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.
A healthy planet is essential for a prosperous and peaceful future.
We all have a role to play in protecting our only home.But it can be difficult to know what to do or where to start.
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.
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.
Whenever she travelled here, it was more than just a visit. It was a homecoming. Continue reading
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.