البيان الصحفي لخبير الأمم المتحدة المستقل المعني بحالة حقوق الإنسان في السودان، السيد أريستيد نونونسي،الخرطوم 21 مايو 2017

السيدات والسادة

     في ختام زيارتي الرابعة للسودان، بصفتي الخبير المستقل المعني بحالة حقوق الإنسان في السودان، فإنَّنِي أشعر بالفخر بأن أقدم لكم تقييمي الأولي لأوضاع حقوق الإنسان في السودان. وأَوَدُّ –في البداية- أن أشكر حكومة السودان على دعوتها لي وتعاونها معي أثناء هذه الزيارة. وقد أتاحت لي الحكومة الوصول إلى جميع الأماكن والأشخاص والمؤسسات التي طلبت الوصول إليها. وأَوَدُّ أن أشكر أيضاً مكتب المنسق المقيم للأمم المتحدة ومنسق الشؤون الإنسانية في الخرطوم على دعمهم وتسهيلهم مهمتي التي استغرقت 11 يوماً، من 11 إلى 21 مايو 2017. وقد زُرْتُ الخرطوم والنيل الأزرق حيث التقيت بمجموعة واسعة من الأطراف المعنية، من بينهم: وزير الخارجية، ووزير المعادن والأمين العام للحوار الوطني، ووكيل وزارة العدل، بالإضافة إلى عدد من الوحدات والوكالات الحكومية المتخصصة، ولجنة التشريع بالمجلس الوطني، والنائب العام، والسلطة القضائية، والمفوضية القومية لحقوق الإنسان في السودان، وعدد من قادة المجتمع المحلي، والأكاديميين، وممثلي المجتمع المدني، وممثلي النازحين، وهيئات الأمم المتحدة، والبعثات الدبلوماسية في الخرطوم. وقد كان الهدف من هذه اللقاءات والزيارات الميدانية هو متابعة القضايا المثيرة للقلق التي كنت قد حَدَّدْتُها أثناء زيارتي للسودان في فبراير 2017، ومناقشة حالة تنفيذ التوصيات المُضَمَّنَة في تقريري الذي رفعته في شهر سبتمبر 2016 لمجلس حقوق الإنسان. Continue reading

Press Statement of the UN Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in the Sudan, Mr. Aristide Nononsi, Khartoum, 21 May 2017

Ladies and gentleman,

As I conclude my fourth visit to the country, in my capacity as Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, I feel honoured for the opportunity to present you my preliminary assessment of the situation of human rights in the Sudan. First of all, I would like to thank the Government of the Sudan for its invitation and cooperation during this visit. Continue reading

Secretary-General’s opening remarks at the London Somalia Conference

London, 11 May 2017

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are here to support Somalia at a moment which is both tragic and hopeful. And I do believe that Somalia can be in the near future the kind of good news that we badly need in the international community and in our troubled world.

I thank the United Kingdom, as well as President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo of Somalia, for co-hosting.

I deeply appreciate the leadership of the African Union and the vital work of AMISOM. I thank Chairperson Faki for joining us today.

I commend the President, along with Prime Minister Khayre, the new cabinet and leaders of the Federal Member States, for their political will to work together in Somalia.

Like all of us, I was deeply saddened by the tragic death last week of the Minister of Public Works, Abbas [Abdullahi Sheikh] Siraji.  He grew up in a refugee camp and went on to become a powerful symbol of Somalis’ hopes for the future. His unfortunate death must not diminish our resolve to see these hopes realized.

On the contrary, his sacrifice must encourage all Somalis to maintain the spirit of inclusiveness, embracing women, youth, minorities, business leaders and all members of society, and must encourage us all to support that effort.

The significantly enhanced representation of women and youth in the new Federal Parliament shows Somalia’s positive trajectory.

We are here to listen to Somalia’s leadership – and to agree on a framework for cooperation. Continue reading

Call for Application: 2017 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme

The United Nations Department of Public Information is now accepting applications from young journalists and broadcasters for the 2017 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme.

