Archive for October, 2014

In Burundi, UN envoy lauds role of women, youths in bringing peace to Great Lakes

21st October 2014 Press Releases

Burundi, 20 October 2014 – Women and young people must play a central role in establishing a long-term peace for Africa’s Great Lakes Region amid the area’s renewed efforts to overcome a past scarred by conflict, a top UN official said today. (more…)

South Sudan at ‘crossroads’ as it seeks to combat sexual violence, says UN official

21st October 2014 Press Releases

New York, 20 October 2014 – Sexual violence has become a key feature of the continuing conflict in South Sudan, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, has declared, while affirming that the widespread use of rape could ultimately be stopped through greater political and legal efforts by the Government and civil society. (more…)

Venezuela: UN rights chief calls for immediate release of opposition leader, politicians

21st October 2014 Press Releases

Geneva, 20 October 2014 – Expressing serious concern at the detention of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, as well as more than 69 other people who were arrested in February during mass public protests that took place across the country, the United Nations human rights chief called on the authorities for the “immediate release’ of all those being held. (more…)

Model UN Finals

20th October 2014 UN Activities

Cape Town, 20 October 2014 – The UN Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria once again participated in the Finals of the South African Model United Nations Competition for High Schools (SAMUN) from 17 to 20 October 2014. (more…)

UN agency ramps up for Gaza reconstruction push

20th October 2014 Press Releases

Gaza, 19 October 2014 – A week after a major conference in Cairo on the reconstruction of war-ravaged Gaza, and in the wake of recent visits to Gaza by the Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah and United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, the key UN agency on the ground there has begun scaling up its response to meet critical needs of people in the Strip. (more…)