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  • 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.

  • the-secretary-general-s-message-on-world-aids-day Dec 1, 2016

    The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030. Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother-to-child transmission is now available to more than 75 percent of those in need.

  • the-secretary-general-s-message-for-the-international-day-to-end-violence-against-women-and-girls Nov 23, 2016

    Violence against women and girls imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. When women cannot work as a result of violence, their employment may be put at risk, jeopardizing much-needed income, autonomy and their ability to leave abusive relationships. Violence against women also results in lost productivity for businesses, and drains resources from social services, the justice system and health-care agencies. Domestic and intimate partner violence remains widespread, compounded by impunity for those crimes. The net result is enormous suffering as well as the exclusion of women from playing their full and rightful roles in society.

  • THE SECRETARY-GENERAL'S -- MESSAGE ON AFRICA INDUSTRIALIZATION DAY Nov 20, 2016

    Accelerating industrialization and expanding productive capacity and value addition is critical to sustaining Africa’s economic growth. That is why the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has a dedicated goal – SDG 9 – on industry, innovation and infrastructure with a focus on sustainability and resilience. Research shows that not only are manufacturing and industry important job creators, they also have a positive multiplier effect. Every job in manufacturing is estimated to create at least two more jobs in other sectors.

  • The Secretary - General's Message on the International day for the Eradication of Poverty Oct 17, 2016

    Today, some 1 billion people live in extreme poverty and more than 800 million endure hunger and malnutrition. But poverty is not simply measured by inadequate income. It is manifested in restricted access to health, education and other essential services and, too often, by the denial or abuse of other fundamental human rights.