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The Secretary-General’s Message on World No Tobacco Day

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31 May 2015 - On this World No Tobacco Day, I call for boosting the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to eradicate the illicit trade in cheaper tobacco products which tend to lure younger and poorer groups into addiction while depleting the ability of States to charge taxes that could support health services. By striking at the criminal gangs and tobacco companies that engage in this reprehensible trade, we will advance public health and sustainable development.

The Secretary-General’s Message for the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

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29 May 2015 - This year’s International Day of UN Peacekeepers falls during the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, offering a chance to honour the invaluable contribution of the Blue Helmets to the proud history of the Organization.  United Nations peacekeeping has given life to the UN Charter’s aim “to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security”. Through years of struggle and sacrifice, the iconic Blue Helmet has earned its place as a symbol of hope to millions of people living in war-ravaged lands.

UN peacekeeping fosters burden sharing that spreads risks and opportunities across countries large and small, and from both the developed and developing worlds. I applaud the more than 107,000 uniformed peacekeepers from 122 troop- and police- contributing countries now serving in 16 missions.

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The Secretary-General’s press remarks at the Official Inauguration of the Green One UN House Ha Noi, 23 May 2015

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ban-ki-moonXin chào. 

I am delighted to be back in Viet Nam. I had excellent meetings with President [Truong Tan] Sang as well as the Prime Minister [Nguyen Tan Dung] and the General Secretary of the Communist Party [Nguyen Phu Trong].

I really appreciate their hospitality. More than that, I welcome their commitment.

We reviewed many important issues, including the need to address climate change, which is affecting Viet Nam.

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The Secretary-General’s Message on the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

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17 May 2015 - This year the International Telecommunication Union celebrates its 150th anniversary.

ITU has earned its global reputation for resilience and relevance. I applaud the agency’s many contributions as the oldest member in the United Nations system.

Telecommunications – as well as information and communications technology – drive innovation. The digital revolution has transformed our world. We communicate more easily than ever before. But we need to be more than connected – we need to be united.

That is why the United Nations is mobilizing the world to forge a bold, new agenda for sustainable development.

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The Secretary-General’s Message on International Day of Families

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15 May 2015 - The theme of this year’s International Day of Families – “Men in Charge?” – highlights the importance of gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families.

Around the world, more women are becoming recognized as the equal partners and decision-makers in families that they should be, thus helping to ensure a conducive environment for the full and harmonious development of children.

Yet in too many countries, discrimination against women and disregard for children’s rights remain built into family laws and Government policies, and prevailing social norms often condone and justify many discriminatory practices.  

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World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2015

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urlMessage from Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2015

Let Journalism Thrive!

This is the theme of World Press Freedom Day this year.

In 2015, States are accelerating to reach the Millennium Development Goals and shaping a new global sustainable development agenda. Freedom of expression and press freedom are essential to success at every level.

For peace to be lasting and development to be sustainable, human rights must be respected. Everyone must be free to seek, receive and impart knowledge and information on all media, online and offline. Quality journalism enables citizens to make informed decisions about their society's development. It also works to expose injustice, corruption, and the abuse of power.

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World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2015

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Message from Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2015 

urlLet Journalism Thrive!

This is the theme of World Press Freedom Day this year.
In 2015, States are accelerating to reach the Millennium Development Goals and shaping a new global sustainable development agenda. Freedom of expression and press freedom are essential to success at every level.

For peace to be lasting and development to be sustainable, human rights must be respected. Everyone must be free to seek, receive and impart knowledge and information on all media, online and offline. Quality journalism enables citizens to make informed decisions about their society’s development. It also works to expose injustice, corruption, and the abuse of power.

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Statement by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Nepal earthquake

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Displaced families gather in an open field following the earthquake in Nepal. (C)UNICEF Nepal/2015/Rupa JoshiDisplaced families gather in an open field following the earthquake in Nepal. (C)UNICEF Nepal/2015/Rupa JoshiNew York, 25 April 2015 - Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal and neighbouring countries today in the aftermath of the earthquake that has struck the Kathmandu Valley.

The reports of the devastation are still coming in and the numbers of people killed, injured and affected by this earthquake continue to rise. It is clear that very many lives have been lost. There has also been significant damage to Nepal's irreplaceable cultural heritage.

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