Archive for March, 2011

UN Secretary-General outlines new recommendations to reach 2015 goals for AIDS response

31st March 2011 Uncategorized

In lead-up to June High Level Meeting, progress report presents overview of efforts needed to help countries achieve universal access to HIV services and zero new HIV infections, discrimination and AIDS-related deaths

Nairobi — Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, investments in the AIDS response are yielding results, according to a new report released today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Titled Uniting for universal access: towards zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, the report highlights that the global rate of new HIV infections is declining, treatment access is expanding and the world has made significant strides in reducing HIV transmission from mother to child.


Pillay: Fight impunity by protecting the right to the truth about gross human rights violations

23rd March 2011 Uncategorized

Statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
Forty-two thousand six hundred and thirty-three — this is the number of cases, of people who have disappeared and remain unaccounted for over the past 31 years, under consideration by the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. Figures also show that new cases continue to emerge from all regions of the world on a regular basis. For every one of those individuals, there are many loved ones agonising over their fate, alternating between hope and despair and waiting for news – any news. (more…)

Message of the Secretary-General on the International Day for the Right to the Truth of Victims of Gross Human Rights Violations (24 March)

22nd March 2011 Uncategorized

New York – Thirty-one years ago on this date, Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero, an active promoter and defender of human rights in El Salvador, was murdered while conducting a service at church. The intent was clear: to silence an ardent opponent of repression. (more…)

Message of Secretary-General on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21st March 2011 Uncategorized

New York – Every year, the world commemorates the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpville massacre, which saw dozens of peaceful demonstrators shot by police in apartheid South Africa merely for protesting racially discriminatory laws. (more…)

UN Women and ILO awards South African companies on International Women’s Day

16th March 2011 Uncategorized

Pretoria – The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women UN Women in collaboration with International Labor Organization celebrated the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day (IWD) in a glitz and glamorous award night to honor South African companies for their commitment to end sexual harassment in the world of work. (more…)