Category Archives: 7. UN days

Secretary-General’s message on Africa Day – 25 May 2016

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Africa Day 2016 is being celebrated in furtherance of the African Union’s theme for this year: “Human Rights with a Particular Focus on the Rights of Women”.  This demonstrates the commitment of Africa’s leaders to place women – as key drivers and enablers – at the front and centre of all efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

Both frameworks share similar strategic principles, with a focus on people, prosperity, environmental sustainability, justice, human rights and mutually accountable partnerships.  The alignment between the global and the continental agendas calls for a harmonized approach in planning, implementation and monitoring.
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Marking the slave trade event: a student’s poem

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Nobulekhosi T. Sibanda

 

 

On the 17 March, UNIC held an event commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The event was marked by poems, music and key messages about how slavery impacted on the African way of life. Nobulekhosi T. Sibanda, a student from Founders Community School, delivered an impassioned poem to guests that delved deep into culture of her African heritage and the ills of slavery that plagued the African continent.

 

The Trade

When I think about this time- the waves, death, sickness, vomiting, the smell of fresh sea water, rape abuse, the crack of the traders whip, those days, those months, those years, Oh my heart quivers. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on the International day of Zero Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation 6 February 2016

Never before has it been more urgent – or more possible – to end the practice of female genital mutilation, preventing immeasurable human suffering and boosting the power of women and girls to have a positive impact on our world.

The urgency can be seen in the numbers. New estimates reveal that in 2016 at least 200 million girls and women alive now have undergone some form of FGM. The numbers keep growing both because more countries are paying attention to FGM and collecting data – which represents good progress– and because progress in ending the practice is not keeping pace with population growth – which is not at all good. If current trends continue, more girls will be cut every year by 2030 than today owing to high fertility rates and youthful populations found in most communities where FGM is prevalent. And since the practice increases risks in childbirth, it causes harm to today’s girls as well as the next generation. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Remarks to the General Assembly meeting on Global Awareness of the tragedies of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean basin with specific emphasis on Syrian Asylum seekers New York, 20 November 2015

I thank the General Assembly President for convening this important meeting.

A record 60 million people have been forced from their homes. Tragedies are multiplying – especially for the Syrian people.

Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and all first asylum countries have generously supported millions of desperate people. I applaud them – but having such few countries bear the global responsibility is simply not a sustainable solution. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2 November 2015

Today we remember the journalists and media workers who have been killed in the line of duty.

More than 700 journalists have been killed in the last decade — one every five days — simply for bringing news and information to the public.

Many perish in the conflicts they cover so fearlessly. But all too many have been deliberately silenced for trying to report the truth. Only 7 percent of such cases are resolved, and less than 1 crime out of 10 is even fully investigated. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on World Cities Day 31 October 2015

The theme of this year’s observance of World Cities Day — ‘Designed to Live Together’ — highlights the key role of urban design in building sustainable, socially integrated and prosperous urban environments.

Good design can help tackle climate change. It reduces the impacts of disaster.
It can help make our cities safer, cleaner, and more equal and integrative. It promotes equal access to services, jobs and opportunities, and fosters contentment. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on World Statistic 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.

As countries and organizations embark on implementing the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, reliable and timely statistics and indicators are more important than ever. For that reason, World Statistics Day this year is being observed under the theme “Better data, better lives.” Continue reading

The Secretary-General’s 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.

Rural women are a significant, vital and sizeable proportion of humankind. They are farmers and farm workers, horticulturists and market sellers, business women and community leaders. Rural women are the backbone of sustainable livelihoods and provide food security for their families and communities. Their work is crucial not only for the progress of rural households and local economies, but also for national economies through rural women’s participation in agricultural value chains. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — 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.

How we choose to grow, process, distribute and consume the food we eat has a profound effect on people, planet, prosperity and peace. Delivering on the promise of the 2030 Agenda will not be possible without rapid progress towards ending hunger and undernutrition. In the same way, delivering on the commitment to end hunger forever, for all people, will not be possible without major gains across the new Agenda. Continue reading