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MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY
18 December 2015


2015 will be remembered as a year of human suffering and migrant tragedies. Over the past 12 months, more than 5,000 women, men and children lost their lives in search of protection and a better life. Tens of thousands more have been exploited and abused by human traffickers. And millions have been made into scapegoats and become the targets of xenophobic policies and alarmist rhetoric.

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MESSAGE ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
10 December 2015


Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we have collectively pledged to uphold.

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MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY
09 December 2015


Global attitudes towards corruption have changed dramatically. Where once bribery, corruption and illicit financial flows were often considered part of the cost of doing business, today corruption is widely -- and rightly -- understood as criminal and corrosive. The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, our plan to end poverty and ensure lives of dignity for all, recognizes the need to fight corruption in all its aspects and calls for significant reductions in illicit financial flows as well as for the recovery of stolen assets.

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MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY
05 December 2015


On this day we celebrate the power of volunteerism. Volunteering fosters creativity, draws strength from our passions and connects us to those who need us most.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
03 December 2015


We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind”.

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MESSAGE ON WORLD AIDS DAY
01 December 2015


This year, we mark World AIDS Day with new hope. I applaud the staunch advocacy of activists. I commend the persistent efforts of health workers. And I pay tribute to the principled stance of human rights defenders and the courage of all those who have joined forces to fight for global progress against the disease.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
25 November 2015


The atrocity crimes being committed against women and girls in conflict zones, along with the domestic abuse found in all countries, are grave threats to progress.

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MESSAGE ON UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY
20 November 2015


The Universal Children’s Day is dedicated to promoting the well-being and human rights of the world’s children, especially those suffering the impacts of poverty, armed conflict, discrimination and exploitation. The date of the observance -- 20 November -- marks the day on which, in 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Today, we reaffirm our obligation to do everything in our power to enable all children to survive and thrive, learn and grow, have their voices heard and reach their full potential.

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MESSAGE ON WORLD TOILET DAY
19 November 2015


Sanitation is central to human and environmental health as well as to individual opportunity, development and dignity. Yet today, worldwide, one in every three people lacks improved sanitation, and one in every eight practices open defecation.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR TOLERANCE
16 November 2015


The call “to practice tolerance” was written into the identity of the United Nations 70 years ago. Today, in a world buffeted by turbulence and change, the Charter’s summons remains a vital touchstone for our work.

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MESSAGE ON WORLD DIABETES DAY
14 November 2015


Close to 350 million people in the world have diabetes, and the prevalence  is rising rapidly, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. There is much all of us can do to minimize our risk of getting the disease and, even if we do get it, to live long and healthy lives with it.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS
02 November 2015


Today we remember the journalists and media workers who have been killed in the line of duty.

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MESSAGE ON UNITED NATIONS DAY
22 October 2015


National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world. But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us.

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MESSAGE ON WORLD STATISTICS DAY
20 October 2015


Good data and statistics are indispensable for informed decision-making by all actors in society. This was explicitly acknowledged in 2014, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics to promote citizen’s entitlement to public information.

 

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY
17 October 2015


This year’s observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty falls as the world embarks on a bold new path towards a future of dignity for all guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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MESSAGE ON WORLD FOOD DAY
16 October 2015


This year’s observance of World Food Day follows the landmark adoption by world leaders of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including a set of 17 goals to guide our work towards a future of dignity and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF RURAL WOMEN
15 October 2015


This year’s observance of the International Day of Rural Women falls just after last month’s landmark adoption by world leaders of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our challenge now is to seize the opportunity offered by this inspiring new framework to transform rural women’s lives.

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MESSAGE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION
13 October 2015


This year’s observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction is dedicated to the power of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD
11 October 2015


The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals rightly include key targets for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They offer an opportunity for a global commitment to breaking intergenerational transmission of poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination – and realizing our vision of a life of dignity for all.

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MESSAGE ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
10 October 2015


World Mental Health Day, which this year focuses on “Dignity in mental health”, is an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people with mental and psychosocial disabilities, and of efforts needed to ensure that they can lead fulfilling and satisfying lives.

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MESSAGE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE
02 October 2015


This year, as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the International Day of Non-Violence has special importance.

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MESSAGE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS
01 October 2015


On the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, we recognize that older persons are an enormous asset to society and make a significant contribution to global development.

 

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
21 September 2015


Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY
15 September 2015


Civil society is the oxygen of democracy.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY
08 September 2015


Literacy, a human right that empowers individuals and advances societies, is needed more than ever as the United Nations prepares to adopt a new global agenda for sustainable development.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOUTH
12 August 2015


Emerging threats, violent extremism, shifting political conditions, economic turmoil and social transformations are combining to heighten the challenges facing the world’s young people. No one knows better than them the issues at stake or the best way to respond. That is why I am calling on young people to speak out – and I am urging leaders to listen.

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