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Message on the International Day of Democracy E-mail

 

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  Message on the International Day of Democracy

15 September 2014

As we observe this year’s International Day of Democracy, the world seems more turbulent than ever. In many regions and in many ways, the values of the United Nations, including some of the most fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the UN Charter, are being tested and challenged..

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Secretary-General's Message on the United Nations Day of South-South Cooperation E-mail

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   Message on the United Nations Day of South-South Cooperation

 

12 September 2014

 

This year’s United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation comes as the international community is transitioning to a post-2015 development agenda centred on shared prosperity and environmental sustainability.

Despite remarkable advances in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, progress across the South has been uneven. Extreme poverty, rampant inequality, malnutrition and vulnerability to climate and weather-related shocks persist.

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Secretary-General's Remarks to Security Council Open Debate on Conflict Prevention E-mail

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  Remarks to Security Council Open Debate on Conflict Prevention

 

New York, 21 August 2014

 

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I thank the Presidency of the United Kingdom for convening this important debate.

Before I begin, allow me to pay tribute to an outstanding United Nations leader who joins us for the last time as High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mme. Navi Pillay.  I, as Secretary-General, and I believe that these Council members have benefitted from her honest views and unvarnished reports on the terrible human rights abuses we confront in our world.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the Security Council debate on conflict prevention on 21 August 2014 (UN Photo/Loey Felipe)
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Secretary-General's remarks at event marking World Humanitarian Day E-mail

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  Remarks at Event Marking World Humanitarian Day

 

New York, 19 August 2014

 

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Eleven years ago today, a massive truck bomb tore through United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. The blast killed 22 people, including Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello.

The Canal Hotel attack violated every principle of humanity and solidarity on which this Organization is founded.

On World Humanitarian Day, we remember Sergio Vieira de Mello and all humanitarian aid workers who have paid 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at a special event to commemorate World Humanitarian Day on 19 August 2014. (UN Photo/Mark Garten)

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The Secretary-General's Message on the 500-Day Mark to the Conclusion of the MDGs E-mail

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  Message on the 500-Day Mark to the Conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals

"500 Days of Action to Build a Better World"

 

18 August 2014

 

There are many fires raging around the world today -- political turmoil, bloodshed, public health emergencies and human rights abuses. But there also burns a flame of hope – encouraging progress in the global drive to improve the lives of the world’s poorest through the Millennium Development Goals.

Adopted by world leaders in the year 2000, the MDGs are an ambitious 15-year roadmap to fight poverty, hunger and disease, protect the environment and expand education, basic health and women’s empowerment.

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