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Dear fellow citizens of the world,
I wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous new year.
Last New Year, I issued a red alert, and the dangers I mentioned still persist. These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test.
21-year-old migrant worker Han Quin in her flat in Xi’an province. © Guo Tieliu / UNFPA, 2011
MESSAGE for International migrants day
18 December 2018
For 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a global beacon – shining a light for dignity, equality and well-being … and bringing hope to dark places.
Corruption is present in all countries, rich and poor, North and South.
It is an assault on the values of the United Nations.
It robs societies of schools, hospitals and other vital services, drives away foreign investment and strips nations of their natural resources.
A young student at a school for disabled children in the poor neighborhood of Cité Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UN Photo/Logan Abassi
More than 1 billion people in the world live with some form of disability. In many societies, persons with disabilities often end up disconnected, living in isolation and facing discrimination.
An aerial view of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince. © Leonora Baumann / UN / MINUJUSTH, 2018
Joint patrol of the Haitian National Police (HNP), individual police officers ( IPOs) and Jordanian police officers of the Formed Police Unit (FPU) of Gonaïves (Artibonite). © Leonora Baumann / UN / MINUJUSTH, 2018
Joint patrol of the National Police (HNP) with Individual Police Officers (IPOs) and Jordanian policemen from the Formed Police Unit (FPU) based in Les Gonaïves (Artibonite). © Leonora Baumann / UN / MINUJUSTH, 2018