The Secretary-General message on Human Rights Day, 10 December

For 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a global beacon – shining a light for dignity, equality and well-being … and bringing hope to dark places.

The rights proclaimed in the Declaration apply to everyone — no matter our race, belief, location or other distinction of any kind.

Human rights are universal and eternal.

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Joint UN-AU Statement on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in South Sudan

Joint UN-AU Statement on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in South Sudan

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smaїl Chergui, and United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director for UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka are appalled by the acts of sexual violence, including rape, committed against an estimated more than 150 women and girls recently near Bentiu in South Sudan.  Continue reading

‘Be the change’ we desperately need, UN deputy chief urges global youth

UN News/Rebecca Hearfield: UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed addressing the Africa Youth Development Summit, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Young people are the leaders and torchbearers the world “desperately needs” but they also face serious challenges when it comes to realizing their potential, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General has said. Addressing the African Youth Development Summit, in South Africa’s Johannesburg, Amina J. Mohammed said that young people “are seeing their pathways to participation blocked and their rights denied.”

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‘We need to do more’ to transform the world, deputy UN chief tells African audiences

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Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the World Aids Day Reception in Johannesburg, South Africa. 1 December 2018.

3 December 2018 SDGs – During her current trip to South Africa, Deputy-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has spoken at several events in Johannesburg, on the importance of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development – the UN’s blueprint to end extreme poverty, fight injustice, and protect the planet, ensuring that no one is left behind.

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The Secretary General message on Africa Industrialization Day, 20 November

Inclusive and sustainable industrial development is critical for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Africa. It generates jobs, reduces poverty, hunger and inequality, empowers women, expands opportunities for young people, while also improving health, safeguarding the environment and tackling climate change. Continue reading

On World Toilet Day, let us speak plainly about an issue that is often neglected

Op-ed by Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk on World Toilet Day                                                       As World Toilet Day approaches and there is more and more discussion about the importance of dealing with human waste, many people will become embarrassed or shocked, and some would rather avoid the subject altogether.

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PRESS RELEASE: “We don’t give up,” United Nations Secretary-General declares as the world marks the UN Day on 24 October

Pretoria, 23 October 2018 – The United Nations in South Africa commemorates United Nations Day, 24 October, which is observed annually as the day which marks the birth of the United Nations. The international organization was founded by the entry into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945, a document which has become the global representation of the aspirations for peace, freedom and human rights of the 193 Member States of the United Nations. United Nations Day has been internationally observed since 1948.
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Representatives from governments, technology, business and civil society to address Internet’s role in widening distrust among people

Cybersecurity and Fake News to Dominate List of Concerns at
Internet Governance Forum

12-14 November  Paris, France

 Facing growing concerns that the Internet is being used as a vehicle to sow division and discord around the world, more than 3,000 representatives from governments, the private sector, technology, and civil society will gather in Paris 12-14 November, 2018 at the  annual Internet Governance Forum, to look at a range of actions that can be taken to ensure an “Internet of Trust.”

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