UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative remarks on UN Day Reception

Nov 9, 2016

Your Excellencies Ambassadors, Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Al Salaam Alaikum


Good evening and a warm welcome to all of you on our celebration for the United Nations Day. 

The United Nations is your organization.  UN Day is an occasion to celebrate the founding of the organization by member states and their commitment to peace and prosperity for all of human-kind.  Last year the UN brought together the five P’s in transforming our world – People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership when member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  One year since the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with more than 140 world leaders as well as high-level officials from the private sector, civil society and academia gathered at the United Nations in September 2015 an unprecedented global commitment was made to end poverty and build a more sustainable world – Leaving no one Behind.

Last year was also historic with the signing of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Addis Ababa Financing for Development.

Since the adoption of Agenda 2030 in September 2015, countries including Saudi Arabia have begun to lay down the foundations necessary to achieve the Global Goals and to integrate them into their national development plans.

The Saudi Vision 2030 represents an ambitious blueprint that is full with long-term goals and expectations. The Saudi Vision 2030 and the SDGs go hand in hand not only in their respective timeframes, but in their multi-dimensional approach to development.

Saudi Arabia has expressed commitment to achieve the SDGs. It recognizes that both the SDGs and the Saudi Vision 2030 call for inclusive processes of development with the full engagement of different stakeholders. 

As we celebrate this day, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its commitment to the UN and the work of the UN Country Team.  I would also like to reaffirm on behalf of my UNCT colleagues and UNDP Saudi Arabia our commitment to supporting the Kingdom’s efforts in the implementation of Agenda 2030 and Saudi Vision 2030. 

On the occasion of UN Day 2016, I would like to share with you the message from the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon:
And I quote:

This year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations.

Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfil the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet.

The world is also moving at long last beyond the mindset which viewed the burning of fossil fuels as the path to prosperity.  At a time of record heat, Member States have embraced the Paris Agreement on climate change in record time. This landmark measure will enter into force on
4 November.  Across that historic threshold lies our best chance for greener, cleaner, low-carbon growth.

The United Nations is also in transition, from its eighth Secretary-General to the ninth.  I have been honored to serve “we the peoples” for the past ten years.  Together, we have put in place some solid foundations for shared progress – which we must build on by working even harder to empower women, engage youth and uphold human rights for all. But we have also suffered enormous heartbreak -- including unresolved conflicts causing immense suffering throughout the troubled Middle East, South Sudan, the Sahel and beyond.  On these and other frontlines of violence and disaster, courageous UN staff continue to rise to the occasion and respond to the plight of the vulnerable.

I thank people across the world for their support -- and urge all to give their full backing to Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres in continuing our global mission of peace, sustainable development and human rights.” Unquote.


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