Switzerland

21 October 2021, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message to High-Level Segment of Meetings of Parties to Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making, Access to Justice in Environmental Matters and its Protocol on Pollutant Release/Transfer Registers

Twenty years ago, the Aarhus Convention entered into force, bridging the gap between human and environmental rights. Today, as the devastating effects of climate change continue to ravage the world, the Convention’s core purpose – of allowing people to protect their wellbeing and that of future generations – has never been more critical.

Over the past two decades, the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers have inspired and advanced environmental democracy across the globe, despite significant challenges.

03 October 2021, Bern, Switzerland

Deputy Secretary-General's Video Message to HLP on Data for Accountability to the People - UN World Data Forum 2021, 3 – 6 October 2021

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to address you on the critical issue of data accountability.

Data is how we drive change. Data empowers. Data is the life blood of planning.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – our global blueprint for action – includes some 230 indicators across 17 Goals.

Without data on these indicators, it is impossible to track progress and hold each other accountable.

Similarly, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how open data can drive advocacy.

13 September 2021, Geneva

Remarks to the High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan 

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

The people of Afghanistan need a lifeline.

After decades of war, suffering and insecurity, they face perhaps their most perilous hour.

Now is the time for the international community to stand with them.

Let us be clear: This conference is not simply about what we will give to the people of Afghanistan. It is about what we owe.

Excellencies,

Even before the dramatic events of the last weeks, Afghans were experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

13 September 2021, Geneva

Opening remarks at press conference on the High-Level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan

Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen of the media.

This conference has fully met my expectations in relation to the solidarity with the people of Afghanistan.

First of all, because of the massive level of participation, meaning that this is a matter that today mobilizes the interest not only of governments around the world, but of international organizations and civil society.

We have 156 participants, of which 96 are Member States and half of them speaking at the ministerial level.

13 September 2021, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's transcript of the Secretary-General's press conference on the High-Level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan

Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen of the media.

This conference has fully met my expectations in relation to the solidarity with the people of Afghanistan.

First of all, because of the massive level of participation, meaning that this is a matter that today mobilizes the interest not only of governments around the world, but of international organizations and civil society.

We have 156 participants, of which 96 are Member States and half of them speaking at the ministerial level.

13 September 2021, Geneva

Secretary-General's remarks to the High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan [as delivered]

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

The people of Afghanistan need a lifeline.

After decades of war, suffering and insecurity, they face perhaps their most perilous hour.

Now is the time for the international community to stand with them.

Let us be clear: This conference is not simply about what we will give to the people of Afghanistan. It is about what we owe.

Excellencies,

Even before the dramatic events of the last weeks, Afghans were experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

14 June 2021, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Statement attributable to Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria

I strongly condemn the attack on Al-Shifaa hospital in Afrin city in northern Syria, which resulted in the killing and injuring of civilians, including medical personnel, and the destruction of parts of the hospital. Such appalling attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including healthcare facilities and workers, are unacceptable and must cease. All parties must fully comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians and civilian objects.