Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

unflagThe Secretary-General regrets the decision of the South African Government to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. He recalls the significant role played by South Africa in the establishment of the International Criminal Court, including as one of the first signatories of the Rome Statute. He hopes South Africa will reconsider its decision before its withdrawal takes effect.
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THE SECRETARY — GENERAL — MESSAGE ON UNITED NATIONS DAY, 24 October 2016

This year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations.

Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfill the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet.

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UN Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Secretary-General takes note of the conclusion of the national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He commends Edem Kodjo, the African Union Facilitator for the dialogue, as well as participants to the talks for their work and commitment towards a peaceful solution to the crisis in the context of the electoral process.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY, 17 October 2016

We are approaching the end of the first year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  With its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda is a universal vision for peace, prosperity and dignity for all people on a healthy planet. Achieving this objective is inconceivable without fulfilling the mandate of SDG 1 to end poverty in all its forms. More »

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL – MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL, 11 October 2016

dayofthegirlThe theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl is based on the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The slogan is: Girls’ Progress equals Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.

The well-being, human rights and empowerment of the world’s 1.1 billion girls are central to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. When we agreed on that agenda, we promised girls quality education and health services.

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