The Secretary – General – Message for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2017

This year’s commemoration of Human Rights Day marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of seven decades since the adoption of one of the world’s most profound and far-reaching international agreements.  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes the equality and dignity of every human being and stipulates that every government has a core duty to enable all people to enjoy all their inalienable rights and freedoms.

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The Secretary-General – Message on International Day of Commemoration and Diginity of the victims of the crime of Genocide and the prevention of this crime, 9 December 2017

Throughout history and still today, genocide has inflicted profound and painful losses on all humanity.  In 1948, with the unanimous adoption by the General Assembly of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Member States recognized a common interest and duty to safeguard groups from threats to their very existence.  Coming so soon after the Holocaust and the Second World War, the Convention embodied a collective determination to protect people from brutality and to prevent any future such horror.

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Human Rights Day – Stand up for Human Rights – Add Your Voice!

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018, join us in standing up for human rights!

Human rights are everyone’s rights. Help spread the word, in your own language.

Record yourself reading one of the 30 articles of the Declaration in any of the 135 languages currently available on this site and share your video with your friends. Continue reading

Values enshrined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights under assault, must be defended – Zeid

“Human Rights Day falls on 10 December every year, the day when, back in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the world’s most widely translated* and possibly most influential document – was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, itself just three years old at the time.”

“Thanks to the Universal Declaration, the daily life of millions has been improved, untold human suffering has been prevented and the foundations for a more just world have been laid. While its promise is yet to be fulfilled, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.” Continue reading

The Secretary – General’s message for World AIDS Day

1 December 2017 : 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.

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The Secretary – General’s message on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people

29 November 2017 : The Question of Palestine is inextricably linked with the history of the United Nations and is one of the longest unresolved issues on the Organization’s agenda.  Seventy years since the adoption of General Assembly Resolution 181, a sovereign and independent State of Palestine has yet to emerge alongside the State of Israel.  I remain convinced that the two-state solution recognized by that resolution is the only premise for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  The resolution of this conflict would also create momentum for greater stability throughout the region.

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Press Release : United Nations Deputy Secretary-General wraps up visit to South Africa, 27 November 2017

Cape Town, South Africa: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed wrapped her two-day visit in South Africa yesterday by participating in an intergenerational dialogue with young women in Khayelitsa, a high-density residential area in Cape Town, as part of the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children.

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The Deputy Secretary – General – The 15th Nelson Mandela Annual lecture “Centring Gender : Reducing Inequality through Inclusion and Sustainability

Cape Town, 25 November 2017

[salutations]

I am deeply grateful to the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Board of Trustees for this tremendous honour.

As Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Minister in my country, I have been fortunate to experience many remarkable moments in my life, but few have been more humbling than standing before you today. The speakers who have come before me have all walked a path of courage, compassion and conviction they are truly a hard act to follow.

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