Secretary General Messages

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  • MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE DAY

    Today, the world marks the first International Universal Health Coverage Day. We do so because good health is a fundamental human right and crucial to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY

    Millions of people around the world have gone to the ballots this year with corruption as one of their top priorities. On International Anti-Corruption Day, let us take a stand for integrity.

  • MESSAGE ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

    For 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a global beacon – shining a light for dignity, equality and well-being … and bringing hope to dark places.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

    On this International Day, I thank volunteers for their efforts to leave no one behind.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

    On this International Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to work together for a better world that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable for everyone, where the rights of people with disabilities are fully realized.

  • MESSAGE ON WORLD AIDS DAY

    More than 77 million people have become infected with HIV, and more than 35 million have died of an AIDS-related illness. Huge progress has been made in diagnosis and treatment, and prevention efforts have avoided millions of new infections.

  • MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

    This year, the global United Nations UNiTE campaign to end violence against women and girls is highlighting our support for survivors and advocates under the theme ‘Orange the World: #HearMeToo’. With orange as the unifying colour of solidarity, the #HearMeToo hashtag is designed to send a clear message: violence against women and girls must end now, and we all have a role to play.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS

    In just over a decade, more than a thousand journalists have been killed while carrying out their indispensable work. Nine out of ten cases are unresolved, with no one held accountable.

  • MESSAGE ON WORLD CITIES DAY

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the New Urban Agenda together provide a roadmap for a more sustainable and resilient world. How our cities develop will have significant implications for realizing the future we want.

  • MESSAGE FOR UN DAY

    United Nations Day marks the birthday of our founding Charter – the landmark document that embodies the hopes, dreams and aspirations of “we the peoples”.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY

    This year, as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, let us remember that ending poverty is not a matter of charity but a question of justice. There is a fundamental connection between eradicating extreme poverty and upholding the equal rights of all people.

  • MESSAGE ON WORLD FOOD DAY

    Today, we renew our commitment to uphold everyone’s fundamental right to food and to leave no one behind.

  • MESSAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION

    As we mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, let us reaffirm our commitment to this vital endeavour.

  • MESSAGE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF RURAL WOMEN

    On this International Day of Rural Women, I call on countries to take action to ensure that rural women and girls fully enjoy their human rights.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

    On this International Day of the Girl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential.