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  • 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.

  • THE SECRETARY-GENERAL -- MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION Oct 13, 2016

    Today, hundreds of millions of people live at risk from rising seas, earthquakes, drought, heatwaves, floods and storms. They live on marginal lands, beneath unstable hillsides or on storm-exposed coastlines. This is why eradicating extreme poverty -- the first of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, is essential to reducing disaster risk.

  • UN Secretary-General's Message on the International Day of Peace Sep 19, 2016

    Every year on the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls on warring parties to lay down their arms and observe a 24-hour global ceasefire. The symbolism of a day without fighting is a crucial reminder that conflict can and must come to an end.

  • UNDP Associate Administrator's Statement at UNDP's 50th Anniversary Commemoration Aug 17, 2016

    My heartfelt thanks to the Government of Ghana for organizing this event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of UNDP. We celebrated UNDP’s 50th Anniversary with a Ministerial Meeting in New York, earlier this year. About 85 Ministers came, 160 countries were represented. It was truly a celebration of five decades of partnership between UNDP and governments all around the world. Her Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana came.

  • MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY Aug 11, 2016

    The world’s young people – who make up the largest generation of youth in history – can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on course to a more sustainable future. Young people are directly affected by the tragic contradictions that prevail today: between abject poverty and ostentatious wealth, gnawing hunger and shameful food waste, rich natural resources and polluting industries. Youth can deliver solutions on these issues, which lie at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.