Visit to Jordan

On Saturday 6 April, the Secretary-General visited a school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugee (UNRWA) in Baqa’a Camp, Jordan. He said it was a very emotional moment for him to see young children learning about human rights and participating in a student parliament. The Secretary-General called on the international community to maintain UNRWA’s funding this year and to make sure that stability is guaranteed for 2020, and underscored that if the agency’s programmes are stopped, it would have a devastating impact on the region. While in Jordan, the Secretary-General also met with King Abdullah and delivered remarks at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, where he reiterated his call for ambitious climate action. The Secretary-General stressed that he was “deeply convinced that there is no other way to deal with global challenges than with a smart, evidence-based global response, organized in a multilateral way to benefit all.”

The Secretary-General with students of UNRWA school in Jordan. UN Photo

Remarks to the press after visit to the UNRWA Baqa’a camp: https://bit.ly/2uTnWLx

Remarks at World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa: https://bit.ly/2uLy7BI

Increasing the number of women in peacekeeping is “key priority”

On Thursday, the Secretary-General stressed to the Security Council that increasing the number of women in Peacekeeping was a priority. “This is not just a question of numbers – but also of our effectiveness in fulfilling our mandates. Evidence shows that greater numbers of women peacekeepers leads to protection responses that are more credible and meet the needs of all members of local communities,” he said.  

Women peacekeepers provide medical support to the local population in Birao, Central African Republic. Photo: MINUSCA/Hervé Serefio

Remarks: https://bit.ly/2KtEzrJ

100th Anniversary of the International Labour Organization

On Wednesday, the Secretary-General delivered remarks at an event marking the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization, ILO. He said the agency has been out front in recognizing the need to build a fair globalization that expands opportunities, reduces inequalities, and answers people’s demands for decent work – a concept which itself is firmly embedded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Secretary-General stressed that ILO has been a “trusted voice to expand opportunities for young people … open doors and break glass ceilings for women … and ensure social justice in every corner of our world.” He commended the agency for focusing its Centenary on the Future of Work. “Let us make the most of this pivotal anniversary to renew our collective commitment to international cooperation, to peace and to social justice,” he said.

Remarks: https://bit.ly/2UHmPgt

“Engaging youth globally is essential for the well-being of the entire world”

On Tuesday, the Secretary-General spoke at the 8th annual United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum and said “more often than not, young people in our world today are a lightning rod for change.” He told participants that the United Nations was “a partner that will accompany you on this journey towards a more peaceful, just and prosperous world.” The Secretary-General recalled that last year he launched the UN Youth Strategy, which aims to ensure the Organization responds better to the needs of young people and includes their contributions to making the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for all. On Friday, the Secretary-General attended the first-ever United Nations Model UN Youth Summit.

Participants in the 8th annual ECOSOC Youth Forum. Photo: DESA

Remarks at ECOSOC Youth Forum: https://bit.ly/2uXr0WV

UN marks the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda 

On Friday 12 April, the Secretary-General spoke at an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. “On this Day, we honour those who were murdered and reflect on the suffering and resilience of those who survived,” he said. “On this day of commemoration, let us all pledge to work together to build a harmonious future for all people, everywhere. This is the best way to honour those who lost their lives so tragically in Rwanda 25 years ago,” the Secretary-General stressed.

Remarks: https://bit.ly/2XciO1b

Message: https://bit.ly/2UGPcv5

Statements and Messages

On Pakistan: https://bit.ly/2P77L6D

On Sudan: https://bit.ly/2GhHa3T ; https://bit.ly/2Ih2j0l

On Libya: https://bit.ly/2UFXR0S

To the High-Level Conference: “Sustainable Europe 2030: From Goals to Delivery” (video): https://bit.ly/2VFp157

On World Health Day: https://bit.ly/2P5zpkh

To the 140th Interparliamentary Union Assembly: https://bit.ly/2VKPEWE

Next Week

On Monday 15 April, the Secretary-General will deliver remarks at the opening of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Financing for Development Forum.