Official observances

Official observances

20 January 2021
SG/SM/20544

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Education, observed on 24 January:

6 January 2021

More than 100 people were killed and over 25 others injured following the 2 January attacks in Niger’s Tillaberi Region, according to local authorities.  A United Nations inter-agency assessment mission arrived in the town of Ouallam yesterday, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs confirmed.

4 January 2021

Despite slightly improved humanitarian access into some areas of Tigray, the region remains critically challenged by the prevailing insecurity and bureaucratic constraints, United Nations humanitarian officials in Ethiopia report.  Health facilities in major cities are working with limited supplies and without staff.

24 December 2020
SG/SM/20513

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, observed on 27 December:

24 December 2020

The World Food Programme today raised extreme concern that escalating violence and displacement in north Mozambique has led to more than 900,000 people facing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity.  Plans are in place to reach 750,000 in the area, but $117 million is needed over the next year to meet needs.

18 December 2020

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports it is providing supplies such as mosquito nets, solar lamps, and blankets for 36,000 people in Somalia’s Puntland region who have been affected by Cyclone Gati, the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the country, which made landfall in November.

17 December 2020
SG/SM/20507

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for International Migrants Day, observed on 18 December:

15 December 2020
SG/SM/20505

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message on the launch of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021, today:

9 December 2020
SG/SM/20484

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message on the Human Rights Day 2020 theme “Recover Better:  Stand Up for Human Rights”, observed on 10 December:

9 December 2020
SG/SM/20488

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks, as delivered, on the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide, observed today:

8 December 2020
SG/SM/20482

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message on the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, observed 9 December:

4 December 2020
SG/SM/20475

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on International Universal Health Coverage Day, observed on 12 December:

1 December 2020
SG/SM/20460

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2020 Virtual Meeting, held today:

1 December 2020
SG/SM/20462

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed on 3 December:

1 December 2020
SG/SM/20464

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message on the International Day Civil Aviation Day, today:

1 December 2020
SG/SM/20463

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on International Volunteer Day, observed on 5 December:

1 December 2020
SG/SM/20461

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, today:

30 November 2020

In Mali, camps shared by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and France’s Force Barkhane, located in Menaka and Kidal, came under indirect mortar attack on 30 November, following an earlier attack on the Barkhane Forces in Gao.  There are no reports of casualties.

27 November 2020
SG/SM/20453

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the Remembrance Day for All Victims of Chemical Warfare, observed on 30 November:

25 November 2020
SG/SM/20451

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, observed today: