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بيان صحفي: الأمم المتحدة تعلن عن بحثها عن قادة شباب متميزين من حول العالم لقيادة مسيرة تنفيذ أهداف التنمية المستدامة

بوغوتا، 7 أكتوبر أعلنت منظمة الأمم المتحدة اليوم أنها تستقبل طلبات التقدم كقادة شباب من الطبقة الثانية لأهداف التنمية المستدامة – شباب متميزين يكونون قادة لجهود إنهاء الفقر، مكافحة التغير المناخي والحد من أوجه عدم المساواة

وبقيادة مبعوثة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة للشباب جاياثما ويكراماناياكي، تنتقي مبادرة القادة الشباب 17 قائدًا شابًا كل عام لقيادة المجهودات الحثيثة لتحقيق أهداف التنمية المستدامة بحلول عام 2030. وأصدرت السيدة ويكراماناياكي البيان في قمة “عالمٌ شابٌ واحد” في بوغوتا جنبًا إلى جنب فريق من القادة الشباب لأهداف التنمية المستدامة

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رسالة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لمنع استغلال البيئة في الحروب والنزاعات المسلحة، ٦ تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر ٢٠١٧

إن الحرب تجارة قذرة. فأعمدة الدخان المنبعثة من آبار النفط المـحترقة، والمنشآت الصناعية المنهوبة، والذخائر المهجورة، والمباني المتصدعة تعد ضمن معالم النزاع.

         والضرر الذي يلحق بالبيئة، سواء نجم عن القتال أو عن انهيار سيطرة الحكومة، له آثار مدمرة على صحة البشر ورفاههم. وهي ليست مشكلة جديدة، ولكنها مشكلة يمكن أن تدوم لعقود. فهناك مناطق في أوروبا لا تزال متضررة من التلوث بسبب الفلزات الثقيلة للذخائر التي استخدمت في أثناء الحرب العالمية الأولى.

         ويحتاج الناس لبيئة صحية من أجل البقاء وإعادة بناء حياتهم فيما بعد. فهي توفر الغذاء والمأوى والعمل. وإدارتها على نحو مشترك توفر سبيلا للجيران للحفاظ على علاقاتهم أو تحسينها.

         وهذا اليوم الدولي لمنع استغلال البيئة في الحروب والنزاعات المسلحة يعد فرصة للاعتراف بالبيئة كضحية أخرى من ضحايا الحرب. كما يتيح فرصة لاتخاذ خطوات للحد من الأضرار التبعية للنزاعات ولحماية الموارد الطبيعية التي تكتسي أهمية بالغة في تحقيق التنمية المستدامة. والأمم المتحدة ملتزمة بحماية البيئة باعتبارها ركيزة أساسية من ركائز السلام والأمن والتنمية المستدامة.

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PREVENTING THE EXPLOITATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN WAR AND ARMED CONFLICT, 6 November 2017

War is a dirty business. Smoke plumes from burning oil wells, looted industrial facilities, abandoned munitions and collapsed buildings are among the hallmarks of conflict.

Whether caused by fighting or a breakdown in government control, the damage to the environment has devastating consequences for people’s health and well-being. It is not a new problem, but is one that can last for decades.  Areas of Europe are still affected by heavy metal contamination from munitions used during the First World War.

To survive a conflict and rebuild their lives afterwards, people need a healthy environment. It offers food, shelter and work.  Its shared management provides a route for neighbours to maintain or improve relations.

This International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict is an opportunity to recognize the environment as yet another victim of war. It is also an opportunity to take steps to reduce the collateral damage of conflicts and protect the natural resources that are so crucial for sustainable development.  The United Nations is committed to protecting the environment as an essential pillar of peace, security and sustainable development.

رسالة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لإنهاء الإفلات من العقاب على الجرائم المرتكبة ضد الصحفيين، ٢ تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر ٢٠١٧

في غضون الأسابيع القليلة الماضية فقط، قتلت صحفية تحقيقات شهيرة إثر تفخيخ سيارتها؛ وبُترت أعضاء صحفية أخرى أثناء تقصيها لأحد الأخبار؛ وعثر على مصور صحفي مقتولا بعد إجباره على ترك منزله تحت تهديد السلاح.

         وفي الفترة من عام 2006 إلى عام 2016، قتل 930 صحفيا وعاملا في وسائط الإعلام. ويتعرض آلاف آخرون بشكل اعتيادي للتحرش الجنسي والتخويف والاحتجاز وسوء المعاملة.

         ويأتي تفشي الإفلات من العقاب بعد ذلك لكي يفاقم هذه الجرائم. ففي تسع من عشر حالات من هذا القبيل، لا يقدم الجناة أبدا إلى العدالة.

