Official observances

Official observances

24 November 2021
SG/SM/21040

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed on 3 December:

24 November 2021
SG/SM/21042

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December:

24 November 2021
SG/SM/21039

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, observed on 2 December:

23 November 2021
SG/SM/21034

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls, observed on 25 November:

23 November 2021
SG/SM/21035

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, observed on 29 November:

23 November 2021
SG/SM/21036

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare, observed on 30 November:

20 November 2021
SG/SM/21031

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for Africa Industrialization Day, observed today:

16 November 2021
SG/SM/21024

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Toilet Day, observed on 19 November:

16 November 2021

The World Food Programme (WFP) warns that 8.7 million people are at risk of facing famine-like conditions in Afghanistan, with an additional 14.1 million facing crisis levels of acute food insecurity.  Conflict has displaced more than 600,000 people and the country is experiencing drought following a poor rainy season.

10 November 2021

UNICEF released a report today showing there are nearly 240 million children with disabilities around the world, a new global approximation higher than previous estimates which considers symptoms of anxiety and depression, among other difficulties across several domains of functioning.

9 November 2021
SG/SM/21014

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, observed on 21 November:

5 November 2021

For Youth Day at the Glasgow Climate Change Conference, the Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group and young climate activists discussed how to include young people in formal decision-making processes.  Indigenous youth leaders also shared on the importance of traditional knowledge as a vital component of climate action.

5 November 2021
SG/SM/21005

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, observed on 6 November:

2 November 2021

The Secretary-General — in observance of International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, on 2 November — stated that 62 journalists were killed for doing their jobs in 2020.  Noting that the number of media workers killed outside conflict zones has risen in recent years, he urged leaders to demonstrate the political will needed to investigate and prosecute these crimes.

29 October 2021

The heads of nine United Nations agencies and the Global Water Partnership issued an urgent call to Governments to prioritize integrated water and climate action.  The letter, addressed to the world’s Heads of State and Government, was released on the eve of the Organization’s climate change summit in Glasgow.

25 October 2021
SG/SM/20987

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Tsunami Awareness Day, observed on 5 November:

22 October 2021

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says more children and women were abducted for ransom between January and August 2021 than during the entire 2020.  UNICEF estimates based on official sources say 71 women and 30 children were abducted in the first eight months of 2021, and 59 women and 37 children in 2020.

21 October 2021
SG/SM/20984

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the United Nations Day concert, held today:

21 October 2021

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new crisis response initiative in Afghanistan, known as ABADEI, as part of efforts to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.  Among other things, it provides grants to small businesses, cash-for-work projects and support to marginalized individuals.

21 October 2021
SG/SM/20983

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Cities Day, observed on 31 October: