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UN Secretary-General: Message on Human Rights Day, 10 December

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (Photo: internet)

For 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a global beacon shining a light for dignity, equality and well-being … and bringing hope to dark places.

The rights proclaimed in the Declaration apply to everyone - no matter our race, belief, location or other distinction of any kind.

Human rights are universal and eternal.


UN Secretary-General: Message on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (UN Photo: Evan Schneider)

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic.  It is a moral affront to all women and girls, a mark of shame on all our societies and a major obstacle to inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.  At its core, violence against women and girls is the manifestation of a profound lack of respect - a failure by men to recognize the inherent equality and dignity of women.  It is an issue of fundamental human rights.


UN Secretary-General: Message for United Nations Day, 24 October

UN headquarters in New York. (Photo: internet)

United Nations Day marks the birthday of our founding Charter - the landmark document that embodies the hopes, dreams and aspirations of "we the peoples".

Every day, the women and men of the United Nations work to give practical meaning to that Charter. 


UN Secretary-General: Message on the International Day of Democracy, 15 September

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (UN Photo - Evan Schneider)

Democracy is showing greater strain than at any time in decades. That is why this International Day should make us look for ways to invigorate democracy and seek answers for the systemic challenges it faces.


UN Secretary-General: Message on International Youth Day, 12 August

Symbolic picture. (Photo: Luka Cjuha)

The hopes of the world rest on young people.

Peace, economic dynamism, social justice, tolerance - all this and more, today and tomorrow, depends on tapping into the power of youth.