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No Drug Abuse and No tobacco days commemorated

International Day Against Drug Abuse 2019 – Banner

On 12 June, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Harare, Ministry of Health and Child Care, World Health Organisation (WHO) and mental health organisations commemorated World No Tobacco Day and International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit Trafficking. Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Obadiah Moyo officiated together with the World Health organisation Representative, Dr Alex Gasasira.

International Day Against Drug Abuse 2019 – Participants

The day began with an awareness-raising march within the surrounding areas of Dzivarasekwa. This was led by drum majorettes. During the commemoration, two former drug and tobacco addicts recounted how they had reformed and discouraged people from abusing drugs and alcohol as this can affect their health,  lives, relations and future.

International Day Against Drug Abuse and No Tobacco Day 2019 – Banner

World No Tobacco Day is celebrated annually on 31 May. It was set aside by the Member States of the World Health Organization in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. The World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a “a world no-smoking day.” In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.

International Day Against Drug Abuse 2019 – General Public

By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

International Day Against Drug Abuse 2019 – Drum Majorettes and the General Public

Supported each year by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. UNIC provided 2 banners for the event.


UNIC at ZITF 2019

Tafadzwa Mwale giving books to Africa University @ the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 2019

UNIC joined UN agencies at the UN in Zimbabwe exhibition stand mounted during the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair held 24-27 April.

Jabulani Nyamweda explains how the UN operates to a stand visitor @ the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 2019

The UN stand showcased UN programme delivery as articulated in the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF). Over the past three years, the UN has contributed US$1.2 billion towards peace, development and human rights in the country.  For people of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, the UN in Zimbabwe stand provided an opportunity to interact with the UN and gain better understanding of the work of the organisation. The UN also donated books to universities during the ZITF.

People crowd the UN in Zimbabwe stand @ the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 2019

Phumuzile Khumalo interacting with stand visitors @ the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 2019

The UN stand attracted different types of people @ the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 2019

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.