Category Archives: 7. UN days

Ban congratulates people, Government of Zambia for ‘peaceful’ election

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

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

New York, 25 January 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Government and people of Zambia for the peaceful conduct of their recent presidential election, according to a United Nations spokesperson.

In a statement released this evening, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General congratulated the people, Government and political parties of Zambia, as well as the electoral authorities, for “the peaceful manner in which the country organized its presidential election, despite difficult weather conditions.” Continue reading

Secretary-General on the announcement of an election date in Lesotho

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

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

New York, 9 December 2014 – The Secretary-General notes the recent announcement by His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho that national elections will be held on 28 February 2015.

The Secretary-General welcomes the progress achieved so far in the efforts to uphold democratic principles and secure the restoration of political stability and security in the Kingdom. He encourages all Basotho leaders to comply with the Maseru Facilitation Declaration and work together in a spirit of compromise to ensure an environment conducive to peaceful and credible elections. Continue reading

Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of Older Persons – 1 October 2014

Seniors in conversation at Jongmyo Park, in downtown Seoul, Republic of Korea. UN Photo/Kibae Park

Seniors in conversation at Jongmyo Park, in downtown Seoul, Republic of Korea. UN Photo/Kibae Park

New York, 1 October 2014 – Older persons are playing an increasingly significant role in society as they grow in number and as healthcare improves in some parts of the world.

The number of older persons is expected to more than double, globally, from 841 million people in 2013 to more than 2 billion in 2050. By that year, nearly 8 in 10 of the world’s older population will live in the less developed regions.  Continue reading

Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of Charity – 5 September 2014

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

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

New York, 5 September – Charity plays a significant role in the work of the United Nations and its agencies. Charity may come in many forms, from the volunteering of time and expertise to straightforward financial or in-kind donations by individuals, corporations or philanthropic foundations.  Whatever the case, such generosity and kindness, with no expectation of financial gain, can make profound differences in human well-being.

At times of intense fiscal and budgetary constraint, charity takes on greater importance in global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and implement what we hope will be an ambitious post-2015 agenda.  While charity cannot be seen as a replacement or alternative to public spending, it plays an invaluable complementary role. Continue reading

Secretary-General’s statement on Gaza – 28 July 2014

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

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

New York, 28 July – The Secretary-General calls on the parties to renew a humanitarian pause in Gaza and reiterates his demand for a durable ceasefire that could set the ground for the start of comprehensive negotiations. In this connection, he welcomes the Security Council’s strong support in its Presidential Statement earlier today for his call for a humanitarian ceasefire.

Following a largely observed 12-hour humanitarian pause on 26 July, the Secretary-General called on all parties to prolong the suspension of the fighting for an additional extendable period of 24 hours to allow vital humanitarian efforts to continue, including relief operations. The parties have expressed serious interest in this request but have not yet agreed on the timing of its implementation. As people around the world mark Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan and a time for overcoming differences, the Secretary-General calls on parties to build on the current calm. Continue reading

The Secretary-General’s message on Nelson Mandela Day – 18 July 2014

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

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

Last year, the world lost one of its greatest leaders when Nelson Mandela passed away. We remember his legacy especially on his birthday, the 18th of July.

Nelson Mandela and the United Nations had a strong history together. Shortly after he was released from prison, he came to our Headquarters. It was a moment of great excitement. Continue reading

Secretary-General message on the International Day of Cooperatives – 5 July 2014

IYC-CubeOnly_400x400New york, 5 July 2014 – This year’s International Day of Cooperatives falls at a critical time. The United Nations is working to lay the groundwork for success on three major fronts in 2015: reaching the Millennium Development Goals; achieving a meaningful new climate agreement; and adopting a long-range agenda for inclusive sustainable development.

Cooperative enterprises can help further these objectives. They are helping communities in both developed and developing countries to generate energy, manage water supplies and provide other basic services. Cooperatives are particularly important to agriculture, food security and rural development. In the finance sector, cooperatives serve more than 857 million people, including tens of millions who live in poverty. Continue reading