Author Archives: Eunice Namugwe

Secretary-General New Year’s message

Dear friends around the world,

Happy New Year.

When I took office one year ago, I appealed for 2017 to be a year for peace.

Unfortunately – in fundamental ways, the world has gone in reverse.

On New Year’s Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal.  I am issuing an alert — a red alert for our world.

Conflicts have deepened and new dangers have emerged.

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Human Rights Day – Stand up for Human Rights – Add Your Voice!

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018, join us in standing up for human rights!

Human rights are everyone’s rights. Help spread the word, in your own language.

Record yourself reading one of the 30 articles of the Declaration in any of the 135 languages currently available on this site and share your video with your friends. Continue reading

Values enshrined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights under assault, must be defended – Zeid

“Human Rights Day falls on 10 December every year, the day when, back in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the world’s most widely translated* and possibly most influential document – was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, itself just three years old at the time.”

“Thanks to the Universal Declaration, the daily life of millions has been improved, untold human suffering has been prevented and the foundations for a more just world have been laid. While its promise is yet to be fulfilled, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.” Continue reading

UN peacekeeper in DR Congo honoured for combatting sexual violence on the frontlines

Major Pearl Block, Information Operations Officer with the UN Stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). Photo: UNIC Pretoria

15 November 2017 – United Nations peacekeeper Major Seitebatso Pearl Block was commended on Wednesday for developing a Mission-wide, short message service (SMS) campaign to combat gender-based abuse by connecting with women in remote parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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UNIC highlights the work of the UN at St John’s Convent School in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng

St Johns Convent School in Bronkhorstspruit hosted the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) for a briefing on the UN on 27 October 2017,

The students were briefed about the work of the UN, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the “Together campaign”.  The learners engaged UN staff in thought provoking discussions. It was apparent in the discussions that the learners had a fair understanding of international affairs.  The following are some of the pertinent questions posed by learners:

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President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa addresses the UN General Assembly

President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

20 September 2017 – Warning that Africa is beset by the double scourge of the disparity of the global economy and illicit financial outflows, South African President Jacob Zuma today called on the United Nations to play a central role in tackling both issues, which are major obstacle to full development.

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