UN Resident Coordinator Bishow Parajuli speaks during the official launch

UN Resident Coordinator Bishow Parajuli speaks during the official launch

UNIC Harare unveils Shona and Ndebele versions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

 On 12 February, 2015, UNIC Harare unveiled local language versions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event was officiated by the UNIC Harare Director and UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Bishow Parajuli in the UNIC library, where framed copies will remain a permanent feature.

Speaking at this event Mr Parajuli said the event was the “beginning of a long journey.”

“We have only managed to translate the Declaration into two Zimbabwean languages while the Constitution of Zimbabwe recognizes 16 national languages. Together, we will surely get there where our Zimbabwean children and youth will have the opportunity to read the articles of the Declaration in their own mother tongue and apply them in their lives and for the benefit of their communities,” he said.

Mr Parajuli commended the Government of Zimbabwe for its commitment to promote human rights. He cited the Government’s adoption of “a progressive, people centred and rights-based constitution,” saying this was a key milestone in Zimbabwe’s human rights history.

Likewise, Zimbabwe’s participation for the first time in the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights, where it accepted and has since been working to implement 130 recommendations made through the UN Human Rights Council is another key milestone.

The UPR is a global process which allows for all countries to mutually review their human rights achievements and challenges every four years.

Mr Francis Munhundiripo, Principal Administrative officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the unveiling came at the right time given that Zimbabwe’s new Constitution recognizes 16 local languages as official languages. He expressed the hope that UNIC and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) would work together to translate and disseminate the document into the other official languages.

Speaking at the same occasion, the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Mr Elasto Mugwadi said the launch is an important landmark in the development of fundamental human rights awareness as henceforth, Ndebele and Shona speaking people in this country will be acquainted with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights couched in their mother tongue.”

He said it is our obligation to “bring the awareness of the generality of humankind to their entitlement to these rights and freedoms through various methods including teaching, education and information dispensation in languages which people understand and converse in.”

Following the Launch, UNIC will work with a cross-section of organizations to disseminate the local language versions of the declarations.

Model UN students in informative debate


Model UN participants pose for a photograph with Tafadzwa Mwale of UNIC and Ambassador David Hamadziripi, Director Multilateral Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

For the third time in as many years, UNIC Harare and Bindura University of Science Education partnered to hold the Model UN on 13 November 2014 at the university’s new campus. The topic for this year’s Model UN was ‘Rural Industrialization for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation’.   

Fifty-two (52) second year students pursuing Policy Analysis and Globalization and Development degrees debated this topic from the position of the countries they were representing. This followed months of research at the UNIC library and at embassies, and orientation by UNIC. The end product was a well-researched debate highlighting real issues affecting the 16 countries.  

Officially opening the Model UN, Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, who was represented by Ambassador David Hamadziripi, Director, Multilateral Affairs, in the Ministry cautioned the students not to consider their participation in the Model UN as a ‘mere simulation exercise but as a serious exercise in informing themselves about this critical, topical, national and international topic.”  

Speaking at the same event, Tafadzwa Mwale, UNIC officer in Charge presented the background of the Model United Nations, highlighting that it had become very global in nature.  

The event was also attended by ambassadors, attaches, lecturers and local government representatives.  

At the end of the event Model UN delegates were presented certificates by Tafadzwa Mwale, the Namibian Ambassador to Zimbabwe H.E. Balbina D. Pienaar and Professor W. Parawira, Executive Dean of Science at Bindura University of Science Education.  

The Model United Nations with Bindura University of Science Education is now an annual event and will likely incorporate more Faculties in the coming years. In 2012 Bindura University of Science Education students held the Model UN under the theme “ICT and Globalization in the New Millennium’ while in 2013 the Model UN was held under the theme ‘Indigenization and Economic Empowerment.”

UNIC’s Model UN Stand popular during UN Day Commemorations


Government officials, donors, members of the diplomatic corps, civil society and the media were among the groups of people that visited the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) exhibition stand during the commemoration of United Nations (UN) Day on Friday 24 October at the World Health Organizations grounds.

On display was the Model UN which has been held jointly by Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) and UNIC Harare over the past two years.

Bindura University of Science Education students Edmore Dauramanzi, Farai Fenyere and Sympathy Makururu shared their experiences of the Model UN process to stand visitors and explained how they had benefitted academically.

“The Model UN is a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly. Through our Model UN, students took on the capacities of the different countries and they represented those countries’ positions on the topic being discussed, explained Dauramanzi, who was the President during the Model UN held at BUSE in 2012 under the topic i

Farai Fenyere explained that the Model UN had given her insight into how the UN General Assembly operates whilst Sympathy Makururu said he had been exposed to diplomatic processes through the visits they make to embassies in preparation for the Model UN.

The Display mounted by UNIC was part of an information Market organised for this UN Day commemoration with the primary objective of showcasing the partnerships that exist between the more than 23 UN agencies in Zimbabwe and some of their stakeholders.

“As you all know, the creation of the UN 69 years ago was the result of a dream for a world free of violence, discrimination, poverty and diseases,” Bishow Parajuli, UN Resident Coordinator explained during the formal session of the commemorations.

“Here in Zimbabwe, we are celebrating the 2014 UN Day under the theme “Together Moving Zimbabwe Forward” to showcase the success of our joint collaboration between the Government, donors, the UN, NGOs and the civil society,” the Resident Coordinator explained.

Speaking at the same event, Deputy Chief Secretary to President and Cabinet, Retired Colonel Christian Katsande said “Zimbabwe with the support of the UN and other cooperating partners, has made significant progress in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include improving primary school enrolment and child health, gender party in education and reducing the spread of HIV, TB and Malaria.

More than 250 people attended the UN Day commemorations.

Read more on the following link. http://www.zw.one.un.org/newsroom/news/joint-efforts-revitalise-social-services-new-five-year-un-framework-underway-sustain

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




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.



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.