Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on restrictions applied to travellers from Ebola-affected countries

The Secretary-General is concerned by the recent restrictions put in place in several countries and localities applying to people who have travelled to the main Ebola-affected countries.

He believes that these restrictions have put particular pressure on health care workers and those who have been on the frontline of the Ebola response. Returning health workers are exceptional people who are giving of themselves for humanity. They should not be subjected to restrictions that are not based on science. Those who develop infections should be supported, not stigmatized.

The Secretary-General reiterates that the best way for any country to protect itself from Ebola is to stop the outbreak at its source in West Africa. This requires considerable international health care worker support and in return for this support, we have an obligation to look after them.

New York, 27 October 2014

UNIC Releases Dove to Mark Peace Day

Peace Day Bindura Crowd 2014

Some people clapped while others ululated as a white dove was released into the air by UNIC Harare’s Tafadzwa Mwale. This was the commemoration of the International Day of Peace, 2014 held at Bindura University of Science Education on 26 September.

Prior to releasing the dove, which represents “hope for peace” or a peace offering from one person to another, Tafadzwa Mwale read and distributed English, Shona and Ndebele versions of the UN Generals Message message to mark the Day.

“We ask combatants to put down their arms so all can breathe the air of peace,” said Mr Ban ki-Moon. “Armed conflict causes untold grief to families, communities and entire countries. Too many are suffering today at the brutal hands of warmongers and terrorists. Let us stand with them in solidarity.”

He added that: “Peace and security are essential foundations for social progress and sustainable development. That is why, three decades ago, the United Nations affirmed the right of peoples to peace.”

A moment of silence was observed at noon in remembrance of those killed during war times.

“Peace is much more than the absence of war. It is a practical discipline which aims to change the lives of people in societies they live in,” stressed the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Charles Pfukwa.

He added that universities have a greater opportunity of creating peace globally in fulfilling the vision of the UN, of protecting the rights of the vulnerable.

Speaking at the same event, Blessing Bishau a student at the University of Zimbabwe said, “Peace is an act of goodwill, an expression of tranquillity and unity expressed from within and not from without.”

The International Day of Peace is observed annually around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

United Nations marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace and this year’s theme was “Right of people to Peace”. This anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. The Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.

“Peace begins with me, peace begins with you and peace begins with us,” said Senator of the Mashonaland Central, Mrs Mavhunga who was standing in for Senator Mumvuri, United Peace Federation (UPF) Chairperson.

Over 300 people who included government officials, Bindura university lecturers, private sector representatives, Zimbabwe United Nations Association members and university students attended the event.

 

 

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the 15 October presidential, legislative and provincial elections in Mozambique

The Secretary-General commends the people of Mozambique for the calm atmosphere which prevailed during the presidential, legislative and provincial elections on 15 October 2014.

He notes that the elections were considered by national and international observer missions to be generally peaceful and transparent, despite some localized incidents.

The Secretary-General calls on all stakeholders to continue working together in the framework of the electoral law and to engage constructively throughout the electoral process while waiting for the announcement of final results.

New York, 17 October 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the death of a MINUSCA peacekeeper in the Central African Republic

The Secretary-General is appalled by the attack by unknown perpetrators against a UN convoy today in PK11 in Bangui, resulting in the killing of a peacekeeper. Eight additional peacekeepers were also injured in the attack. This is the first death of a United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) peacekeeper since the transfer of authority from the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic on 15 September.

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing and wounding of UN peacekeepers. Such acts against those who are working towards peace and security in the Central African Republic are entirely unacceptable. The perpetrators of the violence, which has also resulted in a number of civilians killed since the clashes in the capital began on 7 October, must also be brought to justice.

The Secretary-General calls on all actors to refrain from further violence. He calls upon the Transitional Authority to take all necessary steps to ensure the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement signed in Brazzaville on 23 July as a matter of priority and reminds the parties of their commitments under the agreement. He underscores that a comprehensive political solution is the only way to successfully complete the country’s transition and bring sustainable peace and stability to the Central African Republic.

The Secretary-General offers his sincere condolences and sympathy to the family of the victim and to his Government.
 
