Official observances

Official observances

30 July 2021

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) say in a new report that conflict, coronavirus and the climate crisis are likely to increase hunger in 23 countries in the next four months.  Ethiopia and Madagascar are the world’s newest “highest alert” hunger hotspots, the report states.

30 July 2021
SG/SM/20840

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for International Youth Day, observed on 12 August:

26 July 2021
SG/SM/20837

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, “Victims’ Voices Lead the Way”, observed on 30 July:

21 July 2021
DSG/SM/1612

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, to the General Assembly on Nelson Mandela International Day:

17 July 2021
SG/SM/20831

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

16 July 2021
DC/3836

In commemoration of the International Day against Nuclear Tests and the thirtieth anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, the Office for Disarmament Affairs in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations has launched the #StepUp4Disarmament Youth Campaign.

16 July 2021
SG/SM/20828

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for Nelson Mandela International Day, observed on 18 July:

16 July 2021

The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon expressed deep regret over the inability of Lebanon’s leaders to reach agreement on the formation of a new Government that is urgently needed to address the country’s numerous challenges.

16 July 2021
SG/SM/20830

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Youth Skills Day, observed on 15 July:

11 July 2021
SG/SM/20822

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Population Day, observed on 11 July:

25 June 2021
SG/SM/20797

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, observed on 26 June:

25 June 2021
SG/SM/20796

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day of the Seafarer today:

25 June 2021

The Ministerial Forums for the High-Level Dialogue on Energy ended today, with commitments announced by India’s major power supplier, NTPC; Power Africa pledging to the electrification of more health centres; and Student Energy aiming to mobilize $150 million to train 35,000 young energy leaders in 100 countries.

23 June 2021

Some 1.47 million refugees will be in need of resettlement in 2021, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today.  The agency said that, despite the coronavirus pandemic, wars and conflict continue to rage across the world, displacing millions and barring many from returning home.

21 June 2021
SG/SM/20787

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for International Widows’ Day, observed on 23 June:

21 June 2021
SG/SM/20788

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for United Nations Public Service Day, observed on 23 June:

21 June 2021
DSG/SM/1604

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message for the International Day of Yoga today:

16 June 2021
SG/SM/20780

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, observed on 17 June:

16 June 2021

Hanaa Singer, Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka – alongside the United Nations Environment Programme and the European Union — facilitated the rapid deployment today of experts to help with marine litter and environmental impact assessment work related to the sinking of the 'MV X-Press Pearl' cargo ship.

15 June 2021
SG/SM/20776

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