The Secretary-Generals Message For World Refugee Day, 20 June

What would you do if you were forced to leave your home?

Today, more than 68 million people around the world are refugees or internally displaced as a result of conflict or persecution.

That is equivalent to the population of the world’s 20th largest country.

Last year, someone was displaced every two seconds.

Mostly, in poorer countries.

On World Refugee Day, we must all think about what more we can we do to help.

The answer begins with unity and solidarity.

I am deeply concerned to see more and more situations where refugees are not receiving the protection they need and to which they are entitled.

We need to re-establish the integrity of the international refugee protection regime.

In today’s world, no community or country providing safe refuge to people fleeing war or persecution should be alone and unsupported.

We stand together, or we fail.

This year, a Global Compact on Refugees will be presented to the UN General Assembly.

It offers a way forward and recognizes the contributions that refugees make to the societies hosting them.

As long as there are wars and persecution, there will be refugees.

On World Refugee Day, I ask you to remember them.

Their story is one of resilience, perseverance and courage.

Ours must be of solidarity, compassion and action.

Thank you.

World Oceans Day message from the UN Secretary – General

8 June 2018 : The oceans make our blue planet unique in our solar system — and not just visually.  They help regulate the global climate and are the ultimate source of the water that sustains all life on Earth, from coral reefs to snow-covered mountains, from tropical rain forests to mighty rivers, and even deserts.  However, the ability of the oceans to provide their essential services is being threatened by climate change, pollution and unsustainable use.

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Tshwane Youth talk SDGs

Tshwane Shaper Manuel Thomas Adriano, and panelists UN SDGs Technical Advisor (South Africa) Msingathi Sipuka, Tshwane Hub Incoming Curator Rivonia Pillay and AIESEC representatives Miguel Luis Oliveira and Jose Carlos

Pretoria, 15 May 2018: The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria, in partnership with the Tshwane Hub Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, hosted a Sustainable Development Goals Youth Forum at the UNIC library on the 15 May 2018, to enable the youth to have access to information that will equip them with knowledge regarding their role in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim was to help young people engage at the grassroots level in communicating the SDGs to a wider society and to raise more awareness of the 17 SDGs.

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The Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 29 May 2018

On May 29th, 1948, the United Nations Security Council authorized the first United Nations peacekeeping operation – the UN Truce Supervision Organization in the Middle East.

On this 70th anniversary, we express our gratitude to the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag, saving countless lives.

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The Secretary – General’s message on Africa Day

In March this year, Africa’s leaders launched the African Continental Free Trade Area.  Representing one of the largest markets in the world, with 1.2 billion consumers, the Free Trade Area can boost regional integration, drive economic growth, generate jobs for young Africans, alleviate poverty and lead to more stable and peaceful societies.

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World Press Freedom Day message from the Director-General of UNESCO, 3 May 2018

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General Message on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day 2018

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” These words written by Thomas Jefferson in 1786, when he was fighting for the independence of his country, have a universal scope that transcends the historical moment of the foundation of the United States of America. Any State under the rule of law that respects individual freedoms, and particularly the freedoms of opinion, conscience and expression, relies on a free, independent press that is safe from censorship or coercion.

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Deputy Secretary-General’s remarks to Memorial for Winnie Mandela

Thank you for inviting me to share in this special evening.  What an honour to be with so many sisters and daughters of Winnie. 

Tonight, we celebrate the remarkable journey of a truly remarkable woman. 

It is right to do so here in Harlem – because Winnie Mandela came here again and again.   

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United Nations head in South Africa expresses her sadness over the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Pretoria, South Africa: The United Nations in South Africa joins all South Africans in mourning the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who passed away yesterday.

Affectively known as “MaWinnie” or the Mother of a Nation, the late icon will be remembered for her heroism and dedication in the fight against injustice and oppression during South Africa’s apartheid era and her continued fight against poverty.

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