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  Tourism is one of the world’s most important economic sectors.   It employs one in every ten people on Earth and provides livelihoods to hundreds of millions more.   It boosts economies and enables countries to thrive.   It allows people to experience some of the world’s cultural and natural riches and brings people closer to each other, highlighting …

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE TOTAL ELIMINATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS 26 September 2020

Almost 75 years since the adoption of the first General Assembly resolution in 1946 committed the United Nations to the goal of nuclear disarmament, our world continues to live in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe.   Relationships between States possessing nuclear weapons are characterized by division, distrust and an absence of dialogue.  As they increasingly choose to pursue strategic competition …

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — VIDEO MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

12 August 2020 The theme of this year’s International Youth Day – “Youth Engagement for Global Action” — spotlights the ways in which the voices and activism of young people are making a difference and moving our world closer to the values and vision of the United Nations Charter.   This year’s Youth Day occurs as the lives and aspirations …

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UNFPA calls for urgent funding to respond to the emerging needs in Lebanon

Cairo – 12 August 2020 – UNFPA is urgently appealing for USD 19.6 million to meet the lifesaving needs of women and girls impacted by the 4 August explosion at the Beirut Port, which killed at least 160 people, injured around 6,000, and displaced more than 300,000.  Reports also indicate that more than 80 primary health care centres have been …

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UN Observes International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on 29 May

  UN Secretary-General to commemorate fallen peacekeepers, and honour Military Gender Advocates of the Year   — Two fallen peacekeepers from Egypt to be honoured at United Nations ceremony –   UN Headquarters will observe the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Friday, 29 May 2020. Secretary-General António Guterres will lay a wreath to honour all UN peacekeepers who …

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Governments and international organizations come together to address economic challenges and sustainability

High-level event on financing solutions related to COVID-19 NEW YORK, 28 May 2020— United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau and the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, will convene world leaders and international organizations today in a joint initiative to sharpen and accelerate our global response to the significant economic and human impacts of …

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — VIDEO MESSAGE MARKING THE LAUNCH OF THE POLICY BRIEF: COVID-19 AND THE NEED FOR ACTION ON MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health is at the core of our humanity. It enables us to lead rich and fulfilling lives and to participate in our communities But the COVID-19 virus is not only attacking our physical health; it is also increasing psychological suffering.   Grief at the loss of loved ones… Shock at the loss of jobs… Isolation and restrictions on movement… …

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — MESSAGE MARKING THE TIME OF REMEMBRANCE AND RECONCILIATION FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

New York, 8-9 May 2020   At this time of remembrance and reconciliation, we pay tribute to the millions of people who lost their lives in the Second World War, and remember their sacrifices. We must never forget the Holocaust and the other grave and horrendous crimes committed by the Nazis. The victory over fascism and tyranny in May 1945 …

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