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Reflecting on Rwanda, Ban urges courage ‘to counter the cruelty taking place before our eyes’

7 April, 2015

The UN family in Rwanda commemorates the 21st anniversary of the genocide. Photo: UNDP Rwanda

The world must make use of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda to look back on the past – and to squarely confront the challenges of the present, renewing the collective resolve and summoning the courage to prevent such atrocities from happening again, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Great Lakes region must unite to stamp out armed groups in DR Congo, urges UN envoy

5 February, 2015

The main road in Beni, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: IRIN/Jessica Hatcher

Countries must come together to “neutralize all negative forces” terrorizing the population in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region urged today following meetings with top Rwandan officials to discuss recent peace and security developments in the region.

In phone call with DR Congo President, Ban urges ‘decisive action’ against armed group

7 January, 2015

UN peacekeepers patrol Camp Lieutenant General Jean-Lucien Bahuma in Kisangani, Oriental Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is hosting former FDLR combatants. Photo: MONUSCO/Abel Kavanagh

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a phone call with Democratic Republic of the Congo’s President, Joseph Kabila, today appealed for decisive action against the armed group FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda), after it failed to surrender on deadline.

With no rebel surrender, UN mission in DR Congo readies military operations

5 January, 2015

A MONUSCO attack helicopter provides aerial protection for a convoy carrying FDLR ex-combatants from Kanyabayonga transit camp, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: MONUSCO/Force

With the deadline for the unconditional surrender of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) having passed on 2 January, and no significant additional surrenders of FDLR combatants registered since June, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is working to address the situation, a UN spokesperson said today.

DR Congo: as deadline for surrender passes, UN and partners urge action against rebels

2 January, 2015

FDLR ex-combatants who already voluntarily surrendered to MONUSCO in South Kivu during the surrender ceremony on 28 December 2014. Photo: MONUSCO/Serge Kasanga

Today, as the six-month grace period for the full and unconditional surrender of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) armed group expires, the United Nations and its partners urged that “all necessary measures” be taken to disarm the rebels, who have had a long history of heinous crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

On 20th anniversary, Security Council honours role of Rwandan genocide Tribunal

8 November, 2014

UN Photo/Mark Garten

The Security Council today marked the 20th anniversary of the United Nations tribunal established in the wake of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, recognizing the court's role in fostering a process of national reconciliation and the restoration and maintenance of peace in the African country.

Rwanda accelerates move to cashless economy by joining UN-backed alliance

30 October, 2014

Digital payments are being used to transform economies to cashless. Photo: World Bank/Simone D. McCourtie

The Government of Rwanda moved today to accelerate plans to transform into a cashless economy by joining a United Nations-backed initiative that supports countries’ transitions to electronic payments.

DR Congo: Security Council reiterates priority of 'swift neutralization' of armed group

3 October, 2014

Wide view of the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine (file photo)

The United Nations Security Council today reiterated that the “swift neutralization” of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) armed group is a top priority in bringing stability to and protecting the civilians of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region.

Rwandan President calls on public, private sector to work together on climate change

24 September, 2014

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Addressing the General Assembly today at its annual general debate, the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, said the success of the Millennium Development Goals framework illustrated the ongoing strength of international cooperation and called on the public and private sectors to follow a similar method to worked together on climate change. The world must look forward to a future where countries do not have to choose between clean energy and economic growth, he said.

Ebola: UN-organized workshop aims to boost Africa’s defences against deadly disease

27 August, 2014

Two midwives in Ebola protective gear supplied by UNFPA hand over a newborn to her mother at the Star of the Sea Clinic in West Point, Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: UNFPA Liberia

A three-day workshop organized by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola outbreak is underway with health experts from Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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