Human rights

Human rights

6 December 2019
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United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Nada al‑Nashif of Jordan as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.  She will succeed Kate Gilmore of Australia to whom the Secretary‑General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights are deeply grateful for her dedicated service to the United Nations human rights programme during the past four years.

6 December 2019
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United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Ilze Brands Kehris of Latvia as Assistant Secretary‑General for Human Rights and Head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York.  She will succeed Andrew Gilmour of the United Kingdom to whom the Secretary‑General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights are deeply grateful for his long‑standing contribution to the work of the Organization.

3 December 2019
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Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for Human Rights Day with the theme:  “Youth standing up for human rights”, observed on 10 December:

25 November 2019
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Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message to the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, in Geneva today:

25 November 2019
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Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed on 3 December:

30 October 2019
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Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks at the event to commemorate 10 years since the establishment of the Office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in New York today:

1 October 2019
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Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Non‑Violence, observed on 2 October:

25 September 2019
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Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at an event on the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in New York today:

24 September 2019
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Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message to the United Nations Core Group meeting on “Ending Hate Speech against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender People in Social and Traditional Media — Freedom of Speech vs. License to Hate”, in New York today:

24 September 2019
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Following are UN Deputy Secretary–General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Every Woman, Every Child high-level event and reception “Delivering together for the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents to advance universal health coverage”, in New York today:

13 September 2019
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Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Sign Languages, observed on 23 September:

9 August 2019
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Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed’s remarks on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, in New York today:

8 August 2019
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Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, observed on 9 August:

30 July 2019
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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

23 July 2019
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Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, observed on 30 July:

15 July 2019
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Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Economic and Social Council side event “What is Democracy?  Stepping up Engagement around Goal 16”, in New York today:

11 June 2019
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Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ opening remarks to the twelfth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in New York today:

3 May 2019
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The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues concluded its eighteenth session this afternoon, approving several recommendations which reflected this year’s central theme, Indigenous Peoples’ Traditional Knowledge:  Generation, transmission and protection.

1 May 2019
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Despite scattered gains in land, language and legal rights, a glaring lack of political will around the world is inhibiting fundamental change on the ground in thousands of communities in every region, delegates told the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today as it continued its work.

26 April 2019
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The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today heard myriad challenges these communities face in pursuing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as calls for indigenous peoples’ inclusion at the highest level of decision-making by granting them Observer Status in the General Assembly.