Joint UN-EU Press Statement Reinforcing the UN-EU Strategic Partnership on Peace Operations and Crisis Management: Priorities 2019-2021

In the face of rising global levels of violent conflict, we – the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) – have identified a new set of forward-looking priorities for cooperation on peace operations and crisis management in 2019-2021. These priorities form part of the broader EU – UN partnership where we will continue to engage together in promoting multilateralism and a rules-based order as the most effective way for addressing pressing global challenges.

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UN Secretary-General’s meeting readout with the President of the Republic of South Africa

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa. The Secretary-General commended South Africa for its constructive role in advancing the goals of the United Nations and for its leadership in organizing the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, an important event in translating the values of President Mandela into action. The Secretary-General and President Ramaphosa also discussed regional peace and security issues. New York, 25 September 2018. Bookmark the Spokesperson’s website:http://www.un.org/sg/en/spokesperson

President of the Republic of South Africa – Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on Global Peace and Security. #Mandela100 #UNGA73

Nelson Mandela Peace Summit #Mandela100 Opening

Tune in for the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on Global Peace and Security.#Mandela100Speakers: United Nations Secretary General & the president of the General Assembly African Union Chairperson President of the Republic of South AfricaAmnesty International Secretary General& many more!Watch the full meeting: https://unwebtv.live/Mandela-Peace-Summit

Posted by UN Web TV on Monday, September 24, 2018

Speakers: United Nations Secretary General & the president of the General Assembly , African Union Chairperson, Amnesty International Secretary General

& many more!

At UN, countries pledge to be guided by Mandela’s legacy in working for a better world

UN Photo/Cia Pak: From left: Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa; María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the General Assemby; and Secretary-General António Guterres unveil the statue of Nelson Mandela at the UN Headquarters in New york.

The United Nations General Assembly on Monday honoured Nelson Mandela with a pledge to build a just, peaceful and prosperous world and to revive the values for which the former South African President and anti-apartheid campaigner stood.

Youth2030: UN chief launches bold new strategy for young people ‘to lead’

UN Photo/Mark Garten: High Level Event on Youth2030 to launch the United Nations Strategy and the Generation Unlimited Partnership

The United Nations Secretary-General launched a new partnership strategy with the world’s 1.8 billion young people on Monday, to help put “their ideas into action”.

Noting that it was “a rare treat” to see so many young faces at the UN, to launch the new “Youth2030” strategy, UN chief António Guterres highlighted a list of challenges “the largest young generation in history” faces today.

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UN chief seeking ‘renewed commitment’ to global rules and values, as world leaders head to New York

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Secretary-General António Guterres (right) briefs press on the occasion of the opening of the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly on 20 September 2018. At left is his Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.

UN chief António Guterres on Thursday called for a “renewed commitment to a rules-based global order” and to the organization he leads, highlighting his key themes for discussion during the High-Level week of the General Assembly, beginning on Monday.

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The #TimeIsNow for Solidarity and Sisterhood

Danai Gurira and Reese Witherspoon in conversation with UN-Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (centre) at the 2018 International Women’s Day commemoration © UN-Women/Ryan Brown

By: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.

Since October 2017, more than 1 million women worldwide have shared experiences and solidarity with their sisters under the banner of #MeToo. They are saying that enough is enough. For too long, women have experienced violence in their homes, in public spaces and at work. For too long, this abuse has been normalized, women’s voices have been silenced and their stories disbelieved. For too long, perpetrators have not faced consequences.

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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan laid to rest in Ghana; Guterres hails ‘exceptional global leader’

UN Photo/Ben Malor: Surrounded by family, former Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s widow Nane pays final respects to her late husband in Accra, Ghana on 13 September 2018.

Like few today, former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, could “bring people together, put them at ease, and unite them towards a common goal”, said the current UN chief, António Guterres on Thursday, speaking at his predecessor’s funeral in Ghana. “Since the shock of Kofi’s death, I have been reflecting on what made him so special,” Mr. Guterres told those assembled, saying he was “both one-of-a-kind and one of us.”  Read More

 

Kofi Annan was the United Nations

Op-ed by the Secretary-General based on his remarks at funeral of Kofi Annan

Since the shock of former United Nations’ Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s death, I have been reflecting on what made him so special.

To my mind, it is simply this:  Kofi Annan was both one-of-a-kind and one of us.

He was an exceptional global leader — and he was also someone virtually anyone in the world could see themselves in: those on the far reaches of poverty, conflict and despair who found in him an ally; the junior UN staffer following in his footsteps; the young person to whom he said until his dying breath “always remember, you are never too young to lead — and we are never too old to learn.”

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