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Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade remembered

On Monday 25 March, UNIC Harare commemorated the International day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The commemoration was held in partnership with the Catholic University of Zimbabwe.

Over 100 students and lecturers attended the commemoration at which Daniel Sam, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Head of Migration and Development was the guest speaker. During his presentation, Sam highlighted the interlinkages between slavery and migration and cautioned students not to fall into the slavery trap.

Some of the modern forms of slavery include sexual exploitation, human trafficking, engagement as child soldiers and forced work with no pay. He explained that slavery is a developmental and human rights issue affecting more women than men.

UNIC also mounted an exhibition entitled Say it Loud, which profiled black descendants of the slave trade who have overcome the barriers of slavery. This exhibition was donated to the Catholic University of Africa.

 

UN Secretary-General on Cyclone Idai

I am deeply saddened by the loss of life and heart-wrenching images of human suffering we have seen since Cyclone Idai hit Beira, Mozambique on the night of 14 March, and then swept into Malawi and Zimbabwe, resulting in the massive disaster.

I have been encouraged by the efforts of national and international search and rescue teams, who have been working around the clock to save thousands of lives under dangerous and challenging conditions.

These heroes have not only rescued families off roofs, but are also delivering food, water purification tablets and other life-saving humanitarian assistance to survivors after communities have literally been washed away.

The UN and humanitarian partners are scaling up the response with the initial funding from generous donors. The UN has already released US$ 20 million to kick-start the response. However, far greater international support is needed.

With crops destroyed in the breadbasket of Mozambique more people are at risk of food insecurity in all three countries. And homes, schools, hospitals and roads lie in ruin.

What is needed now are funds to support the response in the days, weeks and months to come.

We must all stand in solidarity with the people of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

I would like to make a strong appeal to the international community to step up support.

New York, 22 March 2019

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on flooding in Zimbabwe

The Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life, destruction of property and displacement of people due to the heavy rains and flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to people and Government of Zimbabwe.

The United Nations expresses its solidarity with the Zimbabwe authorities and stands ready to work with them as they respond to the humanitarian needs resulting from this disaster.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 17 March 2019

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SDG 8 under focus at UNIC and Bindura University Model UN

UNIC recently held a Model UN with Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE). The students discussed SDG 8, Decent work and economic growth. Each of the 20 countries represented during this Model UN explained to the mock UN General Assembly, their efforts to ensure decent work and economic growth in their countries.

Sixty three students participated in the event, which was officiated by Mr Vusumuzi Ntonga,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade who encouraged the students .

Tafadzwa Mwale of UNIC gave a background of the UN and explained that Model UN sessions are organized in schools and universities to promote an informed understanding of the work of the UN among pupils and students.

During a Model UN, participants act as delegates and present key issues of the UN Agenda in simulated meetings of the General Assembly, Security Council and other UN Bodies.

In Zimbabwe, such sessions have been held by Universities, the UZ being the first participant courtesy of UNIC. Schools have also held Model UN.

 

UNIC in educational awareness at Westridge Primary school

UNIC conducted an educational awareness at Westridge Primary School in Belverdere, Harare. The awareness focused on the United Nations, its background and on the Sustainable Development Goals. The pupils showed interest in the subject and had a lot of questions for the presenters.

Westridge Primary School students asking questions.

Westridge Primary School students holding the SDGs Banner.

UNIC in UN Day commemorations

UNIC Harare joined the UN Country Team in Zimbabwe in the month-long commemoration of UN Day organised by the UN Communications Group (UNCG). UNIC’s Tafadzwa Mwale was guest on the ‘Good Morning’ television programme aired live on 1 October. From 1 to 22 October, UN Heads of Agencies took turns to talk about their agencies’ contribution to Zimbabwe’s development in an hour-long daily radio programme aired by Classic 263. The programmes were live and thereby enabled listeners to phone in.

From 22-26 October, UNIC and other UN agencies mounted exhibitions of their work in Harare Gardens. UNIC livestreamed UN News during this period thereby exposing the organisations’ work to the public. Books including the UN Charter, UN Yearbooks and other publications were also on display. Altogether, there were six exhibitions categorised along the 6 main ZUNDAF focus areas.

The week-long exhibition was led by The Space, a youth-led organisation. One of the major highlights included daily debates focusing on the ZUNDAF areas, which provided the youth with an opportunity to air their views on the ZUNDAF areas and UN intervention in Zimbabwe.

The month-long commemoration culminated in a formal ceremony officiated by Zimbabwe’s vice President Kembo Mohadi.

The theme for this years’ commemoration was UN attaining SDGs for better life in Larger freedom.

Members of the general public, diplomats, academics, students from universities, the youth and other groups attended the UN Day commemorative events.

SDGS brought to the fore at Yolk Festival

From 8-9 September, UN participated in the Yolk Festival held at Long Chen Plaza in Belverdere Harare. The SDG-branded festival targeted the general public drawn from nearby areas. Dubbed ‘social change festival’, the event sought to bring social issues to the fore using edutainment. Several budding artists including Baba Shupi and artists drawn from Music Crossroads performed and sang songs with SDG lyrics. The UN used the forum to conduct a quiz on the UN in general and on the SDGs. Those with correct answers won SDG branded materials including t-shirts and other materials.

Statement by the Secretary-General on the passing of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good.  It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing.  In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.

Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership. He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom — and I know I was not alone. He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world.  In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all us.

My heartfelt condolences to Nane Annan, their beloved family, and all who mourn the loss of this proud son of Africa who became a global champion for peace and all humanity.

New York, 18 August 2018

 

UNIC holds Model UN with Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University

On 22 May, UNIC Harare and the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) held their inaugural Model UN in Bindura. The Model UN topic was SDG 13, Climate change. Countries that included China, Mozambique, Namibia, Russia, South Africa and Zimbabwe were represented during the debate which was of a high standard.

ZEGU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sunungurai Chingarande-Mutanga, appreciated UNIC for bringing Model UN to the university, saying this would contribute to their academic excellence. She expressed the hope that this was the beginning of a long-lasting relationship. Speaking during the event, Mr Francis Chimina, Principal Administrative Officer, Multilateral Affairs representing the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in the Government of Zimbabwe encouraged the students to continue excelling in Model UN as this would open opportunities for them. Tafadzwa Mwale, UNIC Harare Officer in Charge gave a background of the Model UN at this event.