Egypt launches National Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Strategy, Res. Coordinator commemorates dayJun 29, 2015We know that FGM cannot be justified on the grounds of religion or culture, that it is a clear violation of human rights, has a devastating and lasting physical, health and psychological impact on women and girls, and is a barrier to progress and development. Globally some 125 million girls and women have undergone the procedure and up to 30 million girls under the age of 15 remain at risk. According to the 2014 Egypt Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), 92% of ever-married women age 15- 49 had been circumcised.
Helen Clark: Statement on International Women’s Day Mar 7, 2014This 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 DayJun 5, 2013We 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 ActionApr 4, 2013Eliminating 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 DayMar 22, 2013Water 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 BasinFeb 24, 2013On 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 JusticeFeb 20, 2013As 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 DayOct 24, 2012We 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.
Statement by UNDP Administrator on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2012Oct 17, 2012International Day for the Eradication of Poverty offers an opportunity for reflection on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Message of the UN Secretary General on the International Day for Disaster Risk ReductionOct 13, 2012This 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.