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UNIC Harare launches UDHR in Shangani and Venda


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.


UNCG Harare Exhibits at theSpace indaba


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.

Cyclists take to the road for the SDGs


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.

Cyclists on the road

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

Over 3 000 pupils attend High Schools Model UN


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.

UNIC celebrates Families day


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.

Dialogue with Parliamentarians on Transitioning to Sustainable Development Goals


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.

Students converge to remember victims of slavery and the Transatlantic slave trade


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.



Closing Remarks at Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate change


By UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon

Today, the governments of the world made history – just as they did last December in Paris at COP21.  With their signatures today, governments have made a covenant with the future.  The children who were with us this morning reminded us of our responsibility to them and to future generations.  The words they wore on their shirts said it clearly: “your promise, our future”. Today’s signing is a vote of confidence in a new approach to climate change.  It is imperative this strong political momentum continues to grow.   If all the countries that have signed here today join the Agreement at the national level, the world will have met the legal requirement for the Paris Agreement to enter into force — 55 countries accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. I will do everything I can to help us reach this goal. This afternoon I was pleased to hear several large emitter countries announce they will ratify in 2016. I encourage all countries to raise their level of ambition. I urge world leaders to continue to provide direct political oversight and guidance.  And I will look to civil society and the world’s young people to hold Governments to account for the promises they made today. This covenant with the future is a covenant with you.  Hold them to it. Excellencies, It has been a long journey to this moment – and that journey still continues. When I look out at the horizon, I see, more clearly than ever, the outlines of a new and better world. The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is a major step forward for people and the planet.  The World Humanitarian Summit I am convening in Istanbul, Turkey on May 23rd and 24th will be a critical opportunity to enhance our support to the most vulnerable and reaffirm our common humanity.  Ladies and Gentlemen, Let us continue to build on the historic progress of today – and move swiftly, with courage and determination, to usher in the new era we know can be ours. Thank you.

Historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change


195 Nations Set Path to Keep Temperature Rise Well Below 2 Degrees Celsius

Paris, 12 December 2015 – An historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future was agreed by 195 nations in Paris today.

The Paris Agreement for the first time brings all nations into a common cause based on their historic, current and future responsibilities.

The universal agreement’s main aim is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The 1.5 degree Celsius limit is a significantly safer defense line against the worst impacts of a changing climate.

Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability to deal with the impacts of climate change.

To reach these ambitious and important goals, appropriate financial flows will be put in place, thus making stronger action by developing countries and the most vulnerable possible, in line with their own national objectives.

“The Paris Agreement allows each delegation and group of countries to go back home with their heads held high. Our collective effort is worth more than the sum of our individual effort. Our responsibility to history is immense” said Laurent Fabius, President of the COP 21 UN Climate change conference and French Foreign Minister.

The minister, his emotion showing as delegates started to rise to their feet, brought the final gavel down on the agreement to open and sustained acclamation across the plenary hall.

French President Francois Hollande told the assembled delegates: “You’ve done it, reached an ambitious agreement, a binding agreement, a universal agreement. Never will I be able to express more gratitude to a conference. You can be proud to stand before your children and grandchildren.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: “We have entered a new era of global cooperation on one of the most complex issues ever to confront humanity. For the first time, every country in the world has pledged to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and join in common cause to take common climate action. This is a resounding success for multilateralism.”

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said: “One planet, one chance to get it right and we did it in Paris. We have made history together. It is an agreement of conviction. It is an agreement of solidarity with the most vulnerable. It is an agreement of long-term vision, for we have to turn this agreement into an engine of safe growth.”

“Successive generations will, I am sure, mark the 12 December 2015 as a date when cooperation, vision, responsibility, a shared humanity and a care for our world took centre stage,” she said.

“I would like to acknowledge the determination, diplomacy and effort that the Government of France have injected into this remarkable moment and the governments that have supported our shared ambition since COP 17 in Durban, South Africa,” she said. To read more click



Palestine Day commemorated in Harare

Zimbabwe School of Music at Palestine Day

Zimbabwe School of Music at Palestine Day

UNIC and the Embassy of Palestine in Harare on Monday 30th November commemorated the International Day in Solidarity with the People of Palestine.

To commemorate the Day, the Palestine Embassy hosted a reception which was attended by over 23 diplomatic missions, by academics, Palestinians resident in Zimbabwe and, friends of Palestine, among others.

United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli read the statement of the UN Secretary General to mark the event. The statement notes that the 2015 observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People came at a time when security and hope are at a low point.

“A wave of violence has included heinous attacks, stabbings, shootings and vehicular attacks causing immense suffering among Israeli and Palestinian families alike.  I condemn such attacks and all acts of violence.  Illegal settlement activities and settler-related violence have continued, along with punitive demolitions of Palestinian-owned homes and structures,” he said.

The Secretary General urged both the Israelis’ and the Palestinians to “play a constructive role towards resolving the conflict” and “reject incitement and inflammatory public statements.”

Speaking at this occasion, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Honourable MP Edgar Mbwembwe urged the Israelis to stop the wanton killings of women and children. He urged the international community to do more to stop the killing of Palestinians.

On 29 November 2012, the State of Palestine joined the United Nations as a “non-Member observer State”. Today, 136 countries recognize the State of Palestine and its flag flies at the United Nations next to those of all Member States.  However, these advances are not felt by children in Gaza, or by the residents of Nablus, Hebron and East Jerusalem.  What they feel instead is a lack of hope that their lives will change for the better and that they will be citizens of a State able to ensure their freedom and well-being through peace with their neighbours, said the UN Secretary General.

This event was organised by UNIC Harare and the Embassy of Palestine.