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Speeches

  • THE SECRETARY-GENERAL -- MESSAGE ON UNITED NATIONS DAY Oct 24, 2016

    This year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations.

  • UNDP Administrator Helen Clark Statement on the Adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals Sep 26, 2015

    I welcome this momentous decision by Member States to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals which will guide development for the next fifteen years, offering a chance to meet the global citizenry's aspirations for a more peaceful and prosperous, and sustainable future.

  • Regional Workshop on Ammunition Management, Surveys and Clearance Sep 13, 2015

    In his message during the Tenth Anniversary of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated that “civilians and communities are exposed to an increasingly wide range of explosive hazards, from mines to cluster munitions, unsafe and unsecured weapons and ammunition, and improvised explosive devices.”

  • Helen Clark: Statement on International Women’s Day 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.

  • Statement by UN Secretary General on 2013 World Environment Day Jun 5, 2013

    We live in a world of plenty, where food production outstrips demand, yet 870 million people are undernourished and childhood stunting is a silent pandemic. To create the future we want, we must correct this inequity. We must ensure access to adequate nutrition for all, double the productivity of smallholder farmers who grow the bulk of food in the developing world, and make food systems sustainable in the face of environmental and economic shocks. This is the vision of my Zero Hunger Challenge, launched last year at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

  • Message of the UN Secretary General on the 2013 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action Apr 4, 2013

    Eliminating the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war is a crucially important endeavour that advances peace, enables development, supports nations in transition and saves lives.

  • Statement by UN Secretary General on 2013 World Water Day Mar 22, 2013

    Water holds the key to sustainable development. We need it for health, food security and economic progress. Yet, each year brings new pressures. One in three people already lives in a country with moderate to high water stress, and by 2030 nearly half the global population could be facing water scarcity, with demand outstripping supply by 40 per cent.

  • Opening Remarks of UN Resident Coordinator at the Workshop on Climate Change Impact in the Nile Basin Feb 24, 2013

    On behalf of the UN System in Egypt, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all in the workshop on sharing experiences on climate change impacts in the Nile Basin. In particular, I would like to welcome distinguished guests from Nile Basin Countries whose participation in the workshop demonstrates a long standing interest and commitment in cooperation among water experts and officials in the basin.

  • Message of the UN Secretary General for the World Day of Social Justice Feb 20, 2013

    As we mark World Day of Social Justice, we see far too many places where there are increasing opportunities for a few and only rising inequality for the many. Growing inequality undermines the international community’s progress in lifting millions out of poverty and building a more just world.

  • Message of the UN Secretary General on 2012 United Nations Day Oct 24, 2012

    We are living through a period of profound turmoil, transition and transformation. Insecurity, inequality and intolerance are spreading. Global and national institutions are being put to the test. With so much at stake, the United Nations must keep pace across the spectrum of its activities – peace, development, human rights, the rule of law, the empowerment of the world’s women and youth.