Official observances

Official observances

21 October 2021

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new crisis response initiative in Afghanistan, known as ABADEI, as part of efforts to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.  Among other things, it provides grants to small businesses, cash-for-work projects and support to marginalized individuals.

21 October 2021
SG/SM/20983

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Cities Day, observed on 31 October:

19 October 2021
SG/SM/20979

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for United Nations Day, observed on 24 October:

15 October 2021
DSG/SM/1652

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina J. Mohammed’s video message to the World Food Day 2021 observance, in New York today:

14 October 2021
SG/SM/20974

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, observed on 17 October:

13 October 2021

United Nations humanitarian personnel in Yemen report escalating clashes in recent weeks, with more than 10,000 people displaced in Marib Governorate in September.  They warned of devastating impacts on civilians and expressed particular concern over the situation in Al Abdiyah district, home to an estimated 35,000 people.

12 October 2021
SG/SM/20966

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for World Food Day, observed on 16 October:

8 October 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) released the latest edition of its Mental Health Atlas, which cites a worldwide failure to provide people with the services they need.  It comes as the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts continue to spotlight a growing need for mental health support in countries across the globe.

7 October 2021
SG/SM/20955

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of the Girl Child, observed on 11 October:

4 October 2021
SG/SM/20951

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Health Day, observed on 10 October:

1 October 2021
SG/SM/20945

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Non-Violence, observed on 2 October:

1 October 2021
SG/SM/20946

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Habitat Day, observed on 4 October:

1 October 2021

The United Nations team and its partners in Haiti are responding to the needs of some 500,000 people affected by the August earthquake.  Despite constraints, 13 emergency medical teams have been established, over 35 metric tons of supplies have been deployed and $330,000 in emergency cash has been transferred.

30 September 2021
SG/SM/20939

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Maritime Day, observed today:

28 September 2021
SG/SM/20935

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the high‑level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, held today:

24 September 2021
SG/SM/20931

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Older Persons, observed on 1 October:

21 September 2021
SG/SM/20921

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Peace for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, observed on 26 September:

21 September 2021
SG/SM/20919

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Peace, observed today:

17 September 2021
SG/SM/20910

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message to the virtual observance of the International Day of Peace, observed on 21 September:

17 September 2021
SG/SM/20909

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for International Equal Pay Day, observed on 18 September: