• 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.


    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.


    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.

  • Welcome remarks by Ms. Christine Evans-Klock, UN Resident Coordinator during the Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on Making Cities Resilient in Ghana Jul 15, 2016

    I am very glad to be here and to welcome you to this event, which has been organized by the UN Development Program in collaboration with NADMO and other institutions present here today.

  • The Secretary-General’s Message for International Widows' Day Jun 23, 2016

    There are some 259 million widows around the world, and nearly half are living in poverty. Widows are often stigmatized by their families and communities.

  • Helen Clark: Statement for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Jun 15, 2016

    With most of the discussion about gender-based violence focused on women and girls of reproductive age, the particular vulnerability to gender-based violence of older women is often overlooked. This year, however, as work begins towards implementing Agenda 2030 and its commitment to “leave no one behind", the international community has a powerful opportunity to recognize and address the multiple forms of violence affecting older women.

  • Secretary-General's Message for the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace Jun 13, 2016

    Every year on the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls on the peoples of the world to remember their common humanity and join together to build a future free of strife. It calls on all of us to observe a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, and to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day. This year’s theme – the Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace – highlights how ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring broadly shared prosperity all contribute to global harmony.

  • The Secretary -General's Message on World Environment Day Jun 5, 2016

    There is grave cause for alarm. Elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory, rhinos for their horns, and pangolins for their scales. From sea turtles to tigers to rosewood, thousands of species of wild animals and plants are being driven ever closer to extinction. The businesses and individuals involved are motivated solely by short-term gain at the expense of long-term benefit to communities and habitats.