In the lead-up to International Youth Day, marked annually on 12 August, the United Nations kicked off a commemorative event at its New York Headquarters with a message from Secretary-General António Guterres, who underscored his commitment to young people. “I'm truly happy to address you on International Youth Day,” the Secretary-General said a video message. “As Secretary-General of the [...]
An independent panel reviewing the effectiveness of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has proposed the programme be recast as the Organization's 'urban champion,' including through the establishment of a coordinating mechanism to complement its work and convene all UN agencies and partners on urban sustainability.
Continuing his visit to Central Asia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today visited the Aral Sea – once the world's fourth largest inland sea, that has now shrunk to about a quarter of its original size due to human mismanagement – where he urged the world to take lesson from the catastrophe and to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.
Underlining the importance of energy, in particular for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for urgent action to ensure that everyone has access to clean, affordable and efficient energy so that they can rise to their full potential.
"Caring for, and using, our oceans in sustainable ways is critical to achieve ecological and economic goals for communities everywhere," he says.
The future of the planet’s oceans is burdened by threats such as climate change, pollution and destructive fishing practices – and the lack of capacities to address these threats – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, calling for joint global action to ensure “that our oceans are peaceful, safe and bountiful, and remain healthy as our blue home.”
"The decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security."
The Secretary-General remains confident that cities, States and businesses within the US will continue to demonstrate vision and leadership by working for the low-carbon, resilient economic growth that will create quality jobs.
THE SECRETARY-GENERAL -- “CLIMATE ACTION: MOBILIZING THE WORLD” New York, 30 May 2017 [as delivered] President Hamilton, [Andrew Hamilton, President, NYU] Dean Henry, [Peter Henry, Dean, NYU Stern School of Business] Professor Whelan, [Ms. Tensie Whelan, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business] Dear friends, I would like to thank everyone at New York University, and [...]