Climate emergency “single biggest threat” to survival of Small Island Developing States

“In small island countries, one natural disaster can erode a generation of development gains,” warned the Secretary-General in remarks at the High-level Mid-term Review of the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action, or SAMOA Pathway. “I have seen this in Barbuda and Dominica, and most recently in the Bahamas.  Hurricane Dorian was pure hell on Earth,” he recalled. The Secretary-General stressed that the Small Island Developing States “have led the world in ambition and effort on the climate emergency”, and despite contributing “practically nothing” to global warming, they are “paying the highest price.” “It is time to make big decisions and big investments in Small Island Developing States,” he stressed.

The Secretary-General during visit to Tuvalu in May. UN Photo/Mark Garten


High-level event on Sudan takes place at “pivotal moment of change and hope”

“The events of the past few months, which culminated in the establishment of a civilian-led government earlier this month, have been extraordinary,” said the Secretary-General at Friday’s high-level meeting on Sudan. “This is clearly the happiest moment I have in this High-level week,” he said in the beginning of his remarks. The Secretary-General  emphasized that the United Nations remains committed to supporting the new government and the people of Sudan “as they embark on the delicate period ahead.”


Secretary-General highlights importance of G77 and China’s support to multilateralism

The Secretary-General delivered remarks at the opening ceremony of the 43rd annual meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the G77 and China, and stressed that their support “for an effective and just multilateralism is more important than ever.” “Your priorities are my priorities,” he said, listing “eradicating poverty and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; winning the race against climate change; creating opportunities for young people; achieving gender equality; peace and human rights for all.” The Secretary-General also asked for their continued support for United Nations reforms and urged their help to put the Organization “on a solid financial footing.”


Bilateral meetings with world leaders

The Secretary-General continued his bilateral meetings with world leaders. Readouts of the meetings can be found on the website of the Office of his Spokesperson.


Statements and messages

On Afghanistan:


The Secretary-General will attend a ministerial meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and continue his bilateral meetings with world leaders.