Archive for July, 2011

Secretary-General appoints Haile Menkerios (South Africa) as his Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan

29th July 2011 Uncategorized

New York – United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Haile Menkerios (South Africa) as his Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. Mr. Menkerios served as Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in Sudan since 1 March 2010, and will, in his new capacity, continue to assist the parties reach a negotiated settlement to residual Comprehensive Peace Agreement and post-secession issues. (more…)

UNDP Press briefing on COP 17 – 29 July 2011

29th July 2011 Uncategorized

Speech by Dr. Agostinho Zacarias, United Nations Resident Coordinator

UNDP and the UN family at large are providing support to the Government of South Africa to host a successful Cop17 in Durban. We hope that the CoP in Durban will build on the positive foundation and momentum on negotiations laid by CoP16 in Cancun, Mexico. (more…)

The United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP)

25th July 2011 Uncategorized

New York – The United Nations is looking for highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination.  For young, high-calibre professionals across the globe, the examination is a platform for launching a career at the United Nations. This programme builds upon the national competitive recruitment examination (NCRE) which was held for the last time in 2010. (more…)

Horn of Africa Crisis – 2011

22nd July 2011 Uncategorized

Two regions of southern Somalia are currently facing famine. Malnutrition rates are above 50 per cent in some of the districts and tens of thousands of people have already died for reasons related to malnutrition in the last few months. In the first half of 2011, the number of people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance increased by over a million to some 3.7 million people, almost half of the people living in Somalia. If humanitarian agencies do not intervene now, famine will spread to the whole of southern Somalia within two months. (more…)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the Security Council on the impact of climate change on international peace and security

20th July 2011 Uncategorized

Your Excellency Mr. Marcus Stephen, President of the Republic of Nauru,

Mr. President of the Security Council,


When the Security Council first took up the issue of climate change in 2007, the debate was preceded by a vigorous exchange about whether such consideration was appropriate.  (more…)