UN chief highlights climate change and human mobility as pressing issues

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers his Remarks at the Dag Hammarskjšld Lecture.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers his Remarks at the Dag Hammarskjšld Lecture.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53577#.Vv3PJpx95ph

Visiting Sweden today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the many challenges the world currently faces, including one of the most pressing of them – climate change.

“The world is changing – dramatically, rapidly,” Mr. Ban told those attending a lecture organized by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, entitled ‘Evolving Threats, Timeless Values: The United Nations in a Changing Global Landscape.’

“We are more connected than ever before. More people than ever live in cities. New economic powers are rising. There are more than three times as many members of the United Nations as there were in Hammarskjöld’s day. New threats have emerged – climate change above all,” he said.

Dag Hammarskjöld was Secretary-General of the United Nations from April 1953 until September 1961 when he died in a plane crash while on a peace mission in the Congo.

“In all of our work, Dag Hammarskjöld remains a touchstone for courageous, principled action,” the current UN chief underlined. “When I visited his gravesite in Uppsala on the 50th anniversary of his death, I laid a wreath in honour of his life and reflected on the timeless example of his service.”

The Secretary-General also emphasized in his speech the positive role Sweden has played in the United Nations for almost 70 years and on the country’ indispensable contribution to UN humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts.

“I especially welcome Sweden’s support for Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, and the network of women mediators. Sweden was the first country to appoint a female Permanent Representative to the United Nations – Ms. Agda Rössel, in 1958. Today, your feminist foreign policy is bringing new voices to the table,” he underlined.

“Today I would like to highlight four areas where your contributions are crucial and where I would like for us to work together to be even more ambitious: first, addressing the refugee challenge; second, advancing a more sustainable world; third, enhancing peace and security; and fourth, ensuring the strongest possible United Nations,” he added.

Addressing the issue of “human mobility,” which he called “one of the leading trends of our time,” Mr. Ban said refugees have “fled hell.”

“They need our help in a spirit of shared global responsibility,” he insisted. I know there are tensions and difficulties with receiving great numbers of refugees. But I have been deeply moved by the many stories of Swedish hospitality and goodwill. My message to Sweden is to keep striving for solidarity. Recognize the economic dynamism that migrants and refugees make possible. Take a stand against negative and nativist narratives. Lead the way to more understanding guided by the universal values set out in the UN Charter.”

He also indicated that these actions are in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals – the SDGs.

“This is a 15-year blueprint to end global poverty approved by world leaders last September. It embodies a commitment to leave no one behind. In many respects, it is a global Declaration of Interdependence,” Mr. Ban stated.

According to the UN’s chief spokesperson, earlier in the day, he was scheduled to meet Prime Minister Löfven of Sweden. The two leaders are expected to discuss the challenges posed by the large-scale movements of refugees and migrants to Europe, and the necessity to work for peace and address the situation in Syria and Iraq, including efforts to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Da’esh.

They are also expected to exchange views on the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, and the efforts to reform and modernize these United Nations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dag_Hammarskj%C3%B6ld_Foundation

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the usual fear mongering by moon..

“There are more than three times as many members of the United Nations as there were in Hammarskjöld’s day. New threats have emerged – climate change above all,”

*yawn..

“My message to Sweden is to keep striving for solidarity. Recognize the economic dynamism that migrants and refugees make possible. Take a stand against negative and nativist narratives.”

“nativist narratives”..like caring for your country?

how much longer do we have to listen to this prick?

401

~ by seeker401 on April 6, 2016.

9 Responses to “UN chief highlights climate change and human mobility as pressing issues”

  1. “The United Nations in a Changing Global Landscape.”

    I can only hope that means they are leaving the U.S. and off to the ‘new world’.

  2. I think I would like to be a traditional eskimo – far away from ISIS and climate change freaks and UN forced marched immigrations – they cant build igloos – maybe.

  3. You want to know how you can easily see “climate change” for the farce it is?
    Here you have this supposedly planet-destroying “problem” that will wipe out the human race by turning the world into an oven, and what’s their “solution?”…charge everybody shekels for producing carbon.
    If the world was REALLY threatened by burning fossil fuels, they would NOT be turning it into an opportunity to create a “world tax.” If the world were threatened by an extinction-event asteroid hurtling towards Earth, would they try to “tax” the event? or would they take action to try and stop it?
    If you really wanted to end the use of fossil fuels to “save the woooorld,” you would be subsidizing an infrastructure for Thorium power plants and electric vehicles. All the technology already exists, the U.S. ran 3 Thorium reactors at Oak Ridge Labs without incident in the 50’s & 60’s and the only reason Nixon cut their funding was that this particular reactor does not produce weapons-grade fuel, and it was the middle of the Cold War (supposedly…there may well have been more nefarious reasons, if you can believe it).

    Thorium reactors produce very little waste, it uses up all but 15% of the energy in the fuel as compared to the 90% that is wasted in water-cooled reactors, the fuel is plentiful…one mine could produce fuel for the entire world for a very long time, and the small amount of waste it does create is only dangerous for 300 years as opposed to the 10,000 years that our current reactor waste needs to be guarded (hopefully in 300 years we’ll have something better than thorium, anyway).
    Thorium reactors do not operate under pressure, as opposed to the 70 atmospheres of pressure our current reactors operate at, and if power is lost to a thorium reactor, it just shuts down on its own…it cannot melt down or explode by virtue of the very physics behind the design.

    We need to push money into building thorium reactors and improving battery & super-condenser electrical storage…we could cut almost ALL our dependence on fossil fuels, altogether.
    But we’re not, are we?
    Therefore “global warming” can’t really be much of a problem, can it?

  4. It’s a call for humanity to work together when it comes to climate issues…

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