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UN Secretary-General’s message on the beginning of Ramadan

I extend my warmest wishes as millions of Muslims around the world begin observing the holy month of Ramadan.

This will, of course, be a very different Ramadan. Many community activities will naturally be affected by measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, many people in conflict zones will once again be tragically marking this month with war and insecurity all around.

I recently called for an immediate global ceasefire to focus on our common enemy — the virus. I repeat that appeal today, recalling the words of the Holy Quran “and if they incline to peace, then incline to it”.

Ramadan is also about supporting the most vulnerable. I thank governments and people throughout the Muslim world who live by their faith, supporting those fleeing conflict in the best Islamic tradition of hospitality and generosity — a remarkable lesson in this world where so many doors have been closed to those in need of protection, even before COVID-19.

Once again, my best wishes to all for mercy, solidarity and compassion in these trying times.

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23 April 2020

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UN Secretary-General Visit to New Zealand

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.
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UN Refugee Chief Sends Best Wishes for Ramadan

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 appeals for a peaceful month of Ramadan in Syria as chemical weapons probe talks continue

Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN, speaking to journalists. 08 July 2013 United Nations, New York Photo # 555675Secretary-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