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Secretary General Messages

  • MESSAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION

    Millions of lives have been shattered this year by drought, storms, earthquakes, landslides and heatwaves. On this year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, the challenge is to move from managing disasters themselves, to managing disaster risk.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

    On the International Day of Peace, we reflect on the cruel price of war. Ruined schools. Bombed hospitals. Broken families. Refugees searching for hope. Countries in crisis. The United Nations was born from a terrible World War.

  • MESSAGE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY

    The International Day of Democracy is an opportunity to recommit to a world defined by values enshrined in the United Nations Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.

  • MESSAGE ON NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY

    Nelson Mandela continues to inspire the world through his example of courage and compassion, and his commitment to social justice and a culture of freedom and peace. I had the honour of meeting Nelson Mandela several times, including during South Africa’s transition. Each time, I was struck by his wisdom, his compassion, and above all, his humility.