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6 Jan 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York
The Secretary-General, in consultation with members of the Executive Committee, has asked Ms. Jane Holl Lute, the Special Coordinator for improving the Organisation's response to sexual exploitation and abuse, to convene a high-level task force to develop as a matter of urgency, a clear, game-changing strategy to achieve visible and measurable further improvement in the Organisation’s approach to preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse.
1 Jan 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York
The Secretary-General Appeal for Peace 1 January 2017, New York  
31 Dec 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
The Secretary-General welcomes the signing today in Kinshasa, by the opposition and the Majorité présidentielle, of a political agreement on the holding of elections in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and transitional arrangements leading up to the polls. This long-awaited development builds on an initial agreement signed on 18 October between part of the opposition and the Majorité présidentielle. It represents a significant step towards a peacefully managed transition consistent with the democratic principles enshrined in the country''s Constitution.
19 Dec 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
Before proceeding, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the Russian delegation following the assassination of their colleague, Ambassador Andrey Karlov, in Ankara earlier today.  I condemn this senseless act of terror, for which there can be no justification. We are here to address one of the world’s most urgent crises: the deteriorating situation South Sudan.  Not long ago, the people of South Sudan were riding a wave of optimism.  Africa’s longest civil war had ended.  The world’s youngest nation was born.  
1 Dec 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
[Trilingual version, as delivered] [scroll down for English] Merci d’être venus aujourd’hui par solidarité avec le peuple haïtien, pour lui manifester votre respect et votre soutien. Je voudrais avant tout féliciter le peuple haïtien pour le déroulement pacifique des élections qui se sont tenues récemment, dont les résultats préliminaires ont été annoncés en début de semaine. 
11 Nov 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
I am honoured to close the 11th meeting of Heads of United Nations Police Components.   Let me begin with a sincere thank you for the valiant efforts of your blue berets, who are protecting civilians and making communities safer around the world. United Nations police are engaged in United Nations peace operations, post-conflict and other crisis situations across the entire peace and security spectrum. Time and again, we have seen the breakdown of law and order trigger United Nations deployments. 
25 Oct 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
I thank the Russian presidency of the Council for organizing this very important meeting to discuss women’s role in peace and security.  Women have a vital role to play in preventing conflict and building and maintaining peace.  But although this is now widely recognized, far too often, women are prevented from full participation in peacemaking and peacebuilding.   We are all suffering from the effects of this deficit. In our interconnected world, insecurity and conflict in one country or region affects us all. 
22 Sep 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
Thank you for being here today to discuss the critical situation in South Sudan. For years, South Sudan struggled to gain their independence.  Now it is struggling for survival.   Rarely have such high hopes been squandered so quickly.  Time and again, the country’s leaders have resorted to weapons and identity politics to resolve their differences. The children, women and men of South Sudan are paying with their lives. 
16 Sep 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
691251-ki-moon.jpg Good morning and thank you for joining us for this Peace Bell Ceremony today.
28 Jul 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
Peacebuilding is at the core of the United Nations’ activities in conflict-affected countries throughout the world. The recent historic resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and this Council emphasize that sustaining peace is a shared responsibility of Governments, national stakeholders and the United Nations. Peace in Africa is a top priority. As we meet, South Sudan remains precariously poised on the brink of an abyss. The promises of the new State for peace, justice and opportunity have been squandered.