Author Archives: STELLA VUZO


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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

UN Women statement: International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October

NEW YORK, Monday October 9, 2017- “Some people say that it is shameful for girls to go to work or go to school. These are old traditions and conventions.” These are the words of Alan and Israa, two Syrian girls who, through a UN Women-supported training and community centre in Beirut, Lebanon, are learning how to repair mobile phones. This training is helping to break down traditional ideas about what girls can and cannot do, and through giving them relevant skills for their future, it is building resilience and helping to break conventional isolation. Continue reading


New York, 28 September 2017-“I welcome this opportunity to brief you on the crisis in Myanmar.

On September 2nd, I wrote to this Council urging concerted efforts to prevent further escalation of the crisis in northern Rakhine state.

I am encouraged that the Council has discussed the situation four times in less than a month.   Continue reading

Syrian Crisis-United Nations Response

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information
No. 214/27 September 2017

 Reports of airstrike killing people fleeing ISIL in rural Hama, UN official

Briefing the UN Security Council on 27 September, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock expressed concern about reports of recent fighting and airstrikes in Idlib and Hama, which have resulted in significant death and injury, and damaged critical civilian infrastructure. Continue reading


UNITED NATIONS, New York – 27 September 2017-The Department of Field Support is pleased to announce that ten new contributors (Albania, Bangladesh, Canada, Italy, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Sri Lanka and Switzerland) have committed to provide contributions to the Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. These countries join Bhutan, Cyprus, India, Japan and Norway which have already contributed to the Trust Fund.
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The Secretary-General Remarks at High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons

New York, 27 September 2017-“I thank the General Assembly for convening this important meeting on the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, and I congratulate you, member of the General Assembly, on your successful deliberations on the Political Declaration to be adopted this morning. Continue reading

The Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa: From political commitment to actions on the ground

NEW YORK, 26 September 2017 – African leaders, UN officials, and representatives of international finance institutions and of the private sector met at the United Nations Headquarters to reaffirm their commitment to a broad-based international partnership to industrialize Africa in a socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable manner. Continue reading