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  • 2014 International Women’s Day Statement by Helen Clark Mar 7, 2014

    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.

  • Message on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation Feb 6, 2014

    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.

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

    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.

  • Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on the death of Nelson Mandela Dec 6, 2013

    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.

  • UN Secretary-General's Message on International Volunteer Day Dec 5, 2013

    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.

  • Un Secretary-General's Message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Dec 3, 2013

    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.

  • UN Secretary-General's Message on International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Dec 2, 2013

    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.

  • UN Secretary General's message on World AIDS Day Dec 1, 2013

    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.

  • MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Nov 25, 2013

    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.

  • MESSAGE ON AFRICA INDUSTRIALIZATION DAY Nov 20, 2013

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

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