THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY, 5 DECEMBER 2016

By | 5 December 2016

Volunteers work tirelessly to create a better future for all. They contribute to national well-being and show global solidarity at times of crisis.   We see this in action all over the world, most notably over the past year as volunteers have provided shelter and wide-ranging support to millions of refugees forced from their homes by… Read More »

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, 3 December 2016

By | 2 December 2016

Ten years ago this month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  One of the most widely ratified international human rights instruments, with 169 Parties, the Convention has spurred significant progress in commitment and action for equality, inclusion and empowerment around the world, with disability being increasingly… Read More »

The Secretary General – Message on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery , 2 December 2016

By | 2 December 2016

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery calls upon us to remember victims around the world and to reflect on progress towards the elimination of all contemporary forms of slavery, such as forced labour, the worst forms of child labour, forced and servile marriage, bonded labour and human trafficking.

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — REMARKS ON WORLD AIDS DAY New York, 30 November 2016

By | 1 December 2016

Thank you, Mr. Sidibe, for your very kind words and for recognizing my small contribution. Whatever we might have been able to achieve, it was done with all our concerted efforts and commitment.I am honoured to take this very meaningful gift as a token of our common solidarity, reigniting and solidifying our strong engagement and… Read More »