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23 May 2019, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Central African Republic [scroll down for French]

 
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attacks against villages in western Central African Republic which has left at least 34 people dead. The attacks were attributed to 3R (Retour, Réclamation et Réhabilitation), an armed group that is a signatory to the peace agreement signed on 6 February in Bangui. He expresses his condolences to the families of the victims, to the people and the Government of the Central African Republic and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
 

23 May 2019, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's closing statement to ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment [as prepared for delivery]

Your Excellency, Vice President of ECOSOC
Excellencies,
 
On behalf of the Secretary-General and our colleagues in the UN development system, I would like to thank you and the Bureau of ECOSOC for a very dynamic and constructive segment.
 
We gathered to reflect on how far we have come in our joint efforts to reposition the UN development system to better support the 2030 Agenda, within the context of the QCPR.  
 

23 May 2019, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict [as delivered]

I thank the Government of Indonesia for convening this open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
 
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, a cornerstone of international humanitarian law.  And it is with enormous please that I see with us Mr. Peter Maurer, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the guardian of these Conventions.
 

22 May 2019, New York

Note to correspondents: Resignation of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, former President of Germany, Horst Köhler

The Secretary-General spoke to Mr. Köhler today who informed him of his decision to step down from his role for health reasons. 
 
The Secretary-General deeply regretted the resignation but said he fully understood the decision and extended his best wishes to the Personal Envoy. 
 
The Secretary-General expressed his profound gratitude to Mr. Köhler for his steadfast and intensive efforts which laid the foundation for the new momentum in the political process on the question of Western Sahara.
 

22 May 2019, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at ECOSOC Segment on Operational Activities for Development Segment - Session VI: Multi-country office review [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen, 
 
Thank you for this opportunity to formally present the outcome of the multi-country office review — a critical component of our efforts to reposition the UN development system, and a clear mandate of the 2016 QCPR and General Assembly resolution 72/279. 
 
As we know, multi-country offices have emerged over the years in an ad hoc manner. 
 

22 May 2019, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks on Day 2 of the Economic and Social Council Operational Activities for Development [as delivered]

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to join you for the second day of the Operational Activities Segment.

22 May 2019, ECOSOC

Remarks to the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment

I welcome this opportunity to provide an update to these ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment.
 
You have before you my first report to the Council since the landmark General Assembly resolution 72/279 on the repositioning of the UN development system.

The report outlines progress not only in response to direct mandates of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review, usually designated as QCPR and General Assembly resolution, but also on all measures I am taking to ensure effective, cohesive and accountable support to the 2030 Agenda.

22 May 2019, New York

Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Biological Diversity [scroll down for French version]

From individual species through entire ecosystems, biological diversity is vital for human health and well-being.  The quality of the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe all depend on keeping the natural world in good health.  We need healthy ecosystems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to address climate change: they can provide 37 per cent of the mitigation needed to limit global temperature rise.  
 

21 May 2019, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to the Africa Dialogue Series 2019 [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I am pleased to take part in this dialogue on durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa. The topic could not be more timely.
 
As we have heard, record numbers of women, children and men around the world have been forced to flee from their homes.
 
African countries are at the forefront of efforts to deal with the crisis and tackle the underlying causes.