Speeches
  • Statement on International Women’s DayMar 8, 2015This week, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which remains the world’s best blueprint for achieving gender equality and empowering women. The review of this visionary roadmap, adopted at the Fourth World Conference for Women in 1995, is an opportunity to celebrate the world’s progress toward ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls, and also to renew and reinvigorate commitments to achieve gender equality.

  • 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Around the World: UN Calls to Step Up Efforts to End Violence Against Women in ArmeniaDec 5, 2014On the occasion of the Global Campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the United Nations in Armenia calls to end violence against women and reaffirms its commitment to promoting women’s empowerment in Armenia. Violence against women remains a serious issue in Armenia. The Police of the Republic of Armenia reported that in the period of January-August 2014 there were 1,500 attacks against women.

  • Message from UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against WomenNov 25, 2014Violence against women and girls appears all too often in headlines across the world. But along with the cases that make the news are many thousands of other incidents occurring every day, on every continent, and in every country. According to the World Health Organization, gender-based violence kills as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as does cancer. Its toll on women's health surpasses that of traffic accidents and malaria combined.

  • Message from Helen Clark on the International Day for the Eradication of PovertyOct 17, 2014Each year on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we can recommit to that goal, and, in the words of the UN Secretary-General's message for this day this year, plan for a world where no-one is left behind. Since 1990, the baseline date against which Millennium Development Goal progress is measured, hundreds of millions of people have moved out of extreme poverty and attained better access to health care and education. Globally, extreme poverty has reduced by half since 1990; the goal of enrolling all children in primary schools is close to being met; child mortality has been significantly reduced, and 2.3 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water.

  • Message on the International Day for Disaster Risk ReductionOct 13, 2014As a human family, we are growing older. Globally, approximately 700 million people – 10 per cent of the world’s population – are over the age of 60, and by 2030, there will be more elderly persons than children for the first time in history.

  • Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Democracy Sep 15, 2014As we observe this year’s International Day of Democracy, the world seems more turbulent than ever. In many regions and in many ways, the values of the United Nations, including some of the most fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the UN Charter, are being tested and challenged.

  • Joint Statement on the Launch of the Human Rights Action PlanJun 30, 2014We, the representatives of the United Nations, the Delegation of the European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the Council of Europe, would like to commend the Government of Armenia for adopting the Human Rights Action Plan, and for reaffirming the fundamental importance of protecting human rights for all the people of Armenia.

  • The Secretary-General Message on World Environment DayJun 5, 2014World Environment Day 2014 falls during the International Year of Small Island Developing States, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the special needs of this diverse coalition as part of the global discussion on how to achieve a sustainable future for all.

  • The Secretary-General Message on the International Day of FamiliesMay 15, 2014As we commemorate this year’s International Day of Families, we recognize the meaningful contributions that families make to advancing the mission of the United Nations.

  • 2014 International Women’s Day Statement for Helen ClarkMar 7, 2014This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth. No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality. As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals nears, and as discussion on the next global development agenda intensifies, there is strong momentum for achieving development with equity, including by eradicating gender inequality and empowering women and girls.