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A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information                       No. 226/20 December 2017

UN Envoy briefs Security Council on conclusion of eighth round of intra-Syrian talks

Staffan de Mistura, the Special Envoy for Syria, briefed the Security Council on 19 December on the conclusion of the eighth round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.  He noted the Syrian Government’s refusal to meet directly with the opposition until the Riyadh 2 declaration was withdrawn. The Special Envoy said that the time has come for the UN to provide specific elaboration on the constitutional and electoral baskets. Mr. de Mistura proposed a series of next steps, which he said come from his intense engagement with the parties to implement resolution 2254 (2015).

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Secretary-General’s press conference at Japan National Press Club Tokyo, 14 December 2017

SG: [inaudible] in the struggle for a fair globalization. Japan’s role in human security, in humanitarian aid, in the promotion of human rights around the world. Japan’s commitment to peace and security, to disarmament, are aspects in which this country has always provided leadership in relation to the multilateral system, and it is my pleasure as Secretary-General of the United Nations to recognize it and to pay tribute to that commitment of the Japanese Government and the Japanese people.   Continue reading

UN Secretary-General’s remarks at the Universal Health Coverage Forum 2017

“Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank our co-organizers and commend the government of Japan for its leadership and vision in hosting this meeting.

Thank you also to Prime Minister Abe for his exciting announcement of US$2.9 billion for universal health coverage programmes.

Prime Minister Abe, your commitment to ensuring health for all – both here in Japan and around the world – is truly inspiring. The announced programme highlights the importance of integrated action to deliver on the sustainable development agenda. Continue reading

Syrian Crisis-United Nations Response

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information                   No. 225/13 December 2017

UN and partners launch humanitarian appeal to help five million Syrian refugees

UN agencies and partners launched on 12 December a USD 4.4 billion humanitarian appeal to support more than 5 million Syrian refugees and communities hosting them in neighboring countries. Speaking to reporters in Geneva, UN Refugee agency (UNHCR), Bureau Director for the Middle East and North Africa Amin Awad said that the crisis in Syria had forced 5.3 million people to flee the country and displaced a further 7 million. In addition, more than 500,000 people had been killed and another 10 million had been cut off from services and were in need of aid. The 2018 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan for Syria, is designed to support Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt, Continue reading


Secretary-General’s remarks on the attack on peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

December 8, 2017-I want to express my outrage and utter heartbreak at last night’s attack on United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Early indications from the site of the attack in North Kivu indicate that at least 12 Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed, and at least 40 injured, 4 of them critically.  We also understand that at least five members of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo were killed. Continue reading

Interview with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe

Interview with the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe on the state of the Worlds HIV/AIDS Epidemic during his visit recently to Tanzania.

Questions by Stella Vuzo, UNIC Dar es Salaam: What brings you to Tanzania this time around?

Executive Director, Michel Sidibe: “I think we have to come to Tanzania, Tanzania has always been known as a country for inclusiveness. So, Tanzania has been demonstrating over the years that in the rotation in terms of change in policies and orders they have been promoting stability.
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Least Developed Countries urged to focus on Transformative Energy access

The Least Developed Countries report was jointly launched on the 24th of November, 2017 at the One UN conference Hall in Dar es salaam, Tanzania by the Ambassador of Belgium, H. E. Paul Cartier, The UN Resident Coordinator, Alvaro Rodriguez and Dr. Giovanni Valensisi a senior Economist from The UN Conference on Trade and Development-UNCTAD Headquarters in Geneva. Continue reading

The UN Secretary-General Remarks at Panel on “Transparency and the death penalty”

New York, 10 October 2017-“I thank the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Member States who have co-sponsored this important event.

We are here to explore a very urgent and troubling human rights issue: the continued use of the death penalty, and the secrecy that surrounds it. Continue reading