19 September 2016
The General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants today, thereby mapping a route towards a collective, rights-based response to record displacement numbers around the world.
16 August 2016
The Secretary-General condemned the reported coalition air strike on a hospital supported by Médecins Sans Frontières in Hajjah, Yemen. He noted that the parties to the conflict in Yemen have damaged or destroyed over 70 health centres, including three other Médecins Sans Frontières-supported facilities.
9 August 2016
Today is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. On this occasion, the Secretary-General said that indigenous peoples face a wide range of challenges including systematic discrimination, denial of their land and territorial rights and inadequate access to essential services.
8 August 2016
The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist bombing today at the Civil Hospital in Quetta, Pakistan. The targeting of mourners at a civilian hospital makes the attack particularly appalling. He urges the Government to do its utmost to ensure safety of the population and bring to justice the perpetrators of the attack.
22 April 2016
World leaders from 175 countries gathered at United Nations Headquarters today for the official signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the historic accord reached last December, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling upon all States to quickly sign up to the treaty so it could enter into force as soon as possible.
29 July 2016
The General Assembly decided today that the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development — mandated to coordinate the follow-up to and review of global sustainable development commitments — would spend the next three years focusing on a range of specific themes and targets, ranging from eradicating poverty to building resilience to empowering communities.
27 May 2016
ANTALYA, Turkey, 27 May — The world’s 48 poorest countries were an enormous resource for global prosperity, but without redoubled efforts to help them enhance productivity, diversify their economies and weather external shocks, the full potential of their 900 million citizens would remain untapped, high-level speakers stressed today as the Midterm Review for the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries opened in Antalya, Turkey.
31 March 2016
Partnerships held the key to implementing the world’s new vision of sustainable development and could help root out the poverty that had spawned many of today’s global crises, said speakers at the Economic and Social Council today as the organ held its annual Partnership Forum.
22 February 2016
The United Nations must reform its development system by adapting its silo structure to work flexibly across sectors, tailoring programmes to specific country priorities and diversifying its funding sources in order to meet the unprecedented multisectoral demands of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, delegates stressed today, as the Economic and Social Council opened its 2016 operational activities segment.
14 April 2016
The Secretary-General today told the Security Council meeting on countering terrorism that efforts must address the drivers of violent extremism through approaches that respected the shared values of the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human rights law.