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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AFRICA WEEK (10 – 14 OCTOBER 2016)

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The UN is celebrating the achievements of Africa with a week-long series of events on Strengthening Partnerships for Inclusive Sustainable Development, Good Governance, Peace and Stability in Africa. The Africa Week will bring together at UNHQ high-level representatives of UN Member States, UN System entities, African regional and sub-regional organizations.

This week, Africa is at the centre of discussions at the UN. Bringing together institutional, traditional, new and emergent
partners of the continent, the discussion will focus on the best way forward, to build mutually beneficial relationships aiming at implementing the UN 2030 Agenda and the AU’s Agenda 2063 across Africa.

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THE DEPUTY SECRETARY – GENERAL – REMARKS TO EVENT ON YOUTH LEADERSHIP IN PEACE AND SECURITY

New York, 4 October 2016

It is a pleasure for me to be here today discussing the important issue of youth leadership in peace and security. We have so much to learn from being more inclusive vis-à-vis young people as I know from being taught how to use my iPhone by my 10 year old grand-daughter! More »