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The Secretary-General’s message on World Water Day

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22 March 2015 - This year, as the UN prepares to adopt a new post-2015 sustainable development agenda in September, World Water Day highlights the essential and interconnected role of water.  We rely on water for public health and equitable progress, it is essential for food and energy security, and it underpins the functioning of industries.

The onset of climate change, growing demand on finite water resources from agriculture, industry and cities, and increasing pollution in many areas are hastening a water crisis that can only be addressed by cross-sectoral, holistic planning and policies – internationally, regionally and globally.

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The Secretary-General’s message on International Day of Forests

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21 March 2015 - The International Day of Forests is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees outside forests.  Some 1.6 billion people -- including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures -- depend on forests for food, fuel, shelter and income.  Three quarters of freshwater comes from forested catchments.  Forests prevent landslides and erosion and – in the case of mangrove forests -- reduce loss of life and damage caused by tsunamis.

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The Secretary-General’s message on International Day of Happiness

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20 March 2015 - I wish everyone around the world a very happy International Day of Happiness!

The pursuit of happiness is serious business.

Happiness for the entire human family is one of the main goals of the United Nations.

Peace, prosperity, lives of dignity for all – this is what we seek.

We want all men, women and children to enjoy all their human rights.

We want all countries to know the pleasure of peace.

We want people and planet alike to be blessed with sustainable development, and to be spared the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

Let us give thanks for what makes us happy.

And let us dedicate our efforts to filling our world with happiness.

Thank you.

The Secretary-General message for International Women's day

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New York, 8 March 2015 - Twenty years ago, when the world convened a landmark conference on women's human rights, the devastating conflict in the former Yugoslavia prompted deserved attention to rape and other war crimes there against civilians. Two decades later, with girls as young as seven not only targeted but used as weapons by violent extremists, it would be easy to lose heart about the value of international gatherings. But while we have a long way to go to achieve full equality – with ending gender-based violence a central goal – progress over the past two decades has proven the enduring value of the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women.

Since the adoption of its Declaration and Platform for Action, more girls have attained more access to more education than ever before. The number of women dying in childbirth has been almost halved. More women are leading businesses, governments and global organizations. I welcome these advances. At the same time, on this International Women's Day, we must acknowledge that the gains have been too slow and uneven, and that we must do far more to accelerate progress everywhere.

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The Secretary-General’s message on World Radio Day

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13 February 2015 - On World Radio Day, we celebrate a medium that captures the imagination and brings people together.  

This year United Nations Radio, along with the United Nations, celebrates its 70th anniversary. Every year, United Nations Radio broadcasts over 1,200 documentaries, news items and editorials over the airwaves.

This year’s observance of World Radio Day highlights the importance of radio to the world’s 1.8 billion young women and men.  

Radio matters for youth across the world.

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The Secretary-General’s message on International Human Solidarity Day

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20 December 2014 - This year’s observance of International Human Solidarity Day comes as the world shapes a new sustainable development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals, the largest anti-poverty campaign in history, by 2015.

Member States, the United Nations system, experts, representatives of civil society, business executives and millions of individuals from all corners of the globe, have come together with a shared sense of purpose to make the most of this once-in-a-generation opportunity.

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The Secretary-General’s message on International Migrants Day

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18 December 2014 - On International Migrants Day, we call for the fulfilment and protection of the human rights of the world’s 232 million migrants.

Far too many migrants live and work in precarious and unjust conditions.  Many risk their lives at sea, attempting to seek sanctuary. They and their children are extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Many are deprived of their liberty, rather than met with empathy and necessary protection.  Persistent discrimination against migrants generates sharp inequalities, threatens the social fabric and, all too often, leads to violent and deadly attacks.

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The Secretary-General’s message on Human Rights Day

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10 December 2014 - On Human Rights Day we speak out.

We denounce authorities who deny the rights of any person or group.

We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation.  

This is a matter of individual justice, social stability and global progress.

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The Secretary-General’s message on International Anti-Corruption day

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9 December 2014 - Corruption is a global phenomenon that strikes hardest at the poor, hinders inclusive economic growth and robs essential services of badly needed funds. From cradle to grave, millions are touched by corruption's shadow.

On this year's observance of the International Anti-Corruption Day, we call again on people everywhere to get involved in "Breaking the Corruption Chain".

Next year the world will agree a new post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Our aim is to empower individuals and catalyse governments, the private sector and civil society to help lift millions out of poverty, protect the planet and achieve shared prosperity and dignity for all. Eliminating corruption and its harmful impacts will be crucial to our future well-being.

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