UNIC Harare conducted educational awareness on the United Nations in the eastern highlands town of Mutare, 28-30 March. The UNIC team, comprising Tafadzwa Mwale, UNIC National Information Officer (NIO) and Officer in Charge, Jabulani Nyamweda, UNIC’s assistant Knowledge Management Officer visited Magamba Youth Training College, Mutare Polytechnic College and Zimbabwe Open University. Over 800 students were reached during this educational awareness programme. The main objective of the educational awareness programmes is to raise awareness on the United Nations, and on current programmes such as the Sustainable Development Goals.
Radio is still the most popular source of news and information, especially in rural areas, the UN Resident Coordinator Bishow Parajuli has said.
Speaking during World Radio Day commemorations held on Monday 13 February, the UN in Zimbabwe Chief said there are an estimated one million radio sets in the country, which is roughly one radio for every 12 inhabitants, according to the latest online database Press Reference.
He commended local radio stations for disseminating information to the public on how the Government, UN, development partners, NGOs and civil society organisations are working together in the areas of SDGs, food and nutrition security, HIV, gender, jobs, response to drought, good governance, and the rule of law.
The full-day commemoration began with a procession led by the Air Force of Zimbabwe and drum majorettes. This was effective in attracting a bumper crowd which numbered over 5 000. This was followed by presentations from radio stations that included Capital. Diamond FM, National FM, Power FM, Star FM, Radio Zimbabwe, ZiFM Stereo, among others. SADC was the only radio station present at this event from the region.
UNIC used the opportunity to talk about the importance of radio in local Shona language live on National FM and Radio Zimbabwe.
World Radio Day, 2017 was commemorated under the theme Radio is You.
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The Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development, Honourable Sithembiso Nyoni cuts the ribbon to the booklets while Tafadzwa Mwale of UNIC (centre), Elasto Mugwadi ZHRC Chairperson (far left) and the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs , Midlands Province Honourable Jason Machaya (far right) look on.
On Saturday 10 December, UNIC Harare launched Venda and Shangani versions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), in an effort to make the Declaration accessible to a larger Zimbabwean population.
The booklets were launched by the Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development, Honourable Sithembiso Nyoni during Human Rights Day 2016 commemorations organised by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC). The commemorations were held in Gweru under the theme ‘Stand Up for Someone’s Rights Today.”
Speaking at this event, ZHRC Chairperson Elasto Mugwadi commended UNIC for translating and launching the documents. He said that distribution of simplified booklets on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights translated into vernacular languages is one of their strategies to enhance the visibility of the Commission and promote awareness of human rights and fundamental freedoms in line with Section 243 (1) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
Minister Sithembiso Nyoni said this year’s theme “gives everyone the duty and obligation to protect and promote the rights of others. These include refugees, persons with disabilities, women, children, indigenous minority groups, or anyone else at risk of discrimination, violence or other violation of his or her fundamental rights and freedoms.
“Let us start by ensuring that one knows that they have the same rights as everyone else,” she said.
Venda and Shangani are two of the country’s 16 languages. The other languages are Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shona, Sign Language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana and Xhosa. In 2014, UNIC translated the Declaration into Shona and Ndebele.
The Human Rights Day commemoration was attended by over 1 000 people who included the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs , Midlands Province Jason Machaya, government officials, representatives of Civil Society, general public, media and other stakeholders.
Over 1 000 people visited the United Nations exhibition stand mounted by UN Communications Group (UNCG) at a joint UN-The Space Indaba held on Friday 16 November in Harare.
UNIC collected the books, fliers and publications from the agencies and mounted and manned the display for this day-long event. People of different backgrounds visited the UN stand.
The publications were mainly popular with secondary schools, university and public libraries and also researchers and government officials. Secondary schools were mainly interested in the history and structure of the United Nations, which is part of their syllabus. University students and graduates were primarily interested in the book entitled ‘Employment Opportunities’ within the United Nations.
UN Agencies also displayed photographs, reports and other materials highlighting their collaboration with donor agencies in this country. The indaba, which was held under the theme Looking back to the future was aimed at engaging Youth on the 2030 Agenda. During the indaba, UN Heads of Agencies participated in more than five debates focusing on the SDGs.
More than 34 foreign missions accredited to Zimbabwe exhibited at the Fair.
His worship the Mayor of Marondera, Mr Makwindi (in black suit), joins the other cyclists at the beginning of the 54 kilometre cycle to Harare.
Six Zimbabwean cyclists made history on Thursday, 11 August 2016, when they cycled 54 kilometres to raise awareness about the SDGs.
Tinotenda Chimanikire, aged 11 years was the youngest cyclist and he made the 54-kilometre journey without swopping with any other cyclist.
“Ndirikufara (I am happy)” said Tinotenda on arrival at the UNIC offices in central Harare, which was their final destination.
