Following are the remarks, as prepared for delivery, of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the East Asia Summit, delivered in Bali, Indonesia, 19 November:
It seems only yesterday that many of us were together in Cannes.
The very serious economic issues dominating the Group of Twenty (G-20) summit still command our daily attention, and they are likely to do so for a considerable time to come.
As we all know, Asia has been the chief driver of global growth in recent years.
Le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, et plusieurs chefs d'agences onusiennes ont tiré mercredi la sonnette d'alarme devant les membres du Conseil de sécurité sur l'impact du crime transnational organisé, des pandémies et du changement climatique sur la sécurité internationale.
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Face aux menaces de plus en plus graves que la criminalité transnationale organisée, les changements climatiques et les pandémies font peser sur la paix et la sécurité internationales*, le Ministre des affaires étrangères du Portugal, dont le pays préside le Conseil de sécurité ce mois-ci, a recommandé la création d’un « cadre » pour canaliser les informations pertinentes et pouvoir élaborer une réponse appropriée.
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Council Must Be Free to Scan Horizon for Potential Friction on Basis of Evidence From Experts on Thematic Issues, Not Just in Response to Violence, Asserts Speaker
Climate change set to exacerbate child vulnerability in South Africa
New study by UNICEF and partners calls for policy makers to focus on children in addressing climate change
PRETORIA, 19 November 2011 – Climate change will exacerbate the existing vulnerabilities of children in South Africa, unless mitigation and adaptation strategies are child-sensitive and implemented in a timely manner, UNICEF said today.
Rwanda Report Shows Successes and Challenges of Post-Conflict Sustainable Development
Kigali (Rwanda), 16 November 2011 - A major report released today on Rwanda's post-conflict sustainable development urges the country to build on its rehabilitation efforts and seed more opportunities for a transition towards a green economy.
Brussels, 14 November 2011
Today, Commissioners Piebalgs and Georgieva, together with EU Development Ministers will meet in Brussels to discuss the situation in the Horn of Africa and exchange ideas about enhanced EU engagement on sustainable agriculture, food security and rural resilience in the region.
This is the text of remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today at an informal plenary meeting of the General Assembly on the outcome of the recent G-20 (Group of Twenty) Summit in Cannes, France:
Le plus grand défi du développement au XXIe siècle est de protéger le droit des générations d’aujourd’hui et de demain à mener des vies saines et épanouissantes. Le Rapport mondial sur le développement humain 2011 apporte une nouvelle contribution majeure au débat international sur la question, en montrant les liens indissociables qui existent entre durabilité et équité, et entre la durabilité et les questions d’égalité et de justice sociale, mais aussi d’accès élargi à une meilleure qualité de vie.
Environmental trends threaten global progress for the poor, warns 2011 Human Development Report
Development progress in the world's poorest countries could be halted or even reversed by mid-century unless bold steps are taken now to slow climate change, prevent further environmental damage, and reduce deep inequalities within and among nations, according to projections in the 2011 Human Development Report, launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) here today.
31 October 2011 – Top United Nations officials today marked the global population reaching 7 billion with a call to action to world leaders to meet the challenges that a growing population poses, from ensuring adequate food and clean water to guaranteeing equal access to security and justice. “Today, we welcome baby 7 billion.
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While hailing last May’s adoption of the Istanbul Programme of Action as a feat for the world’s poorest countries, many delegates in the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) warned today that further delaying its practical implementation would lead to a further deterioration in the lives of hundreds of millions of people.
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Also Hears from Experts on Human Rights While Countering Terrorism,
Religious Freedom, Foreign Debt, Extrajudicial Executions, Internally Displaced
By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News
Climate change poses "an immediate, growing and grave threat" to health and security around the world, according to an expert conference in London.
Officers in the UK military warned that the price of goods such as fuel is likely to rise as conflict provoked by climate change increases.
Read the full article on the BBC.
Joint Report Highlights Development Potential of Migration in Thailand, Warns of Policy Shortfall
Thailand - Migration is contributing to growth, development and stability in Thailand, but to harness its full potential, the South East Asian nation must introduce comprehensive and long term migration policies, according to a joint report launched today.
The Thailand Migration Report 2011 says that despite efforts to control irregular migration, large numbers of irregular migrant workers from neighbouring countries continue to arrive and work in Thailand.
These are the remarks of UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro to the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in Bangkok on 13 October:
It is a pleasure to be back in Bangkok to again chair the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP) Regional Coordination Mechanism meeting tomorrow.
CARE releases report about poverty in remote PNG
CARE Australia has today released a unique but bleak report, Rural Poverty in Remote Papua New Guinea, which provides a detailed statistical snapshot of life for remote communities in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The report, which is a result of collaboration between CARE Australia and the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre, highlights the ongoing issue of disadvantage in an area which is home to 15 percent of the country’s population.
This report covers the period 01 January 2011 to 30 June 2011.
The work of the Cuban Red Cross is guided by Strategy 2020 and the Inter American Plan 2007-2011 which puts forward three strategic aims:
1. Save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disaster and crises.
2. Enable healthy and safe living.
3. Promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.