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

Ban Ki-moon. (Photo - UN)

VIENNA, 10 December 2013 (United Nations Information Service) – Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the adoption by the General Assembly of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This year’s observance also marks 20 years since a bold step forward in the struggle to make rights a reality for all: the adoption by the World Conference on Human Rights of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.  Drawing on the participation of more than 800 non-governmental organizations, national institutions, treaty bodies and academics, Member States adopted a far-reaching vision and created the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – thereby realizing one of the international community’s long-held dreams.

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Why did the toilet paper roll down the hill? To get to the bottom.

2.5 billion; that’s how many people around the world still have no decent sanitation. One billion of them must do something called “open defecation”, or pooping in the open, in fields, on roadsides, on railway tracks. (Photo - UN)Has that joke left you flushed with amusement? Or was it a flash in the pan? Do you feel you got a bum deal from a supposedly serious editorial? Puns and humour abound whenever toilets or poop come into the conversation, and that’s understandable: over the last couple of hundred years the natural, inevitable act of defecation has been locked out of polite society, to be talked about only with humour or embarrassment. As India’s Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh recently said that “when we talk about sanitation we can only giggle.”

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on the International Day for Tolerance, 16 November 2013

Ban Ki-moon (Photo - UN)

VIENNA, 16 November 2013 (United Nations Information Service) - We are living through a period of global transition.  New centres of power and economic dynamism are emerging.  Technology is connecting us ever more closely, and cross-cultural exchanges are deepening every day - but this does not mean there is more understanding.  Societies are more diverse but intolerance is on the rise in too many places. 

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UNIS na Dunaju išče nove vodnike

Urad ZN na Dunaju. (Foto - splet)Informacijska služba ZN na Dunaju išče študente ali diplomante z odličnimi medosebnimi, komunikacijskimi in predstavitvenimi veščinami, da se pridružijo njihovi ekipi vodnikov na Mednarodnem centru na Dunaju. Razpoložljivi morate biti trikrat na teden ter govoriti tekoče angleško in nemško. Rok za prijavo je do 5. decembra 2013. Za več informacij kliknite tukaj (v angleščini).

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: A wave of diplomatic progress at the United Nations

Ban Ki-moon (Photo - UN)

There are few better ways to take the world’s pulse than through the unique convening power of the United Nations.  Over the past two weeks, during the whirlwind of meetings and speeches that characterizes the opening of the annual session of the General Assembly, I met with the leaders or foreign ministers of countries and groups representing 99 per cent of the world’s population.

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