02 March 2022, Nairobi, Kenya

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at United Nations Environment Assembly Flagship Side Event on Marine Litter [as delivered]

Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,

I’m delighted to be here with you today to speak about this ubiquitous global challenge.

The challenge of plastic pollution affects us all. From the bottom of the seabed to the highest mountains, our world is swamped by harmful plastic.

We all have a role to play in the solution.

Leadership at the global level has the potential to truly accelerate action to tackle this global scourge.

Here, at UNEA, Member States were given a profound opportunity.

02 March 2022, Nairobi, Kenya

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the Leadership Dialogue of the United Nations Environment Assembly: Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals [as delivered]

Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,

 I am delighted to have the opportunity to join this Leadership Dialogue to discuss how to unleash the potential of nature for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Nature is essential to the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals – from food security to economic growth, to conflict prevention and health, to climate change.

Over half a billion people in the world depend on coral reefs for food, income, and protection.

02 March 2022, Nairobi, Kenya

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the Opening of the High-Level Segment of the Resumed Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly [as delivered]

Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,

As we gather here at the UN Environment Assembly, I would like to begin by thanking President Uhuru Kenyatta.

I would also like to thank the government of Kenya for hosting this crucial meeting and underscoring the importance of the state of the environment.

We are faced with a triple planetary crisis. The state of the world’s environment is at risk.

Our entire world is facing unprecedented challenges: conflict, poverty, inequality, debt, COVID-19, climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

21 January 2022, Kwale, Kenya

Deputy Secretary-General's video message to the Gender Welfare and Equity in Sports Conference

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a privilege to send my greetings to the Gender Welfare and Equity in Sports Conference and to pay tribute to the extraordinary legacy of Agnes Tirop.

In sport, we celebrate champions. We admire their almost super-human abilities, we watch them persevere, and we cheer their triumphs.

In a marathon, the starting line is the same for everyone. But we know that the same is not true in life.

04 November 2021, Nairobi, Kenya

Deputy Secretary-General's video message to the 12th High Level Retreat on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for this opportunity to address the 12th high-level retreat on the promotion of peace, security and stability in Africa.

My particular thanks to the African Union for bringing us together today.

The United Nations and the African Union have strong partnership frameworks – from our Annual Conference and Joint Task Force on Peace and Security to improved cooperation between the United Nations Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council. 

Sanda  Ojiambo Assistant Secretary-General

Sanda Ojiambo

Assistant Secretary-General

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Sanda Ojiambo of Kenya as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Global Compact. 
For the past two years, Ms. Ojiambo served as the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, leading the development and roll out of an ambitious new strategy to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business to uphold the Ten Principles of the Global Compact, and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.   

22 February 2021, Nairobi, Kenya

Secretary-General's video message to the United Nations Environment Assembly

Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,

I am pleased to greet the United Nations Environment Assembly.

We meet at a time of crisis and fragility.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause turmoil worldwide.

Millions of people have been pushed into poverty, with women bearing the heaviest burden.

Inequalities among people and countries are growing.

And we face a triple environmental emergency – climate disruption, appalling biodiversity decline and a pollution epidemic that is cutting short some 9 million lives a year.