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2013 – INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF WATER CO-OPERATION

 WORLD WATER DAY 2013 MBIRA SOLOIST

To focus attention on the importance of water, the 2013 World Water Day Commemoration was held on 22 March under the theme, “Water Cooperation”.
UNIC Harare joined Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA), over 200 pupils, teachers and government officials in a poetry recital competition.
Twenty-four Harare-based school pupils participated in the competition and they raised issues of dwindling water supply, sharing of water resources, water cooperation at a micro-level, hygienic behavior patterns such as hand washing, personal cleanliness and the consequence of non-collection of refuse in the community.
They cited typhoid and cholera as some of the diseases emanating from water scarcity. The pupils also demonstrated their knowledge of the importance of water, its qualities and composition.
Tafadzwa Mwale, UNIC National Information Officer gave the background to World Water Day and explained that the Day was recommended at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).
It was set aside by the United Nations to draw international attention to the critical lack of clean, safe drinking water. She explained that in setting aside the Day, the United Nations recognized the importance of the issue of water and encouraged UN member states to promote the day through different activities that include the promotion of public awareness through the production and dissemination of documentaries and the organization of conferences, round tables, seminars and expositions.
Mr Manyangadze, Chief Hydrologist in the Ministry of Water Resources Development and Management was the guest of honour at this event. In his speech, he explained that Zimbabwe has water courses that she shares with other countries. “We share the Zambezi River with seven other countries, the Save River with Mozambique and the Limpopo River with South Africa. Over the years we have managed as countries to peacefully utilize water from these watercourses through co-operation,” he said.
In his statement to mark World Water Day UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon said “Water holds the key to sustainable development. We need it for health, food security and economic progress.” Despite this, he added, each year brings new pressures around issues of water.
“One in three people already live with moderate to high water stress, and by 2030 nearly half the global population could be facing water scarcity, with demand outstripping supply by 40 per cent”.
He said there is need to work together to protect and manage this fragile, finite resource saying that “competition is growing among farmers and herders; industry and agriculture; town and country; upstream and downstream; and across borders.
The year 2013 is the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. The year was declared in December 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution A/RES/65/154.

UNIC and Bindura University hold Model UN

Harare – On Thursday 16 November, Bindura University of Science Education and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) held a Model UN on the topic: Globalization and ICTs in the new Millennium.

Twenty countries participated in the Model UN including Botswana, China, Ethiopia, Japan, UK, USA and Zimbabwe. Australia opened the debate and highlighted the situation in her country regarding globalization and ICT’s. She explained that the country was heavily skewed towards the use of ICTs’ and its development. The representative for Korea said 28 percent of the country’s business is done online while Malaysia explained that ICT had contributed towards poverty eradication and development. The South African delegate however urged countries to come together to combat the negative effects of globalization which include satanism, internet scams and pornography.

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UNIC Harare Commemorates UN DAY 2012

Harare – More than 6 000 pupils from Harare province this year benefited from the UN4U educational outreach campaign organized by UNIC and the United Nations Communications Group.

Held on 18 and 22 October, the campaign targeted 25 secondary  schools from four of Harare’s regions – Chitungwiza, High Glen-Highfield, Mabvuku-Tafara and Warren Park-Mabelreign. At each of the schools, pupils were educated on the Role, Structure and Functions of the United Nations and the United Nations in the National Context.

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International Day of Peace commemorations a resounding success

Harare –  UNIC commemorated the International Day of Peace in Harare in partnership with UNDP, Organ for National Healing and Reconciliation (ONHRI), Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) and other stakeholders.

The commemorations, which were held under the local theme ’Planting the seed of peace for sustainable development,” saw over 800 people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds converge at the Harare International Conference Centre to celebrate peace through prayers, poetry and singing.

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UNIC Harare in Clean up for Peace

Harare – On 14 September, UNIC , UNDP, the Organ for National Healing, Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee(JOMIC), Committee on Dialogue among Religions and Faith Traditions and members of non-governmental organizations falling under the umbrella body National Association of Non Governmental Organizations (NANGO) will undertake a clean-up campaign in the run-up  to the International Day of Peace on 21 September.

There are two cleaning points – Copacabana and Charge Office in Harare Central. These are some of the busiest parts of Harare.

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UNIC Harare and UNV’S clean up in honour of Nelson Mandela

Harare – On Friday 20th July, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) staff and United Nations Volunteers (UNVs) cleaned Harare Children’s Home, Harare in commemoration of Nelson Mandela Day 2012.

The clean-up campaign saw the team of three UNIC staff – Tafadzwa Mwale, Tryphine Vambe, Teddy Jumbe and 40 UNV’s clean up the dining room, kitchen and the gardens. The team of UNVs included Moses Takawira UNV Country Operations, and Johan Atzinger, an international volunteer and UNV programme officer, staff from Childline, Connect, University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Social Work and other organizations.

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Pupils in lively debate on environmental sustainability

Harare – On Friday 13 July, 45 pupils from 29 Harare-based high-schools put the issue of ensuring environmental sustainability under scrutiny as they engaged in a mock United Nations General Assembly debate at Cranborne Boys High School.

Commonly known as a Model UN, the debate provided the mock UN delegates and the audience at large an opportunity to discuss the progress or lack of progress being made in adapting climate change, as nations race to meet the 2015 deadline for meeting Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Countries represented in the debate included China, South Africa, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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World Investment Report 2012 Launch

Harare – On Friday 6 July, UNIC, UNDP and the Zimbabwe Investment Authority came together to launch the World Investment Report 2012. The Launch was held at the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The theme of this year’s report was “Towards a New Generation of Investment Policies“. James Wakiaga, UNDP Economics Advisor gave welcoming remarks.  This was followed by a presentation on the topic “Towards a New Generation of Investment Policies”: Perspective on Zimbabwe by Dr Samuel Undenge, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion. Mr. Richard Mbaiwa, Chief Executive Officer of the Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) then gave a presentation of the World Investment Report and officially launched it. The above presentations were followed by a Question and Answer Session.

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A call to protect indigenous communities from waste producing industries

Harare – For several decades after the Second World War, the Marshall Islands, located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, were administered by the United States under trusteeship arrangements with the United Nations until 1986, when it became a sovereign nation.

For more than a decade from the mid 1940’s, the US conducted extensive nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands, including the detonation of largest bomb in Marshallese and American history, 1,000 times stronger than at Hiroshima.

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UNIC commemorates International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2012

Harare – UNIC, Ministry of Defence, Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Zimbabwe Prisons Service held a week-long educational awareness campaign in Masvingo province in commemoration of the International Day of the United Nations Peacekeeper from 28 May to 1 June 2012.

Through this campaign, 121 secondary schools were reached with information on the United Nations, its main organs and on the origins of peacekeeping. The pupils were also given information on UN peacekeeping and the role of the army, police and prisons services in UN peacekeeping.

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