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Messages from the Secretary-General

24 October 2017 Our world faces many grave challenges. Widening conflicts and inequality. Extreme weather and deadly intolerance. Security threats – including nuclear weapons. We have the tools and wealth to overcome these challenges. All we need is the will. The world’s problems transcend borders. We have to transcend our differences to transform our future. When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world. On United Nations Day, let us, ‘We the Peoples’, make this vision a reality. Thank you.  Shokran.  Xie Xie.  Merci.  Spasibo.  Gracias.  Obrigado. António…
In recent months, the dangers posed by nuclear weapons have been forcefully driven home, making this event timelier than ever. We know that the horrific humanitarian and environmental consequences of the use of nuclear weapons would transcend national borders. As such, every State has a right to demand the elimination of these uniquely destructive weapons. This is why, for more than seventy years, nuclear disarmament has been a principled objective for the United Nations – from the very first General Assembly resolution to the recently negotiated Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The only world that is safe from…
On the International Day of Peace, we reflect on the cruel price of war. Ruined schools. Bombed hospitals. Broken families. Refugees searching for hope. Countries in crisis. The United Nations was born from a terrible World War. Our mission is to work for peace -- every day and everywhere. No group interest, national ambition or political difference should be allowed to put peace at risk. On this International Day, we call for a global ceasefire. We must never -- ever -- stop pressing for an end to armed conflict. Peace is the right and the desire of all people. It…