9TH UN CHIEF. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General-designate of the United Nations, takes the oath of office for his 5-year term, which begins on 1 January 2017. The oath was administered by Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe New United Nations chief Antonio Guterres takes over as UN Secretary-general from South Korea’s Ban Ki-moon, inheriting complex crises in Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Burundi, North Korea and elsewhere
United Nations, US (Jan. 1, 2017) — The new United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said Sunday, January 1, he would like to make 2017 a year to “put peace first,” in a message heralding the new year and marking his first day as the world body’s chief.
Continue reading New UN chief aims to make 2017 ‘a year for peace’ BEN ROFFEEHUFFPOST RYOT An estimated 1.4 million people are in need of assistance, many without food, safe water, shelter or basic health services, and children are often the most vulnerable
November 1, 2016 — Of the many humanitarian crises challenging the world today, none is as solvable as the human disaster that Hurricane Matthew has wrought in southwestern Haiti. The threats to human life in Haiti’s Sud and Grand Anse departments are entirely within our grasp to address immediately: starvation,
Continue reading Haiti Is Facing A Humanitarian Crisis We Can Solve — So Why Aren’t We SEALED. European Parliament President Martin Schulz (R) smiles as he stands next to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prior a voting session on the UN Climate Change agreement struck in Paris last year at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on October 4, 2016. Frederick Florin/AFP The European Parliament overwhelmingly backs the ratification of the Paris climate deal, paving the way for the landmark pact to come into force globally
STRASBOURG, France (Oct. 4, 2016) — The landmark Paris climate pact is poised to enter into force globally after the European Parliament joined the world’s top polluters in endorsing the deal to slow the planet’s dangerous temperature rise.
Continue reading Paris climate deal to enter force after EU green light Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas The report provides an accurate evaluation of where the world stands on the 17 Goals, using data currently available to highlight the most significant gaps and challenges.
NEW YORK (July 21, 2016) — Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that
Continue reading UN Chief Launches First Report To Track Sustainable Development Goals AIDS CONFERENCE. Hundreds of AIDS activists march through the streets of Durban during the 21st International Aids Conference on July 18, 2016. Photo by AFP The five-day International AIDS Conference returns to Africa 16 years after Nelson Mandela galvanized the world to take up the fight against AIDS, describing it as ‘one of the greatest threats humankind has faced’
DURBAN, South Africa (July 18, 2016) — More than 18,000 scientists, campaigners, and donors opened a major AIDS conference in South Africa on Monday, July 18, issuing stark warnings that recent gains in the fight against the disease were under threat.
Continue reading AIDS summit opens with warnings that progress at risk SPECIAL ENVOYS. Macharia Kamau (L) and Mary Robinson (R) are the United Nations’ special envoys for El NiÃ±o and climate. Kamau photo by Miguel Medina/AFP; Robinson photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP The new special envoys will be responsible for ‘raising the profile and sounding the alarm,’ says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
UNITED NATIONS (May 22, 2016) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, May 20, appointed former Irish President Mary Robinson and Kenyan diplomat Macharia Kamau as special envoys for El Niño and climate.
Continue reading UN names special envoys for El Niño and climate ANGELINA JOLIE-PITT. The UN special envoy speaks in London about responding to Europe’s refugee crisis. File photo shows Angelina waving to photojournalists while leaving the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, 16 March 2016. File photo by Simela Pantzartzi/EPA In a speech in London, the Oscar winner and UN special envoy for refugees urges the international community to respond to Europe’s refugee crisis
LONDON, UK (May 17, 2016) — UN special envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt urged the international community on Monday, May 16 to respond to Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II with generosity and not the “politics of fear.”
Continue reading Migrant crisis needs generosity, not fear China’s take on the Climate Action summit in Washington, DC.
May 6, 2016 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged the world’s nations to “take climate action to the next level,” two weeks after 175 governments signed the historic Paris Agreement on climate change in New York.
Continue reading Time to take climate action to next level, UN chief Approaching the problem of climate change with a sense of urgency
May 6, 2016 — If the world’s governments, particularly those in developing countries, continue to increase their reliance on coal and other fossil fuels, “we are finished.”
That was the sobering assessment of World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim during his opening statement Thursday at the World Climate Summit in Washington.
Continue reading Governments, business leaders urge action on climate change The US secretary of state, John Kerry, holds his granddaughter for the signing of the accord at the United Nations Signing Ceremony for the Paris Agreement climate change accord in New York. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Representatives of more than 170 countries endorse Paris agreement to cut carbon emissions, with France’s president saying: ‘There is no turning back’
April 22, 2016 — More than 170 governments declared an end to the fossil fuel era on Friday, using the signing ceremony for the landmark Paris agreement as an occasion to renew their vows to fight climate change.
Continue reading Governments vow to end fossil fuel era at UN climate signing