Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the General Assembly on taking the oath of office

New York, USA, 12 December 2016 Thank you very much for all your kind words. I am deeply honoured by the trust and confidence Member States have placed in me, and determined to be guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter. First of all, I would like to pay tribute to Secretary-General Ban

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Message of the UN Secretary-General on International Youth Day 2016

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 12 August 2016 The world’s young people – who make up the largest generation of youth in history – can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on course to a more sustainable future. Young people are directly affected by

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Secretary General Ban Ki Moon spotlights the role of United States youth in UN’s success

The United States and its young people, in particular, are essential to the success of the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said last week in his remarks to the UN Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) Members Day gathering at Headquarters. “I am asking you, particularly young people, to have a

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On Social Justice Day, UN highlights human trafficking, 21 Million People Are ‘Modern Slaves’

The United Nations Secretary-General said today that the World Day for Social Justice comes at a pivotal moment for people and the planet, adding that this year's commemoration focuses on the scourge of human trafficking and the plight of approximately 21 million women, men and children in various forms of modern slavery. “New instruments such

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The Secretary-General’s Message on International Volunteer Day

An ambulance rushes a wounded child to a hospital. A hungry family receives a warm meal. A battered woman finds free shelter. In scenes of human suffering around the world, hope comes thanks to volunteers who give their time, skills and resources to others in need. International Volunteer Day is a chance to thank the

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United Nations Secretary-General says Young People are Key to Success Post-2015 Agenda

Today the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, informally presented an advance unedited version of his synthesis report on the Post-2015 Agenda. The report provides a rallying call to governments to aim high with the new global development goals. It makes it clear that business as usual is not an option, and puts emphasis on the

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to join International Youth Day

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be joining this year’s International Youth Day to address stigma and discrimination in youth with mental health conditions. Youth with mental health conditions are often subject to stigma and discrimination, largely due to an overall lack of awareness and understanding of mental health conditions. The stigma surrounding mental health issues

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Youth speaking out about the future they want during UN High-level political forum on sustainable development

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