Archive for September, 2012

UN independent Expert: Right of Peace Assembly is not an excuse to commit violence

20th September 2012 Uncategorized

New York – An independent United Nations human rights expert today condemned the violence that has been taking place in numerous cities across the world in response to an anti-Islamic film, and warned that protest demonstrations and rallies must be peaceful in order to be protected by international human rights law. (more…)

Secretary-General’s video message to Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

18th September 2012 Uncategorized

New York – Thank you for coming together for this Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Reducing disaster risk and building resilience are now recognized as essential to sustainable development and poverty eradication. (more…)

Secretary-General’s message to the Fifty-sixth session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency

18th September 2012 Uncategorized

Vienna – I am pleased to send greetings to the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency. It has been an eventful year since your last session, marked by extraordinary challenges that were transformed into fruitful opportunities for progress.  (more…)

Secretary-General’s remarks at Closing of the 66th Session of the General Assembly

18th September 2012 Uncategorized

New York – Let us think back to September 2011, when this session of the General Assembly began. We were deep in preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The global economic and financial crisis was continuing to reverse hard-won development gains and take a toll on jobs. (more…)

Remarks by GA President at End-of-Term Press Conference and at High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace

17th September 2012 Uncategorized

New York – Your Excellency Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates,
Former Director-General of UNESCO, my dear friend Federico Mayor,
Distinguished Speakers and Moderators at the High Level Forum,
My friends from Civil Society,
Ladies and Gentlemen (more…)