Category Archives: UN days & Observances

Secretary-General’s message on International Day for Eradication of Poverty

By | 17 October 2019

17 October 2019: Ending extreme poverty is at the heart of the world’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and build a sustainable future for all. But success in leaving no one behind will remain elusive if we do not target the people who are farthest behind first. This year’s observance focuses on “acting together… Read More »

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl, 2019

By | 11 October 2019

A fierce force to be reckoned with Friday, October 11, 2019 – There’s no doubting the unstoppable power of today’s young women and girls to stand up for their rights and the future they want. They are a fierce force to be reckoned with. I see the marches, hear their clear voices, and witness their impatient… Read More »

Secretary-General’s message on World Habitat Day

By | 7 October 2019

7 October 2019: World Habitat Day highlights the central role our cities and communities play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  Well-planned and smartly managed cities can steer us towards inclusive growth and low-emission development.   At the same time, rapid and unplanned urbanization can generate or exacerbate many challenges, including the climate crisis.    This year’s… Read More »

On World Toilet Day, let us speak plainly about an issue that is often neglected

By | 19 November 2018

  Op-ed by Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk on World Toilet Day: As World Toilet Day approaches and there is more and more discussion about the importance of dealing with human waste, many people will become embarrassed or shocked, and some would rather avoid the subject altogether. However, the sanitation crisis that exists in many parts of… Read More »

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 »

Statement by UN Women on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2017 

By | 5 February 2018

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017  – While there has been an overall decline in the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) across countries, this progress is likely to be offset by rapid population growth in countries where FGM occurs, unless efforts to eliminate the practice are renewed in light of recent research, and urgently stepped up.