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UN Secretary-General message on the occasion of Africa Day

Accra, 24 May, 2014 – Africa is achieving admirable growth, but social and economic inequalities are on the increase. Greater equity presents a common challenge to the continent as a whole and can help foster peace and stability.” 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“…we must do more to unleash the full potential of Africa’s agricultural sector, which employs two out of every three Africans.”

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Gender equality & women empowerment: Among UN Secretary General’s top priorities

New York, March 10, 2014 – The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, says “gender equality and [women] empowerment” are among his “top priorities, and they are central to achieving the MDGs and the success of the post-2015 development agenda.
This is contained in his statement at the opening of the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York today, March 10, 2014.  Read the full remarks. 

International Day of Peace 2013: Education for Peace

Accra – This year’s International Day of Peace highlights Education for Peace because “education is vital for fostering global citizenship and building peaceful societies.” says the United Nations Secretary-Genera, Ban Ki-moon, in his message to mark the day.

For her part, the Director General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, in a message, said “Every child in the world should know their rights, and learn their own history and that of others, so as to be able to understand the equal dignity of cultures and draw lessons from the crimes and violence of the past. This vision is the key to tolerant citizenship in a globalized world.  It requires a widespread effort to train teachers and design suitable school curricula…”

UN Sec-Gen’s message for World Humanitarian Day 2013

Every year on August 19th, we mark World Humanitarian Day in honour of aid workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

We commemorate their sacrifice and reaffirm our commitment to the life-saving work that humanitarians carry out around the world, every day, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances where others cannot or do not want to go.

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