Category Archives: Secretary General’s Message 2014

Secretary General’s Message for the World Day of Social Justice

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The gap between the poorest and the wealthiest around the world is wide and growing. This situation is not only between countries but within them, including many of the most prosperous.  The World Day of Social Justice is observed to highlight the power of global solidarity to advance opportunity for all.

Circumstances such as where a person is born, where they live or their gender and ethnicity should never determine their income or their opportunities for quality education, basic healthcare, decent work, adequate shelter, access to drinking water, political participation or living free from threatened, or actual, physical violence.

As inequalities widen, the social fabric of our societies is both stretched and strained. This often leads to a downward spiral of economic and social uncertainty and even unrest. Violent conflict in many parts of the world is often rooted in deep inequality, discrimination, and widespread poverty.

Yet there is nothing inevitable about inequality. Our shared goal should aim at taking practical steps to remove this formidable barrier to development and human dignity.

Experience shows that economic growth, on its own, is not sufficient. We must do more to empower individuals through decent work, support people through social protection, and ensure the voices of the poor and marginalised are heard.  As we continue our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and shape a post-2015 development agenda, let us make social justice central to achieving equitable and sustainable growth for all.

The Secretary General’s Message on World Radio Day

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13 February, 2014: World Radio Day recognizes the unique role and impact of a medium that reaches the largest audience worldwide.

 This year’s observance highlights the need for radio broadcasters everywhere to promote the voice of women and to enhance the role of women within broadcast organizations.

 The airwaves have frequently lagged behind when it comes to gender equality.

 Not nearly enough women’s voices are heard — either in front or behind the microphone.

 Not nearly enough stories about women and girls are being told.

 And women make up only a quarter of the members of the boards of the world’s media enterprises.

I encourage radio stations to be more inclusive by equally recognizing women in their staff and in their audience.

 Radio can also help dismantle stereotypical and imbalanced programming.

 This is an opportunity for everyone.  Let us celebrate this World Radio Day by saluting women in radio today — and doing our utmost to nurture the new voices for tomorrow.