“Age of digital interdependence”, high-level panel report on digital cooperation

On Monday, the Secretary-General received the report from the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation from its co-chairs Ms. Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group. “Not a day passes for me without seeing the ways in which digital technology can advance the United Nations’ mission of peace, human rights and sustainable development. Nor does a day pass without news of the disruption digital technology can cause and the threats it can bring to that mission,” the Secretary-General said. He stated his hope that the report “will stimulate an urgent and open debate between governments, the private sector, civil society and others on how we move forward together safely in the age of digital interdependence.” The Secretary-General, Ms. Gates and Mr. Ma also took part in a joint interview about digital cooperation and the findings of the report.

The Secretary-General, Melinda Gates and Jack Ma discuss Digital Cooperation. The conversation was moderated by Femi Oke.

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

Time Magazine highlights Secretary-General’s call for Climate Action

Cover of this week’s Time Magazine features the Secretary-General in the South Pacific to highlight the climate emergency

In a cover story, this week’s Time Magazine features the Secretary-General’s trip to the South Pacific in May to highlight the global climate emergency. Tweeting the article, the Secretary-General wrote: “The climate emergency is the battle of our lives. We need #ClimateAction. Now.”

People with disabilities “agents of change” for inclusive, accessible and sustainable world

On Tuesday, the Secretary General addresses the opening of the Twelfth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and launched the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy. He emphasized that realizing the rights of people with disabilities is a matter of justice and a common-sense investment in our future.   “Together with people with disabilities as agents of change, let’s build a world that is inclusive, accessible and sustainable,” he tweeted.

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

Prevention and mediation among “most important tools” to reduce human suffering

On Wednesday, the Secretary-General addressed a Security Council debate on conflict prevention and mediation and urged greater unity to ensure that efforts in these areas are as effective as possible. He mentioned encouraging developments in countries such as Madagascar, Ethiopia, Eritrea and South Sudan. However, he also underscored that peace still faces enormous obstacles. “We cannot afford to reduce the energy and resources we invest in prevention and mediation,” he stressed.

Remarks: https://bit.ly/2F473Ty

Cooperation between the United Nations and Arab League

On Thursday, the Secretary-General took part in a Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States. He said both organizations “share a common mission: to prevent conflict, resolve disputes and act in a spirit of solidarity and unity,” working together “to expand economic opportunity, advance respect for all human rights and build political inclusion.”  On Friday, he met the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit. They held a brief press encounter afterwards.

Remarks: https://bit.ly/2F7HJMq

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

Gender and the Oceans  

“As someone who grew up with a special relationship with the sea, it pains me to see the damage we inflict on our oceans,” the Secretary-General tweeted on Saturday’s World Oceans Day. “Everyone can help make sure the oceans continue to be a source of life for generations to come,” he added. This year’s observance focused on Gender and the Oceans. In his message for the Day, the Secretary-General urged “governments, international organizations, private companies, communities and individuals to promote gender equality and the rights of women and girls as a crucial contribution to meeting ocean challenges.”

The Secretary-General talks to a crew members of a solar-powered sailing canoe in Fiji. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Message: https://bit.ly/2wHNk7J

Statement and messages

On Mali: https://bit.ly/2KN8wl6

Senior Appointments

Ms. Catherine Pollard of Guyana as Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance: https://bit.ly/2ZoXQwP

Mr. Movses Abelian of Armenia as Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management: https://bit.ly/2IDSV4E

Next Week

On Tuesday, the Secretary-General will launch the United Nations strategy on hate speech. On Monday, he will deliver remarks at the 29th meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.