Monday August 20, 2018-UN Staff around the world observed a moment of silence today in honor of Kofi Anan.

UN Flags were also flown half mast and a condolence book will be opened for people to provide their condolence messages.

Kofi Anan was the 7th UN secretary General.  He served for two terms from 1st January 1997 to December 2006.

The United Nations is mourning the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away peacefully after a short illness, according to a statement published on his official Twitter account on Saturday, 18 August. The renowned Ghanaian diplomat was 80 years old.

Statement by Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, on the passing of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Geneva, 18 August 2018-Today is a sad day for the world.
Humanity lost its strong moral voice, and I lost my mentor, my role model and great friend.
Kofi Annan was an extraordinary political leader, but his major legacy is his humanity. It infused everything he did, every decision he made, and helped him restore the trust and enthusiasm in our great organization. He was an exceptional human being, with an amazing balance, infallible political instinct and ever-present compassion, always caring for others, particularly the less fortunate of us. Continue reading

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.


“One way we can build a better future for children is by empowering them through allowing them to speak up for themselves.”-NELSON MANDELA

Siku ya Kimataifa ya Nelson Mandela itaadhimishwa na Ubalozi wa Afrika Kusini kwa kushirikiana na Umoja wa Mataifa katika shule ya Viziwi iliyopo Buguruni Malapa, jijini Dar es Salaam siku ya Jumatano tarehe 18 mwezi huu. Continue reading



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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The Deputy Secretary-General Remarks at the Opening of the High-Level Segment of the 2018 High-level Political Forum

New York, Monday, 16 July 2018 [As prepared for delivery]

“Welcome to the 2018 High-level Political Forum.  Almost three years have passed since world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda, a roadmap for peaceful and prosperous societies on a healthy planet.  The HLPF is our annual opportunity to take stock of implementation efforts responding to that roadmap.   The six goals in focus this year are an engine for driving inclusive and sustainable growth.

Above all the HLPF is an opportunity to respond to two central questions:

First, are we on track to achieve our Goals by 2030?

And second, what do we need do differently over the coming years to deliver better results?

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The Deputy Secretary-General Opening Remarks at the Local and Regional Governments’ Forum

New York, 16 July 2018 [As prepared for delivery]

“Welcome to the United Nations. I am so pleased to take part in this first-ever Local and Regional Governments Forum at the High-level Political Forum.  I thank the Global Task Force for Local and Regional Governments, UN DESA, UN-Habitat and the Local2030 network for your work.  I am delighted to see so many distinguished leaders and experts from local and regional governments around the world with us today.  I am here for a simple reason. We need you. Continue reading