Award-winning Hollywood film producer and Wimbledon tennis player, Ashok Amritraj has been appointed the United Nations in India Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Chairman and CEO of the Hyde Park Entertainment Group, Mr. Amritraj is the first Ambassador for the UN in India.
Video message by Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General to the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi between 17 and 19 January 2017. Raisina Dialogue is India’s flagship international conference on geo-politics and geo-economics jointly organised by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, ends his second five-year term at the helm of the world body on 31 December 2016. In his final interview with UN News, Mr. Ban reflects on his decade-long stint, during which he played a key role in helping the international community confront the globe’s toughest challenges. Hailing from the Republic of Korea, Mr. Ban’s first term began in 2007, and he was unanimously re-appointed by the UN General Assembly to a second term in 2012. Full interview available here.
On 16 December 2016, in a historic moment, the Indian Parliament has passed the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2016 to improve the lives of people living with disabilities in India. Watch Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator, congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and members of Parliament for this pathbreaking achievement.
António Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal, was sworn in as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, at a ceremony presided over by the UN General Assembly President, Peter Thomson. Mr. Guterres, who was until recently the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will succeed South Korea’s Ban Ki-moon, who will step down on 31 December 2016 after 10 years at the helm of the Organization.
Nipun Malhotra must plan well ahead before stepping out of his home as he is unsure if public spaces are wheelchair accessible. Making all our spaces accessible is an important first step to empower people with disabilities!