Author Archives: Ayman Suliman

On 28 June, a High-Level Event on Education will be convened in partnership with key SDG 4 stakeholders to drive a new push for inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. The event will also elaborate on how to advance the incorporation of the SDGs into the curricula of every school in the world.

The High-Level SDG Action Event on Education seeks to highlight the growing momentum around the implementation of SDG 4, including in the area of SDG Learning. It seeks to galvanize the efforts of the world’s leading education stakeholders and to raise awareness about the obstacles and opportunities for achieving universal access to quality education and lifelong learning including through technical and vocational education and training.

More information can be found at: bit.ly/SDGeducation

رسالة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بمناسبة بدء العد التنازلي لفترة المائة يوم التي تفصلنا عن اليوم الدولي للسلام في 13 يونيو 2017

بعد أن تسلمت مهامي كأمين عام في كانون الثاني/يناير من هذا العام، كان أول عمل قمت به هو إصدار نداء من أجل السلام، نداء للمواطنين والحكومات والقادة في كل مكان لوضع السلام في صدارة الأولويات

فاليوم الدولي للسلام، الذي يحتفل به كل عام في 21 أيلول/سبتمبر، يجسد تطلعاتنا المشتركة إلى إنهاء المعاناة التي لا داعي لها الناجمة عن النزاعات المسلحة. فهو يتيح لحظة لشعوب العالم لكي تعترف بالروابط التي تجمع بينها، بصرف النظر عن بلدانها الأصلية. وهو اليوم الذي تدعو فيه الأمم المتحدة إلى وقف إطلاق النار على مدار 24 ساعة على الصعيد العالمي، على أمل أن يفضي يوم من السلام إلى يوم آخر، يعقبه يوم مثله، ثم في نهاية المطاف إلى إسكات دوي الأسلحة

لكن تحقيق السلام يتطلب أكثر من مجرد وضع الأسلحة. فالسلام الحقيقي يقتضي إقامة الجسور ومكافحة التمييز والدفاع عن حقوق الإنسان لجميع شعوب العالم

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Secretary-General’s Message for the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace —

13 JUNE 2017

Upon taking up my duties as Secretary-General in January of this year, my very first act was to issue an appeal for peace — a call on citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to put peace first.

The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September, embodies our shared aspiration to end the needless suffering caused by armed conflict.  It offers a moment for the peoples of the world to acknowledge the ties that bind them together, irrespective of their countries of origin.  It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope that one day of peace can lead to another, and another, and ultimately to a stilling of the guns. Continue reading

مؤتمر المحيط يختتم أعماله بأكثر من ألف تعهد لحماية المحيطات

الصيد بالشباك في كولومبيا.World Bank/Edwin Huffman

 أعرب رئيس الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة بيتر تومسون، عن سعادته لما تمخض عنه مؤتمر المحيط والذي اختتم أعماله اليوم الجمعة بتعهدات تصل إلى أكثر من ألف ومئتين من أجل الحفاظ على المحيطات

وفي مؤتمر صحفي عقد ظهر اليوم، قال تومسون: تمت إثارة الوعي العالمي بشأن المشاكل التي يعاني منها المحيط، وهذا أول شيء. وهناك أمر أود أن أقوله وهو أن الناس تساءلت عن عدم وجود خلاف في هذا المؤتمر مثل مؤتمرات الأمم المتحدة المعتادة. وأعتقد أن الجواب على ذلك، هو أنه عندما يتعلق الأمر بالمحيط فهو التراث المشترك للإنسانية، وليس هناك شمال أو جنوب وليس هناك غرب أو شرق عندما يتعلق الأمر بالمحيط. إذا كان المحيط يموت فهو يموت بالنسبة لنا جميعا، إنها مشكلة مشتركة لناولذلك يجتمع الناس معا بطريقة رائعة في هذا المؤتمر. وأعتقد أيضا أن الانفتاح على المجتمع المدني والمجتمع العلمي والقطاع الخاص وإحضارهم جميعا معا قد عمل على كسر الانقسامات الطبيعية الموجودة لدى الحكومات وغيرها Continue reading

UN Ocean Conference wraps up with actions to restore ocean health, protect marine life

Fishing boat in the Indian Ocean off the island of Mombasa. UN Photo/Milton Grant (file)

The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans today wrapped up with a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean’s health, and more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the blue.

