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‘Never give up’: UN chief urges all who serve, marking UN Day

New York, Oct 24 (IBNS): Marking the 2018 United Nations Day, which falls on 24 October, Secretary-General António Guterres is urging the men and women of the UN, and those they serve, to “never give up” tackling the world’s many challenges.

UN Chief says ending poverty ‘a question of justice’ on International Day

New York, Oct 18 (IBNS): Highlighting that for the United Nations, eliminating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest global challenges and priorities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed the fundamental connection between eradicating poverty and upholding equal rights for all.

Conflict diamonds and climate change: Cooperate, don’t compete over natural resources urges Guterres

New York, Oct 17 (IBNS): The struggle over natural resources often lies at the heart of violent conflicts, fuelling strife in many parts of the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, urging governments and everyone with a stake in valuable resources, to think hard about how they are managed and exploited.

Reintegrating former rebels into civilian life a ‘serious concern’ in Colombia: UN Mission chief

New York, Oct 11 (IBNS): The reintegration of former members of the Colombian FARC-EP rebel movement, which signed an historic peace deal with the country’s government in 2016, remains a subject of serious concern, said the head of the UN Verification Mission set up to monitor the deal, on Wednesday.

UN chief urges peaceful, free and fair elections in Cameroon

New York, Oct 5 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for a peaceful, credible and inclusive elections in Cameroon, as the country prepares to hold presidential elections this coming Sunday.

UN chief urges all sides in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to proceed with name change ‘through country’s institutions’

New York, Oct 2 (IBNS): UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged all political forces in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to implement plans to undergo a formal name change, following a consultative referendum on Sunday, through the country’s institutions.

Democracy ‘showing greater strain’ than at any time in decades, UN chief

New York, Sept 15 (IBNS): Tackling economic and political inequality is at the root of strengthening democratic institutions at a time when they are under huge strain, said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday, marking the official International Day of Democracy.

UN chief encourages victims of terrorism to ‘raise up their voices’

New York, Aug 18 (IBNS) Victims of terror attacks have and important and powerful role to play in combatting the “global menace” the United Nations chief said on Friday, launching an exhibition at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate the first International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism.

UN chief welcomes agreement by rival leaders in South Sudan, as a step towards ‘inclusive and implementable’ peace

New York, June 28 (IBNS): The United Nations Secretary-General has welcomed an agreement signed on Wednesday by the President of South Sudan and his former Vice President, which it is hoped will lead to an “inclusive and implementable” peace deal to end years of civil conflict in the world’s youngest nation.

UN chief condemns explosion at election rally in Zimbabwe that injured dozens, including senior politicians

New York, June 25 (IBNS): The UN Secretary-General has condemned an explosion which took place at an election rally in Zimbabwe on Saturday, not long after President Emmerson Mnangagwa left the stage after addressing the crowd, according to news reports.

Strong multilateral institutions key to tackling world’s dramatic challenges, UN chief says In Moscow

New York, June 22 (IBNS): In Moscow on Thursday, Secretary-General António Guterres said multilateralism was vital to tackling climate change, terrorism and other dramatic challenges, and that the United Nations and Russia would continue working together to make global institutions stronger and better able to serve the public good.

UN chief welcomes regional declaration supporting the people of Nicaragua

New York, June 7 (IBNS): Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the 5 June declaration of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) “in support of the people of Nicaragua.”

Guatemala: UN chief pledges support for rescue effort after deadly volcano eruption

New York, June 5 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed his solidarity with the people of Guatemala, and said the Organization stands ready to support rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of a devastating volcanic eruption on Sunday, in the Central American nation.

‘What is good for Africa is good for the world’ says UN chief on International Day

New York, May 26 (IBNS): Praising efforts by African countries to alleviate poverty and build more stable societies, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres pledged his on-going support for ending conflict and building peace across the continent.

UN chief launches new disarmament agenda ‘to secure our world and our future’

New York, May 25 (IBNS): The United Nations chief announced a bold new vision for global disarmament on Thursday, to help eliminate nuclear arsenals and other deadly weapons from a world that is just “one mechanical, electronic and human error away” from destruction.