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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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MESSAGE ON WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS
30 July 2015


Around the world, criminals are selling people for profit. Vulnerable women and girls form the majority of human trafficking victims, including those driven into degrading sexual exploitation.

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Secretary-General's message regarding Nelson Mandela International Day
18 July 2015


Nelson Mandela International Day is an annual call to action for people around the world to make a difference in the communities where they live and work by taking time to serve others.

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Secretary-General's message regarding the World Population Day
11 July 2015


Not since the end of the Second World War have so many people been forced from their homes across the planet. With nearly 60 million individuals having fled conflict or disaster, women and adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable. Violent extremists and armed groups are committing terrible abuses that result in trauma, unintended pregnancy and infection with HIV and other diseases. Shame and accountability rest squarely on the shoulders of the perpetrators who wage cowardly battles across the bodies of innocents.

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Secretary-General's message regarding the 70th anniversary of the United Nations
27 June 2015


The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is a timely opportunity to highlight its many and enduring achievements -- and to strengthen our collective resolve to do more to promote peace and security, sustainable development and human rights.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE
26 June 2015


The rise of violent extremism and unprecedented levels of forced displacement in our world demand a comprehensive response – and no aspect is more urgent than assisting the many victims of rising levels of torture that these and related trends generate.          

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MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING
26 June 2015


In September, leaders from around the world will meet at the United Nations to adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda to eradicate extreme poverty and provide a life of dignity for all. This ambition, while achievable, must address various obstacles, including the deadly harm to communities and individuals caused by drug trafficking and drug abuse.

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Message on International Public Service Day
23 June 2015


Today we celebrate the dedication of public servants everywhere. We salute their tireless efforts to provide efficient and inclusive services that are available to all.

The world faces enormous social, economic and environmental challenges. Ensuring that our public services are accountable and that our public servants are fully able to rise to the moment is vital.

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MESSAGE ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY - 20 June 2015
20 June 2015


On this World Refugee Day, let us remember the plight of the millions of people worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict and persecution. At the end of 2014, 59.5 million persons – the highest number on record – were forcibly displaced around the globe. This means that one in every 122 human beings today is either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum.

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Marking World Environment Day, 5 June 2015
03 June 2015


"Let us celebrate World Environment Day by becoming more conscious of our ecological impact. Let us think about the consequences of the choices we make", said UN Secretary-General.

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Ban commemorates 70th anniversary of end of Second World War
07 May 2015


"Today’s commemoration comes at an especially crucial time for Europe as the continent faces a number of challenges that require cooperation", Mr. Ban said.

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Renewed global development partnership vital to post-2015 agenda
20 April 2015


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on governments, the business sector and civil society to work closely together to push forward the post-2015 development agenda.

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MESSAGE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
10 December 2014


On Human Rights Day we speak out.

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MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY
09 December 2014


Corruption is a global phenomenon that strikes hardest at the poor, hinders inclusive economic growth and robs essential services of badly needed funds. From cradle to grave, millions are touched by corruption’s shadow.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
03 December 2014


This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on the theme, “sustainable development: the promise of technology”.

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MESSAGE ON WORLD AIDS DAY
01 December 2014


On this World AIDS Day, I welcome the tremendous progress the world is making in responding to the AIDS epidemic. This year, world leaders made a commitment to end AIDS by 2030. The Fast Track approach launched last week will enable us to reach this goal.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
25 November 2014


Sexual and gender-based violence is the most extreme form of the global and systemic inequality experienced by women and girls.  It knows no geographic, socioeconomic or cultural boundaries.  Worldwide, one in three women will suffer physical or sexual violence at some point in her life, from rape and domestic violence to harassment at work and bullying on the internet.

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MESSAGE ON UNITED NATIONS DAY
24 October 2014


The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises. Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll. Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven playing field.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY
17 October 2014


On this day we recommit to think, decide and act together against extreme poverty -- and plan for a world where no-one is left behind.

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MESSAGE ON WORLD FOOD DAY
16 October 2014


Today, and every day, we eat thanks to the labours of family farmers. They run the vast majority of farms in the world. They preserve natural resources and agro-biodiversity. They are the cornerstone of inclusive and sustainable agriculture and food systems.

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MESSAGE ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
10 October 2014


World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the challenges faced by people with severe mental health problems, and what can be done to make their lives better. This year, we focus particularly on those living with schizophrenia, and the families and friends who help them cope.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS
01 October 2014


Older persons are playing an increasingly significant role in society as they grow in number and as healthcare improves in some parts of the world.

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MESSAGE FOR WORLD TOURISM DAY
27 September 2014


This year´s observance of World Tourism Day focuses on the ability of tourism to fully empower people. Engaging local populations in tourism development builds stronger and more resilient communities.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
21 September 2014


Today is the International Day of Peace.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY
15 September 2014


As we observe this year’s International Day of Democracy, the world seems more turbulent than ever. In many regions and in many ways, the values of the United Nations, including some of the most fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the UN Charter, are being tested and challenged.

