UN Photo/Kim Haughton Secretary-General António Guterres speaks at the opening of the high-level political forum on Sustainable Development under the auspices of the General Assembly.
“The 2030 Agenda is coming to life”, declared the UN chief on Tuesday, referring to the blueprint for a healthier planet and a more just world, as he launched the first Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit in New York. However, despite encouraging progress, António Guterres warned that much more needs to be done, and “we must step up our efforts. Now”.
UN Photo/Cia Pak Secretary-General António Guterres presents his annual report on the work of the Organization ahead of the opening of the General Assembly’s 74th General Debate.
We are living in “a world of disquiet”, the UN chief tells the High-level session of the General Assembly, urging the Heads of States present to advance “common good” while upholding “shared humanity and values”. Presenting his annual report on the work of the organization, Secretary-General António Guterres tells the overflowing Assembly Hall that a “great many people fear getting trampled, thwarted, left out and left behind”.
UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist António Guterres (at podium) opens the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 which aims to deliver new pathways and practical actions to shift global response into higher gear on confronting climate change.
Speaking at the beginning of the UN’s Climate Action Summit, 16-year-old acclaimed climate activist Greta Thunberg, was unsparing in her criticism of world leaders, telling them that they are still “not mature enough to tell it like it is”. The build-up to the Summit has included the latest scientific report of potentially catastrophic global warming, unprecedented demonstrations for climate action, and a steady drumbeat of pressure from the Secretary-General António Guterres, who demanded that world leaders come to New York with “bold action and much greater ambition”.
UN Photo/Kim Haughton Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) opens the UN Youth Climate Summit. From left to right are climate activists Komal Karishma Kumar, Wanjũhĩ Njoroge, Greta Thunberg and Bruno Rodriguez.
Students and young activists throw down the gauntlet to world leaders headed to UN Headquarters for high-level climate talks, demanding that they “stop wasting time” and work harder to curb carbon emissions, “or we will vote you out.” For his part, Mr. Guterres, agreed that “one of the problems of world leaders [is that] they talk too much, and they listen too little. And … It is in listening that we learn. It is in giving the possibility for all those that represent today's world to speak and to have their voices be part of decision-making processes that we can move forward.”
UN Photo/OCHA/Mark Garten Secretary-General António Guterres tours Abaco Island, Bahamas to witness at first-hand the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.
As global leaders prepare to convene in New York next week to debate the best way forward for the planet, Secretary-General António Guterres urges them to “do what is necessary” to ensure that “we are able to solve the dramatic problems we face.”
Note to Correspondents: Joint Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Karen Smith, United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, on the situation in northeast Syrian Arab Republic
António Guterres (left) meets internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bangassou, Central African Republic
Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach
Based on the work of a high-level task force appointed by the Secretary-General, the report lays out a strategy to achieve visible and measurable improvements in the way the United Nations prevents and responds to sexual exploitation and abuse. The strategy is victim-centred and rooted in transparency, accountability and ensuring justice.