First meeting of Syria’s Constitutional Committee “clear success of mediation”

Mediation is one of “our most important tools to reduce and end conflict”, said the Secretary-General in remarks to the sixth Istanbul Mediation Conference. He said that the tragedy in Syria is a clear illustration of the importance of political solutions to conflict, adding that Wednesday’s first meeting of the Constitutional Committee was a landmark but also “in itself a clear success of mediation”. He also met with President Tayyip Erdogan.

The Secretary-General delivers opening remarks at the 6th Istanbul Mediation Conference in Turkey. UN Photo/ Emrah Gruel


Readout of the meeting:

Despite support for Women, Peace and Security agenda, change not coming fast enough

On Tuesday, the Secretary-General attended a Security Council debate on Women, Peace and Security and said that meaningful change “is coming at a pace that is too slow for the women and girls whose lives depend on it, and for the effectiveness of our efforts to maintain international peace and security.” Underscoring his personal commitment, the Secretary-General touched on several advances in different areas and countries. “Today we recognize both progress but also how much more we must do,” he said.

Malawian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) while on patrol in 2012. ONUCI/Patricia Esteve



Statements and messages

To World Radiocommunication Conference (video):

On Syria:

On the death of Sadako Ogata:

On Guinea-Bissau:

On World Cities Day:

On train accident in Pakistan:

On landslide in Cameroon:

To the Beijing Forum (video):


Ms. Damilola Ogunbiyi of Nigeria as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All:

Next Week

Over the weekend, the Secretary-General will deliver remarks at the opening of the 10th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-UN Summit, in Bangkok, and meet with regional leaders on the sidelines of the Summit. He will also participate in the launch of the ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue by the Thailand Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha.