Secretary-General’s Remarks During Visit With Muslim community in Christchurch
As salam alaikum.
I thank this community very much for their welcome – particularly during this holy month of Ramadan.
Every Ramadan I make a visit of solidarity somewhere around the world. Last year, it was in Mali – the year before that, in Afghanistan.
This year, because of the terrible terrorist attack against your community, I wanted to be here with you.
Ramadan is a season of reflection, remembrance and renewal. I am here to express my deepest condolences, my profound respect, and the fullest measure of my solidarity to you, your families and the community.
I know there are no words to relieve the hurt and sorrow and pain.
But I wanted to come here personally to transmit love, support and total and complete admiration. Continue reading →
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, expressed his warmest wishes to all observing the holy month of Ramadan, which starts today, noting it is a moment to “reflect on the difficult experiences faced by millions of people uprooted from their homes by conflict.”
The holy month is being observed this year at a time when “acute and protracted crises in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya and other locations have created levels of human suffering not witnessed in decades,” Grandi said.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remains seriously concerned about alleged chemical weapons use in Syria and welcomed today the Government’s offer to continue discussions regarding the United Nations team he set up to carry out an on-the-ground investigation into the matter. “The Secretary-General welcomes the offer of Continue reading →