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United Nations 16 Nov 2020

Int'l Day for Tolerance (16 November) - Message by General Assembly President


On the day of its fiftieth anniversary, 16 November 1995, UNESCO's Member States adopted a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. Among other things, the Declaration affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference. It is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.

On this International Day of Rural Women, we must take action, to build the resilience of rural women, in the wake of COVID-19. Earlier this month, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women. Despite gains made, women in rural areas, remain at a disadvantage, compared to their urban counterparts.

They continue to face persistent inequalities, discrimination and barriers, including: poverty; a lack of access to healthcare and critical infrastructure; as well as economic and political exclusion.

Rural women, are also among the first and worst affected by climate change, as they are on the frontlines of food security, through their key roles in agricultural production, land and resource management, and building climate resistance.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, women have shouldered, a disproportionate share of unpaid care and domestic work. Rural women, are further marginalised by the digital divide, as the global economic crisis, threatens to erode the progress, made by those first-generation rural women in the workforce.

We cannot allow COVID-19, to undermine the empowerment of women anywhere. I call on all Member States, to bring rural women into decision-making fora, so that our responses meet their specific needs. This is critical, in order to fully implement the Beijing Declaration, and Platform for Action, for every woman, everywhere.

Thank you!
The COVID-19 pandemic is a double crisis for the world's poorest people.

First, they have the highest risk of exposure to the virus, and least access to quality healthcare.

Second, recent estimates show the pandemic could push up to 115 million people into poverty this year - the first increase in decades. Women are at greatest risk because they are more likely to lose their jobs, and less likely to have social protection.

In these extraordinary times, we need extraordinary efforts to fight poverty.

The pandemic demands strong collective action.

Governments must accelerate economic transformation by investing in a green, sustainable recovery.

We need a new generation of social protection programmes that also cover people working in the informal economy.

Joining together in common cause is the only way we will emerge safely from this pandemic.

On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let's stand in solidarity with people living in poverty, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women's Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

#orangetheworld #16Days
Remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the General Assembly Observance ceremony in commemoration of the United Nations Day.

As part of the commemorative events marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the General Assembly will hold a mandated meeting to observe UN Day. The observance ceremony, as mandated by General Assembly resolution 73/299, will highlight UN voices from the field and insiders' perspectives of UN's work and the future of the organisation.

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