The Secretary-General — Message on the International Day Of Democracy 15 September 2015

Civil society is the oxygen of democracy.

We see this clearly in the world’s most vibrant and stable democracies, where Government and civil society work together for common goals. Civil society acts as a catalyst for social progress and economic growth. It plays a critical role in keeping Government accountable, and helps represent the diverse interests of the population, including its most vulnerable groups. More »

The Secretary-General — Message on the International Day Of Peace – 21 September 2015

This year’s International Day of Peace comes at a time of deadly violence and destabilizing conflicts around the world. Rather than succumbing to despair, we have a collective responsibility to demand an end to the brutality and impunity that prevail.

I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace. More »

The Secretary-General — Message on the International Day For The Preservation of The Ozone Layer – 16 September 2015

Not so long ago, humanity stood on the brink of a self-inflicted catastrophe. Our use of ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) had torn a hole in the ozone layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. More »

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

● Globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty has declined by more than half from 1.9 billion in 1990. However, 836 million people still live in extreme poverty. About one in five persons in developing regions lives on less than $1.25 per day.


End poverty in all its forms everywhere

● Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are home to the overwhelming majority of people living in extreme poverty.

● High poverty rates are often found in small, fragile and conflict-affected countries.

● One in four children under age five in the world has inadequate height for his or her age. More »

Public-private partnership led by First Lady of South Africa, Madame Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, set to curb HIV and TB

South Africa has the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world, with more than 3 million people on life-saving antiretroviral treatment. While the country has made good progress in its HIV response, AIDS deaths remain unacceptably high. This is in large part due to HIV’s twin epidemic, Tuberculosis (TB). South Africa has the third largest TB incidence in the world, after India and China, and approximately 70 per cent of people living with HIV also have TB. It is widely acknowledged that an integrated health service delivery system is critical to curbing these twin epidemics. More »