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  • 10 Mar 2015
    Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity, Picture it

    Your Excellency – Ambassador Mervat Tallawy, President of the National Council for Women, My colleague Ziad Shiekh, UN Women Egypt Country Director and interim, UN Colleagues, Development Partners, distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to welcome you on behalf of the UN family in Egypt to this important event celebrating International Women’s Day.

  • 09 Dec 2014
    Celebration of Anti-Corruption Day

  • 07 Mar 2014
    Helen Clark: Statement on International Women’s Day

    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.

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

    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.

  • 03 May 2013
    Statement by Secretary General on 2013 World Press Freedom Day

    Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a cornerstone of good governance, sustainable development, and lasting peace and security.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

  • 17 Oct 2012
    Statement by UNDP Administrator on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2012

    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty offers an opportunity for reflection on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 13 Oct 2012
    Message of the UN Secretary General on the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

    This year’s observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction seeks to highlight the need for women and girls to be at the forefront of reducing risk and managing the world’s response to natural hazards.

  • 24 Sep 2012
    Remarks by UNDP Administrator at High-level Meeting on Sustainable Energy for All

    I am pleased to address this high-level event on Sustainable Energy for All -an initiative in which I have been pleased to participate in over the past year.

  • 15 Sep 2012
    Message of the UN Secretary General on the 2012 International Day of Democracy

    Today we look back on yet another year of remarkable events in the story of democracy -- a story that continues to be written by people who yearn for dignity and human rights, for an end to corruption, for a say in their future, for jobs, justice and a fair share of political power.

  • 12 Sep 2012
    Message of the UNDP Administrator on the UN Day of South-South Cooperation

    The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation offers an opportunity to celebrate the many achievements of the South and to encourage continued support and engagement by the entire development community with South-South cooperation.

  • 12 Aug 2012
    Statement by UN Secretary General on 2012 International Youth Day

    Today’s generation of youth -- the largest the world has ever known, and the vast majority of whom live in developing countries -- has unprecedented potential to advance the well-being of the entire human family. Yet too many young people, including those who are highly educated, suffer from low-wage, dead-end work and record levels of unemployment.

  • 05 Jun 2012
    Statement by UN Secretary General on 2012 World Environment Day

    As the world gears up for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), World Environment Day is an opportunity to highlight the need for a paradigm shift towards a more sustainable world. This year’s theme, “Green Economy: Does it include you?”, underscores the need for everyone to play their part in keeping humankind's ecological footprint within planetary boundaries.

  • 22 Apr 2012
    Statement by UN Secretary General on 2012 International Mother Earth Day

    The annual observance of International Mother Earth Day honours our one and only planet and the place of human beings in it. It is also meant as a call to action against human disregard for nature’s life-supporting resources and ecosystems.

  • 11 Apr 2012
    Closing Remarks of the UNDP Resident Representative at the Sub-Regional Forum on “Principles for Independent and Sustainable Electoral Management”

    It is a real pleasure for me to close this Sub-Regional Forum on Principles for Independent and Sustainable Electoral Management, jointly organized by UNDP and IFES. It is great to see the excellent cooperation between UNDP and IFES for the organization of this meeting.

  • 04 Apr 2012
    Message of UN Secretary General on the 2012 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance on Mine Action

    United Nations mine action programmes make an invaluable contribution to post-conflict recovery, humanitarian relief efforts, peace operations and development initiatives. They prevent landmines and other explosive ordnance from causing further indiscriminate harm long after conflicts have ended, and help to transform danger zones into productive land. Mine action sets communities on course toward lasting stability.

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