قارة الأمل بقلم أنطونيو غوتيريش

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كثيرا ما ينظر العالم إلى أفريقيا باعتبارها قارة مشاكل، ولكنني أنظر إليها باعتبارها قارة الأمل والوعد والإمكانات الهائلة

إنني ألتزم بالعمل على الاستفادة من مواطن القوة تلك ورفع مستوى التعاون بين الأمم المتحدة وبين قادة أفريقيا وشعوبها. وهذا أمر جوهري لتحقيق التنمية المستدامة الشاملة للجميع وتعميق أواصر التعاون من أجل إحلال السلام واستتباب الأمن

وهذه هي الرسالة التي حملتها إلى قمة الاتحاد الأفريقي التي انعقدت أخيرا في أديس أبابا، إثيوبيا، وهي أول مهمة رئيسية أضطلع بها كأمين عام للأمم المتحدة

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A Continent of Hope: By António Guterres

Far too often, the world views Africa through the prism of problems.  When I look to Africa, I see a continent of hope, promise and vast potential.

I am committed to building on those strengths and establishing a higher platform of cooperation between the United Nations and the leaders and people of Africa.  This is essential to advancing inclusive and sustainable development and deepening cooperation for peace and security.

That is the message I carried to the recent African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — my first major mission as United Nations Secretary-General. Continue reading

Applications for 2017 fellowship programme for journalists sponsored by Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2017 fellowship program. The application deadline is March 20, 2017.

The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.  The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance.

The fellowship program is open to journalists who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America/the Caribbean and are currently working for media organizations. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to international affairs and to conveying a better understanding of the United Nations to their readers and audiences.  They must also have approval from their media organizations to spend up to three months in New York to report from the United Nations. 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.

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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