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Let Olympic Flame ‘shine as a beacon to human solidarity,’ UN says ahead of Pyeongchang Games

7 February, 2018

The United Nations and the Olympic flags are raised at headquarters shortly before the torch ceremony (June 2004). UN Photo/Evan Schneider

This week the world will gather in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, unified in what United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called “the Olympic Spirit: in solidarity; mutual respect; and friendly competition.”

UN agencies call for funds to reverse food ration cuts for refugees in Rwanda

11 January, 2018

Burundian refugees arriving from a transition camp in Nyanza are processed at Mahama camp in Rwanda's Eastern Province. (file) Photo: UNHCR/Anthony Karumba

United Nations humanitarian agencies on Thursday called for more donor funding to reverse a 25 per cent reduction in food or cash assistance for more than 100,000 refugees in Rwanda.

‘Mission accomplished,’ president of UN tribunal for Former Yugoslavia tells Security Council

6 December, 2017

UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Photo: ICTY

After more than 24 years of operations, the United Nations tribunal set up to prosecute crimes committed during conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s, has now completed all judicial work, the court’s President told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.

Supporting spirit of UN reforms, Rwanda urges world leaders to address global challenges

20 September, 2017

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, addresses the general debate of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

The United Nations must treat all people with impartiality and respect, and be a good steward of the funds entrusted to it, the President of Rwanda today said in his annual address to the General Assembly debate in New York, adding his country’s support to the spirit of reform taking root at the Organization.

'Learn the lessons of Rwanda,' says UN chief, calling for a future of tolerance, human rights for all

7 April, 2017

In 1996 in Rwanda, wooden crosses mark the graves in a cemetery in the village of Nyanza in a rural area of Kigali, the capital. During the 1994 genocide, over 10,000 people were burned to death in Nyanza as they tried to escape towards Burundi. Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

Marking the twenty-third anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres today said the only way to honour the memory of the victims is to ensure such events never happen again.

PODCAST: The power of bearing witness – how rape became an ‘act of genocide’

15 February, 2017

Film Director Michele Mitchell (5th right) at the UN screening of

Shame and stigma prevent many rape survivors in conflict zones from reporting the abuses they endure at the hands of war criminals whose sole aim in carrying out these horrific deeds is to torture and humiliate their enemy.

Yet the courageous testimonies of women who survived rape during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda provided the evidence required for a United Nations war crimes tribunal to find Jean-Paul Akayesu guilty, four years after the shocking conflagration, marking the first judgment for the crime of genocide under international law.

UN refugee agency, African host countries agree on final steps on Rwandan refugees

30 September, 2016

Rwandan refugees, who fled the genocide, returning in July 1994 from Goma, Zaire, (now the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC). UN Photo/John Isaac

The UN refugee agency and delegations from African countries as well as the African Union (AU) agreed today on final steps to end the protracted Rwandan refugee situation after seven years of negotiations.

UN 2030 Agenda and climate accord must ‘transform peoples’ lives’– Rwandan President

22 September, 2016

Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, addresses the general debate of the General Assemblys seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Recalling that over the past year, the United Nations concluded landmark agreements on sustainable development and climate change, and renewed its commitment to work together to combat violent extremism, Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, told the General Assembly today that these are the most serious issues before the international community “and our efforts offer the prospect of transforming our world as a whole, rather than just part of it.”

UN adviser on preventing genocide deplores ‘inflammatory statements’ by senior Burundi official

25 August, 2016

In 1996 in Rwanda, wooden crosses mark the graves in a cemetery in the village of Nyanza in a rural area of Kigali, the capital. During the 1994 genocide, over 10,000 people were burned to death in Nyanza as they tried to escape towards Burundi. Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

The United Nations Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, has expressed concern at inflammatory statements concerning the genocide in Rwanda that were made by a senior official of the ruling party in Burundi and cautioned that such statements could constitute incitement to violence.

In Rwanda, Ban calls for concerted regional and international action in South Sudan

16 July, 2016

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on the sidelines of the twenty-seventh African Union Summit, taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, 10-18 July 2016. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

On the margins of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today addressed a regional body and met with several regional leaders, stressing the need for concerted action to revive the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan.

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