Environmental issues and sustainable development

Environmental issues and sustainable development

26 October 2021
SG/SM/20993

Following is a transcript of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ press conference to launch the Emissions Gap 2021 Report — held jointly with Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, in New York today:

26 October 2021

In Sudan, the United Nations is working with partners to provide life‑saving aid to 9 million vulnerable people.  Operations must continue unimpeded to prevent the humanitarian situation there from deteriorating further. However, the 2021 response plan, which seeks $1.9 billion, remains only 30 per cent funded.

26 October 2021
SG/SM/20994

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the high‑level meeting on “Delivering Climate Action — for People, Planet and Prosperity”, in New York today: 

25 October 2021

More than half of Afghanistan’s population — some 22.8 million people — will face acute food insecurity starting November, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warned today, including 3.2 million children under the age of five, who are expected to suffer acute malnutrition by the end of 2021.

25 October 2021
DSG/SM/1656

Following are UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohamed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Middle East Green Initiative Summit 2021 Session Titled “International Prospective”, in Riyadh today:

21 October 2021
SG/SM/20981

Following is the text of Secretary-General António Guterres’ message to the joint high-level segment of the meetings of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters and its Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, in Geneva today:

21 October 2021

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new crisis response initiative in Afghanistan, known as ABADEI, as part of efforts to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.  Among other things, it provides grants to small businesses, cash-for-work projects and support to marginalized individuals.

20 October 2021
SG/SM/20980

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Finance in Common Summit, in Rome today:

20 October 2021
DSG/SM/1653

Following is UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed’s virtual lecture — “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Realizing Youth Aspirations in a Disrupted World” — as prepared for delivery, to Sophia University, Tokyo, today:

20 October 2021

Despite increased climate ambition and net-zero commitments, Governments still plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than would be consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C, according to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Production Gap Report, released today.

14 October 2021
SG/SM/20971

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks to the Second Global Sustainable Transport Conference, in Beijing today:

14 October 2021
SG/SM/20973

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video remarks to the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) event on making climate action count, held today:

14 October 2021

Responding to the violent clashes in Beirut today, Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, condemned the use of armed violence outside of State authority and underscored the need for restraint, maintaining calm and stability and ensuring the protection of civilians.

12 October 2021
SG/SM/20965

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video remarks to the sixth ministerial meeting of the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, held today:

12 October 2021

United Nations officials in Mali welcomed the Government’s pledge to reintegrate 13,000 former combatants by the end of 2021 and additional 13,000 within the next three years.  They also praised willingness of the Malian parties to proceed with the socioeconomic reintegration of ex-combatants that are already registered.

12 October 2021
DSG/SM/1643

Following are UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina J. Mohammed’s remarks at the TED countdown, in Edinburgh today:

12 October 2021
DSG/SM/1644

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina J. Mohammed’s video message to the high-level plenary on Data for Accountability to the People at the United Nations World Data Forum 2021, held in Bern, Switzerland, from 3 to 6 October:

11 October 2021
SG/SM/20959

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message to the Leaders Summit of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, in Kunming, China, and online, virtually, today:

7 October 2021
SG/SM/20956

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message for the European Union Sustainable Investment Summit, held virtually today:

5 October 2021

In northern Syria, a reported 5 million people lack reliable access to and suffer from insufficient levels of safe water due to low water levels and disruptions to water systems.  The United Nations and aid partners have released a plan to target 3.4 million of those most affected by the water crisis in the next six months.