Messages from the Secretary-General

U N I T E D   N A T I O N S  /  N A T I O N S   U N I E S THE SECRETARY-GENERAL -- MESSAGE ON WORLD AIDS DAY 1 December 2018   Thirty years after the first World AIDS Day, the response to HIV stands at a crossroads. Which way we turn may define the course of the epidemic—whether we will end AIDS by 2030, or whether future generations will carry on bearing the burden of this devastating disease.   More than 77 million people have become infected with HIV, and more than 35 million…
Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good.  It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing.  In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.   Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership. He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom — and I know I…