Archive for July, 2011

“Maintenance of international peace and security: The impact of climate change”

20th July 2011 Uncategorized

Security Council Debate UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner

Mr. President,
Mr. Secretary-General,
Distinguished Members of the Security Council,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for inviting me to address this debate of the Security Council on security and climate change—the second such debate you have held in the past four years. (more…)

Message of the UN Secretary-General on Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July

15th July 2011 Uncategorized

Everybody remembers – and, indeed, needs – an inspirational figure who has played a signal role in their lives.  Nelson Mandela has been that role model for countless people around the world. (more…)

Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food end of mission statement

15th July 2011 Uncategorized

Preliminary observations and conclusions 

I. Introduction

The Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Mr. Olivier De Schutter, conducted a mission to South Africa between 7 and 15 July 2011, at the invitation of the South African Government. During his mission, the Special Rapporteur met with Mr. Ebrahim Ebrahim, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation; Mr. Gugile Nkwinti, Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform; Ms. Bathabile Dlamini, Minister for Social Development; Ms. Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; and with Mr. Collins Chabane, Minister for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration. He also held meetings with the Departments for Trade and Industry, for Economic Development, and Labour. He met with the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court, Honourable Justice Sandile Ngcobo; the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC); the Municipality of Johannesburg; and, in Durban, with the Municipality of eThekwini as well as with the authorities of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. The Special Rapporteur would like to record his appreciation for the high level of cooperation he benefited from on the part of the Government, and on the part of the various authorities he met. (more…)

South Africa can move beyond the ‘two economies’ to deliver one inclusive food system, says UN food expert

15th July 2011 Uncategorized

Pretoria – “South Africa is a champion of institutionalizing social, economic and cultural rights such as the human right to food, but it has yet to prove it can deliver results for 12 million poor food insecure people, 70 per cent of which live in rural areas,” said Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, on the last day of his official mission to South Africa. (more…)

UN welcomes South Sudan as 193rd Member State

15th July 2011 Uncategorized

New York – The General Assembly today admitted the Republic of South Sudan as the 193rd member of the United Nations, welcoming the newly independent country to the community of nations. (more…)