The fellowship is open to fulltime journalists between the ages of 22 and 35 from countries with developing or transitioning economies. Applicants must have several years of experience in radio, television, print or online news, a strong portfolio covering international affairs and fluency in English. Continue reading

رسالة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بمناسبة يوم فيساك، الموافق 10 أيار/مايو 2017

أتوجه بأصدق الأماني لكل من يحتفل بيوم فيساك إحياء لذكرى ميلاد بوذا. فكل واحد يمكنه أن يستلهم العبرة من حياته. فقد ولد شاكياموني أميرا

في كنف العز والرخاء لكنه ترك العيش الخفيض وانطلق في رحلته من أجل التصدي لمعاناة البشر والتغلب عليها. وكما جاء في التعاليم البوذية

”لأن جميع الكائنات الحية تعاني، فأنا أيضا أعاني“.

إن هذه الرسالة التي تفيض بمعاني المواساة والرحمة للآخرين هي رسالة سرمدية. ففي عالمنا المترابط، لا سلام يُرجى ما دام الآخرون يعيشون في خطر، ولا أمن يَعمُّ ما دام الآخرون يقاسون الحرمان، ولا مستقبل يدومُ حتى يتمتع جميع أفراد الأسرة البشرية بحقوق الإنسان المفروضة لهم.

               فلنأخذ العبرة من حكمة بوذا ونحن نحتفل بيوم فيساك ولنعمل من أجل الآخرين بروح التضامن المتين.

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S MESSAGE ON THE DAY OF VESAK, 10 May 2017

I send my warmest wishes to all those celebrating the Day of Vesak in honour of the birth of Lord Buddha. Everyone can draw inspiration from his journey. Born a sheltered prince, Shakyamuni went out into the world to confront and overcome human suffering. As one sutra states:

“Because all living beings are subject to illness, I am ill as well.”

This message of compassion is timeless. In our interconnected world, there can be no peace as long as others are in peril; no security as long as others suffer deprivation; no sustainable future until all members of our human family enjoy their human rights.

On this Day of Vesak, let us celebrate the wisdom of Lord Buddha by taking action for others with a strong spirit of solidarity.

 

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S MESSAGE ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY, 3 May 2017

Journalists go to the most dangerous places to give voice to the voiceless.

Media workers suffer character assassination, sexual assault, detention, injuries and even death. We need leaders to defend a free media.

This is crucial to counter prevailing misinformation. And we need everyone to stand for our right to truth. On World Press Freedom Day, I call for an end to all crackdowns against journalists – because a free press advances peace and justice for all.

When we protect journalists, their words and pictures can change our world.

Joint statement on signing of new UN-World Bank framework to build resilience and sustain peace in conflict areas

A young boy suffering from malnutrition is held by his mother at a UNICEF-supported Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) in Baidoa, Somalia. Photo: UNICEF/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin

The United Nations (UN) and World Bank today signed a partnership framework that focuses on building resilience for the most vulnerable people by reducing poverty, promoting shared prosperity, enhancing food security, and sustaining peace in crisis-affected situations.

This framework, signed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, is in response to global calls for our institutions to work more closely together on prevention and reducing needs, risks, and vulnerability as the world faces a spike in violent conflict. The human and economic costs of this conflict are massive, affecting long-term stability and prospects for economic development and poverty reduction. Violent conflict drives 80 percent of humanitarian needs costs, with the UN estimating that $22.1 billion is required in 2017 for humanitarian assistance—a sharp increase from the $9 billion needed just 5 years ago. Continue reading

Somali Piracy Disremembered

Yury Fedotov Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime

 

Somali piracy off the Horn of Africa was once estimated by the World Bank to cost global trade billions of dollars, and to harm the fragile economies of countries in the region.

These disastrous financial costs, at a time of painful global downturn, came alongside a raft of pain and suffering for those taken hostage, some of whom died due to desperate living conditions and a lack of medical treatment. Now, in the last few weeks, Somali piracy is back: making headlines, boarding ships, and taking hostages. Since early March, based on news reports, there have been a series of successful attacks, including on 1 April, when the cargo ship Al Kaushar was boarded. Eleven Indian nationals are in pirate hands. Continue reading