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In response to questions on Lebanon

In response to questions on Lebanon

Following questions at the noon briefing on Lebanon, the Spokesperson has the following to say: The Secretary-General is closely following developments in Lebanon, including today’s resignation announcement by Prime Minister Saad Hariri. He appeals for calm and restraint. He calls on all political actors to seek a political solution that will preserve the stability of the country and

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Statement by the Secretary-General – on Syria

On the eve of its launch, I welcome the unique opportunity provided by the Syrian-owned and Syrian-led Constitutional Committee that will be inaugurated tomorrow in Geneva with the UN’s facilitation.    For the first time, the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the opposition Syrian Negotiations Commission, along with civil society, will sit together and take the first step

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Transcript of Press Stakeout by UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen Following Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Muallem

Good morning, as you know I have had discussions in Riyadh with the Opposition SNC, and today I continue those discussions here in Damascus with Foreign Minister Muallem.  We obviously concentrated on the situation in the northeast, and I repeated the Secretary-General’s strong appeal that we should end the fighting immediately, that there needs to

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General – on Syria

The Secretary-General is gravely concerned over the military developments in northeast Syria, which have already reportedly resulted in many civilian casualties and the displacement of at least 160,000 civilians. He continues to urge for maximum restraint and stresses that any military operation must fully respect international law, including the UN Charter and international humanitarian law.  

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Lebanese students receive “UN Aware” Phase III Certificates

Beirut, 14 October 2019 (UN Information Centre in Beirut) – Under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the United Nations Information Centre in Beirut (UNIC Beirut), in collaboration with UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States, World Youth Alliance-Middle East (WYAME) non-governmental organization, and Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO

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UN Calls for Protection of Civilians in Northeast Syria

Damascus, 11 October 2019.This is the third day of the military operation “Peace Spring” into the northeast of Syria by the Government of Turkey. The area is home to some of the most vulnerable people in Syria due to high levels of violence, large scale displacement and other protection related concerns. It is also one

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To address worsening climate crisis and scant progress on sustainable development, UN looks to countries and private sector to mobilize resources

To address worsening climate crisis and scant progress on sustainable development, UN looks to countries and private sector to mobilize resources.New York, 26 September – Facing the increasing impacts of climate change and a chronic and global underfunding of efforts to scale up action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), world leaders from governments

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Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. General Michel Aoun, President of the Lebanese Republic

The Secretary-General met with H.E. General Michel Aoun, President of the Lebanese Republic.  The Secretary-General expressed appreciation for Lebanon’s generosity in hosting refugees while underscoring the need to find durable solutions.  The Secretary-General and President Aoun discussed the importance of resolution 1701 (2006) and the contribution of UNIFIL in maintaining stability.  They also exchanged views on regional developments, highlighting the importance of promoting dialogue.   New York, 25 September 2019 http://www.un.org/sg/en/spokesperson

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Summit delivers major step up in national ambition and private sector action on pathway to key 2020 climate deadline As recognition mounts that time is running out, youth leaders warn: ‘we will be watching’

New York, 23 September—Major announcements by government and private sector leaders at the United Nations Climate Action Summit boosted climate action momentum, and demonstrated growing recognition that the pace of climate action must be rapidly accelerated. 77 countries committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, while 70 countries announced they will

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