Secretary General Messages

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

    In just the past few weeks, a renowned investigative journalist was murdered by a bomb that booby-trapped her car; another was dismembered in the course of researching her story; and a photojournalist was found dead after being forced to leave his home at gunpoint.

  • MESSAGE ON UNITED NATIONS DAY

    Our world faces many grave challenges. Widening conflicts and inequality. Extreme weather and deadly intolerance. Security threats – including nuclear weapons.

  • MESSAGE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY

    Today we stand in solidarity with 800 million people around the world who live in extreme poverty.

  • 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.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING

    Last year, at the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), the international community took steps to mobilize a multifaceted, collective response to the full range of issues related to drug abuse and illicit trafficking. Governments came together to chart a new path forward that is more effective and humane, and leaves no one behind.

  • MESSAGE ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY

    World Refugee Day is an expression of solidarity with people who have been uprooted from their homes by war or persecution. The latest figures from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, show that at least 65.6 million people -- 1 of every 113 members of the human family -- have been forcibly displaced within their own countries or across borders.

  • MESSAGE FOR THE 100-DAY COUNTDOWN TO THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

    Upon taking up my duties as Secretary-General in January of this year, my very first act was to issue an appeal for peace -- a call on citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to put peace first.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS

    For nearly 70 years, UN peacekeeping has proven to be one of the international community’s most effective investments in peace, security and prosperity. Demand for UN peacekeepers has risen steadily over the years, and deployment is now near an all-time high. Peacekeeping has had a positive impact on the lives of millions of people around the world.

  • MESSAGE ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

    Journalists go to the most dangerous places to give voice to the voiceless. Media workers suffer character assassination, sexual assault, detention, injuries and even death. We need leaders to defend a free media. This is crucial to counter prevailing misinformation.

  • MESSAGE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR MINE AWARENESS AND ASSISTANCE IN MINE ACTION

    In today’s world, conflicts are multiplying and increasingly interlinked. Most disturbingly, many warring parties shamelessly target civilians and show a flagrant disregard for international humanitarian law.

  • MESSAGE ON WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY

    On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us all play a part in changing attitudes toward persons with autism and in recognizing their rights as citizens, who, like everyone else, are entitled to claim those rights and make decisions for their lives in accordance with their own will and preferences

  • Message on International Women’s Day

    Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.