The secretary-general — Message for the International Day to End Violence against Women and Girls 25 November 2016

At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development.  Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — MESSAGE ON WORLD DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS, 20 November 2016

Today, like every day, more than 3,400 people will lose their lives on the world’s roads – many of them young men and women at the start of their adult lives.  The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is a time to reflect on this tragic loss of life.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — MESSAGE ON AFRICA INDUSTRIALIZATION DAY. 20 November 2016

Over the last two decades, Africa’s combined Gross Domestic Product grew by an average of 4.7 per cent a year.  Even though this slowed slightly in 2015 due to low commodity prices, tighter financing conditions and droughts, Africa is still among the world’s fastest growing regions.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — MESSAGE ON WORLD TOILET DAY ,19 NOVEMBER 2016

toilet-day22World Toilet Day aims to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis – a topic often neglected and shrouded in taboos.

This year’s observance focuses on ‘toilets and jobs’ and the impact of sanitation — or the lack of it — on livelihoods and work environments.

Toilets play a crucial role in creating a strong economy.  A lack of toilets at work and at home has severe consequences, including poor health leading to absenteeism, reduced concentration, exhaustion, and decreased productivity. About 17 per cent of all workplace deaths are caused by disease transmission at work.

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The Secretary – General : Message on the International Day of Tolerance

16 November 2016

The values of tolerance and mutual understanding – so firmly embedded in the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – are facing profound tests around the world.

Refugees and migrants continue to face closed doors and clenched fists.  Violent extremists continue to target people solely because of their faiths and traditions.  Day by day, bigotry shows its face through racism, anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination.

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