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Rwandan refugee resumes her profession as a nurse thanks to UNHCR scholarship programme

19th May 2017 News and Media

After fleeing Rwanda, Chantal Uwamahoro regained her nursing credentials in South Africa thanks to scholarship support from UNHCR and now is employed as a nurse in a public hospital in Durban. © UNHCR/Pumla Rulashe

Durban, South Africa –  Less than three years after reuniting with her husband in South Africa, following the political violence that forced their flight from Rwanda in 1999 and the subsequent disintegration of her family, 29 year old Chantal Uwamahoro was once again forced to bid him farewell but for the last time as he battled an illness that would eventually take his life.

“He encouraged me to pursue my studies so that our children would have a better life than we had,” she recalls. “He also told me that if life became too difficult in a foreign country, to return to Rwanda where there would always be family to look after us.”

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9th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. António Guterres will take his Oath

12th December 2016 News and Media, Secretary-General message

9th-secretary-general-of-un-mr-antonio-guterresThe 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. António Guterres, will take his Oath of Office today, Monday, 12 December 2016 at a special plenary meeting of the General Assembly beginning at 10:00 a.m. (New York Time) in the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York.

The Secretary – General : Message on the International Day of Tolerance

16th November 2016 Latest News, News and Media, Secretary-General message

16 November 2016

The values of tolerance and mutual understanding – so firmly embedded in the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – are facing profound tests around the world.

Refugees and migrants continue to face closed doors and clenched fists.  Violent extremists continue to target people solely because of their faiths and traditions.  Day by day, bigotry shows its face through racism, anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination.

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PRESS RELEASE – Universal Children’s Day: Two hundred world renowned writers come together for children’s rights

16th November 2016 Information for Media, Latest News, News and Media, Press Releases
The youngest of the three contributors is Michelle Nkamankeng from Johannesburg, who, at only seven years old, wrote and published her first book “Waiting for the waves.”

Michelle Nkamankeng

Seven-year old Michelle Nkamankeng from South Africa joins Chimamanda Adichie, Paulo Coelho, Christina Lamb, Nuruddin Farah and writers from around the world to pen        ‘Tiny Stories’ highlighting the world they want for children 

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PRESS RELEASE – UNDP Launches New Publication on Climate and Weather Services in Africa

11th November 2016 Information for Media, Latest News, News and Media, Press Releases
The report, “A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services in Africa,

The report, “A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services in Africa,

UNDP Report Calls for Enabling Actions by African Leaders to Support ‘A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services’ 

Public-Private Partnerships, New Technologies, Regional Cooperation, Capacity Building Key to Resolving Sub-Saharan Africa’s Persistent Challenges in Maintaining Sustainable Climate Information and Early Warning Systems

Marrakesh, Morocco, 10 November 2016 – During today’s climate talks in Marrakech, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a report that focuses on a new approach adopted by African leaders to proactively support the sustainability of investments in weather and climate services across the continent.

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