New York, 9 October 2014

MUBATANIDZWA WENYIKA DZEPASI ROSE

MASHOKO EMUNYORI MUKURU

PAZUVA REKURANGARIRA VAKWEGURA

New York, 1 Gumiguru 2014 

Vakwegura vari kuita basa rakakosha zvikuru munyika, apo huwandu hwavo huri kuramba huchikura nekuda kwekuvandudzwa kweutano mune dzimwe nyika dzepasi rino. 

Pasi rose huwandu hwevakwegura huri kutarisirwa kudarika zvakapetwa kaviri, kubva pamamiriyoni mazana masere ane makumi mana nerimwe (841 million) evanhu, mugore ra2013, kusvika vanhu vanodarika mabhiriyoni maviri muna2050. Panosvika gore iri, zvikamu zvingangosvika zvisere kubva mugumi zvevanhu vakwegura zvichange zvavakugara mumatunhu ane budiriro ichiri pasi. 

Kuwedzera zvishoma-nezvishoma, asi kusingadzokeri kumashure, kwekurarama kwevanhu, kunoratidza chimwe chiratidzo chezveshanduko huru pamwe nematambudziko enguva ino yatiri kurarama. Asi kunyangwe zvakadaro, kutadza kufambirana nemasandukiro ezveuwandu hwevanhu kuchaita kuti kuzadzikiswa kweramangwana revanhu vemazera ose rinoenderera mberi, rakachengetedzwa uye rinogutsa, kureme. 

Vanhu vakwegura vanoita mabasa akawanda, uye akasiyana-siyana, anowedzera budiriro yezveupfumi nemagariro evanhu munyika. Asi kunyangwe zvakadaro, rusaruro pamwe nekunyenyeredzwa kwevakwegura kunoramba kuchiitika. Tinofanira kukunda tsika iyi, kuitira kuti vakwegura vave neraramo yemagariro pamwe neupfumi yakachangamuka, yakachengetedzwa uye ine utano. 

Vavariro yebudiriro yenguva iri mberi kwegore ra2015, inopa mukana wakakosha zvikuru kuMubatanidzwa weNyika Dzose pamwe neNhengo Dzawo dzeNyika, kuti uvandudze kodzero pamwe nemabasa evakwegura munyika, chinova chinhu chakakosha mukuzvipira kwedu “kwekusava neanosiiwa kumashure.” 

Pazuva rino ratinocherechedza pasi rose, ndinokurudzira hurumende nevanhu munyika dzose, kuti vaone kuti vanhu vakwegura vava nechokuita mumabasa enyika, uye kodzero nechiremera chavo zvachengetedzwa.

UNOBHALA JIKELELE

UMBIKO NGOSUKU LWAMAZWE OMHLABA LOKUNANZA ABANTU ABADALA

ENew York, 1 Mfumfu 2014  

Abanatu abadala badla indima enkulu emphakathini nxa besanda ngokwenani lanxa ezempilakahle zithuthuka kwamanye amazwe omhlaba.

Inani labantu abadala likhangelelwe ukuthi likhule ngokungaphezu kokuziphinda emhlabeni wonke jikelele, ukusuka amakhulwini ayisitshiyangalombili lamatshumi amane lanye ezigidi (841 million) ngomnyaka ka-2013 ukuya kumabhiliyoni amabili ngo-2050. Ngalowo mnyaka, phose abantu abayisitshiyangalombili etshumini labantu abadala emhlabeni bazobe behlala emazweni asesemuva kwezentuthuko.

Ukwenyuka kwempilo ngale indlela kuletha inguquko enkulu lobunzima empilweni yethu. Lanxa kunjalo, ukwehluleka ukumelana lale inguquko kwezempilo kuzakwenza kube nzima ukuthi sifeze injongo zekusasa elilondolozekayo, elivikelekileyo njalo elisuthiswa kuluntu lwazo zonke intanga.

Abantu abadala badlala indima enkulu kwezentuthuko yomnotho lenhlalo yabantu. Loba kunjalo, ubandlululo lusaqhubeka. Kufanele sinqobe lolu bandlululo ukuze sanelise ukugcina abantu asebegugile beyingxenye emqoka yenhlalo lezomnotho, bevikelekile njalo bephile kahle.

Injongo yentuthuko ngemva kuka-2015 ipha iNhlangano yaMazwe aManyeneyo (i-United Nations) lamazwe angamalunga ayo ithuba elihle kakhulu lokudlodlobalisa amalungelo lomlandu wabantu abadala emphakathini njengengxenye yokuzimisela kwethu “ukungatshiyi muntu emuva”.

