Category Archives: 7. UN days

The Secretary-General — Message on the International Day Of Peace – 21 September 2015

This year’s International Day of Peace comes at a time of deadly violence and destabilizing conflicts around the world. Rather than succumbing to despair, we have a collective responsibility to demand an end to the brutality and impunity that prevail.

I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on the International Day For The Preservation of The Ozone Layer – 16 September 2015

Not so long ago, humanity stood on the brink of a self-inflicted catastrophe. Our use of ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) had torn a hole in the ozone layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.

But we tackled this challenge. Thirty years ago, the international community signed the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. Under its Montreal Protocol, the world united to slash the production and consumption of CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances. Continue reading

The Secretary-General Remarks at Dialogue with Nigerian State Governors – Abuja, 23 August 2015

I am so pleased to begin my visit to Nigeria with you – and it is fitting that I do so. I strongly believe a more prosperous, democratic and secure Nigeria begins with you.

I would like to thank the Governor of Kaduna State for hosting this opportunity to discuss your aspirations for change in Nigeria. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Presidential Elections in Burundi

New York, 23 July 2015 The Secretary-General takes note of the broadly peaceful conduct of polling in the Burundian presidential elections on 21 July. He calls on all parties to continue to remain calm and immediately resume an inclusive political dialogue to resolve their differences and address the challenges facing the country.

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Secretary-General’s remarks at UN Women-World Bank event on Financing for Gender Equality: Addis Ababa, 14 July 2015

I thank UN Women and the World Bank Group for bringing us together to focus on the crucial issue of financing for gender equality.

From my recent review of the 20 years of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, it is clear that we have not invested sufficiently in gender equality. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on World Population Day 11 July 2015

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

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

New York, 8 July 2015 – Not since the end of the Second World War have so many people been forced from their homes across the planet. With nearly 60 million individuals having fled conflict or disaster, women and adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable. Violent extremists and armed groups are committing terrible abuses that result in trauma, unintended pregnancy and infection with HIV and other diseases. Shame and accountability rest squarely on the shoulders of the perpetrators who wage cowardly battles across the bodies of innocents.

These women are far from just victims. They have hopes, plans and the potential to make important contributions to our common future. We must staunchly protect women’s health, including their sexual and reproductive health, and address their needs as a priority in emergency relief operations. At the same time, we must continuously advance women’s human rights in times of both turmoil and calm in order to enable them to help avert conflict, stand strong should it strike, and foster the healing that is so badly needed in war-torn societies. Continue reading

The Secretary-General Remarks To ECOSOC HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT and Global Launch of the 2015 MDG report Oslo, 6 July 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

New York, 6 July 2015 – Your Excellency Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Your Excellency Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Your Excellency, Ambassador Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, Honourable Ministers,Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is a great pleasure to join you via video conference for this important session of ECOSOC in this crucial year for the United Nations. Continue reading

Ban condemns killing of former Lesotho military commander

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

New York, 26 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General today condemned the killing of Lt. Gen. Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, on 25 June, near Maseru.

“The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the bereaved family and urges the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York. Continue reading