Secretary-General's message for the 20th commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide
New York, 7 April 2014
This year marks 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda. Around the world, people are coming together to “Remember, Unite, Renew”.
We will always remember the more than 800,000 innocent people so brutally murdered –
as we pay tribute to the bravery and resilience of the survivors.
We draw inspiration from the ability of the Rwandan people to unite and show that reconciliation is possible even after a monumental tragedy.
And we pay tribute to their determination to renew their country and pave the way
to a secure and prosperous future.
I am honoured to be invited to take part in the commemoration and will be in Rwanda
to mark this solemn moment with the people of the country.
I will encourage the people and Government of Rwanda to continue promoting the inclusive spirit needed for healing and reconciliation, and to deepen respect for human rights.
This will set the country firmly on course for a peaceful future and benefit the wider Great Lakes region, which continues to cope with the impact of the genocide.
Together, let us commit to remember, unite and renew for the people of Rwanda and for our actions to prevent genocide around the world.
Statements on 7 April 2014
- New York, 7 April 2014 - Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Syria
- New York, 7 April 2014 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the killing of two United Nations workers in Somalia
- Kigali, Rwanda, 7 April 2014 - Secretary-General's remarks at ceremony honouring UN staff victims of Rwanda Genocide [as prepared for delivery]
- New York, 7 April 2014 - Secretary-General's message on World Health Day
- Kigali, Rwanda, 7 April 2014 - Remarks at the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide (in English and French)