Secretary General Messages

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  • 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.

  • MESASAGE 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.

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

    Every woman and every girl has the right to a life free of violence. Yet this rupture of human rights occurs in a variety of ways in every community, particularly affecting those who are most marginalized and vulnerable. Around the world, more than 1 in 3 women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lives; 750 million women were married before age 18, and more than 250 million have undergone Female Genital Mutilation.

  • 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.