The United Nations is acting to safeguard the rights of migrants, lower the social and economic costs of migration, and promote policies that maximize the benefits of mobility, points out in his message the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
This year's observance marks 20 years since the adoption by the World Conference on Human Rights of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, remembers in his message the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
"This year's observance takes place as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators work together towards the agreed objective of a peaceful, comprehensive settlement on all permanent status issues", Ban Ki-moon says in his message.
"Strengthening natural resource governance and improving monitoring in conflict-affected states can help prevent resources from fuelling conflict", says the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in his message.
"A generation ago, the world's nations agreed to act definitively to protect the ozone layer, initiating an inter-governmental process that blazed new trails", says the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.
"Speak out. Participate. Reach out to understand and listen to those who may be weaker or more vulnerable than you. We all have an equal stake in our shared future", says the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.