Launch of the UN strategy to combat hate speech
On Tuesday, the Secretary-General launched the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech, recalling that “respect for human rights, without discrimination based on race, sex, language or religion, is a thread running through the United Nations Charter”. The Secretary-General called hate speech “an attack on tolerance, inclusion, diversity and the very essence of our human rights norms and principles”. He said that digital communications, specifically, social media platforms are making hate speech more virulent than ever and enabling it to move farther and faster. The Secretary-General added that “addressing hate speech does not mean limiting or prohibiting freedom of speech. It means keeping hate speech from escalating into more something more dangerous, particularly incitement to discrimination, hostility and violence, which is prohibited under international law.”
Remarks at the launch: https://bit.ly/2FgAPEY
Press encounter at launch: https://bit.ly/2X0IBZK
Over 70 million people forced to flee – World Refugee Day reveals “astonishing number”
“On World Refugee Day, my thoughts are with the more than 70 million women, children and men – refugees and internally displaced persons — who have been forced to flee war, conflict and persecution,” said the Secretary-General in a video message. He stressed this is an “astonishing number – twice what it was 20 years ago.” The Secretary-General stressed: “what refugees need most is peace”.
Secretary-General on #ILO100: “The desire for social justice is as vital as ever”
On Friday in Geneva, the Secretary-General attended a ceremony marking the centenary of the International Labour Organization, ILO. “Your agenda is at the centre of people’s concerns. The dignity of decent work. A fair globalization. Social justice for everyone, everywhere,” he said. The Secretary-General also stated that in a rapidly changing world, “the ILO remains ahead of its time, bringing employers and workers into the decision-making process.” “Over the past century, the world has changed enormously — but people’s basic needs have not. The desire for social justice is as vital as ever and so, too, is the need for the @ILO,” he tweeted.
Remarks (bilingual): https://bit.ly/2Y2GB4v
Sexual violence in conflict “threat to collective security and a stain on common humanity”
In a video message marking the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Secretary-General stressed the need to focus on the needs, demands and voices of survivors. He added that the “global response must include more concerted action to ensure accountability for the perpetrators – and to address the gender inequality that fuels these atrocities.” The Secretary-General emphasized the need to “replace impunity with justice; and indifference with action.”
25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea
On Monday, the Secretary-General marked the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He stressed that oceans are under “unprecedented pressure” that “can be addressed through the effective and comprehensive implementation” of the Convention. He challenged decisionmakers to “be the generation that reverses the cycle of continuous decline in our oceans and ensures that conservation and sustainable use, for the benefit of current and future generations”.
Statement and messages
On the terrorist attacks in Kenya and Somalia: https://bit.ly/2ILuFNT
On the International Day of Family Remittances: https://bit.ly/2J2u8qY
On Nigeria: https://bit.ly/2WXFGFS
On World Day to Combat Desertification: https://bit.ly/2WQV1mI
To the Sustainable Energy for All “Charettes” (video): https://bit.ly/2WYe8jM
For Global Water 2020 Stakeholder Commitments Gathering(video): https://bit.ly/2IYMUzH
On Mexico: https://bit.ly/2Ks1MtB
For Smarthead Sustainability Summit (video): https://bit.ly/2WYeoit
To Interfaith Summit: https://bit.ly/2IZGWhQ
To the United Nations Population Award: https://bit.ly/2L5eiP6
For second European Games (video): https://bit.ly/2x5S3QR
Mr. Yacoub El Hillo of Sudan as Deputy Special Representative for Libya: https://bit.ly/2WYvzkh
On Sunday, the Secretary-General will take part in the World Conference of Youth Ministers in Lisbon, Portugal, along with his Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanaye. On Tuesday, in New York, he will attend the annual pledging conference for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and address the launch of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism. On Wednesday, he will address an informal meeting of the General Assembly on combatting anti-Semitism and other forms of racism and hate, focusing on the challenges of teaching tolerance and respect in the digital age.