UN Secretary-General António Guterres and his Special Representative in Iraq, welcomed the long-delayed formation of a new Government in Baghdad on Thursday and called for meaningful reforms to be put into place to better the lives of the Iraqi people and strengthen democratic institutions.
The UN has congratulated Somalia’s new president who was elected by parliamentarians in the capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday.
Mohamed Abdullahi, known by the nickname "Farmajo," is a former Somalian prime minister.
He emerged the victor from a field of more than 20 candidates, including the incumbent.
The presidential vote closes out an electoral season which began with parliamentary elections in October.
The former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres has been nominated as the next United Nations Secretary-General…in what was described as an “important show of unity” by the Security Council.
A formal vote was held by acclamation behind closed doors.
It followed an unprecedented selection process during which all 13 candidates made open presentations to the UN General Assembly.
Jocelyne Sambira reports.
The new global agenda aimed at eradicating extreme poverty and protecting the planet represents a way of “doing development differently,” according to a senior United Nations official.
Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and a former New Zealand Prime Minister, says the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will promote economic progress that takes nature into consideration.