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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

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.

Secretary-General message on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2018

More than 1 billion people in the world live with some form of disability. In many societies, persons with disabilities often end up disconnected, living in isolation and facing discrimination.

In its pledge to leave no one behind, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development represents a commitment to reducing inequality and promoting the social, economic and political inclusion of all, including people with disabilities. That means implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in all contexts and in all countries. It also means integrating the voices and concerns of people with disabilities into national agendas and policies.

Today, the United Nations is issuing the UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development 2018 – Realizing the SDGs by, for and with persons with disabilitiesThe Report shows that people with disabilities are at a disadvantage regarding most Sustainable Development Goals, but also highlights the growing number of good practices that can create a more inclusive society in which they can live independently.

On this International Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to work together for a better world that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable for everyone, where the rights of people with disabilities are fully realized.

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 have died of an AIDS-related illness. Huge progress has been made in diagnosis and treatment, and prevention efforts have avoided millions of new contaminations.

Yet the pace of progress is not matching global ambition.  New HIV infections are not falling rapidly enough. Some regions are lagging behind, and financial resources are insufficient. Stigma and discrimination are still holding people back, especially key populations— including gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgenders, people who inject drugs, prisoners and migrants—and young women and adolescent girls.  Moreover, one in four people living with HIV do not know that they have the virus, impeding them from making informed decisions on prevention, treatment and other care and support services.

There is still time — to scale-up testing for HIV; to enable more people to access treatment; to increase resources needed to prevent new infections; and to end the stigma.  At this critical juncture, we need to take the right turn now.


Tsunamis are rare but devastating.  I saw this first-hand during my recent visit to Sulawesi, Indonesia, shortly after the earthquake and tsunami of 1 October.  More than 2,000 people died and thousands more were harmed or displaced.

As well as struggling to deal with the losses and trauma, the people of Sulawesi will need to recover from the economic losses caused by this disaster.  Reducing economic losses is a key target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and is vital for eradicating extreme poverty.

Over the past two decades, tsunamis have accounted for almost 10 per cent of economic losses from disasters, setting back development gains, especially in countries that border the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

World Tsunami Awareness Day is an opportunity to emphasize again the importance of disaster prevention and preparedness, including early warning, public education, science to better understand and predict tsunamis, and development that takes account of risk in seismic zones and exposed coastal areas.