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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Mali’s presidential election

The Secretary-General congratulates the people and Government of Mali for the peaceful atmosphere that prevailed during the second round of the presidential election held on 12 August. He welcomes the measures that were put in place that allowed the vote to occur safely in most of the country, notwithstanding difficult weather and security challenges in some areas.    Continue reading

Tanzanian journalist wins Reham Al Farra Fellowship Award

Marygoreth Richard | Tanzania | @MeMarygoreth
Marygoreth Richard is a presenter for “Haba na Haba,” a
weekly community radio program of BBC Media Action
Tanzania with a reach of over 6 million. By providing a
platform for Tanzanians to express their views, her program
acts as a public interest watchdog. Prior to joining BBC
Media Action, Ms. Richard was a news producer with TV
ONE Tanzania and a news anchor with Eatv Ltd. At the
United Nations, Ms. Richard looks forward bringing home
news from the General Assembly that impacts her audience
in rural and peri-urban areas, such as the high-level meeting
to end tuberculosis.



The United Nations Information Centre in partnership with the South African High Commission in Tanzania will on Wednesday the 18th of July, 2018 commemorate the International Nelson Mandela Day at the Buguruni School for the Deaf in Buguruni Malapa in Dar es Salaam.

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared through Resolution A/RES/64/13  that 18 July would be “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

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Young Influencers in Tanzania to Boost Campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation

Dar es Salaam-This week, The Head of UN Population Fund in Tanzania, Jacqueline Mahon and The Head of the  European Union Delegation to Tanzania and the East African Community, Ambassador Roeland Van De Geer met with young influencers in the country to scale up the campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation.

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United Nations Secretary-General appoints High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation


UN Secretary-General António Guterres established the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation to advance proposals to strengthen international cooperation in the digital space. The ultimate aim is to realize the transformational potential of digital technologies while safeguarding against risks and unintended consequences.

The panel will contribute to the broader global dialogue on how interdisciplinary and cooperative approaches can help ensure a safe and inclusive digital future for all.

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Record number of countries, private and public-­‐sector leaders to review progress on sustainable development

9-18 July 2018, UN Headquarters, New York-Thousands of high-­‐level representatives from governments, civil society and the private sector will gather at the annual High-­‐level Political Forum (HLPF) this month to take stock of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discuss successes, challenges and lessons learnt on the road to a fairer, more peaceful and prosperous world on a healthy planet by 2030.
Forty-­‐seven countries will submit their Voluntary National Review (VNRs) -­‐ an
important, evidence-­‐based platform to highlight national implementation.
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New York, 25 June 2018-” [as delivered] I welcome this formal debate of the General Assembly on the responsibility to protect.  The first as it was said, since 2009.  Such discussion is more critical today than ever as we strive together to protect people from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Global leaders unanimously endorsed the responsibility to protect at the 2005 World Summit.  Following genocides, a decade before in Rwanda and Srebrenica, and coming at a time of profound global divisions, this was a breakthrough.  The imperative was clear: do more to protect people, and do so as a united international community.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Eritrea and Ethiopia

New York, 21 June 2018-The Secretary-General welcomes the positive steps taken recently by Ethiopia and Eritrea to resolve the outstanding issues regarding the normalization of relations between the two countries.

The Secretary-General commends the efforts of the leaders of both countries to achieve sustainable peace and good neighborly relations which, in turn, will have positive repercussions in the entire Horn of Africa region.  Continue reading


New York, 19 June 2018-In answer to questions following the announcement by the United States of its decision to withdraw from the Human Rights Council, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General has the following to say:

The Secretary-General would have much preferred for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council. The UN’s Human Rights architecture plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General