The Secretary-General — Remarks to the General Assembly meeting on Global Awareness of the tragedies of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean basin with specific emphasis on Syrian Asylum seekers New York, 20 November 2015

I thank the General Assembly President for convening this important meeting.

A record 60 million people have been forced from their homes. Tragedies are multiplying – especially for the Syrian people.

Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and all first asylum countries have generously supported millions of desperate people. I applaud them – but having such few countries bear the global responsibility is simply not a sustainable solution. More »

Major Investors Meet in Joburg to Mobilize Capital for Climate-Smart Infrastructure in African Cities

(Johannesburg, 20 November) – Major public and private investors and international experts on climate finance are gathering in Johannesburg for two days to recommend innovative ways to mobilize investment in low-emission, climate-proof infrastructure in African cities.

A select group of investors, including from banking associations, pension funds, financial institutions and corporations, is meeting on 23-24 November at Turbine Hall in Newton, Johannesburg. The event is organized by the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, in collaboration with the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. More »

The United Nations South Africa at the Diplomatic Fun Fair 2015

United Nations South Africa participated in the Diplomatic Fun Fair 2015 which was held at the Union Buildings on Saturday, 31 October 2015. The Fair is an annual event through which Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) aims, amongst other things, to provide the public with information about countries accredited to South Africa and afford government, business, the diplomatic community and other sectors the opportunity to learn and network. It offers a unique opportunity for all missions to showcase and promote cultural diplomacy through arts, music and cuisine. More »

The Secretary-General — Message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2 November 2015

Today we remember the journalists and media workers who have been killed in the line of duty.

More than 700 journalists have been killed in the last decade — one every five days — simply for bringing news and information to the public.

Many perish in the conflicts they cover so fearlessly. But all too many have been deliberately silenced for trying to report the truth. Only 7 percent of such cases are resolved, and less than 1 crime out of 10 is even fully investigated. More »

The Secretary-General — Message on World Cities Day 31 October 2015

The theme of this year’s observance of World Cities Day — ‘Designed to Live Together’ — highlights the key role of urban design in building sustainable, socially integrated and prosperous urban environments.

Good design can help tackle climate change. It reduces the impacts of disaster.
It can help make our cities safer, cleaner, and more equal and integrative. It promotes equal access to services, jobs and opportunities, and fosters contentment. More »