Category Archives: Press Statements

UN Country Team on delivering better Results in South Africa

Heads of UN Agencies and Programme Mangers

Heads of UN Agencies and Programme Managers

The United Nations Country Team recently held a three day retreat in the south of Johannesburg at which they focused on two key objectives: to assess the UN’s “fitness for purpose” in the South African context and in view of current work structures, as well as to build on existing cooperation and better engage with the Government on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

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UN shares lessons and stories from the Holocaust and Genocide with high school students

Group Photo. UNIC Pretoria

Group Photo. UNIC Pretoria

Pretoria, January 27, 2016 – Nearly 200 Grade Nine school children today heard first-hand accounts of how millions of Jews and others suffered or were killed in the Holocaust during the Second World War, as well as during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994.

Students at the Hoërskool Voortrekkerhoogte in Taba Tshwane, Pretoria took part in an educational interactive programme to mark International Holocaust Day, which falls on January 27. The programme organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Education Africa and the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre (JHGC), was aimed at raising awareness about past human atrocities and spreading the message of peace, unity and tolerance. Continue reading

The Secretary-General Remarks at Dialogue with Nigerian State Governors – Abuja, 23 August 2015

I am so pleased to begin my visit to Nigeria with you – and it is fitting that I do so. I strongly believe a more prosperous, democratic and secure Nigeria begins with you.

I would like to thank the Governor of Kaduna State for hosting this opportunity to discuss your aspirations for change in Nigeria. Continue reading

The Secretary-General Remarks To ECOSOC HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT and Global Launch of the 2015 MDG report Oslo, 6 July 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

New York, 6 July 2015 – Your Excellency Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Your Excellency Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Your Excellency, Ambassador Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, Honourable Ministers,Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is a great pleasure to join you via video conference for this important session of ECOSOC in this crucial year for the United Nations. Continue reading

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein ahead of the first-ever International Albinism Awareness Day, 13 June 2015

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra'ad Photo : UNHCR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra’ad Photo : UNHCR

Geneva, 11 June 2015 – The World’s first-ever day for Albinism Awareness, is an opportunity to celebrate the talents and achievements of people with albinism, and to join the struggle against the challenges they face.

In every society, babies are born with albinism, due to a recessive gene that is carried by both parents.  But across the world, these children are likely to face bullying, prejudice and even violence because of stereotypes based on the colour of their skin. They frequently cannot access adequate healthcare, although albinism may impair their vision and increase their risk of skin cancers.  Failure to accommodate this visual impairment, as well as mockery and abuse, may force them to drop out of school; compounded by widespread social rejection, this can result in unemployment, isolation and life-long poverty. Continue reading

Statement by the President of the Security Council

New York – After 19 months of a rebellion which has exacerbated the humanitarian strife in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Security Council welcomes the announcement by the M23 to put an end to its rebellion, the government of DRC’s acceptance of this announcement and the cessation of hostilities between the DRC and the M23. The Security Council condemns the violence caused by this rebellion, which has resulted in a significant loss of civilian life, as well as of MONUSCO peacekeepers’ lives, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians.  Continue reading

Statement from the Great Lakes envoys on M23

UN – Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Head of MONUSCO, Boubacar Diarra, AU Special Representative for the Great Lakes, Russell Feingold, U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the DRC, and Koen Vervaeke, EU Senior Coordinator to the Great Lakes Region, are concerned about the renewed outbreak of violence between the M23 and the Government of the DRC.They take note of the announcement of the M23 of cessation of hostilities as a first and necessary step to peace. Continue reading