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Speeches

  • UN Secretary-General's Message on International Women's Day Mar 8, 2017

    Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.

  • The Secretary-General’s Message on International Day of Women and Girls in Science Feb 11, 2017

    As a trained engineer and former teacher, I know that these stereotypes are flat wrong. They deny women and girls the chance to realize their potential – and deprive the world of the ingenuity and innovation of half the population.

  • The Secretary General's Message on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation Feb 6, 2017

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises an end to this practice by 2030.

  • Statement by the UN Secretary-General on Refugees Feb 1, 2017

    Countries have the right, even the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organizations.

  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appeals for peace Jan 3, 2017

    On my first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, one question weighs heavily on my heart. How can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight?

  • Antonio Guterres pays Tribute to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and takes oath of office Dec 12, 2016

    It is time to reconstruct relations between people and leaders – national and international. Time for leaders to listen and show that they care, about their own people and about the global stability and solidarity on which we all depend. And it is time for the United Nations to do the same: to recognize its shortcomings, and to reform the way it works. This Organization is the cornerstone of multilateralism, and has contributed to decades of relative peace. But the challenges are now surpassing our ability to respond. The UN must be ready to change.

  • Helen Clark: Statement on Human Rights Day Dec 10, 2016

    The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are grounded in human rights, and reaffirm the importance of respect, promotion and protection of rights, and fundamental freedoms for all - without distinction to ethnicity, gender, language, religion, politics, national or social origin, property, birth, disability, or any other status.

  • UN Secretary-General's Message on International Anti-corruption Day Dec 9, 2016

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s inspiring new manifesto for transforming our world and building a better future for all. But as we undertake this crucial journey of implementation, a broad barrier stands in our path: corruption. No country is immune, and every country bears a responsibility to end it.

  • The Secretary-General's Message on International Volunteer Day Dec 5, 2016

    On this International Volunteer Day, let us recognize the immense value of the world’s volunteers. As they lend a hand to others, let us give volunteers a hand by applauding their global citizenship and their commitment to building a future of peace, prosperity and dignity for all.

  • Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark World AIDS Day 2016 Statement Dec 1, 2016

    Declines in new HIV infection rates among adults have stalled, and infection rates are climbing in some regions. In 2015 nearly 7500 young women aged 15-24 years acquired HIV every week. These trends suggest that HIV prevention efforts are falling short. There continues to be a lack of funding for human rights programming to address punitive legal environments, stigma and discrimination, and other human rights barriers which often prevent people, especially the most marginalized, from accessing health services.