Accompanied by his father, Bongani Chimanikire, Tinotenda said he was very proud of his accomplishment. The other cyclists who participated in this historic event were Tapiwa Kubvoruno, Munyaradzi Muzenda, Anyway Shoriwa, and William Mapati. His worship the Mayor of Marondera Mr Makwindi also cycled. Each cyclist wore an SDG-branded T-shirts and pulled motorists and the public’s attention
“I cycled in support of SDG 1 which is ‘No Poverty. I am against poverty,” said Tapiwa Kubvoruno.
On arrival at UNIC, they participated in a press conference addressed by the UN Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli, the Principal Director in the Ministry of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Taguma Mahonde and the Mayor of Marondera.
Mr Parajuli congratulated the cyclists and said that it is important for everyone to embrace the SDGs, in the same spirit that the cyclists embraced them to the extent of cycling 54 kilometres to raise awareness.
“I am so delighted by the commitment you have shown as individuals. This is the championship we need, the mentality that is required to achieve the SDGs”, said Mr Parajuli.
Speaking at the same occasion, Taguma Mahonde said “What is happening today is a testimony of what the government of Zimbabwe and the UNDP are saying around SDGs, that SDG implementation requires everyone. We are happy that today, the issue of advocacy and communication around SDGs came from a community based organisation located outside Harare.”
Although the Zimbabwe Country position is to implement all the 17 SDGs, the country will focus on goals 8, 7, 2, 9, 6, 13, 17, 3, 4 and 5
On Friday, 1 July, the UN in Zimbabwe in partnership with Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA) held the largest Model UN yet to be held in the country, with an attendance of over 3 000 pupils. The Model UN was held at the Harare International Conference centre.
The topic of the Model UN Debate was SDG 13: “Take urgent action to combat climate change”.
The Guest of Honour at this event was Dr Lazarus Dokora, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education. In his speech, Minister Dokora applauded the Model UN process for exposing students to international diplomatic process. UN Resident Coordinator ad interim, Hopolang Phororo gave the background to the Model UN.
The 60 students representing 30 countries in this debate were trained by the United Nations Information Centre. Countries represented include Angola, Denmark, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
On Monday, 30th May, UNIC, the Committee on Dialogue among Religions to Promote Peace and various other organizations commemorated the International Day of Families. The commemorations were held at Bumhudzo Old People’s Home in Chitungwiza. Bumhudzo is a Salvation Army Church run institution.
The event was attended by 50 people who included 35 elderly people, members of the Salvation Army Church, UN representatives, well-wishers and government representatives.
The Honorable Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Prisca Mupfumira was the Guest of Honour at this event. UNIC’s officer in Charge, Tafadzwa Mwale read the UN Secretary General’s Message to mark this day in the local Shona language.
Members of Parliament from all the country’s 10 provinces converged at the Harare International Conference Centre from 11-12 May, 2016 for the first of its kind Dialogue with the United Nations on Transitioning to Sustainable Development Goals.
Apart from the MPs, the Dialogue was attended by the President of the Senate Honourable Edna Madzongwe, Speaker of the National Assembly Honorable Advocate Jacob Mudenda, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Macroeconomic Planning and Investment Promotion, Dr. Desiree Sibanda, UN Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli, UN Heads of Agencies and staff and the media. UNIC Harare’s Tafadzwa Mwale moderated the question and answer session on “UN support on the implementation of Zimbabwe’s priorities on the SDGs under 2016-2020 ZUNDAF.” The 6 ZUNDAF areas under focus in the discussion were Food Nutrition and Security, Gender Equality, HIV/AIDS, Poverty Reduction and Value Addition, Public Administration and Governance and Social Services and Protection. These were discussed in relation to the SDGs.
Parliamentarians are key in the SDGs implementation as they will translate them into action, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said.
Over 40 university students converged at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade held on 11 April by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC).
Drawn from Catholic University in Africa, Women’s University in Africa, Zimbabwe Open University and University of Zimbabwe, the students first viewed the Exhibition entitled Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers mounted in the venue. The Exhibition tells the fascinating history of enslaved East Africans in India, knowns as Sidis and Habshis, who rose to positions of military and political authority. It also sheds light on the slave trade in the Indian Ocean and the history of the African Diaspora in India.
This was followed by a Screening of a Documentary entitled: Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess. The hour-long documentary unearths and examines the mysterious figure – Nanny of the Maroons – a National Heroine of Jamaica, and one of the most celebrated, but least recognized heroines in the resistance history of the New World. The film documents the struggle for freedom of the Jamaican Maroons, led by the indomitable 18th century military genius, Queen Nanny.
The screening of the documentary was followed by a discussion in which, Mr Hlatywayo an Associate Professor from Zimbabwe Open University, Munyaradzi Nyakudya Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe History Department, Adam Rwodzi, a History Lecturer at the Catholic University and Mr Chibata, a History lecturer from the Women’s University in Africa gave their views. Mr Gapare, Deputy Director- Multilateral Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave the Keynote Address on behalf of Mr Hamadziripi, Director for Multilateral Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Tafadzwa Mwale of UNIC gave a background of the day.