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The UN Secretary General's Message on International Migrants Day E-mail

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  Message on International Migrants Day

18 December 2014

On International Migrants Day, we call for the fulfilment and protection of the human rights of the world’s 232 million migrants.

Far too many migrants live and work in precarious and unjust conditions. Many risk their lives at sea, attempting to seek sanctuary. They and their children are extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Many are deprived of their liberty, rather than met with empathy and necessary protection. Persistent discrimination against migrants generates sharp inequalities, threatens the social fabric and, all too often, leads to violent and deadly attacks.

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The UN Secretary General's Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima E-mail

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  Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima

New York, 14 December 2014

The Secretary-General welcomes the outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference that concluded today in Lima and he congratulates Peru for successfully hosting the Conference. The decisions adopted in Lima, including the Lima Call for Climate Action, pave the way for the adoption of a universal and meaningful agreement in 2015. The Secretary-General urges all Parties, at their first meeting in February next year, to enter into substantive negotiations on the draft text of the 2015 agreement coming from the Conference.

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The UN Secretary General's Message for Human Rights Day E-mail

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  Message for Human Rights Day

10 December 2014

On Human Rights Day we speak out.

We denounce authorities who deny the rights of any person or group.

We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation.

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