Official observances

Official observances

22 May 2019
SG/SM/19589-OBV/1884

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for Africa Day, observed on 25 May:

21 May 2019
SG/SM/19588-ENV/DEV/1954-OBV/1882

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, observed on 22 May:

21 May 2019
OBV/1883-PKO/788

As New York Headquarters observes the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Friday, 24 May, Secretary-General António Guterres will lay a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeepers and preside over a ceremony for the posthumous award of the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal to 119 military, police and civilian personnel who have paid the ultimate price while serving in peacekeeping operations in 2018 and early 2019.

20 May 2019
DSG/SM/1282-OBV/1881

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks for World Bee Day, observed today:

16 May 2019
SG/SM/19583-OBV/1880-PI/2261

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, observed on 17 May:

7 May 2019
SG/SM/19568-OBV/1879

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the Day of Vesak, observed on 17 May:

30 April 2019
SG/SM/19560-OBV/1878-POP/1085

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):

25 April 2019
GA/12141

While the world needs multilateralism more than ever to address increasingly complex challenges, its institutions — including the United Nations — must embrace reforms in order to be effective and relevant, speakers said today as the General Assembly concluded its inaugural high-level plenary meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace.

25 April 2019
SG/SM/19555-OBV/1877-PI/2255

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Press Freedom Day, observed on 3 May:

24 April 2019
GA/12140

Warning against unilateral moves, speakers called for reinvigorated multilateral responses to the contemporary challenges facing the international community, including climate change, geopolitical tensions, terrorism, poverty and inequalities, as the General Assembly today held a commemorative meeting observing the United Nations International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace.

23 April 2019
SG/SM/19552-OBV/1876

Following in UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, observed on 24 April:

22 April 2019
GA/12138

Thanks to their education, millennials are much more attuned to environmental issues and can play a crucial role in creating a sustainable future, India’s representative said today as the 193‑nation General Assembly commemorated International Mother Earth Day.

4 April 2019
SG/SM/19534-OBV/1875

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

3 April 2019
DSG/SM/1268-DEV/3395-OBV/1874

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace event, in New York today:

29 March 2019
SG/SM/19523-OBV/1873

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, observed on 7 April:

28 March 2019
SG/SM/19516-DC/3798-OBV/1872

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

27 March 2019
SG/SM/19515-OBV/1871

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

25 March 2019
SG/SM/19511-OBV/1869-ORG/1689

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

25 March 2019
SG/SM/19513-GA/12129-OBV/1870

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the special meeting of the General Assembly in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in New York today:

25 March 2019
SG/SM/19514-GA/12130-HR/5429

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the General Assembly commemorative meeting for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, in New York today: