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UN Secretary-General's address to the Opening of the General Debate of UNGA76

UN Secretary-General's address to the Opening of the General Debate of the 76th Session of the General Assembly, on Tuesday, 21 September 2021. Full remarks here

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News in Brief 14 July 2021

  • Coup and COVID-19 fuelling ‘perfect storm’ in Myanmar: UN expert
  • Deadly sea routes cause migrant deaths to double
  • UNCTAD: EU carbon reduction deal won’t hurt developing exporters as badly as feared
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Courts must now try ISIL crimes which ‘rip at the soul of humanity’: Karim Khan

The outgoing head of the UN team investigating crimes committed by the ISIL terror network in Iraq, was in New York this week to give his final report to the Security Council where he delivered “clear” evidence of genocide. 

Karim Khan, Special Adviser and head of UNITAD, said there was some way to go before justice is done on behalf of the victims of crimes – such as the Yazidis - that “rip at the soul of humanity”.  Matt Wells began by asking him to summarize the report’s findings. 

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News in Brief 5 April 2021

  • Timor Leste: UN agencies support response to fatal floods 
  • Abducted women and children reunited with families 
  • US lifts sanctions against ICC officials 
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Podcast: Holocaust survivor’s lifetime of peace-seeking

Holocaust survivor Rabbi Arthur Schneier has spent decades leading efforts toward religious freedom, human rights and coexistence around the world.

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United Nations Secretary-General's New Year's Message

United Nations Secretary-General's New Year's Message

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UN Secretary-General landmark speech on climate action, 2 December, 2020

UN chief António Guterres had a dire warning message for the world at Columbia University in New York on Wednesday, urging humanity to end the war against nature which has seen a collapse in biodiversity, record global warming and ocean temperature rises, and a global pandemic.

But he also said there was plenty of room for hope that a new, sustainable world can emerge from the pandemic, and an international coaltion of nations commited to net neutrality, by 2050. Here's his concluding remarks as he makes climate action the UN's top priority for the 21st Century.

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UN Secretary-General's press encounter on Libya - opening remarks

UN Secretary-General's press encounter on Libya, in New York, on 23 October 2020.

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UN chief António Guterres reiterates global ceasefire call in Security Council

The UN Secretary-General stressed the importance in the Security Council on Tuesday, of rallying the world as one to fight COVID-19, by silencing the guns in conflicts across the world. He used the example of Yemen and the urgent need to end the fighting there.

A global ceasefire has never been more important he told ambassadors.

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UN Secretary-General's remarks to High-level Roundtable on Climate Ambition

UN Secretary-General António Guterres makes the opening remarks at the key climate action event of the UN General Assembly, UNGA75, on 24 September 2020.

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