Official observances

Official observances

23 October 2020
SG/SM/20360

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

22 October 2020
SG/SM/20357

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the United Nations Day concert, in New York today:

19 October 2020
SG/SM/20349

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

15 October 2020
SG/SM/20343

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day of Rural Women, “Building Rural Women’s Resilience in the Wake of Covid-19”, observed today:

13 October 2020
SG/SM/20337

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

13 October 2020
SG/SM/20339

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Statistics Day, observed on 20 October:

13 October 2020
SG/SM/20338

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2020, observed on 17 October:

12 October 2020
SG/SM/20335

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message on the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, observed on 13 October:

9 October 2020
SG/SM/20325

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

9 October 2020
SG/SM/20326

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

9 October 2020
DSG/SM/1477

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohammed’s video message on the International Day of the Girl for the Girls Rights Townhall Event, today:

9 October 2020

The Nobel Committee has awarded this year’s Peace Prize to the United Nation World Food Programme (WFP).  The Secretary-General congratulates David Beasley, WFP’s Executive Director, as well as the agency’s entire staff.  The Programme is on the frontlines of food insecurity, serving the most vulnerable of the world.

9 October 2020
DSG/SM/1478

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohammed’s video message for World Mental Health Day, observed 10 October:

6 October 2020
SG/SM/20312

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for World Post Day, observed on 9 October:

6 October 2020
SG/SM/20313

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

5 October 2020
DSG/SM/1471

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohammed’s video message to mark World Teachers’ Day, observed on 5 October:

2 October 2020
SG/SM/20305

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the High‑Level Plenary Meeting to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, held today:

2 October 2020

The United Nations human rights office called today for urgent action to address the dire situation of migrants attempting to cross the central Mediterranean Sea in search of safety in Europe, and to tackle the shocking conditions they face in Libya, at sea, and frequently, upon their reception in Europe.

1 October 2020

Mayerlín Vergara Pérez from Colombia is the 2020 laureate of the Nansen Refugee Award, the UN refugee agency announced today.  The Caribbean Regional Coordinator for the Renacer Foundation has spent more than two decades helping the non-profit pursue eradication of sexual exploitation and abuse of children and adolescents.

29 September 2020
SG/SM/20291

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, observed today: