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With human rights under attack, UN chief unveils blueprint for positive change

People’s basic human rights – their birth-right – are “under assault”, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday, as he launched a Call to Action aimed at boosting equality and reducing suffering everywhere.

“Human rights are our ultimate tool to help societies grow in freedom,” he told Member States on the opening day of the UN Human Rights Council’s 43rd session in Geneva.

Next week

On Tuesday 4 February, the Secretary-General will brief the press on the challenges and opportunities of 2020. He will also attend the opening session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP).


General Assembly pays tribute to the late Sultan of Oman

On Friday, the Secretary-General joined Member States in honouring the His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who led Oman for nearly half a century.  In paying homage “to the many roads he built – the road of dialogue, the road of understanding, the road of peace”, the Secretary-General said the United Nations remains “steadfast in supporting Oman’s continued efforts to promote peace and stability in the region”.


Security Council discusses ASEAN-UN cooperation

On Thursday, the Secretary-General attended a Security Council briefing on cooperation between the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, underlining that “At this time of increasingly complex challenges for global peace and security, cooperative and inclusive multilateral efforts, including strong partnerships between the United Nations and regional organizations, are essential.”


Youth in the driver’s seat – UN75 Launch Event

On Wednesday, the Secretary-General took part in an open discussion with youth leaders from around the world, launching the UN75 global dialogue on how the United Nations can evolve to create a better future for all. The Secretary-General declared: “We want to change, we want to be better, we want to respond to your aspirations, to your concerns”, and emphasized that youth should “have the opportunity to play the role that youth must play in the modern world in which we live, and especially in the world we are trying to build.”


Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

On Saturday, the Secretary-General attended Park East Synagogue’s annual International Holocaust Remembrance service, marking this year the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. In his remarks, he underscored his concern about a “global crisis of antisemitic hatred”. On Monday, the Secretary-General took part in the General Assembly’s observance of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Stressing that while antisemitism today takes new forms and may be spread by new techniques, it was still “the same old hatred”, and therefore “we can never lower our guard”.

Remarks at the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony:

Message on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust: