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Organizational reform moves ahead as Guterres receives proposals on a strengthened UN-Habitat

An independent panel reviewing the effectiveness of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has proposed the programme be recast as the Organization's 'urban champion,' including through the establishment of a coordinating mechanism to complement its work and convene all UN agencies and partners on urban sustainability.

Catastrophe of Aral Sea shows ‘men can destroy the planet,’ warns UN chief Guterres

Continuing his visit to Central Asia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today visited the Aral Sea – once the world's fourth largest inland sea, that has now shrunk to about a quarter of its original size due to human mismanagement – where he urged the world to take lesson from the catastrophe and to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.

UN chief Guterres highlights importance of sustainable energy in message to EXPO 2017

Underlining the importance of energy, in particular for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for urgent action to ensure that everyone has access to clean, affordable and efficient energy so that they can rise to their full potential.

2018-04-22T11:52:13-04:0012 Jun 2017|Goal 7: Clean Energy, News, Secretary-General|

Working together, ‘we can ensure that our oceans remain healthy as our blue home’ – UN chief

The future of the planet’s oceans is burdened by threats such as climate change, pollution and destructive fishing practices – and the lack of capacities to address these threats – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, calling for joint global action to ensure “that our oceans are peaceful, safe and bountiful, and remain healthy as our blue home.”

Faced with ‘clear science, real threats,’ countries must remain committed to Paris climate deal

“We are dealing with scientific facts, not politics. And the facts are clear. Climate change is a direct threat in itself, and a multiplier of many other threats,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a General Assembly High-Level action event.

2018-04-22T11:54:14-04:0023 Mar 2017|Goal 13: Climate Action, News, Secretary-General|

Planet 50–50 by 2030 by António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.

2018-04-22T11:54:24-04:0008 Mar 2017|Goal 5: Gender equality, News, Secretary-General|

Guterres highlights importance of recognizing the links between peace and sustainable development

“We need a global response that addresses the root causes of conflict, and integrates peace, sustainable development and human rights in a holistic way – from conception to execution,” Mr. Guterres told a UN General Assembly high-level dialogue.

2018-04-22T11:54:41-04:0024 Jan 2017|Goal 16: Peace and justice, News, Secretary-General|

At Davos forum, UN chief Guterres calls businesses ‘best allies’ to curb climate change, poverty

The Secretary-General said he was particularly interested in the “alignment of the core business of the private sector with the strategic goals of the international community.”