“The bar has been raised on global consciousness and awareness of the problem in the oceans,” the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, told journalists in New York.

Mr. Thomson, whose native Fiji co-sponsored the event along with Sweden, said the organizers got what they wanted from the conference: “I’m 100 per cent satisfied with the results of this conference. Our aim was high. Our aim was to start the reversal of the cycle.” Continue reading

Surge in voluntary commitments for ocean action as Conference to halt ocean degradation set to open — More than 600 commitments received; countries agree to Call for Action

New York, 2 June—A surge in the number of voluntary commitments to take action to improve the health of the ocean by countries, businesses and civil society groups has been recorded, and more are expected as the Ocean Conference gets underway Monday, 5 June  at United Nations Headquarter in New York.

The commitments, now numbering over 600 and still increasing, come as heads of state and government and ministers will join ocean leaders, experts, businesses, and civil society organizations to discuss solutions that restore the health of the world’s ocean.  The commitments target a wide range of ocean problems, ranging from protecting coral reefs, strengthening sustainable fisheries, reducing plastic pollution, and addressing the impacts of climate change on the ocean. Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — “CLIMATE ACTION: MOBILIZING THE WORLD”

President Hamilton, [Andrew Hamilton, President, NYU]

Dean Henry, [Peter Henry, Dean, NYU Stern School of Business]

Professor Whelan, [Ms. Tensie Whelan, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business]

Dear friends,

I would like to thank everyone at New York University, and especially the Stern School of Business, for your warm welcome and your role in making today’s gathering possible.

Let me also thank all of you for being here to discuss the crucial challenge of climate change and how we must address it.

I can think of no better audience – this wonderful mix of scholars and scientists, students and activists, investors and entrepreneurs – the people who, together, are making climate action real.

And I can think of no better place to have this conversation than here at NYU and the Stern School, where you are dedicated to cultivating solutions and a new generation of leaders.

This notion of inter-generational responsibility is very much on my mind.

My grandfather was born in 1875.  He could not have imagined the world we live in today.

Now I have three grand-daughters of my own – the oldest is eight. I cannot imagine the world they will inhabit decades from now, when they will be my age.

But not knowing is no excuse for not acting to ensure that we do not undermine their future.

I want my grandchildren to inherit a healthy world, free of conflict and suffering — and a healthy planet, rooted in low-carbon sustainable solutions.

That is my wish for everyone, everywhere. To get there, we have our work cut out for us.

Allow me to be blunt. The world is in a mess.  Continue reading

Secretary-General’s opening remarks at the London Somalia Conference

London, 11 May 2017

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are here to support Somalia at a moment which is both tragic and hopeful. And I do believe that Somalia can be in the near future the kind of good news that we badly need in the international community and in our troubled world.

I thank the United Kingdom, as well as President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo of Somalia, for co-hosting.

I deeply appreciate the leadership of the African Union and the vital work of AMISOM. I thank Chairperson Faki for joining us today.

I commend the President, along with Prime Minister Khayre, the new cabinet and leaders of the Federal Member States, for their political will to work together in Somalia.

Like all of us, I was deeply saddened by the tragic death last week of the Minister of Public Works, Abbas [Abdullahi Sheikh] Siraji.  He grew up in a refugee camp and went on to become a powerful symbol of Somalis’ hopes for the future. His unfortunate death must not diminish our resolve to see these hopes realized.

On the contrary, his sacrifice must encourage all Somalis to maintain the spirit of inclusiveness, embracing women, youth, minorities, business leaders and all members of society, and must encourage us all to support that effort.

The significantly enhanced representation of women and youth in the new Federal Parliament shows Somalia’s positive trajectory.

We are here to listen to Somalia’s leadership – and to agree on a framework for cooperation. Continue reading

Call for Application: 2017 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme

The United Nations Department of Public Information is now accepting applications from young journalists and broadcasters for the 2017 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme.

The fellowship is open to fulltime journalists between the ages of 22 and 35 from countries with developing or transitioning economies. Applicants must have several years of experience in radio, television, print or online news, a strong portfolio covering international affairs and fluency in English. Continue reading