he said in his remarks. He concluded by saying that as UN Secretary-General, he had “no other powers if not persuasion and the appeal to reason” and that he would always give his best “in the passionate defense of the values of pluralism, tolerance, dialogue and mutual respect in order to build a world of peace, justice and human dignity.”  He also addressed the students at RWTH Aachen University, and gave an overview of global challenges, focusing on climate change and the impact of new technologies.

The Secretary-General received the Charlemagne Prize in Aachen, Germany. UNFCC/James Downson

Remarks (multilingual): https://bit.ly/2wt3Ng7

“No time to waste” against climate change

On Tuesday, the Secretary-General attended the Austrian World Summit in Vienna. The event is the annual meeting of the R20, an organization founded by former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, that brings together leaders from politics, business and the private sector to focus on fighting climate change. “It is clear to me that we have no time to waste”, the Secretary-General said, noting that “all around the world, people are now losing their homes and being forced to migrate because of climate change.” While stressing that the “situation is extremely serious”, he underscored that “if we do what we must to combat climate change, the benefits for societies around the world would be profound.” At the Summit, the Secretary-General also met with Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen and climate activist Greta Thunberg, with whom he held a conversation on his Instagram account. “Young people like @GretaThunberg are driving transformative #ClimateAction around the world. They must keep up the pressure on their leaders to save our planet and our future,” the Secretary-General tweeted. While in Vienna, he also attended an event marking 40th anniversary of the Vienna International Centre. “The Vienna-based parts of our United Nations family promote cooperation in outer space, peaceful uses of nuclear energy and advanced technologies to support development and mitigate climate change. On this anniversary, let us reaffirm the core values of our United Nations and build on the progress we have achieved,” he said.

The Secretary-General with Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen, former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and climate activist Greta Thunberg in the R20 Austrian World Summit in Vienna. UN Vienna/ Nikoleta Haffar

Remarks at 40th anniversary of the Vienna International Centre: https://bit.ly/2X8uXEv

Remarks at the R20 Austrian World Summit: https://bit.ly/2WdPT0E

Senior Appointments

Tatiana Valovaya of the Russian Federation as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva: https://bit.ly/2Mkb64s

James Swan of the United States as Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia: https://bit.ly/2HN818M

Gilles Michaud of Canada as Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security: https://bit.ly/2MmxtWR

Anita Bhatia of India asAssistant Secretary-General for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women): https://bit.ly/2HN0oyY

Major General Shivaram Kharel of Nepal as Acting Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force: https://bit.ly/30TmV4H

Mohamed Khaled Khiari of Tunisia as Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations: https://bit.ly/2HIOMgs

Statement and messages

On International Day of Peacekeepers: https://bit.ly/2HKbOn9

On the situation in the Golan: https://bit.ly/2Xa78w4

For the Artificial Intelligence for Good Summit: https://bit.ly/2WCPR1B

Next Week

On Tuesday, the Secretary-General will attend the election of the President of the 74th session of the General Assembly. On Thursday, he will participate in the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum.