Secretary General Messages

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  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS

    On this 70th anniversary, we express our gratitude to the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag, saving countless lives.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

    On this International Day for Biological Diversity, I urge governments, businesses and people everywhere to act to protect the nature that sustains us. Our collective future depends on it.

  • MESSAGE FOR WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

    On World Press Freedom Day 2018, I call on governments to strengthen press freedom, and to protect journalists.

  • MESSAGE FOR WORLD HEALTH DAY

    Today, we join WHO in recommitting to ensure that everyone, everywhere, gets the health services they need.

  • MESSAGE ON WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY

    On World Autism Awareness Day, we stand up for the rights of people with autism and speak out against discrimination.

  • THE SECRETARY-GENERAL'S REMARKS ON INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

    The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination commemorates the Sharpeville massacre -- the horrific killing of 69 people peacefully demonstrating against apartheid in South Africa.

  • MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

    We are at a pivotal moment for women’s rights. The historical and structural inequalities that have allowed oppression and discrimination to flourish are being exposed like never before. From Latin America to Europe to Asia, on social media, on film sets, on the factory floor and in the streets, women are calling for lasting change and zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination of all kinds.

  • MESSAGE FOR WORLD RADIO DAY

    Radio reaches the widest audience in the world. In an era of dramatic advances in communications, radio retains its power to entertain, educate, inform and inspire. It can unite and empower communities, and give voice to the marginalized.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE

    Both girls and boys have the potential to pursue their ambitions in science and mathematics, in school and at work. But systemic discrimination means women occupy less than 30 percent of research and development jobs worldwide. We need concerted, concrete efforts to overcome stereotypes and biases.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATON IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST

    Today we remember the six million Jewish men, women and children who perished in the Holocaust.

  • SECRETARY GENERAL'S MESSAGE: AN ALERT FOR THE WORLD

    On New Year’s Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal. I am issuing an alert - a red alert for our world. I urge leaders everywhere to make this New Year’s resolution: Narrow the gaps. Bridge the divides. Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals.

  • MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY

    On International Migrants Day, we recognize the contributions and celebrate the vitality of the world’s 258 million migrants.

  • MESSAGE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

    Human rights are the foundation of peaceful societies and sustainable development. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes the equality and dignity of every person. It makes governments responsible for ensuring people can enjoy their inalienable rights and freedoms.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

    Resilience is central to achieving sustainable development. In its pledge to leave no one behind, the 2030 Agenda embodies a commitment to building the capacities of those who face marginalization and exclusion, in order to reduce their vulnerability to economic, social and environmental shocks.

  • MESSAGE FOR WORLD AIDS DAY

    The world is well on its way to meeting the target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Nearly 21 million people living with HIV now have access to treatment – a number that should grow to more than 30 million by 2020. AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections are declining. There is great hope that the world can deliver on its promise – but much more needs to be done.