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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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Youth Envoy Visited Lehigh University

The United Nations Secretary General on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, visited Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, on the 12th of November, to join in their celebrations of a ten year successful partnership with the United Nations. The Lehigh University is the 6th university in the world to attain the United Nations Department of Public Information NGO Accreditation,

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A message from the Secretary-General on United Nations Day

The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises.  Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll.  Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven

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A Message from the United Nations on the International Day of the Girl Child

The 2014 theme of the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence. On this occasion, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has published a statement outlining his support for the empowerment of young women to prevent violence: "All over the world, an alarming number of

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Youth Envoy interview with UN Radio about the “Real shabab” of #Somalia

In Somalia the real "shabab", which means "youth" in Arabic, are the young people who are working to rebuild their country, not the Al Shabaab "radical extremist group". That's the view of Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth who recently visited Somalia to reaffirm the support of the United Nations to youth development

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UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth’s speech at launch of #HeForShe

Excellencies, Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, President Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN women, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, Mr. Kiefer Sutherland Ladies and gentlemen – I honestly have to say, this is one of the most exciting events I have attended—on a Saturday in the UN… I’m

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A message from the Secretary-General on the International Day of Peace

Today is the International Day of Peace. Each year, on this day, the United Nations calls for a global ceasefire. We ask combatants to put down their arms so all can breathe the air of peace. Armed conflict causes untold grief to families, communities and entire countries. Too many are suffering today at the brutal

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Youth a priority emphasized by UN Senior Officials in the Post-2015 High Level stocktaking meeting

‘Youth’ was a clear theme echoed by UN Senior officials at the High-level stocktaking event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda that took place 11 September 2014. Remarks by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, President of the General Assembly, Ambassador John W. Ashe, and President of the Economic and Social Council, Ambassador Martin Sajdik all emphasised the

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Press Release: SECRETARY-GENERAL’S YOUTH ENVOY URGES YOUNG PEOPLE’S INVOLVEMENT IN DEMOCRACY AS THEY ‘MAKE THEIR MARK’ ON POLITICAL PROCESS

15 September 2014 – New York - On the occasion of the upcoming International Day of Democracy themed: Engaging Young People on Democracy, on 15 September 2014, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, said, “Democracy today is being challenged and needs involvement of young people. In recent years, young people all over

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Secretary-General’s Message on International Day of Democracy 2014

15 September 2014 – As we observe this year’s International Day of Democracy, the world seems more turbulent than ever. In many regions and in many ways, the values of the United Nations, including some of the most fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the UN Charter, are being tested and challenged. Recent outbreaks of

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