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رسالة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي للمرأة، نيويورك، 8 مارس 2017

         حقوق المرأة هي حقوق الإنسان. ولكن في هذه الأوقات العصيبة، التي يزيد خلالها عدم القدرة على التنبؤ والفوضى في عالمنا، تُقلّص حقوق النساء والفتيات وتُقيّد وتتراجع

         وتمكين النساء والفتيات هو السبيل الوحيد لحماية حقوقهن وضمان أن يتسنّى لهن تحقيق كامل إمكاناتهن

         والاختلالات التاريخية في علاقات القوة بين الرجل والمرأة، التي تفاقمت بسبب تزايد أوجه عدم المساواة داخل المجتمعات والبلدان وفيما بينها، تؤدي إلى زيادة التمييز ضد النساء والفتيات. وفي جميع أنحاء العالم، يُساء استخدام التقاليد والقيم الثقافية والدين لتقييد حقوق المرأة، وترسيخ التحيز الجنسي، والدفاع عن ممارسات كره النساء Continue reading

The UN Secretary-General’s message on International Women’s Day, New York, 8 March 2017

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.

Historic imbalances in power relations between men and women, exacerbated by growing inequalities within and between societies and countries, are leading to greater discrimination against women and girls. Around the world, tradition, cultural values and religion are being misused to curtail women’s rights, to entrench sexism and defend misogynistic practices. Continue reading

Global Call for nominations for the Pool of SRSG and DSRSG positions in UN field missions

The United Nations Secretariat has launched on 16 February 2017 a Global Call for nominations for generic positions of Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for rule of law and/or political. These 59 senior leadership positions are located in the 29 United Nations field missions currently deployed across the world.

In order to ensure a wide and diverse pool of candidates for these high level positions, the UN is opening a call for nominations to supplement the Secretary-General’s own search and consultations. The Secretary-General has pledged to advance gender parity within the Organization and particularly at senior level. Nominations of women candidates are therefore strongly encouraged.

Roles and Responsibility of SRSG/DSRSG

The Special Representatives of the Secretary General and their deputies also serve as Head/deputy Head of mission. SRSGs report directly to the Secretary-General through the Under-Secretary General of the Lead department (i.e. DPKO or DPA). They are expected to:

  • Develop a shared vision for fulfilling the Security Council mission mandate and set the strategic direction to achieve the goals and objectives relevant to that vision;
  • Represent the Secretary-General and provide good offices on his behalf to resolve conflict, facilitate negotiations, foster peace and build confidence among parties;
  • Serve as Head of Mission and be responsible for the executive management of the mission’s resources and administration; as well as for building a mission culture of accountability, integrity and respect;
  • Establish and nurture close working relationships with key national, regional and international interlocutors, including regional organizations as relevant;
  • Speak on behalf of the UN and provide overall leadership to the comprehensive UN engagement in the host country, ensuring that its actions are guided at all times by international human rights standards;
  • Promote and monitor the implementation of Security Council resolutions on Women Peace and Security and ensure the mainstreaming of gender throughout operational activities;
  • As Designated Official (DO), ensure the safety and security of staff of the United Nations in the mission area.

Reporting directly to the SRSG, the Deputy Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) are responsible for providing overall vision and leadership to the strategic planning and the implementation of programmes under the political and/or rule of law pillar(s) in missions. Continue reading

Statement by the UN Secretary-General on Refugees, New York, 31 January 2017

Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are entitled to protection, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, expressing concern at decisions around the world that have undermined the integrity of the international refugee protection regime.

On my way back from Ethiopia, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa that for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbors, many times in dramatic security situations, I want to state the following:

     – Countries have the right, even the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organizations.· This cannot be based on any form of discrimination related to religion, ethnicity or nationality because:

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رسالة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لإحياء ذكرى ضحايا محرقة اليهود، ٢٧ كانون الثاني/يناير ٢٠١٧

إننا نكرِّم اليوم ضحايا محرقة اليهود، تلك المأساة التي لا مثيل لها في تاريخ البشرية.

