To learn more about the International Solidarity Day, click here.
"When their rights are violated, when they are marginalized and excluded, migrants will be unable to contribute either economically or socially to the societies they have left behind or those they enter. However, when supported by the right policies and human rights protections, migration can be a force for good for individuals as well as for countries of origin, transit and destination. "
To learn more about International Migrants Day, click here.
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Today we join in commemorating International Mountain Day.
To learn more about the International Mountain Day click here.
The International Day aims to raise awareness about the relevance of mountain forests and the role they play within a Green Economy as well as in climate change adaptation measures. (International Mountain Day Website)
Despite Undeniable Progress, Far Too Many Obstacles Remain Along Path of Inclusion, Secretary General Says in Message for Human Rights Day
The following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for Human Rights Day, which was observed on 10 December:
Everyone has the right to be heard and to shape the decisions that affect their community. This right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and fully integrated in international law, especially in article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Over the past century, we have made undeniable progress along the path of inclusion. Yet far too many groups and individuals face far too many obstacles. Women have the right to vote almost everywhere, but remain hugely underrepresented in parliaments and peace processes, in senior Government posts and corporate boardrooms, and in other decision-making positions. Indigenous people frequently face discrimination that denies them the opportunity to make full use of their guaranteed rights or fails to take account of their circumstances. Religious and ethnic minorities — as well as people with disabilities or those with a different sexual orientation or political opinion — are often hampered from taking part in key institutions and processes. Institutions and public discourse need to represent societies in all their diversity.
More generally, in several parts of the world, we have seen alarming threats to hard-won gains in democratic governance. In some countries, civil society groups face growing pressures and restrictions. Legislation has been introduced specifically targeting civil society organizations and making it almost impossible for them to operate. Champions of democracy have encountered new confrontational measures. We should all be troubled by such backsliding.
Even in societies with a good track record, there is room for improvement. No country has succeeded in ensuring that all its inhabitants are able to participate fully in public affairs, including the right to be elected to public office and to have equal access to public services. Enacting new rights or removing unjust laws is not always sufficient. Too often, discrimination persists in practice, creating barriers and mindsets that can be hard to overcome.
Vibrant civil society groups are among the keys to the well-being and functioning of any nation, and the United Nations deplores measures taken to suppress them. That is why, on this Human Right Day, the United Nations is highlighting the right to participate and the associated rights that make it possible — freedom of expression and opinion, and peaceful assembly and association.
International law is clear: no matter who you are or where you live, your voice counts. On this Day, let us unite to defend your right to make it heard.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
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Today we join the international community in celebrating Human Rights Day.
Make your voice count by visiting the UN's website commemorating this day by clicking here.
Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere. This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.
These human rights — the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, to peaceful assembly and association, and to take part in government (articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) have been at the centre of the historic changes in the Arab world over the past two years, in which millions have taken to the streets to demand change. In other parts of the world, the “99%” made their voices heard through the global Occupy movement protesting economic, political and social inequality.
Today we join the United Nations in commemorating the International Anti-Corruption Day.
In speaking about this important day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the following
"On this International Anti-Corruption Day, let us pledge to do our part by cracking down on corruption, shaming those who practice it and engendering a culture that values ethical behavior."
To learn more about the International Anti-Corruption Day, click here.
Today we join the international community in celebrating International Civil Aviation Day.
To learn more about the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization, click here.
Today we join the international community in celebrating International Volunteer Day!
In celebration, we ask that you post comments to this post letting us know what volunteer work you've been doing!
For more information on this UN Observance, please click here.
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