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

Remarks: https://bit.ly/34iS0zN

Readout of the meeting: https://bit.ly/2qd4WbA


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

 

Remarks: https://bit.ly/323pL6x


Statements and messages

To World Radiocommunication Conference (video): https://bit.ly/36pAviW

On Syria: https://bit.ly/338hL5I

On the death of Sadako Ogata: https://bit.ly/333vryK

On Guinea-Bissau: https://bit.ly/2C1ONIJ

On World Cities Day: https://bit.ly/2NBqDKm

On train accident in Pakistan: https://bit.ly/36mCDbk

On landslide in Cameroon: https://bit.ly/2WANhqh

To the Beijing Forum (video): https://bit.ly/2NalUR7


Appointments

Ms. Damilola Ogunbiyi of Nigeria as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All: https://bit.ly/2NvfbzX


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.