Category: International Observances

Coronavirus: Pandemic alert should be trigger for countries to do more against COVID-19

Unsplash/Aalok Atreya Countries must “double-down” on their efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, the UN health agency said on Wednesday, after announcing that the global emergency can now be described as a pandemic. UN Secretary-General António Guterres described the declaration as “a call to action – for everyone, everywhere.” Speaking in Geneva, World […]

‘When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole, pay a price’: UN chief

“Without journalists able to do their jobs in safety, we face the prospect of a world of confusion and disinformation”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned in a statement released ahead of the International Day to End Impunity Against Journalists, which falls on 2 November. “When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole pay a […]

On International Day, UN chief urges greater protection for Organization’s staff

Drawing attention to the dangers United Nations personnel face while serving the world’s most vulnerable, Secretary-General António Guterres has called for greater protection for the Organization’s staff to allow them to carry out their mission safely. “Whether in their countries of origin or far from their families and homes, United Nations personnel work tirelessly to […]

UN chief honours those who suffered shameful Transatlantic slave trade, urges respect for dignity of every human being

Honouring those who suffered the brutalities of the Transatlantic slave trade, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said the International Day set aside to remember this “epically shameful” chapter of human history is an opportunity raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today. “More than 15 million men, women and children from Africa were […]

International Women’s Day: The ‘time is now’ to transform global push for women’s rights into action – UN

  This year, International Women’s Day comes at a pivotal moment, and with a wave women’s activism – from the #MeToo movement to #TimesUp and beyond – exposing the structures that have allowed women’s oppression to flourish, the United Nations is urging the world to stand with rural and urban women activists to topple the […]