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MESSAGE ON THE 500-DAY MARK TO THE CONCLUSION OF THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS “500 DAYS OF ACTION TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD”
18 August 2014


There are many fires raging around the world today -- political turmoil, bloodshed, public health emergencies and human rights abuses. But there also burns a flame of hope – encouraging progress in the global drive to improve the lives of the world’s poorest through the Millennium Development Goals.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY
12 August 2014


A new publication from the United Nations shows that 20 per cent of the world’s young people experience a mental health condition each year. The risks are especially great as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Stigma and shame often compound the problem, preventing them from seeking the support they need. For this year’s observance of International Youth Day, the United Nations wants to help lift the veil that keeps young people locked in a chamber of isolation and silence.

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MESSAGE ON THE WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS
30 July 2014


Human trafficking is a callous global industry that denies victims their rights and dignity and generates billions of dollars for organized criminal networks. Most of those trafficked are vulnerable women and children deceived into a life of suffering. They are exploited for sex and forced to work in conditions akin to slavery.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE
26 June 2014


Every day, mental and physical torture and ill-treatment are intentionally inflicted on women, men, children in all regions of the world at the instigation of public officials – the very people whose job it is to enforce the rule of law, protect human rights and keep people safe.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING
26 June 2014


Drug abuse and illicit trafficking have calamitous consequences for the world’s efforts to deliver greater prosperity and equality for all. There are up to 200,000 preventable deaths each year from overdoses. Illicit drugs spawn criminal violence and weaken a state’s essential institutions.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS
29 May 2014


United Nations peacekeeping has a long and proud history, with more than one million peacekeepers having served in more than 70 operations on four continents since its establishment in 1948. Looking to the future, we can be confident that as new challenges emerge, United Nations peacekeeping will evolve to meet them.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
22 May 2014


This year’s International Day for Biological Diversity falls in the International Year of Small Island Developing States and is being observed under the theme of “Island Diversity”.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, MESSAGE ON WORLD TELECOMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SOCIETY DAY
17 May 2014


This year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day focuses on leveraging information and communication technologies to help advance sustainable development.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES
15 May 2014


As we commemorate this year’s International Day of Families, we recognize the meaningful contributions that families make to advancing the mission of the United Nations.

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THE SECRETARY- GENERAL, MESSAGE ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY
03 May 2014


Each year on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to the fundamental freedom to receive and impart information and ideas through any media, regardless of frontiers, enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY
22 April 2014


Each year, on Mother Earth Day, we reflect on our relationship with the planet that supports us.  The air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food are part of a delicate global ecosystem that is increasingly under pressure from human activities.  From tropical deforestation to depleted ocean fisheries, from growing freshwater shortages to the rapid decline of biodiversity and increasingly polluted skies and seas in many parts of the world, we see the heavy hand of humankind.  

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, HOLE IN THE HEART OF AFRICA
10 April 2014


By Ban Ki-moon

The Security Council has approved my proposal to deploy a United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic – opening the way for 10,000 troops and almost 2,000 police to bring a semblance of order to a nation in ruins.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, MESSAGE ON WORLD HEALTH DAY
07 April 2014


Every year more than one million people die from diseases carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks and other insects, such as triatomine bugs. These vector-borne diseases – which include malaria, dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis – cause chronic illness and immense suffering for hundreds of millions more.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, MESSAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
06 April 2014


This year we celebrate the first-ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

We at the United Nations know that sport is a universal language, uniting groups and nations across divides.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
02 April 2014


This year’s World Autism Awareness Day is a chance to celebrate the creative minds of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and to renew our pledge to help them realize their great potential.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE FOR WORLD WATER DAY
22 March 2014


Water is at the core of sustainable development.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS
21 March 2014


Forests are the lungs of our planet. They cover one-third of all land area, and are home to 80 per cent of terrestrial biodiversity. They are crucial for addressing a multitude of sustainable development imperatives, from poverty eradication to food security, from mitigating and adapting to climate change to reducing disaster risk.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS
20 March 2014


New York

The twin concepts of happiness and well-being increasingly feature in international discussions of sustainable development and the future we want.

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The Secretary-General message for international women's day
08 March 2014


This International Women’s Day, we are highlighting the importance of achieving equality for women and girls not simply because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it.

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The Secretary-General, message on international migrants day
18 December 2013


International migration is a powerful tool for reducing poverty and enhancing opportunity. That is why there are now some 232 million international migrants bringing consistent benefits to countries of destination and origin through their essential labour and remittances. Yet, this important population remains largely invisible and unheard in society. Too many live and work in the worst conditions with the least access to basic services and fundamental rights, making them disproportionately vulnerable to extortion, violence, discrimination and marginalization.

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The Secretary-General, message on human rights day
10 December 2013


Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the adoption by the General Assembly of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year's observance also marks 20 years since a bold step forward in the struggle to make rights a reality for all: the adoption by the World Conference on Human Rights of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. Drawing on the participation of more than 800 non-governmental organizations, national institutions, treaty bodies and academics, Member States adopted a far-reaching vision and created the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – thereby realizing one of the international community's long-held dreams.

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