Category Archives: Secretary-General Message

Message by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Today’s Int Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking aims to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

“I welcome the theme of this International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – ‘health for justice, justice for health’ – underlining the importance of a holistic approach involving health, human rights, criminal justice and social service institutions.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Message on the Day : https://bit.ly/2XqGGSv

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Pakistan

The Secretary-General is shocked at today’s attack in Quetta, Pakistan. He strongly condemns this cowardly act and extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Pakistan. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

The United Nations expresses its fully solidarity with the Government of Pakistan in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — REMARKS TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Geneva, 25 February 2019

Distinguished President of the Human Rights Council,

Madame High Commissioner, this is my first time before this Council in your new capacity. And I know your leadership will bring enormous added value to the advancement of human rights around the world.

Excellencies, Colleagues, Friends,

The Human Rights Council is the epicentre for international dialogue and cooperation on the protection of all human rights — civil, political, economic, social and cultural.

Every door you open helps promote opportunity.

Every right you secure is another brick in the building of a better world. Continue reading

انسانی حقوق کا عالمی دِن — اقوامِ مُتحدہ کے سیکرٹری جنرل کا پیغام

۱۰ دسمبر ۲۰۱۸

انسانی حقوق کا عالمی منشور، ۷۰ سالوں سے دنیا کے لیے ایک روشن مینار، انسانی وقار، مساوات اوربہتر ذندگی کے ساتھ ساتھ تاریکی میں امید کی ایک روشن کرن کا کردار ادا کر رہا ہے۔

منشور میں اعلان کئے گئے حقوق کا اطلاق بِلا امتیاز جنّس، عقیدے، مقام یا کسی بھی تفریق کے ہر ایک پر ہوتا ہے۔

انسانی حقوق عالمگیر اور دائمی نوعیت کے ہیں۔

یہ حقوق جو کہ بظاہر غیر مرئی نظر آتے ہیں۔ نا قابلِ تردید ہیں۔ انہیں کسی سیاسی، معاشی، معاشرتی یا ثقافتی حقوق کے زمرے میں، ذاتی پسند کی بنیاد پر اختیار یا رد نہیں کیا جا سکتا۔

آج ہم انسانی حقوق کے اُن محافظوں کو بھی سلام پیش کرتے ہیں جو لوگوں کے لیے، بڑھتی ہوئی نفرت، نسلی امتیاز، عدم برداشت اور ظلم کے خلاف سینہ سپر ہیں اور اپنی ذندگیوں کو خطرے میں ڈالتے ہیں۔

بلا شبہ، انسانی حقوق کے حصول میں دنیا میں ہر جگہ مشکلات پیش آتی ہیں۔

عالمی اقدار کم ہوتی جا رہی ہیں اور قانون کی حکمرانی کوسبو تاژ کیا جا رھا ہے۔

آج ہماری ذمّہ پہلے سے کہیں ذیادہ واضع ہے۔

. آئیں مِل کر انسانی حقوق کا ہر مقام پر۔ ہر ایک کا ساتھ دیں
شکریہ

Secretary-General message on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2018

For 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a global beacon – shining a light for dignity, equality and well-being … and bringing hope to dark places.

The rights proclaimed in the Declaration apply to everyone — no matter our race, belief, location or other distinction of any kind.

Human rights are universal and eternal.

They are also indivisible.  One cannot pick and choose among civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

Today we also honour the human rights defenders risking their lives to protect people in the face of rising hatred, racism, intolerance and repression.

Indeed, human rights are under siege around the world.

Universal values are being eroded.  The rule of law is being undermined.

Now more than ever, our shared duty is clear:

Let us stand up for human rights — for everyone, everywhere.

Thank you.

Secretary-General message on International Anti-Corruption Day 9 December 2018

“Corruption is present in all countries, rich and poor, North and South.

It is an assault on the values of the United Nations.

It robs societies of schools, hospitals and other vital services, drives away foreign investment and strips nations of their natural resources.

It undermines the rule of law and abets crimes such as the illicit trafficking of people, drugs and arms.

Tax evasion, money laundering and other illicit flows divert much-needed resources for sustainable development.

The World Economic Forum estimates that the cost of corruption is at least $2.6 trillion – or 5 per cent of global gross domestic product.

And according to the World Bank, businesses and individuals pay more than $1 trillion in bribes each year.

Corruption begets more corruption, and fosters a corrosive culture of impunity.

The United Nations Convention against Corruption is among our primary tools for advancing the fight.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 and its targets also offer a template for action.