Secretary General Messages

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  • MESSAGE ON UNITED NATIONS STAFF DAY

    I am delighted that today, we bring back a tradition that began in 1953. It is a chance for staff to enjoy a pause from work, come together as friends and celebrate our wonderful diversity.

  • MESSAGE ON UNITED NATIONS DAY

    This year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY

    We are approaching the end of the first year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda is a universal vision for peace, prosperity and dignity for all people on a healthy planet. Achieving this objective is inconceivable without fulfilling the mandate of SDG 1 to end poverty in all its forms.

  • MESSAGE ON WORLD FOOD DAY

    As the global population expands, we will need to satisfy an increasing demand for food. Yet, around the world, record-breaking temperatures, rising sea levels and more frequent and severe droughts and floods caused by climate change are already affecting ecosystems, agriculture and society’s ability to produce the food we need.

  • MESSAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY OF RURAL WOMEN

    Rural women make up nearly half the agricultural labour force around the world. They grow, process and prepare much of our food. They are the backbone of rural communities, and in many households they have the key responsibility for food security, education opportunities and healthcare.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION

    Last year, Governments adopted the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and embedded its objectives in the 2030 Development Agenda. Today, we launch the “Sendai Seven Campaign: Seven Targets, Seven Years”, which highlights how we can all contribute to reducing disaster losses. This year’s target is reducing loss of life.

  • MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL

    The theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl is based on the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The slogan is: Girls’ Progress equals Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.

  • MESSAGE ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

    On World Mental Health Day, the United Nations highlights the importance of making mental health care available to all people who need it, whatever their circumstances and wherever they live. This year, we are drawing attention to the urgent need to provide immediate support to people who experience psychological distress after surviving a crisis.

  • MESSAGE ON WORLD HABITAT DAY

    Later this month, Governments and their partners will meet in Quito, Ecuador, for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). Held every 20 years, the Habitat conference is designed to reflect on the state of human settlements and on what we want the towns and cities of the future to look like.

  • MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE

    Every year on the International Day of Non-Violence, we re-commit ourselves to the cause of peace, as exemplified by the life of Mahatma Gandhi who was born on this day 147 years ago.

  • MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS

    The International Day of Older Persons is our chance to take a stand against the destructive problem of ageism.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

    Every year on the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls on warring parties to lay down their arms and observe a 24-hour global ceasefire. The symbolism of a day without fighting is a crucial reminder that conflict can and must come to an end.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY

    A year ago, the world's Governments agreed on an ambitious sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years. They recognized that what people want is not so complicated -- but that it does require a transformation of how our economies and societies work.

  • MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY

    This year, the world has embarked on implementing the ambitious and transformational 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With its 17 universal, integrated and interdependent Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda is an action plan for people, planet, partnership and peace.

  • MESSAGE ON WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY

    A record 130 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive. Grouped together, these people in need would comprise the tenth most populous nation on Earth.