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UN likely could run out of cash in August: Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on the international community to support the organization, and address its deteriorating financial situation. "Despite numerous efforts to contain expenditures this year, we are likely to run out of cash in August and,...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 8:58am

Fonerwa wins top UN award for climate action

Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) on Friday received the United Nations 2018 Momentum for Change Award for its outstanding contribution to addressing climate change. The Fund was selected for the award in the category of Financing For Climate Friendly Investment. Every year, the United Nations Climate...

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 12:33am

UN commends Rwanda’s inclusiveness in implementing rights periodic review

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Rwanda, Fodé Ndiaye, on Friday commended the inclusive approach that the country adopted to implement recommendations from the UN Human Rights Council. Ndiaye made the observation during a two-day retreat by the Ministry of Justice and stakeholders in the...

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 12:15am

Kennedy warned 57 years ago, but still the UN does not learn

New York this time of the year is akin to the Tower of Babel; restaurants are packed to the roof with a multitude of languages and spices it the air. Business is good. As had been predicted by some earlier, Trump’s speech left behind a trail comments, threats against Iran, China’s...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 7:21pm

UN report identifies where global harvests will rise and fall by 2050

The United Nations (UN) released a report last week identifying future winners and losers in agriculture as the planet warms from the effects of climate change. The report titled "The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2018" has attempted to study the relationship between...

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 1:20am

UN says has reached ceasefire for Libyan capital as jailed migrants escape

A ceasefire has been signed between armed factions fighting over the Libyan capital, the United Nations said on Tuesday, after more than a week of violence inside Tripoli. Dozens of people have been killed in fighting engulfing Tripoli as rival armed groups vie for power and money in the chaos...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 2:07am

A permanent seat at UN Security Council won’t fix Africa’s problems

Since its creation in 1945, the United Nations Security Council remained a club of five “super powers” that had formed the coalition to win the Second World War (WWII). Others keep rotating, rather grumblingly. We should organize, instead. The leading coalition was made up of the...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:39pm

UN strongly suggests coalition may be guilty of war crimes

The United Nations Human Rights Council said on Tuesday that parties to the conflict in Yemen, namely participants in the Saudi-led coalition, may be guilty of war crimes. A 41-page report by the Group of Regional and International Eminent Experts on Yemen, which was commissioned by the UN, "...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 10:03am

UN urges EAC to liberalise trade services to spur manufacturing sector

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on Monday urged the East African Community (EAC) to liberalise trade in professional services in order to spur growth of the manufacturing sector. Stephen Karingi, the Director of Capacity Development Division at UNECA, told Xinhua in...

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 8:53am

Kenya, UN to partner to curb rising cases of drug abuse

Kenya plans to partner with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in order to curb rising cases of drug abuse, officials said on Thursday. Julius Githiri, Chairman of state-owned National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), told journalists in Nairobi that rapid...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 10:39am

UN warns against premature withdrawal of African Union Mission in Somalia

The United Nations Security Council on Monday warned against a "premature withdrawal" of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Noting that Somali forces "are not yet ready to fully take responsibility for the country's security," Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan's...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 8:51am

More than 1,500 people died trying to reach Europe in 2018 – UN

More than 1,500 people have died so far in 2018 trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean, the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said, adding that this is the fifth consecutive year that the grim benchmark has been reached. The vast majority of the 1,504 deaths were...

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 12:33am

AU, UN hail latest development in Ethio-Eritrea relations

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have hailed the latest development in the relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea.  As the two neighbouring East African countries have started steps in normalising relations since they fought a border war in the years...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 12:51am

Does U.S. withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council matter?

On June 19, 2018, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, announced that the United States was withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). The news, of course, rocked the Council and the wider UN and its implications for the international human rights system. The protection of human...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 12:56pm

US-China tariffs take effect in deepening trade row

US tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports took effect as a deadline passed on Friday, and with Beijing having vowed to respond immediately in kind, the world’s two biggest economies took a high-stakes turn toward all-out trade conflict. China’s commerce ministry said in a statement...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 8:00pm

UN decorates Rwandan Police peacekeepers in Haiti

The United Nations, on July 3, decorated 140 Rwandan Police officers serving under its peacekeeping mission in Haiti, with service medals. The medals serve as recognition of their efforts in furthering peace and security in the Caribbean nation. The decorated officers form the 8th Rwandan Formed...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 9:16pm

Maltese judge to replace Theodor Meron at UN court

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres has named Carmel Agius, from Malta, to replace controversial American judge Theodor Meron from the leadership of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT). Agius will assume office at the beginning of next year,...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 6:53pm

Tunisia vows to represent Africa for non-permanent seat in UNSC

Tunisia vows on Monday to assert responsibility to represent the African continent in the UN Security Council, in a bid for a non-permanent seat for the 2020-2021 mandate, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui made the remarks at the 31st African...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 10:27am

UN prosecutor wants Rwanda involved in the early release of Genocide convicts

The Chief Prosecutor of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), Dr. Serge Brammertz, has said Rwanda deserves a seat on the table of decision makers when it comes to setting conditions for granting early release to Genocide convicts by the court.   Early release is a...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 9:18am

Rwanda deploys female-dominated police contingent to South Sudan

At about 10:30am, on Wednesday, a Formed Police Unit (FPU) contingent of 160 officers, majority women, left Kigali International Airport for a one-year peacekeeping duty under the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The contingent, the first of its kind, was saluted off by the Deputy...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 7:16pm