Solidarity and Support to the Bahamas

On Friday, the Secretary-General traveled to the Bahamas to express solidarity with the Government and the people and to offer the UN’s support in the country’s recovery from Hurricane Dorian. He met Prime Minister Hubert Minnis in Nassau and, on Saturday, is expected to travel to impacted areas to talk to people affected by the hurricane and the humanitarian teams assisting them and also to assess what more the United Nations can do.

Destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian on Abaco Island, Bahamas. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

New Effort to Tackle Hate and Violence Around the Globe

On Thursday, the Secretary-General launched the United Nations Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites. The initiative was developed by the UN Alliance of Civilizations in consultation with governments, religious leaders, faith-based organizations, civil society, young women and men, local communities, traditional and social media, and the private sector. The Plan provides “concrete recommendations to support Member States in their efforts to ensure that religious sites are safe, that worshippers can observe their rituals in peace, and that the values of compassion and tolerance are fostered globally.” The Secretary-General underscored that “when people are attacked because of their religion or beliefs, all of society is diminished.”

Guiding principles of the UN Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites. Image: UN Alliance of Civilizations

Remarks at launch: https://bit.ly/2lKL0uD

Press encounter: https://bit.ly/2kIyWd4

“Power of South-South cooperation to advance sustainable development”

On Thursday, the Secretary-General took part in an event marking the International Day of South-South cooperation. “Driven by a spirit of solidarity, respect for national sovereignty and equal partnership, South-South cooperation has offered concrete solutions to shared development challenges,” he said. The Secretary-General highlighted challenges such as remaining pockets of poverty, the climate crisis and gaps in access to clean water and adequate sanitation. “These are stark reminders that even as countries reap higher economic gains, we must work to ensure that prosperity is more broadly shared,” he stressed. The Secretary-General also said that “South-South cooperation can never be a substitute for official development assistance or replace the responsibilities of the global North set out in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Paris Agreement.”

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

Message for the Day: https://bit.ly/2lOWIEn

Statement and messages

On prisoner exchange between the Russian Federation and Ukraine: https://bit.ly/2koNHBM

For the International Telecommunication Union Telecom World 2019 (video): https://bit.ly/2lR7g68

On announcement of a national dialogue in Cameroon: https://bit.ly/2lMW3Dq

On the loss of life in Karbala: https://bit.ly/2kgN39k

To UN International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East: https://bit.ly/2kcNtgM

On Prime Minister Netanyahu’s comments about the occupied West Bank: https://bit.ly/2kxFOtQ

Senior appointments

Lieutenant General (retired) Abhijit Guha of India as Head of the United Nations Mission in support of the Hudaydah Agreement: https://bit.ly/2kepBcG

Next week

On Monday, the Secretary-General will deliver remarks at the closing meeting of the 73rd  session of General Assembly and the opening of the 74th session the following day. He will also participate in two prayer services and attend a memorial ceremony commemorating the 58th anniversary of the death of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. On Wednesday, the Secretary-General will hold a press conference ahead of the upcoming general debate and high-level week. On Friday, observing the International Day of Peace, he will attend the annual Peace Bell ceremony and an event with students.