New Zealand

13 May 2019, Christchurch

Remarks during visit with Muslim community in Christchurch

As salam alaikum.
 
I thank this community very much for their welcome – particularly during this holy month of Ramadan. 
 
Every Ramadan I make a visit of solidarity somewhere around the world.  Last year, it was in Mali – the year before that, in Afghanistan. 
 
This year, because of the terrible terrorist attack against your community, I wanted to be here with you.  
 

13 May 2019, Christchurch, New Zealand

Secretary-General's remarks during visit with Muslim community in Christchurch

As salam alaikum.
 
I thank this community very much for their welcome – particularly during this holy month of Ramadan. 
 
Every Ramadan I make a visit of solidarity somewhere around the world.  Last year, it was in Mali – the year before that, in Afghanistan. 
 
This year, because of the terrible terrorist attack against your community, I wanted to be here with you.  
 

12 May 2019, Auckland

Opening remarks at press encounter with Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Thank you very much Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. First of all, happy Mother’s Day. This is a visit of both solidarity and gratitude. Solidarity first of all with the victims of Christchurch, with their families, with the community, with the city but also with the people and the government of New Zealand.
 

13 May 2019, Auckland

Opening remarks at press encounter with James Shaw, New Zealand Minister for Climate Change

Today I had the opportunity to meet with New Zealand youth that are really in the front line of climate action. They very clearly recognise that we face a climate emergency and that we need to reverse the present trend which climate change is running faster than what we are. 

13 May 2019, Auckland, New Zealand

Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter with James Shaw, New Zealand Minister for Climate Change

Today I had the opportunity to meet with New Zealand youth that are really in the front line of climate action. They very clearly recognise that we face a climate emergency and that we need to reverse the present trend which climate change is running faster than what we are. 

13 May 2019, Auckland, New Zealand

Secretary-General’s remarks to Māori and Pasifika youth at event hosted by James Shaw, New Zealand Minister for Climate Change

Dear friends, it is an enormous pleasure to be here with some of the members of Generation Zero representing the very important leadership that youth around the world is providing to make sure that we are able to reach our central objective: not to have more than 1.5 degrees of increasing temperature at the end of the century. The international community , and especially the scientific community, has been very clear that to reach this goal we absolutely need to have carbon neutrality by 2050.

12 May 2019, Auckland, New Zealand

Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter with Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Thank you very much Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. First of all, happy Mother’s Day. This is a visit of both solidarity and gratitude. Solidarity first of all with the victims of Christchurch, with their families, with the community, with the city but also with the people and the government of New Zealand.
 

David  Shearer Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan

David Shearer

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 13 December 2016 the appointment of David Shearer of New Zealand as his new Special Representative for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Mr. Shearer succeeds Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark, who completed her assignment at the end of November 2016.  The Secretary-General is grateful for Ms. Løj’s dedication and excellent leadership of UNMISS over the past two plus years, under extremely challenging political, security, humanitarian and human rights circumstances in South Sudan.