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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL – MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE ,11 February 2017

13th February 2017 Secretary-General message

      For too long, discriminatory stereotypes have prevented women and girls from having equal access to education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As a trained engineer and former teacher, I know that these stereotypes are flat wrong. They deny women and girls the chance to realize their potential – and deprive the world of the ingenuity and innovation of half the population. On this International Day, I urge commitment to end bias, greater investments in STEM education for all women and girls as well as opportunities for their careers and longer-term professional advancement so that all can benefit from their ground-breaking future contributions.

A CONTINENT OF HOPE

6th February 2017 Secretary-General message

By António Guterres

  Far too often, the world views Africa through the prism of problems.  When I look to Africa, I see a continent of hope, promise and vast potential.

  I am committed to building on those strengths and establishing a higher platform of cooperation between the United Nations and the leaders and people of Africa.  This is essential to advancing inclusive and sustainable development and deepening cooperation for peace and security.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ZERO TOLERANCE FOR FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, 6 February

6th February 2017 Secretary-General message

unflagFemale genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity, endangers their health, and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal. Sustainable development demands full human rights for all women and girls. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises an end to this practice by 2030. On this Day of Zero Tolerance, let us build on positive momentum and commit to intensifying global action against this heinous human rights violation for the sake of all affected women and girls, their communities, and our common future.

STATEMENT BY THE UN SECRETARY – GENERAL ON REFUGEES

1st February 2017 Secretary-General message
Secretary-General António Guterres. Photo: World Economic Forum/Boris Baldinger (file)

Secretary-General António Guterres. Photo: World Economic Forum/Boris Baldinger (file)

On my way back from Ethiopia, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa that for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbours, many times in dramatic security situations, I want to state the following:

· Countries have the right, even the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organizations.· This cannot be based on any form of discrimination related to religion, ethnicity or nationality because:– that is against the fundamental principles and values on which our societies are based;
– that triggers widespread anxiety and anger that may facilitate the propaganda of the very terrorist organisations we all want to fight against;
–  blind measures, not based on solid intelligence, tend to be ineffective as they risk being

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL- MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST

27th January 2017 Press Releases, Secretary-General message

27 January 2017

Today, we honour the victims of the Holocaust, an incomparable tragedy in human history.

The world has a duty to remember that the Holocaust was a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people and so many others.

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