Author Archives: Eunice Namugwe

The Secretary – General – Message for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2017

This year’s commemoration of Human Rights Day marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of seven decades since the adoption of one of the world’s most profound and far-reaching international agreements.  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes the equality and dignity of every human being and stipulates that every government has a core duty to enable all people to enjoy all their inalienable rights and freedoms.

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The Secretary-General – Message on International Day of Commemoration and Diginity of the victims of the crime of Genocide and the prevention of this crime, 9 December 2017

Throughout history and still today, genocide has inflicted profound and painful losses on all humanity.  In 1948, with the unanimous adoption by the General Assembly of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Member States recognized a common interest and duty to safeguard groups from threats to their very existence.  Coming so soon after the Holocaust and the Second World War, the Convention embodied a collective determination to protect people from brutality and to prevent any future such horror.

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The Secretary – General’s message for World AIDS Day

1 December 2017 : The world is well on its way to meeting the target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Nearly 21 million people living with HIV now have access to treatment – a number that should grow to more than 30 million by 2020. AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections are declining. There is great hope that the world can deliver on its promise – but much more needs to be done.

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The Secretary – General’s message on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people

29 November 2017 : The Question of Palestine is inextricably linked with the history of the United Nations and is one of the longest unresolved issues on the Organization’s agenda.  Seventy years since the adoption of General Assembly Resolution 181, a sovereign and independent State of Palestine has yet to emerge alongside the State of Israel.  I remain convinced that the two-state solution recognized by that resolution is the only premise for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  The resolution of this conflict would also create momentum for greater stability throughout the region.

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Press Release : United Nations Deputy Secretary-General wraps up visit to South Africa, 27 November 2017

Cape Town, South Africa: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed wrapped her two-day visit in South Africa yesterday by participating in an intergenerational dialogue with young women in Khayelitsa, a high-density residential area in Cape Town, as part of the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children.

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The Deputy Secretary – General – The 15th Nelson Mandela Annual lecture “Centring Gender : Reducing Inequality through Inclusion and Sustainability

Cape Town, 25 November 2017

[salutations]

I am deeply grateful to the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Board of Trustees for this tremendous honour.

As Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Minister in my country, I have been fortunate to experience many remarkable moments in my life, but few have been more humbling than standing before you today. The speakers who have come before me have all walked a path of courage, compassion and conviction they are truly a hard act to follow.

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PRESS RELEASE : United Nations Deputy Secretary-General arrives in South Africa on official visit, 24 November 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed arrived in South Africa today at the start of a two-day visit that will include delivering the 15th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2017 on Saturday in Cape Town. She was met at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg by the acting head of the UN in South Africa, Rufaro Chatonga, and the chairperson and the chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Njabulo Ndebele and Sello Hatang respectively.

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Stop attacking the media—UNESCO message for International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, 2 November

UNESCO Press Release No.2017-126

Paris, 27 October—Ninety percent of cases concerning the killing of journalists remain
unpunished, according to information Member States provided to the Organization in 2017. This is a slight improvement compared to last year, when countries’ answers to UNESCO’s written enquires indicated that only 8% of such cases led to a conviction.

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