Official observances

Official observances

7 April 2021

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that shelling yesterday damaged a power line near a main lift pumping station of the South Donbas Waterway in eastern Ukraine.  It interrupted safe water supply for 1.1 million people in 50 nearby settlements on both sides of the “contact line”.

5 April 2021
SG/SM/20672

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Health Day, observed on 7 April:

5 April 2021
SG/SM/20673

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, observed on 6 April:

31 March 2021
SG/SM/20667

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, observed on 4 April:

31 March 2021
SG/SM/20668

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, observed on 7 April:

26 March 2021
SG/SM/20654

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Autism Awareness Day, observed on 2 April:

25 March 2021

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, today released $14 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to provide shelter and emergency services to over 45,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh displaced by a devastating fire which destroyed critical infrastructure in Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar.

25 March 2021
GA/12317

Delegates urged a reckoning today with how the past injustices of the transatlantic slave trade perpetuate present racial discrimination and inequality around the world, as the General Assembly held a meeting to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

25 March 2021
DSG/SM/1562

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to “Still We Rise”, the cultural event to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, held today:

Dear friends, ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to join you as we mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

25 March 2021
SG/SM/20653

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the General Assembly meeting marking the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, today:

24 March 2021
SG/SM/20650

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, today:

24 March 2021
SG/SM/20651

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members, observed on 25 March:

22 March 2021

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has received its first shipment of more than 130,000 doses from the global COVAX Facility — the first batch of a total of 480,000 doses to arrive in the country this year to vaccinate approximately 20 per cent of the population.

22 March 2021
SG/SM/20642

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the virtual meeting on the occasion of the International Day of Nowruz, held today:

19 March 2021
SG/SM/20635

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Forests, observed on 21 March:

19 March 2021
SG/SM/20636

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Meteorological Day, observed on 23 March:

19 March 2021
SG/SM/20634

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Nowruz, observed on 20 March:

19 March 2021
SG/SM/20637

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres remarks to the General Assembly’s observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, today:

19 March 2021
SG/SM/20640

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Water Day, observed on 22 March:

19 March 2021

More than 3 billion people globally are at risk of disease because the quality of their rivers, lakes and groundwater is unknown due to a lack of data, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.  UNEP’s survey of over 75,000 bodies of water in 89 countries found more than 40 per cent severely polluted.