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  • 19 Aug 2014
    UN Secretary-General's Message on World Humanitarian Day

    On World Humanitarian Day, we renew our commitment to life-saving relief efforts -- and we remember all those who died serving this noble cause. Last year, more humanitarian workers were kidnapped, seriously injured or killed than ever before. This is an outrage.

  • 13 Aug 2014
    UNDP RR's speech at the national launch of the 2014 Human Development Report

    I am very pleased to welcome you all to the launch of UNDP’s 2014 Human Development Report in Ghana. In particular, it gives me great pleasure, to have the minister of gender, children, and social protection be the one to represent the Government and officially launch the report.

  • 12 Aug 2014
    UN Secretary-General's Message for International Youth Day

    A new publication from the United Nations shows that 20 per cent of the world’s young people experience a mental health condition each year. The risks are especially great as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Stigma and shame often compound the problem, preventing them from seeking the support they need. For this year’s observance of International Youth Day, the United Nations wants to help lift the veil that keeps young people locked in a chamber of isolation and silence.

  • 05 Jun 2014
    “Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level" - UN Secretary General's message on World Environment Day

    World Environment Day 2014 falls during the International Year of Small Island Developing States, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the special needs of this diverse coalition as part of the global discussion on how to achieve a sustainable future for all.

  • 01 May 2014
    Goodwill message presented by Mr. Lebogang Motlana, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre, Addis Ababa at the Pan-African Conference on Tackling Inequalities in Africa

    This goodwill message is presented on behalf: Mr. Abdoulie Mar Dieye, UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator, & Director UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa

  • 07 Mar 2014
    2014 International Women’s Day Statement by Helen Clark

    This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth. No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality. As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals nears, and as discussion on the next global development agenda intensifies, there is strong momentum for achieving development with equity, including by eradicating gender inequality and empowering women and girls.

  • 20 Feb 2014
    UN Secretary-General's Message for the World Day of Social Justice

    The gap between the poorest and the wealthiest around the world is wide and growing. This situation is not only between countries but within them, including many of the most prosperous. The World Day of Social Justice is observed to highlight the power of global solidarity to advance opportunity for all.

  • 06 Feb 2014
    Message on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

    As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I hold high the banner of empowering women and girls, promoting their health and defending their rights. The International Day of Zero-Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is an opportunity to confront this persistent problem – and to find hope in initiatives proving that it can end.

  • 20 Dec 2013
    UN Secretary-General's Message on Human Solidarity Day

    On this Human Solidarity Day, I urge people from all nations, faiths, cultures and traditions to work together in common cause to keep the promise made at the turn of the Millennium and leave a legacy of peace, prosperity and sustainable progress for generations to come.

  • 06 Dec 2013
    Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on the death of Nelson Mandela

    It was with great personal sadness that I learned of the passing of Nelson Mandela today.Nelson Mandela was an extraordinary man who represented for many around the world the ideals of freedom, peace, and justice.

  • 05 Dec 2013
    UN Secretary-General's Message on International Volunteer Day

    On International Volunteer Day (IVD) we recognize the contribution of volunteers to peace and development worldwide. Today, we are highlighting the millions of young volunteers around the world who are acting globally for social change.

  • 03 Dec 2013
    Un Secretary-General's Message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    More than 1 billion of us live with disabilities. We must remove all barriers that affect the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society, including through changing attitudes that fuel stigma and institutionalize discrimination.

  • 02 Dec 2013
    UN Secretary-General's Message on International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

    This year’s International Day for the Abolition of Slavery comes as the international community is intensifying efforts to eradicate poverty and forge a post-2015 development agenda. In pursuing these goals, it is vital that we give special consideration to ending modern-day slavery and servitude which affects the poorest, most socially excluded groups – including migrants, women, discriminated ethnic groups, minorities and indigenous peoples.

  • 01 Dec 2013
    UN Secretary General's message on World AIDS Day

    On this World AIDS Day, I am more optimistic than ever. Much of the world is accelerating progress in responding to HIV. There are significant decreases in new infections and deaths, and we are making significant progress in realizing our target of ensuring 15 million people have access to antiretroviral treatment by 2015. This is crucial to halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic for good.

  • 25 Nov 2013
    UN Secretary-General's Message on the International Day to End Violence Against Women

    Violence against women and girls directly affects individuals while harming our common humanity. In response to this global challenge, I launched my UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign in 2008. Since then, partners around the world have joined our drive to protect the human rights of women and girls to live free from violence.

  • 20 Nov 2013
    UN Secretary-General's Message on Africa Industrialisation Day

    On this year’s Africa Industrialization Day, we are highlighting the crucial role of job creation and entrepreneurship in eradicating poverty.