Archive for January, 2011

Tunisia: high-level UN human rights mission to start Thursday

27th January 2011 Uncategorized

Geneva – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced Wednesday that a team of top-level specialists from her Office (OHCHR) is currently assembling in Tunisia, and will officially start a week-long assessment of human rights priorities on Thursday. The team will meet with the interim authorities, civil society groups, UN agencies on the ground and other key actors. (more…)

UN human rights chief to send team to Tunisia, says over 100 have died during protests

19th January 2011 Uncategorized

Geneva – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday that more than 100 deaths have occurred so far during the unrest in Tunisia, and announced that she plans to send an assessment team to Tunisia in the coming days.


UN in South Africa marks one-year anniversary of Haiti earthquake

14th January 2011 Uncategorized

Pretoria – The UNIC Library was the venue for a moving ceremony to commemorate and honor the lives of the over 200 000 people who perished on 12 January 2010 in the Haitian earthquake. (more…)

Urgent action essential to protect malaria therapies says WHO

12th January 2011 Uncategorized

Geneva – The world risks losing its most potent treatment for malaria unless steps are quickly taken to prevent the development and spread of drug resistant parasites, according to a new action plan released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Roll Back Malaria partnership (RBM). (more…)

One year on, huge challenges remain for Haitian earth quake recovery

12th January 2011 Uncategorized

Pretoria – On the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed 220,000 Haitians and made 1.5 million others homeless, the United Nations looked back at a year of achievements, albeit at times spotty, and forward to the enormous challenges still ahead. (more…)