Category Archives: Secretary-General message

The world is being ‘swamped’ by harmful plastic waste says UN chief, marking Environment Day

By | 8 June 2018

In his message marking the day on 5 June, he said a healthy planet was essential for a prosperous and peaceful future, spelling out that: “We all have a role to play in protecting our only home.” “Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste,” he stated. “Every year, more than eight million tonnes end… Read More »

The Secretary – General’s message on Africa Day

By | 25 May 2018

In March this year, Africa’s leaders launched the African Continental Free Trade Area.  Representing one of the largest markets in the world, with 1.2 billion consumers, the Free Trade Area can boost regional integration, drive economic growth, generate jobs for young Africans, alleviate poverty and lead to more stable and peaceful societies. 

The Secretary -General’s remarks on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2018

By | 21 March 2018

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination commemorates the Sharpeville massacre — the horrific killing of 69 people peacefully demonstrating against apartheid in South Africa. The apartheid regime was based on institutionalized racial discrimination. It was ultimately – and thankfully – consigned to history on the release from prison and accession to the… Read More »