THE SECRETARY-GENERAL – MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY, 18 December 2016

unflagThis has been another turbulent year for refugees and migrants.  We have seen the continued devastating effect of armed conflict on civilian populations, leading to death, destruction and displacement.  We have witnessed the unacceptable loss of thousands of lives of people in transit in the Mediterranean and elsewhere.  And, to add insult to injury, we have witnessed the rise of populist movements that seek to alienate and expel migrants and refugees, and to blame them for various ills of society.

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UNIC Pretoria observes 3rd Palestinian Cultural Week in South Africa

pal9The 29th November of each year is significantly observed as the UN international Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. This follows the adoption of the resolution 181(II) by the General Assembly in 1947 partitioning Palestine into two states. That resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State”. Of the two States to be created under this resolution, only one, Israel, has so far come into being.

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UN Web TV Live streaming of taking of the oath by the Secretary-General-designate António Guterres – 12 December 2016

 

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TUNE IN – The event will start at 10:00am and end at 11:30am (estimated) New York time on Monday 12th December 2016.

Please find following the new direct links in all 6 Languages for the UN Web TV Live streaming of taking of the oath by the Secretary-General-designate António Guterres – 12 December 2016.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL – MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY , 5 DECEMBER 2016

unflagVolunteers work tirelessly to create a better future for all. They contribute to national well-being and show global solidarity at times of crisis.   We see this in action all over the world, most notably over the past year as volunteers have provided shelter and wide-ranging support to millions of refugees forced from their homes by armed conflict and persecution.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL – MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, 3 December 2016

unflagTen years ago this month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  One of the most widely ratified international human rights instruments, with 169 Parties, the Convention has spurred significant progress in commitment and action for equality, inclusion and empowerment around the world, with disability being increasingly incorporated into the global human rights and development agendas.

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The Secretary General – Message on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery , 2 December 2016

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery calls upon us to remember victims around the world and to reflect on progress towards the elimination of all contemporary forms of slavery, such as forced labour, the worst forms of child labour, forced and servile marriage, bonded labour and human trafficking.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL – REMARKS ON WORLD AIDS DAY New York, 30 November 2016

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Thank you, Mr. Sidibe, for your very kind words and for recognizing my small contribution. Whatever we might have been able to achieve, it was done with all our concerted efforts and commitment.

I am honoured to take this very meaningful gift as a token of our common solidarity, reigniting and solidifying our strong engagement and commitment to eliminate HIV on this earth. We have been making this our commitment that by 2030, that there will be no new cases of HIV/AIDS, no deaths caused by HIV/AIDS and also no discrimination against people living with HIV.
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