Rwanda

23 June 2022, Kigali, Rwanda

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the Commonwealth Says No More Violence against Women side event [as prepared for delivery]

H. E. Patricia Scotland, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

In the past two years, there has been an unprecedented increase in all forms of gender-based violence – particularly in the home, but also in public and online spaces.

It is only right that we stand up for a moment of silence for these victims and survivors.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly one in two women reported that they, or a woman they know, experienced some form of violence.

23 June 2022, Kigali, Rwanda

Deputy Secretary-General's closing remarks at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting – Climate Change Side Event on Keeping 1.5 Alive – The Glasgow Climate Pact and Building Momentum Towards COP27 [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are at the mid-point between COP 26 and 27.

The Glasgow Climate Pact, the main outcome of COP 26, laid bare huge gaps on mitigation, on finance and on adaptation as well as the actions that needed to be taken over the course of the coming years to close these gaps through just transitions.

Let us be frank, almost 6 months after Glasgow, we are off track.

23 June 2022, Kigali, Rwanda

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the “Sustainable and Inclusive Development” session during the Pre-CHOGM Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting [as prepared for delivery]

Thank you Chair. Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I am delighted to be here and to contribute tothis important Commonwealth gathering, with so many friends and colleagues in person, at this critical moment in our world.
 
The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, adopted nearly seven years ago, grew out of the belief that sustainable and inclusive development—the topic of today’s session—is the only durable development.
 
We’re almost to the halfway point of the Agenda.
 

Valentine  Rugwabiza  Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic

Valentine Rugwabiza

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 23 February 2022 the appointment of Valentine Rugwabiza of Rwanda as his new Special Representative for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). 

03 March 2022, Kigali

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2022 [as prepared for delivery]

Your Excellency, President Paul Kagame,
Honorable Deputy Prime Ministers and Ministers,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to be with you today for the opening of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development.

We are meeting at a crucial time when our ability to achieve the goals we set ourselves in the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 hangs in the balance.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought havoc to our societies and economies.

Hunger and poverty are increasing for the first time in a generation.

16 July 2016, Kigali

Remarks at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Extraordinary Summit

Thank you for your invitation and your collective efforts to address the crisis in South Sudan.

Let me begin by saying I was not planning to be in Kigali, but I am here because there is a crisis and I am here because we need to urgently address it together.

I know many of you have worked hard to secure peace for the world’s youngest country – and I know all of us agree that we cannot afford South Sudan slipping back into a civil war.

07 April 2014, Kigali

Remarks at ceremony honouring UN staff victims of Rwanda Genocide

Mr. Jean de Dieu Mucyo, Executive Secretary of the Commission for the Fight Against Genocide,
Professor Anastase Shyaka, CEO of the Rwanda Governance Board,
Dear Members of the families of our fallen colleagues,
Mr . Lamin Manneh, UN Resident Coordinator,
Ms. Gisele Rutayisire, Chair of the Staff Association,
Dear colleagues and friends,

Today has been a profoundly moving day of reflection, remembrance and renewal for the people of Rwanda and, indeed, the international community.

07 April 2014, Kigali

Remarks at the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide

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Kuri jye, ni icyubahiro cyinshi kuba ndi kumwe namwe kuri uyu munsi ukomeye mu mateka y'u Rwanda.

[I am deeply honoured to be here on this important day for Rwanda.]

I am profoundly honoured and humbled to join the people of Rwanda and so many leaders from around the world.

The genocide in Rwanda that targetted the Tutsi was one of the darkest chapters in human history.

More than 800,000 people were systematically killed – overwhelmingly the Tutsi, and also moderate Hutu, Twa and others.