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Secretary-General’s Message for 2016

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends launch of SDG Advocates at the WEF Open Forum

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 fulfil the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals […]

Credible political transition remains ‘the central issue’ in ending horrific Syrian conflict, says UN chief

A child and a man sell baked goods in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Rami Zayat 20 October 2016 – Stressing that the Syrian conflict “continues to reach new and awful depths,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed Russia’s latest unilateral announcement of a humanitarian pause to the bombing in war-raved eastern Aleppo, but emphasized that […]

António Guterres appointed next UN Secretary-General by acclamation

Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres, addresses the General Assembly on the occasion of his appointment as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard 13 October 2016 – The General Assembly today appointed by acclamation the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he […]

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