THE SECRETARY — GENERAL — MESSAGE ON UNITED NATIONS DAY, 24 October 2016

This year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations.

Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfill the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet.

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UN Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Secretary-General takes note of the conclusion of the national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He commends Edem Kodjo, the African Union Facilitator for the dialogue, as well as participants to the talks for their work and commitment towards a peaceful solution to the crisis in the context of the electoral process.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY, 17 October 2016

We are approaching the end of the first year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  With its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda is a universal vision for peace, prosperity and dignity for all people on a healthy planet. Achieving this objective is inconceivable without fulfilling the mandate of SDG 1 to end poverty in all its forms. More »

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL – MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL, 11 October 2016

dayofthegirlThe theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl is based on the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The slogan is: Girls’ Progress equals Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.

The well-being, human rights and empowerment of the world’s 1.1 billion girls are central to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. When we agreed on that agenda, we promised girls quality education and health services.

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PRESS RELEASE: UNICEF South Africa: International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October

Girls spend 160 million more hours than boys doing household chores everyday – UNICEF

 PRETORIA, 11 October, 2016 – Girls between 5 and 14 years old spend 40 per cent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ahead of International Day of the Girl on 11 October.

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