WED: Joining the race of connecting people to nature

This year, Rwanda again gladly joins the international community in celebrating the 45th World Environment Day (WED), which culminates in the national environment week that started on May, 26. Like in previous years, and in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, the One UN Rwanda team has...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Women in the changing world of work

On Wednesday March 8th, 2017 Rwanda joined the global community in the celebration of the International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s celebration of IWD in the country was held at Shyira Sector in Nyabihu District. It was graced by Mrs Jeannette Kagame, the First Lady of Rwanda and the...

Monday, March 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

The United Nations and human rights

Today, the United Nations System in Rwanda joins the people and government of Rwanda, as well as all other UN Member States around the world, in commemorating this year’s International Human Rights Day. December 10 of every year is a day that the international community set aside to reflect...

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

World AIDS Day: Accelerating the momentum in HIV prevention

Every year on December 1, the world observes World AIDS Day. On this Day, the global community pays tribute to all those who have lost their lives to AIDS, applauds progress made in responding to the epidemic and recommits to ending it definitively. In this connection, millions of people come...

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

The Sustainable Development Goals: Building blocks for peace

Every year, the World celebrates the International Day of Peace, a day that provides a globally shared opportunity for a rededication to the promotion of peace and a durable stability. This year, the international day of peace is celebrated one year after the adoption of the Sustainable...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Assessing the SDGs one year down the road (Part 2)

Last week, in the first part of this two-series article, we looked at the historical context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their rationale, grounding them on the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the renewed resolve on the part of the global...

Friday, September 16, 2016, 12:00 AM

Assessing the SDGs one year down the road (Part 1)

Introduction New Yorkers will tell you that for as far as they could remember, one month in each year that does not leave them indifferent is September. This is the month during which the world’s leaders and their entourages, some quite big, descend on New York, Manhattan to be precise, to...

Friday, September 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Protecting, educating and nurturing children are priceless

This article has been inspired by two recent events: the first is the celebration of the Day of the African Child, marked each year on June 16; and the second is the World Population Day, that was celebrated in Rwanda on July 31 at Gatsibo District, with the theme: “Investing in Teenage Girls...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

What Africa can learn from the tyranny of primary commodity booms and busts

On Friday, May 13th 2016, two distinctly separate events but with common strands connecting them took place in diametrically opposite sides of the globe. While H.E. President Paul Kagame was holding a press conference in Kigali at the conclusion of the highly successful WEF Africa 2016, where he...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

The race to reinforce environmental protection, resilience to climate change

During the week commencing May 26, through June 3, 2016, Rwanda joined the international community in marking the 44th World Environment Day (WED), in active partnership with the One UN Rwanda Team and other partners. The activities ranged from a news conference on May 26 led by the Minister of...

Friday, June 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

Ending the tyranny of primary commodity booms: Lessons for Africa

On Friday, May 13th 2016, two events; distinctly separate but with common strands connecting them, took place in diametrically opposite sides of the globe. While President Paul Kagame was holding a press conference in Kigali at the conclusion of the highly successful World Economic Forum on Africa...

Monday, May 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

Cracking the unemployment and underemployment challenges – What have we learnt and what progress has been made to date?

The week preceding the International Labour or Workers’ Day Celebrations on May 1st and a few days after it saw a flurry of forums, workshops and, on a more practical note, job fairs. These activities ranged from the Second Regional Employment Forum, presided over by the Right Honourable...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Cracking the unemployment and underemployment challenges - what have we learnt and what progress has been made to date?

The week preceding the International Labour or Workers Day Celebrations on May 1st and a few days after it saw a flurry of forums, workshops and, on a more practical note, job fairs. These activities ranged from the Second Regional Employment Forum, presided over by the Right Honourable Prime...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Access to Information: A key element of fundamental freedoms

Today, Rwanda will celebrate the World Press Freedom Day, which is celebrated globally on May 3. This day provides an important opportunity for underlining the critical importance of press freedom in particular, but also the broaderprinciples of freedomof expression, in our contemporary society....

Friday, May 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Access to information: a key element of fundamental freedoms

Today, Rwanda joins the international community in marking the World Press Freedom Day, which provides an important opportunity for underlining the critical importance of press freedom in particular, but also the broader principles of freedom of expression, in our contemporary society. Thus, since...

Friday, May 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda green growth and climate resilience strategy, a key enabler toward achieving SDGs

Today, the second high-level policy dialogue on Rwanda’s green growth and climate resilience strategy is being held to review the further progress the country has made toward sustainable green growth and climate resilience and assess the challenges facing it on this path as well as to chart the...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

Kwibuka22: Combating Genocide through inclusive development and social cohesion

The International Community joined Rwanda since April 7 to commemorate the Genocide against the Tutsi, which has gone down in history as one of the biggest human tragedies in modern era. The tragic events unfolded twenty two years ago, but the memories are still as fresh as they could ever be....

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Planet 50-50: Step It Up for Gender Equality

Today Rwanda joins the global family in celebrating the important International Women’s Day. It is worth recalling that, historically, Women’s Day was born from labour movements at the beginning of the 20th Century that were protesting against the difficult working conditions for women...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

The imperatives and challenges of protecting and promoting human rights, always

Today, the United Nations System in Rwanda joins the People and Government of Rwanda in commemorating this year’s International Human Rights Day. This day has been set aside by the international community on the 10th of December every year for reflection on the progress made in the global...

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 12:00 AM

Ending the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals

 Lamin .M. Manneh 1 December marks World AIDS Day 2015 and it is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Evidence from the 2015 World AIDS Day report "Focus on location and population” shows that we have what it takes to break the AIDS epidemic. Currently 15...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 12:00 AM