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26 October 2020, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General - on the United Republic of Tanzania

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

As Tanzanians prepare to take part in the general elections scheduled for 28 October, the Secretary‑General calls on all national stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in an inclusive and peaceful manner.  In this regard, the Secretary-General recalls that an inclusive electoral process and a broad effective participation of political parties and their candidates, particularly women, remain essential for safeguarding the progress made by the United Republic of Tanzania in consolidating stability, democracy and sustainable development.
 

26 October 2020, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at the opening of the 38th session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) [as delivered]

Señores Presidentes,

Señora Bárcena, Señor Gurría, Señora Georgieva,

Señoras y señores representantes de los Estados miembros de la CEPAL,

Distinguidos invitados, estimadas amigas y amigos:

Es un honor para mí participar en la inauguración del 38º Periodo de Sesiones de la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe.

26 October 2020, General Assembly

Remarks at Informal Meeting of the Plenary of the General Assembly – Observance Ceremony in Commemoration of United Nations Day

Seventy-five years ago, amid the rubble and ruin of the Second World War, world leaders did the audacious.

Many previous attempts to secure peace and progress through international cooperation had collapsed.  Yet they dared to try again.  And they succeeded. 

The drafters of our founding Charter placed new faith in shared values, collective security and the rule of law.

At its birth, the United Nations was a symbol of global unity.  Today it is the epicenter. 

Our mission is more important than ever. 

26 October 2020, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at Informal Meeting of the Plenary of the General Assembly – Observance Ceremony in Commemoration of United Nations Day [as delivered]

[Watch the video on webtv.un.org]

Seventy-five years ago, amid the rubble and ruin of the Second World War, world leaders did the audacious.

Many previous attempts to secure peace and progress through international cooperation had collapsed.  Yet they dared to try again.  And they succeeded. 

26 October 2020, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on Japanese Prime Minister Suga’s net-zero announcement

The Secretary-General is very encouraged by Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide's announcement of Japan’s commitment to get to net zero emissions  by 2050, which is a very significant positive development and hereby expresses his appreciation for Prime Minister Suga’s leadership. 

With this announcement Japan, the world's third largest economy, joins a growing group of major economies committed to lead by example in building a sustainable, carbon neutral and climate resilient world by 2050.

25 October 2020, New York

UN Secretary-General's Spokesman - on the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan

The Secretary-General welcomes the joint statement issued today by the Governments of the United States, Armenia and Azerbaijan announcing that the humanitarian ceasefire agreed in Moscow on 10 October and reaffirmed in Paris on 17 October will take effect at 8 a.m., local time, on Monday 26 October. He commends the facilitation efforts of the United States, with the support of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.
 

25 October 2020, New York

UN Secretary-General's Spokesman - on Cameroon [scroll down for French]

The Secretary-General is shocked by news of a horrific attack on a school in the city of Kumba, in Cameroon’s South-West Region, on 24 October, in which several children were reportedly killed and several others wounded. The attack is another disturbing reminder of the exacting heavy toll on civilians, including children, many of whom have been deprived of their right to education. Attacks on education facilities are a grave violation of children’s rights. 
 

24 October 2020, New York

UN Secretary-General's Spokesman - on the occasion of the 50th ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Today, the conditions for the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons were met further to the deposit with the Secretary-General of the 50th instrument of ratification or accession of the Treaty. In accordance with its article 15 (1), the Treaty shall enter into force on 22 January 2021. 
 

24 October 2020, New York

UN Secretary-General’s Spokesman - on Guinea [scroll down for French]

The Secretary-General takes note of the announcement of the provisional results of the presidential election in Guinea by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). He reiterates his call to all actors to resolve electoral disputes through established legal mechanisms and to refrain from violence.

24 October 2020, New York

UN Secretary-General's Spokesman - on the announcement of an agreement between Israel and the Sudan

The Secretary-General takes note of the announcement by the Governments of the United States, Israel and Sudan informing of an agreement to normalize relations between the Republic of the Sudan and Israel.

The Secretary-General hopes the agreement will further cooperation, enhance economic and trade relations, and bring about new opportunities to advance peace and economic prosperity in the wider Horn of Africa and Middle East regions.