Archive for March, 2013

Secretary-General’s message on World Down Syndrome Day – 21 March 2013

21st March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family. Yet discrimination against persons with Down syndrome and their families exists on many levels. This hurts not only individuals who are directly affected, but whole societies. (more…)

Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of Forests – 21 March 2013

21st March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – Forests are vital for our well-being.  They cover nearly a third of the globe and provide an invaluable variety of social, economic and environmental benefits.  Three-fourths of freshwater comes from forested catchment areas.  (more…)

Human leaders launch 1000 day push to meet African tuberculosis and HIV targets

20th March 2013 Uncategorized

 Mbabane, Swaziland – Health leaders from Africa and international agencies gathered in Swaziland today to launch a fresh offensive against tuberculosis (TB), including TB among people living with HIV. (more…)

Secretary-General’s message on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – 21 March 2013

20th March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination this year focuses on using the power of sport to end the blight of racism. It is an opportunity to highlight the sharp contrast between the positive values of sports and the despicable incidents of racism that scar even some professional competitions. (more…)

UN envoy strongly condemns wave of deadly attacks in Baghdad

20th March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The United Nations envoy to Iraq today strongly condemned the wave of coordinated car bomb attacks and shooting that killed and injured dozens of civilians in several areas of Baghdad, the capital. (more…)