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01 Sep 2017 description

The Security Council on 20 September would hold a high-level open debate on United Nations peacekeeping reform to consider recommendations contained in the report of the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, Tekeda Alemu (Ethiopia), Council President for the month, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

11 Jul 2013 description

The Secretary-General, the United Nations and its Member States must do more to persuade the Government of Myanmar to stem the tide of violence against Muslims in that country, representatives of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said at a Headquarters press conference today.

10 May 2013 description

Following is a transcript of UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s press conference held in New York, 9 May:

Spokesperson: Welcome to the Deputy Secretary-General, who is here to brief you on the Somalia Conference that took place in London earlier this week, and also on your recent visits to Thailand and Singapore. I believe we have about half an hour. So, first of all, the Deputy Secretary-General has some remarks and then he will take questions. So, please; welcome back.

17 Dec 2012 description

The newly formed Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had already adopted rules of procedure and targeted substantial issues for review, including the rights of minorities, marginalized communities and women and children, officials from the body told reporters at Headquarters today.

06 Jul 2012 description

La Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général pour les enfants et les conflits armés, Mme Radhika Coomaraswamy, a présenté devant la presse, cet après-midi, les plans d’action pour la libération et la réinsertion des enfants soldats signés au Myanmar, la semaine dernière, et il y a 15 jours en Somalie.

Mme Coomaraswamy, qui effectuait sa dernière conférence de presse à ce poste, au Siège des Nations Unies, à New York, s’est réjouie d’avoir été le témoin de la signature du Plan d’action pour la libération et la réinsertion des enfants soldats pour le Myanmar.

27 Feb 2012 description

Dramatic positive changes in Myanmar had demonstrated “an unprecedented level of initiative”, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on that country, Vijay Nambiar, told reporters at a Headquarters press conference today after returning from a five-day visit.

One year after the new Government had been formed, Mr. Nambiar said, political and economic reforms, the release of political prisoners and a growing number of ceasefire agreements with local groups were key components of change.

21 Oct 2011 description

With a nascent national human rights mechanism and freshly stated commitments to freedom and the rule of law, Myanmar stood poised to end its persistent patterns of rights violations and to consolidate democratic gains, said a top human rights expert at a Headquarters press conference today.

13 Oct 2011 description

The Secretary-General is following closely the release of political prisoners by the Government of Myanmar as part of the amnesty granted by President Thein Sein. The Secretary-General welcomes the release, thus far, of a number of prominent figures. He hopes the Government will ensure that this process results in the early release of all political prisoners, consistent with its commitment to uphold fundamental rights and the rule of law.

20 May 2011 description

« La célébration du cinquantième anniversaire de la Convention de 1961 sur la réduction des cas d’apatridie doit être l’occasion de sortir la catégorie de personnes se trouvant dans cette situation de l’ombre », a déclaré Mme Erika Feller, Haut-Commissaire adjointe chargée de questions de protection au Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) au cours d’une conférence de presse tenue au Siège des Nations Unies, aujourd’hui, en fin d’après-midi.

20 May 2011 description

With more than 47 million people around the globe falling under the mandate of the United Nations refugee agency, the upcoming anniversaries of two landmark conventions would be an opportunity to get States to recommit to their responsibilities and to adapt the treaties to new circumstances, an agency official said at Headquarters today.

01 Feb 2011 description

Secretary-General plans for progress on a broad front in 2011

"You, the UN Member States, are displaying your confidence in the Organization by calling upon it to do more than ever before," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his year-opening address to the General Assembly on 14 January.

04 Nov 2010 description

There had been tremendous advances all over the world since 1970, as indicated by the Human Development Index, with poor countries advancing the fastest, Jeni Klugman, lead author of the 2010 Human Development Report, said today at Headquarters, during a press conference to launch the document, entitled "The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development".

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02 Nov 2010 description

The centrepiece in the Security Council's programme of work this month would be a ministerial meeting on the situation in the Sudan on 16 November, the current Council President, Mark Lyall Grant, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, told correspondents today at Headquarters.

"It is critical that the Council retains a very close focus on Sudan in these critical months.

12 Oct 2010 description

Recent releases of thousands of child soldiers showed that that attention to the plight of children in armed conflict had made an impact, but stronger action was needed to deal with persistent violators, sexual violence and reintegration, the top United Nations official on the issue said this afternoon.

Ahead of her presentation to the General Assembly's Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) tomorrow, Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, said that the Security Council's listing of armed groups that …

29 Sep 2010 description

The financial commitments made by Governments, corporations and foundations to development, and the media coverage on such issues during last week's Millennium Development Goals Summit had surpassed United Nations expectations, Robert C. Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning, said this afternoon during a Headquarters press conference.

"In this environment where Governments are tightening belts at home, to be making additional investments outside their borders is really quite a significant development," Mr.

23 Sep 2010 description

The Millennium Development Goals on health would be reached by 2015 if the international community sustained and expanded its level of dedicated resources and effort, said the head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at a Headquarters press conference today.

"Everyone understands that health is key to development, and everyone - what I would call the global public opinion - realizes that inequities in access to health between the global North and the global South are some of the most unacceptable inequities," said Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director …

26 Aug 2010 description

As the number of people significantly affected by the catastrophic floods in Pakistan climbed to an estimated 17.2 million, the United Nations was scaling up relief operations, John Holmes, outgoing Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said today during a Headquarters news conference.

"This is a disaster of unprecedented scale in terms of the number of people affected and the geographical area affected," he said, calling the situation "extremely challenging".

He said the deadly floods, triggered by torrential monsoon …