         ومن واجب العالم أن يتذكر أن تلك المحرقة كانت محاولة منهجية لاستئصال الشعب اليهودي وأعداد كبيرة جدا من الأشخاص الآخرين.

         ومن الخطأ البِّين اعتبار محرقة اليهود مجرد نتيجة لجنون مجموعة من النازيين المجرمين. بل على العكس، لقد كانت المحرقة تتويجا لآلاف السنين من كراهية اليهود واتخاذهم أكباش فداء والتمييز ضدهم، وهو ما نسميه اليوم معادة السامية.

         وإنها لمأساة أن نشهد حاليا استمرارا لازدهار معاداة السامية رغم انعقاد عزمنا على دحرها. كما أننا نشهد تصاعداً مفزعاً للتطرف وكراهية الأجانب والعنصرية وكراهية المسلمين. وبِتنا نشهد مجدداً ظهور اللاعقلانية والتعصب. Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST, 27 January 2017

Today, we honour the victims of the Holocaust, an incomparable tragedy in human history.

The world has a duty to remember that the Holocaust was a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people and so many others.

It would be a dangerous error to think of the Holocaust as simply the result of the insanity of a group of criminal Nazis. On the contrary, the Holocaust was the culmination of millennia of hatred, scapegoating and discrimination targeting the Jews, what we now call anti-Semitism. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General’s video message to the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva, 24 January 2017

It is a pleasure to greet the Conference on Disarmament.

Disarmament is an integral element of a peaceful and prosperous world. It is one of the pillars on which the United Nations was built.

As Secretary-General, I am firmly resolved to actively pursue the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction and the strict regulation of conventional weapons. I am committed to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.

On taking the oath of office, I described a world of new and old conflicts woven i Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S REMARKS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE ON ‘BUILDING SUSTAINABLE PEACE FOR ALL: SYNERGIES BETWEEN THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINING PEACE’, New York, 24 January 2017

Mr. President of the General Assembly, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, All protocol observed,

In recent decades, globalization and technological progress have generated unprecedented economic progress, with higher living standards for many and even a reduction in the number of people in extreme poverty.

But these benefits are not enjoyed by everyone. Inequality is high, and growing. According to recent figures, the eight richest people in the world have the same wealth as the 3.6 billion poorest. Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 14 times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than children in developed countries. Statistics like these drive discontent and erode trust in governments and international organizations. Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S REMARKS TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL OPEN DEBATE ON “MAINTENANCE OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY: CONFLICT PREVENTION AND SUSTAINING PEACE”, NEW YORK, TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY 2017

Madame President, may I first of all thank you very much, and thank the Swedish presidency, for convening this meeting and allowing me to have my first formal presence in the Security Council, discussing what I believe must be the priority of everything we do together – preventing conflict and sustaining peace. And I believe that the massive attendance that we are registering in this meeting proves that indeed this message is something that we all fully recognize. Thank you very much again.

The United Nations was established to prevent war by binding us in a rules-based international order.   Continue reading

Secretary-General António Guterres’ address to staff, UNHQ, 3 January 2017

707658designateDear colleagues, this is indeed a very emotional moment for me. I am humbled and happy to be with all of you here today. Ten years ago, I had the chance to start being a staff member of the UN, and I had the privilege to serve not only the UN, but as High Commissioner for Refugees, to serve the most vulnerable of the vulnerable people. And in that work, I have learned that if the UN is the main pillar of multilateralism, UN staff is the main pillar of the UN.  And I could witness the courage, the determination, the generosity and the wisdom and competence of my UNHCR colleagues all over the world. And so, as you can imagine, after one year of sabbatical period, it is for me an enormous happiness, an enormous privilege to again call you my colleagues, and I’m very proud to be your colleague. Continue reading