Ngalolu usuku lwamazwe wonke omhlaba, ngikhuthaza ohulumende labantu kuwo wonke amagumbi omhlaba ukuthi baqinisekise ukuphatheka ngokugcweleyo kwabantu abadala emphakathini ngasikhathi sinye bevikela amalungelo lenhlonipho yabantu abadala.

 

UN in Zimbabwe participates in the ZIBF 2014

ZIBF 2014

Students were among those that visited the UNCT  stand at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair

Almost 2 000 people visited the United Nations (UN) Country Team in Zimbabwe Pavilion, during the Zimbabwe International Book-Fair (ZIBF) 2014 held in Harare from the 30th of July to the 2nd of August.

Among them were publishers, booksellers, writers, librarians, school teachers, students (primary, secondary and university), researchers, government officials and members of the public.

The UN Country Team in Zimbabwe participated in the exhibition alongside 52 exhibitors — 46 local and 6 international — and the pavilion was manned by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Harare.

Publications from a number of the UN agencies were displayed and distributed during the Book Fair. The publications were mainly popular with educational institutions like primary and secondary schools, university and public libraries, researchers and government officials.

Primary and secondary schools were mainly interested in the history and structure of the UN which is part of their syllabuses. University students doing Political Science, Law and International Relations were more interested in publications like the UN Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Basic Facts about the UN, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Human Development Reports.

Second Model UN held in the Parliament of Zimbabwe

Model UN

Neeraj Madzivanyika of Pinewood High School, General Assembly President (Model UN)

The United Nations in Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe United Nations Associations on Friday, July 4 held a Model United Nations in the Parliament of Zimbabwe focusing on Maternal Health, MDG target and the post 2015 agenda.

Twenty-two high schools from Harare participated in the debate representing 22 countries that included Angola, Australia, China, Russia, United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Speaking at this event, UN Resident Coordinator ad interim Reza Hossaini commended the students for focusing on this topic.

“A theme like this for the Model UN shows that the UN system is more than Security Council and the Department of Peace Keeping Operations! The UN is very much about saving lives and changing lives for the better. And we strongly believe that the foundation of a peaceful and secure world in the future is built upon improved quality of lives for all and equity in access to basic services,” he said.

He added that by choosing a theme like this, “you are giving a voice to an issue that doesn’t often get talked about and captured by the media”. Speaker of the Senate of Zimbabwe Edna Madzongwe commended the holding of a Model UN, saying it helped bring the organization closer to the people on the ground.

“The United Nations should not be a remote institution far removed from the realities of our local challenges and experiences; rather it should be an opportune platform where our localized common problems are given a global amplified voice and greater urgency of concerted action.

She said the Model UN debate “creates and raises awareness amongst our junior citizens on the pertinent common global challenges and gets them to engage at a level where they will become responsible citizens endowed with a global mind-set.”

The students’ debate was of a high level and highlighted issues pertaining to the topic Maternal Health, MDG target and the post 2015 agenda.

For more of the RC’s speech click here .

UNICS Commemorate Drugs Day

WEBEX DRUGS NHAPI

Ernestine Nhapi, Vice Chairperson of Zimbabwe Institute for Drug and Alcohol Combating (ZIDAC) and Detective Assistant Inspector Makina of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Drugs, Zimbabwe Republic Police making their contributions to the WEBEX discussion. 

On 10 July, United Nations Information Centres (UNICs) Harare and Nairobi, and UNIS Vienna connected via WEBEX to commemorate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The commemoration, which was facilitated via WEBEX – a UNIC-driven internet connectivity that allows participants to engage in discussions across borders and continents – took the form of a discussion focusing on youth drug abuse and culminated in the participants suggesting possible solutions to curb drug abuse.

Participants to the discussion included UNODC staff, experts on drugs issues, youth, teachers, police and NGOs dealing with drugs. Eshila Maravanyika, Deputy Director UNIC Nairobi facilitated the session, inviting contributions from each of the participating UNICs.

The contributions revealed that the main causes of drug abuse by young people emanated mostly from peer pressure, academic workloads within schools, colleges and universities, the problem of absentee parents and the general environment surrounding the youth.