         فعندما يتم استهداف الصحفيين، تدفع المجتمعات كلها الثمن أيضا. ذلك أن نوع الأخبار التي يتم التكتم عليها، من فساد وتضارب في المصالح واتجار غير مشروع، هو نفسه نوع المعلومات التي يريد الجمهور معرفتها. Continue reading

The Secretary-General’s Message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, 2 November 2017

In just the past few weeks, a renowned investigative journalist was murdered by a bomb that booby-trapped her car; another was dismembered in the course of researching her story; and a photojournalist was found dead after being forced to leave his home at gunpoint.

From 2006 to 2016, 930 journalists and media workers were killed. Thousands of others routinely face sexual harassment, intimidation, detention and ill treatment.

Rampant impunity then compounds the crimes. In nine out of ten cases, the perpetrators are never brought to justice.

When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole also pay the price. The kind of news that gets silenced – corruption, conflicts of interest, illegal trafficking — is exactly the kind of information the public needs to know. Continue reading

Press Release: UN announces worldwide search for exceptional Young Leaders to drive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Bogota, 7 October –The United Nations announced today that it was seeking applications for its second class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals–exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities.

Led by the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Young Leaders Initiative recognizes 17 young leaders every year who are driving bold efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Ms. Wickramanayake made the announcement at the One Young World summit in Bogota alongside the inaugural class of Young Leaders for the SDGs.

The Young Leaders programme places a spotlight on young people between the ages of 18-30 from around the world, and across many different issues, who are leading positive change towards a sustainable future. The 17 chosen Young Leaders will work with the UN Envoy on Youth to engage young people in the Sustainable Development Goals, advocate for their achievement and contribute to a brain trust supporting the UN’s advocacy efforts to mobilise young people.

“Young people today are not the leaders of tomorrow – we are the leaders of today”, said Ms. Wickramanayake. “Nowhere is that more true than in the efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.  Never before has a generation been so well equipped – with the knowledge, the passion and the technology – to put the planet and our societies on a sustainable path. Young people are the secret weapon to achieving the Goals.”

Today, there are 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10-24—they are the largest generation of youth in history. Their numbers are expected to grow: between 2015 and 2030 alone, about 1.9 billion young people are projected to turn 15 years old.   Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S Remarks at Panel on “Transparency and the death penalty”, New York, 10 October 2017

I thank the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Member States who have co-sponsored this important event.

We are here to explore a very urgent and troubling human rights issue: the continued use of the death penalty, and the secrecy that surrounds it.

This is my first public statement as Secretary-General on the death penalty.

I want to make a plea to all States that continue this barbaric practice:

Please stop the executions.

The death penalty has no place in the 21st century.

I am proud to say that my country, Portugal, abolished capital punishment 150 years ago – one of the first countries to do so. As a matter of fact, I was told in school that we were the first country, but I don’t want to create any incident with any other country that claims … but this is indeed something I am very proud of. Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ADDRESS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, New York, 19 September 2017

I am here in a spirit of gratitude and humility for the trust you have placed in me to serve the world’s peoples.

“We the peoples”, and the United Nations, face grave challenges.

Our world is in trouble.  People are hurting and angry.  They see insecurity rising, inequality growing, conflict spreading and climate changing. The global economy is increasingly integrated, but our sense of global community may be disintegrating. Societies are fragmented.  Political discourse is polarized.

Trust within and among countries is being driven down by those who demonize and divide. We are a world in pieces.

We need to be a world at peace. And I strongly believe that, together, we can build peace.  We can restore trust and create a better world for all. I will focus today on seven threats and tests that stand in our way.   For each, the dangers are all too clear.  Yet for each, if we act as truly united nations, we can find answers.

First, the nuclear peril. Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S REMARKS AT HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT, New York, 19 September 2017

Allow me before I read a few more orthodox remarks a more subversive reflection. I am very happy to participate in a meeting about empowerment, because when we discuss gender equality, in my humble belief, there is essentially a question of power. It’s power at all levels, in a male-dominated world where there is still a male-dominated culture – power in family relations, power in society, power in the economy, power in politics – to a large extent – there is a serious question of power. Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S REMARKS AT LEADERS’ DIALOGUE ON CLIMATE CHANGE, New York, 19 September 2017

Thank you for being here today.

Your leadership is absolutely key to attaining and raising the ambition of the Paris Agreement.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and Maria and the massive floods in South Asia are just the most recent demonstration of the urgency of tackling climate change. Such events will only become more frequent and more savage, with more dramatic humanitarian and economic consequences.

Countries have signed up to the Paris Agreement. But we know that current pledges and plans are insufficient to keep global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees. In 2020, Parties will review progress. By then, we need to make sure that we have substantially raised the bar of ambition. We are still on a path for a world that may be 3 or more degrees warmer. We need emissions to peak and resilience to build. Last year, more than 24 million people were displaced by weather-related disasters. And the number of such events has nearly quadrupled since 1970. Climate change is challenging the security of many states, especially small islands. The answer lies in the total transformation of our economies, and this is achievable. Globally, investment in green infrastructure has grown six-fold in a decade to almost $300 billion dollars. The rate of growth is highest in emerging economies. Continue reading