Archive for September, 2011

General Assembly opens new session with plea for unity to tackle global crises

13th September 2011 Uncategorized

New York – The General Assembly today opened its annual session with a fervent plea for cooperation in tackling looming crises from conflicts to climate change, and a nostalgic look back to a former secretary-general who died 50 years ago in the service of peace. (more…)

UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect on the Situation in South Kordofan State, Sudan

7th September 2011 Uncategorized

New York – Francis Deng, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, and Edward Luck, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, are gravely concerned at reports of continued attacks on civilian populations in Southern Kordofan, Sudan, and have called for their immediate cessation. (more…)

UN Climate Chief hails progress at first meeting of the Technology Executive Committee

5th September 2011 Uncategorized

Bonn – The first meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC), the policy arm of the Technology Mechanism, closed in Bonn today with important progress achieved. The meeting saw three days of key deliberations on how the TEC will provide overviews of technology needs, assess policy and technical issues related to technology development and transfer, share information on new and innovative technologies, facilitate and catalyse action on technology, and find ways to engage stakeholders to build the momentum on the Technology Mechanism. (more…)

CENSUS 2011 – I’m here, I count”

1st September 2011 Uncategorized

Pretoria – It’s just over a month to Census 2011, a once in a decade opportunity for all South Africans and those living within the country’s boarders to say “I’m here, I count”.  Under the leadership of Statistics South Africa, the Census 2011 will be conducted 10-30 October 2011 to provide an exhaustive account of the national population that the rest of Government will draw from for the next decade to better inform and respond to  developmental needs.  The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, is providing technical support to successful undertaking of the census, and asserts the right of every person to get counted as part of the national population in this round of census. (more…)