“Journalism Without Fear or Favour”

The UN Secretary-General is calling for greater protection of journalists who are providing the “antidote” to what he has characterized as a pandemic of misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. António Guterres made the appeal in a video message for World Press Freedom Day, observed this coming Sunday, in which he underscored the crucial role media has […]

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Coronavirus and human rights: New UN report calls for disability-inclusive recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying inequalities experienced by the world’s one billion people with disabilities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in launching a report issued on Wednesday that calls for a disability-inclusive recovery and response to the crisis. Even under normal circumstances, people with disabilities are less likely to access education, healthcare and income opportunities, […]

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UN health agency to gauge global threat, as China confirms coronavirus transmission between humans

Following an announcement by China’s national health body that a new virus first identified there, can be transmitted from person to person, the World Health Organization (WHO) is to hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide if it should be declared a global health emergency. In a message released on social media, WHO said that the agency’s Director-General, […]

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Remarks at the opening of the exhibit marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Excellencies, Mr. Zoltan Matyash, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, It is an honour to be here with you today at the opening of this exhibit. The United Nations is fortunate to host such a deeply moving and important collection of photographs. Seventy-five years ago, when soldiers of the Soviet army entered Auschwitz, they were stunned […]

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Guyana assumes Chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China: UN Secretary-General’s remarks at the handover ceremony

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, all protocol observed, I want to start by deeply thanking the State of Palestine for its skillful efforts in guiding the work of the Group of 77 and China over the past 12 months. At the handover ceremony last year, President Abbas stated that Palestine assumes the position with “humility, commitment, dedication […]

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UN Women and partners announce themes today ahead of Generation Equality forum

15 January 2020,  UN Women, together with feminists across the world, and the Governments of Mexico and France, announced the Action Coalition themes for the Generation Equality Forum to be held in Mexico City and Paris this year. The Action Coalitions are global, innovative partnerships with governments, civil society, international organizations, and the private sector, to catalyze collective action, […]

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UN committed to helping Haiti build better future, says Guterres, marking 10-year anniversary of devastating earthquake

On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck Haiti, devastating its capital, Port-au-Prince. About 220,000 people were reportedly killed, among them, 102 UN staff who lost their lives when the building housing the stabilization mission there, known as MINUSTAH, collapsed. Some 300,000 people were injured and 1.5 million become homeless during the 35-second-long tremor. Marking the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy, Secretary General António Guterres renewed the […]

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