UN Secretary-General: Message for the International Day of Peace, 21 September

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (Photo - web)

The International Day of Peace is devoted to urging warring parties everywhere to lay down their weapons and work for harmony.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world, this call is more important than ever.  That is why I appealed for a global ceasefire in March. 

Our world faces a common enemy:  a deadly virus that is causing immense suffering, destroying livelihoods, contributing to international tensions and exacerbating already formidable peace and security challenges.

The focus of this year's International Day of Peace is "Shaping Peace Together."


UN Secretary-General: Message on World Humanitarian Day

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On World Humanitarian Day, we honour the work of humanitarians who overcome huge challenges to save and improve the lives of millions of people.


The UN Secretary-General: Message on World Environment Day, 5 June

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (UN Photo - Evan Schneider)

Nature is sending us a clear message.

We are harming the natural world - to our own detriment.

Habitat degradation and biodiversity loss are accelerating.

Climate disruption is getting worse.


The UN Secretary-General: Message on United Nations Day, 24 October

United Nations Day highlights the enduring ideals of the Charter, adopted on this date 74 years ago.

Amid stormy global seas, the Charter remains our shared moral anchor. 

At this time of turbo-charged change, the United Nations remains focused on the real problems of real people.


UN Secretary-General: Message on World Environment Day, 5 June

The theme for this year's World Environment Day is air pollution.  All around the world -- from megacities to small villages - people are breathing dirty air.  An estimated nine out of ten people worldwide are exposed to air pollutants that exceed World Health Organization air quality guidelines.  This is lowering life expectancy and damaging economies across the planet.