Author Archives: Eunice Namugwe

The Secretary-General’s remarks to the General Assembly side event on Refugees and Migrants “Follow-up to the New York Declaration : One Year On”

20 September 2017 – I would like to express my deep solidarity to the government and the people of Mexico. Unfortunately, we are having every day a new dramatic event in this part of the world. This time we cannot blame climate change; it is an earthquake.  It is a devastating one. I want to express my very deep solidarity to the government and to the people of Mexico.

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Report of Secretary-General on Work of the Organization at UNGA

Addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres today spotlighted several threats – including the nuclear peril, climate change, and ongoing conflicts – that must be overcome to create a better world for all.

19 September 2017 – Addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres today spotlighted several threats – including the nuclear peril, climate change, and ongoing conflicts – that must be overcome to create a better world for all.

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Secretary-General António Guterres meets President of South Africa

Secretary-General António Guterres meets with Jacob Zuma, President, Republic of South Africa…UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

NEW YORK 18 September 2017 – The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa. The Secretary-General thanked South Africa for its contribution to peace and security in Africa, including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Secretary-General and President Zuma also discussed regional efforts to support peace and dialogue in Burundi. They also exchanged views on the importance of multilateralism to advancing the international development and peace and security agendas.

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Bringing the United Nations and SDGs closer to students of Eersterust Secondary School

Students at Eersterust Secondary School display placards of the TOGETHER CAMPAIGN slogan – “Respect and Dignity for All”

Pretoria, 25 August 2017 – The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria visited and interacted with Grade 11 students at Eersterust Secondary School in Eersterust, east of Pretoria earlier this month for a fun-filled day aimed at informing students about the work and structures of the UN, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the TOGETHER campaign. Continue reading

Southern Africa pursues coordinated response to Avian Influenza outbreak

Photo © FAO/ SATYAJIT SARKAR

Countries urged to act quickly to exterminate the outbreak                         

3 August 2017, Johannesburg – The recent outbreaks of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), commonly referred to as the bird flu, are threatening the livelihood and food security status of millions of families in the region. If not tackled quickly, the HPAI outbreak impedes trade opportunities and will reverse the gains made in enhancing food and nutrition security.

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South African students participate in #SaveOurOcean competition

Pretoria, South Africa, 23 June 2017 – More than 30 senior primary school students from Pretoria, South Africa, participated in the #SaveOurOcean competition organized this month by the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in partnership with Greenpeace Africa, an advocacy group, in an effort to raise awareness about the current situation facing the world’s oceans.

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The Secretary-General’s message for the 100-day countdown to International Day of Peace

Upon taking up my duties as Secretary-General in January of this year, my very first act was to issue an appeal for peace — a call on citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to put peace first.

The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September, embodies our shared aspiration to end the needless suffering caused by armed conflict.  It offers a moment for the peoples of the world to acknowledge the ties that bind them together, irrespective of their countries of origin.  It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope that one day of peace can lead to another, and another, and ultimately to a stilling of the guns.

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Opening Ceremony of UN Ocean Conference during the Fijian traditional welcome ceremony

Secretary-General António Guterres (centre at right) during the Fijian traditional welcome ceremony to open the Conference. 05 June 2017, New York (UN Photo/Mark Garten)

The UN Ocean Conference is taking place at UN headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day (8 June). Co-chaired by Fiji and Sweden, the Conference aims to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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PRESS RELEASE : UN Secretary-General opens Ocean Conference, calling on countries to set aside short-term gain to avoid catastrophe

Conference focuses attention on ocean pollution, overfishing and climate impacts

New York, 5 June— Warning that the special relationship between people and the ocean that brings untold benefits for life is under threat as never before, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the opening of the Ocean Conference that the problems of the ocean—all created by human activity, can all be reversed and prevented with decisive, coordinated action.

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