The people of the region have been forced to walk on the broken shards of bad governance and bad decisions that failed to respect international law and basic human rights. Across the world, the fragility of States and institutions has never been more apparent. Some have been hollowed out by corruption; others have pursued policies of exclusion that drive the victims towards anger, despair and violence.
States must uphold their responsibility to govern — and govern for all their peoples.
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Even where there is no overt warfare, violence still mars lives. Men prey on women across the globe, from battlefields to streets, from public spaces to the privacy of the home. Migrants face increasingly perilous journeys -- and closed doors upon arrival. In many countries seen as models of integration, divisive politics are on the rise. People are very good at seeing prejudice in others, but less so in themselves.
The trends that bring people together — instant communications, free trade and ease of travel — are also being exploited by forces that keep them apart. Human rights provide one touchstone for our response.
The Human Rights Up Front initiative aims to place human rights at the centre of our thinking and our efforts in the field. The protection of nearly , people at UN bases throughout South Sudan has been an early milestone of this new approach. The international community needs to be similarly sensitized to the value of human rights as an early warning mechanism. I urge Member States to fulfill their responsibilities to their populations. States also need to be open to discussing their own vulnerabilities. Let us recall that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights not only proclaims a set of freedoms; it also warns that people will not stand idle if they are not protected.
To better meet the challenges before us, I have called for a review of United Nations peace operations and will appoint a high-level Review Panel in the coming weeks. The unity of the Security Council is crucial.
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By contrast, continued disunity over Syria has resulted in grave human suffering and loss of credibility for the Council and our institution. Hope may be hard to discern, but it is there. In clinics, classrooms and other places far from the spotlight, the development agenda is making remarkable progress. Global poverty, child mortality and maternal deaths have been cut in half.
More remains to be done, but these and other gains show the power of the Millennium Development Goals and what we can do when we work together. Earlier this month, small island developing states added their voices with the adoption of the Samoa Pathway, a far-reaching plan for addressing their unique vulnerabilities. That same day, world leaders reaffirmed the importance of continuing to implement the ground-breaking consensus of the Cairo conference on population and development.
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The conversation for the future we want has been one of the most inclusive efforts in United Nations history. More than five million people have now voted in the My World survey. I encourage millions more to log on and chime in. What is emerging from our dialogue is remarkable in its vision: a universal agenda, applying to all countries; and a determination not to reduce but eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, and to put all countries and communities on the path of truly sustainable development. The Open Working Group of the General Assembly has placed before us a proposed set of Sustainable Development Goals that will help us to complete the unfinished business of the MDGs, overcome inequalities, protect the planet and build the future we want.
At the end of the year, at your request, I will provide a synthesis report that will set the stage as Member States begin their negotiations. Transformation is our goal. I can think of no better place to start than with opening doors and shattering ceilings for women and girls. Stereotypes continue to be deeply entrenched.
Look at any crisis -- from poverty to disaster to disease to illiteracy -- and you will see women and girls suffering the most.
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Climate action is integral to all our hopes. Three days ago in the streets of our host city, New York, I joined hundreds of thousands of people in marching for a cleaner, greener future.
They sent a powerful message to the leaders -- of their impatience but also of opportunity. We saw a great coming together of countries, capital, CEOs and citizens. Multi-stakeholder coalitions took unprecedented action to reduce emissions, build resilience, and finance the transformation of our economies and societies. We must convert this momentum into a meaningful, universal climate agreement in Lima this December and in Paris next year.
Funding is crucial for the credibility of the climate and post development efforts. Now is the time to more properly match global wealth with global need. All resources, public and private, domestic and international, need to be tapped. When budgets are cut to the bone, people bleed. When resources are devoted to ever more sophisticated arms instead of ever greater human potential, we are all less secure. Leadership is also about getting our priorities straight, our policies right, and our investments working for people. The next 15 months will be a defining period for global prosperity and stability.
I urge you to keep your ambitions high.
The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is an unprecedented crisis. That is why I have established an unprecedented health operation -- the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response -- to mobilize all the resources needed to reinforce the work being done by the countries and communities affected. The mission combines the expertise of the World Health Organization with the logistical capacities of the United Nations.
The international community is rallying to assist local health workers. Now we need a twenty-fold surge in care, tracking, transport and equipment. Food security is a growing concern, as food prices have gone up and food systems are in danger of breaking down.
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We must also fight the virus of fear and misinformation. Bans on travel or transport will not keep Ebola from getting out, but will keep medical personnel and supplies from getting in. We need to isolate people affected by Ebola — but not the nations struggling to cope with it.
With leadership and solidarity, we can help the people of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone bring the outbreak to an end and regain the path to a better future. Like so many conflicts, that war started less from grand design than from small problems badly handled. Today, we face a profusion of mounting challenges. The exhibition displays highly dramatic seascapes and depictions of storms and shipwrecks which characterised mid-seventeenth century Dutch seascapes.
The interplay between paintings of tranquil coastal waters and the assertion of a Dutch national identity is explored through the work of the principal artists of the period including Jan Porcellis, Simon de Vlieger, Ludolf Backhuysen and Jacob van Ruisdael. The overlap of seascape and history painting, brought about by a growing demand for paintings recording battles at sea and illustrious naval heroes, led to the success and international reputations of Dutch and Flemish artists.
Turmoil and Tranquillity: The sea through the eyes of Dutch and Flemish masters, — Notes to editors: A fully illustrated catalogue , Turmoil and Tranquillity: the sea through the eyes of Dutch and Flemish masters, , will be published to accompany the exhibition.
The Museum holds the largest collection of art relating to maritime history and culture in the world. The National Maritime Museum - the largest museum of its kind in the world - is housed in impressively modernized historic buildings forming part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.
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