30 August 2016

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meetings with the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Singapore

The Secretary-General met in Singapore with H. E. Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the country, H.E. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, and H.E. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The Secretary-General expressed appreciation for Singapore’s leadership on global issues and strong support to the United Nations. He congratulated the Government for its commitment to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Secretary-General also expressed hope that Singapore will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change before the end of the year, and discussed the status of this Agreement’s ratification at the global level.

The Secretary-General exchanged views with Singapore’s leaders on regional issues, including strengthening the ASEAN-UN partnership and the situation in Myanmar. On the issue of the South China Sea, the Secretary-General stressed the need to defuse tensions through dialogue, in accordance with international law. He hoped for further progress in the elaboration of a Code of Conduct to lead to increased mutual understanding.

The Secretary-General also discussed his efforts on responsibility-sharing in the context of the refugees and migrants’ crisis, as well as on the prevention of violent extremism.