Official observances

Official observances

2 July 2020
SG/SM/20156

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the virtual belated commemoration of the International Day of Vesak 2020, in New York today:

2 July 2020

In Kenya, the World Food Programme (WFP) has launched cash transfers and nutrition support for nearly 280,000 people struggling to survive from the impact of the virus on informal settlements in Nairobi.

2 July 2020
SG/SM/20159

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Cooperatives, observed on 4 July:

30 June 2020
SG/SM/20150

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the commemoration of the International Day of Parliamentarians, observed today:

30 June 2020

An estimated 4.1 million girls will be subjected to female genital mutilation this year and if programmes and services stay shut for six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that figure will reach 6.1 million by 2030, according to the United Nations Population Fund’s “State of World Population 2020” report issued today.

26 June 2020
SG/SM/20143

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks for the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, observed today:

26 June 2020

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned in a new report that millions of children in Yemen could be pushed to the brink of starvation due to huge shortfalls in humanitarian aid funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  So far, the COVID-19 response is only 10 per cent funded, as UNICEF appeals for $53 million.

23 June 2020
SG/SM/20137

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of the Seafarer, observed on 25 June:

23 June 2020
SG/SM/20138

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ statement on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, observed on 26 June:

18 June 2020
SG/SM/20130

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Refugee Day, observed on 20 June:

18 June 2020
SG/SM/20131

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for International Widows Day, observed on 23 June:

18 June 2020
SG/SM/20132

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for United Nations Public Service Day, observed on 23 June:

16 June 2020

More than 55 million domestic workers — 37 million of whom are women — are at risk of losing their jobs and income amid COVID-19 lockdowns, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is warning.  Only about 10 per cent of domestic workers globally have access to social security safety nets.

15 June 2020
SG/SM/20127

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Family Remittances, to be observed on 16 June:

13 June 2020
SG/SM/20124

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, observed on 21 September:

12 June 2020
SG/SM/20122

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, observed on 19 June:

8 June 2020
SG/SM/20111

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks on World Oceans Day, in New York today:

5 June 2020
SG/SM/20110

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Beethoven Pastoral Project on World Environment Day, in New York today:

3 June 2020
SG/SM/20106

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Oceans Day, observed on 8 June:

3 June 2020
SG/SM/20107

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on World Environment Day, observed on 5 June: