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The Secretary-General's Message Calling for the Observance of the Olympic Truce for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games

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ban-ki-moonSochi, Russian Federation, 7-23 February and 7-16 March 2014 - On the eve of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, I join the International Olympic Committee in calling on all those engaged in armed hostilities around the world to lay down their weapons and observe the Olympic Truce.

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The Secretary-General's Message on the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

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ban-ki-moon27 January 2014  - Every year on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, we commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.  We recall the suffering of millions of innocent people, and highlight the perils of anti-Semitism and hatred of any kind.

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The Secretary-General's Message for the Year of Crystallography

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ban-ki-moon20 January 2014 - This year marks the centenary of the birth of modern crystallography.  We celebrate 100 years of ground-breaking advances. Crystallography is fundamental to understanding the structure of matter.

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The Secretary-General's Message on Human Solidarity Day

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ban-ki-moon20 December 2013 - At the dawn of this century, at the Millennium Summit, world leaders reaffirmed their commitment to peace and security, human rights and good governance.  They agreed on a set of time-bound targets, encapsulated in the Millennium Development Goals, to reducing extreme poverty, hunger, needless disease and other global social and environmental ills by 2015.  And they recognized that these objectives demand that we must all practice mutual respect and accept shared responsibility.  

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The Secretary-General's Message on International Migrants Day

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ban-ki-moon18 December 2013 - International migration is a powerful tool for reducing poverty and enhancing opportunity.  That is why there are now some 232 million international migrants bringing consistent benefits to countries of destination and origin through their essential labour and remittances.  Yet, this important population remains largely invisible and unheard in society.  Too many live and work in the worst conditions with the least access to basic services and fundamental rights, making them disproportionately vulnerable to extortion, violence, discrimination and marginalization.   

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The Secretary-General's Message on Human Rights Day

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ban-ki-moon10 December 2013 - Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the adoption by the General Assembly of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This year’s observance also marks 20 years since a bold step forward in the struggle to make rights a reality for all: the adoption by the World Conference on Human Rights of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.  Drawing on the participation of more than 800 non-governmental organizations, national institutions, treaty bodies and academics, Member States adopted a far-reaching vision and created the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – thereby realizing one of the international community’s long-held dreams.

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The Secretary-General's Message on the International Anti-Corruption Day

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ban-ki-moon9 December 2013 - Corruption suppresses economic growth by driving up costs, and undermines the sustainable management of the environment and natural resources.  It breaches fundamental human rights, exacerbates poverty and increases inequality by diverting funds from health care, education and other essential services.  The malignant effects of corruption are felt by billions of people everywhere.  It is driven by and results in criminal activity, malfunctioning state institutions and weak governance.  

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The Secretary-General's Message on the Death of Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela5 December 2013 -Nelson Mandela was a singular figure on the global stage -- a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement, a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration.  

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The Secretary-General's Message on International Volunteer Day

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ban-ki-moon5 December 2013 - On International Volunteer Day (IVD) we recognize the contribution of volunteers to peace and development worldwide. Today, we are highlighting the millions of young volunteers around the world who are acting globally for social change.

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