“Most young people always use drugs to ‘feel high’, as they call it nowadays, meaning out of oneself,” said one of the students in Vienna adding, “If one uses drugs they claim to forget about all their problems.”

Another university student from Zimbabwe said “youths always use drugs as a way of meeting the targets of their workloads, especially in universities where the curriculum demands a lot of work. They end up using marijuana because it makes the brain work faster and better since it gives one a lot of strength.”

Up to 200, 000 die every year due to illicit drugs, Yury Fedotov Executive Director of the UN Office for Drug Control (UNODC) said in his 2014 Statement to mark the Day. He explained that drugs do not just affect the user, they cause tremendous hardship and misery to families and loved ones. 

Ernestine Nhapi, Vice Chairperson of Zimbabwe Institute for Drug and Alcohol Combating (ZIDAC) concurred adding “Drug abuse does not only affect the user, but the country as a whole because it slows down the economic development of a country.”

She added that, in order to promote a society free from drugs we have to solicit commitment from the government, to have confidence to confront organizations that produce alcohol, encourage the youth to participate in awareness that promotes a drug-free society and work closely with the media so that they broadcast effective messages.

Cannabis is the most widely-abused drug among young people, mostly because it is cheap to purchase. Other drugs such as cocaine and heroin are also popular. According to Detective Assistant Inspector Makina of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Drugs, Zimbabwe Republic Police, some young people are also abusing cough syrups as they are cheaper and more easily accessible.

Those caught abusing drugs are however arrested and prosecuted, Makina explained.

Sadly, statistics produced by UNODC indicate that only one out of six people using drugs is able to get professional help.

“There is no justification for abuse of drugs,” Alex Njeru an official from the National Agency for Campaign against Drug Abuse (NACADA) Kenya, said. He stressed that young people should avoid being idle and use their energy positively.

Preventive measures proposed by the participants included good parenting, dialoguing, having mentors, and encouraging young people to start and participate in clubs. The youths were also urged to use the media, such as electronic, print and the social media constructively.

Staff from UNODC said their office was designing a programme that will bring together stakeholders that include parents, teachers and the students to fight the menace effectively.

“On the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, I urge the international community to strengthen its efforts to confront illicit drugs as an integral element in building a safe and sustainable future,” United Nations General Secretary, Ban ki-Moon said in his message to mark this Day.

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse. By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. This resolution recommended further action with regard to the report and conclusions of the 1987 International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

 

 

 

 

 

Over 1500 visit the UN in Zimbabwe Stand

ZITF GUGU

Gugu ( in checked blouse) was one of the people to visit the United Nations stand in Bulawayo and to enquire what the UN has done for Zimbabwe.

Over 1500 people visited the United Nations in Zimbabwe stand at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) held in Bulawayo 22-26 April 2014.

On display were a variety of books drawn from all UN agencies. These included the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF) 2012-2015, the latest MDG Report 2012, Charter of the United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Human Development Report and the Basic Facts about the United Nations. One of the more popular books was the African Economic Outlook 2013.

ZITF MOTHER AND DAUGHTER

A mother and her daughter collect information from the UN in Zimbabwe stand.

The exhibition provided an opportunity for the UN to disseminate information about its work in Zimbabwe and to answer questions raised by those that visited the stand. Many people wanted to know what the UN has achieved in Zimbabwe and specifically in Bulawayo, how to get a job in the United Nations and also how to be a UN Volunteer.

ZITF CUBICLE

Tafadzwa Mwale of UNIC assists people during the ZITF.

UNIC’s National Information Officer Tafadzwa Mwale was among the UN Communications Group (UNCG) members manning the stand. The team used the opportunity to raise awareness about the work of the UN in Zimbabwe and emphasized that all UN work is implemented within the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF).

ZITF CHARTER

A man flips through the United Nations Charter at the United Nations in Zimbabwe stand during the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair held recently.

 

Zimbabwe International Trade Fair is one of the key business development sector trade shows in Zimbabwe attracting over 700 exhibitors. It is held annually in Zimbabwe and attracts business people from all over the world. President Robert Mugabe officially opened the ZITF which was also attended by Vice President Joice Mujuru and other government ministers. More photographs can be viewed on https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mqfo14rc8at8nau/5Mp5IYP6-0