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

Winners of Multilingual Essay Contest to Present at United Nations General Assembly in July 2017

ELS Educational Services is pleased to announce that 60 students have been selected as winners of the 2017 Many Languages, One World® international essay contest. 2017 is the fourth year ELS Educational Services and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) (https://academicimpact.un.org/. ) have sponsored Many Languages, One World. This year ELS and the UNAI also welcomes Northeastern University (northeastern.edu)  as the host of the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum and the sponsor and organizer of the Northeastern University Global Youth Symposium.

The event includes an all-expense-paid trip to Boston and New York City and the opportunity to speak in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations. Students will present action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S OPENING REMARKS TO THE OCEAN CONFERENCE – “TURNING THE TIDE”, New York, 5 June 2017

I thank the Governments of Fiji and Sweden for co-hosting this Conference, and I thank everybody who was involved in its preparation.

But a special word of gratitude to the President of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson, for his determination and leadership all the way through that led to this conference.

We are here today to take decisive action to nurture and protect the lifeblood of our planet.

Oceans and seas cover two-thirds of our home. Maybe we should change its name from “Planet Earth” to “Planet Water.”

Oceans provide food, energy, water, jobs and economic benefits for people in every country – even those that are landlocked. They are a crucial buffer against climate change and a massive resource for sustainable development. The health of our oceans and seas is inextricably linked with the health of our planet and all life on earth. 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

The Secretary-General’s Statement on the first anniversary of the World Humanitarian Summit, 23 May 2017

 One year ago in Istanbul, Turkey, the World Humanitarian Summit rallied the global community together behind a vision to address the increasingly urgent and complex challenges that are driving humanitarian need and vulnerability around the world.

Today, the call to action set out in the Agenda for Humanity remains as urgent as ever.

Humanitarian crises are causing human suffering and displacement on an unprecedented scale. Brutal and violent conflicts take countless lives. Natural hazards and extreme weather compound poverty and structural inequalities, producing a vicious cycle of risk and fragility. These crises prevent us from making progress towards our shared goal of a peaceful and prosperous world for all. Continue reading