Category Archives: Open Day/Exposition

Official March Past Event for International Women’s Day

Photo9The UN System in Cameroon participated at the official March Past Event on 8 March organised by the Government, chaired by the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family; Her Excellency Marie Therese Abena Ondoa, representing the First Lady of Cameroon.

An estimate of 35,000 women and men participated at the march past event which took place at the 20th May boulevard in the nation’s capital city of Yaounde, as was done across Cameroon.

Photo91Some 60 female and male UN Staff members took part in the colourful march past with banners carrying the IWD 2016 theme, led by some Heads of UN Agencies.

ONE UN STAND at National Exhibition in Yaounde 2016 International Women’s Day

PhotoThe United Nations System in Cameroon and the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF) organized a series of activities to commemorate the 2016 International Women’s Day (IWD) on the theme chosen by the Cameroon government: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Meeting the challenge and overcoming the obstaclesfrom 04 – 08 March 2016. The theme for this 31 edition of IWD was taken from the global theme proposed by the United Nations: “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.

Photo2The UN System participated at the 2-day Exhibition set-up by MINPROFF at the esplanade of the Yaounde City Council from 03 to 04 March 2016 with a ONE UN STAND with UN Women and UNIC as lead. UN publications and documents on the IWD Theme and related issues were on display and for distribution to visitors at the stand such as Peace and Security, Development, Human Rights, Education of the young girls, UNSC Resolution 1325, Convention on the Elimination of all discrimination against women, UNSG Campaign to End Violence against Women, Maternal health, Population, Health, Gender, Children’s Right, Human Rights, Refugee Protection, Africa Renewal’s Special Edition on Women, amongst others.

Photo1These were contributed by UNWOMEN, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, UNFPA, UNCHRD and UNIC. The stand received more than 400 visitors. UNIC also distributed copies of the UNSG message and Information Kits to special Guests, Civil Society leaders and the media.

 

UN Secretary-General on Cameroon [scroll down for English version]

Déclaration attribuable au Porte-parole du Secrétaire général sur le Cameroun

Ban-Ki-moonNew York, le 12 octobre 2015

Le Secrétaire général condamne les deux attentats-suicides qui ont été perpétrés simultanément à Kangaleri, Cameroun, le 11 octobre, par des membres présumés de Boko Haram. Depuis le mois de juillet 2015, le nord du Cameroun a subi quinze attentats-suicides distincts qui ont entrainé la mort d’un nombre important de civils. Le Secrétaire général présente ses condoléances aux familles des victimes ainsi qu’au Gouvernement et au peuple camerounais. Rien ne peut justifier de telles violences et assassinats aveugles.
Le Secrétaire général réitère sa solidarité avec le peuple camerounais. Il renouvelle le soutien des Nations Unies au Gouvernement du Cameroun et aux pays du Bassin du Lac Tchad dans leur lutte contre le terrorisme, fondée sur le droit international humanitaire, des droits de l’homme et des réfugiés.

 Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Cameroon

New York, 12 October 2015

The Secretary-General condemns the two simultaneous suicide attacks in Kangaleri, Cameroon, on 11 October, by suspected Boko Haram elements. Since July 2015, the Northern State of Cameroon has witnessed fifteen separate suicide attacks, causing the death of scores of civilians. The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Cameroon. There is no justification for such indiscriminate violence and killings.
The Secretary-General reaffirms his solidarity with the people of Cameroon. He reiterates the United Nations support to the Cameroonian government and the Lake Chad Basin countries in their fight against terrorism, grounded on international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law.

Ban Ki-moon marks UN at 70

“The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.” – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for UN70

UNICEF announces release of 163 more children by armed group in Central African Republic

Children associated with the anti-Balaka militia take part in a release ceremony in Bambari in the Central African Republic (CAR) in May 2015. Photo: UNICEF/Donaig Le Du

Children associated with the anti-Balaka militia take part in a release ceremony in Bambari in the Central African Republic (CAR) in May 2015. Photo: UNICEF/Donaig Le Du

CAR, 28 August 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today that 163 children have been released by an armed group in the Central African Republic, where thousands of other boys and girls are still serving as combatants, cooks and messengers for the country’s militant factions.

“This release is a sign that the process of implementing the commitment made by the leaders of these groups, as a part of the peace and reconciliation process, is on track,” UNICEF Representative in the Central African Republic (CAR) Mohamed Malick Fall said in a press release.

“We fully expect to see hundreds more children released before the end of this year,” Mr. Fall said.

The 163 children, five of the girls, were released today in a ceremony in the town of Batangafo where the handover was facilitated by UNICEF and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The children received medical care and spoke to social workers before they were taken to a transition centre where they will be supported in either going back to school or enrolling in vocational training. UNICEF and partners will also trace and reunify the children with their families.

“MINUSCA is resolved with all partners to ensure the protection of children and I herewith reaffirm its determination to multiply efforts to identify and separate children who are waiting to return to normal life,” said Diane Corner, the deputy special representative of the UN peacekeeping mission in CAR.

According to UNICEF, between 6,000 and 10,000 children have been associated with armed factions in the Central African Republic since 2013 including those serving as combatants, as well as those working as cooks, messengers and in other roles. Smaller release ceremonies also took place in the capital Bangui last week, and earlier in August in other districts, bringing to 645 the number of children liberated since a May agreement by the country’s 10 armed groups to release all children from their ranks.

The agreement also commits the groups to ending additional recruitment of children and gives UNICEF and its partners immediate and unrestricted access to the areas under the groups’ control in order to identify and verify the number of affected children and to secure their release.

Clashes in Central African Republic force thousands to seek refuge at UN peacekeeping base

08-27-2015Bambari_CAR27 August 2015 – Clashes between rival militias in the past few days have forced several thousand people to flee their homes in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Bambari and seek shelter at a former cotton factory inside the compound of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, the UN refugee agency said today. “We are extremely concerned by the mounting violence in Bambari and its impact on the civilian population. Our staff have reported the displacement of people who are extremely frightened,” Kouassi Lazare Etien, the Representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in CAR, said in a press release.

Mr. Etien said that the agency was also worried about hundreds of Sudanese refugees “trapped in a refugee camp [near Bambari] and at high risk of attacks.” The road leading to the camp had been inaccessible since the weekend, but a UNHCR team escorted by UN peacekeepers reached the Sudanese refugee camp on Wednesday. “Fresh fighting between rival militia forces erupted on August 20 and triggered new waves of displacement,” the refugee agency reported.

“A spontaneous IDP [internally displaced persons] site had sprung up inside the Bambari compound of the UN peace-keeping force,” the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), according to the refugee agency. UNHCR staff said the agency’s partner, the National Refugee Commission, had registered about 3,000 displaced persons in the MINUSCA compound as of Tuesday. “But conditions are dire at the site, a former cotton factory with no sanitation facilities and limited access to water and shelter,” the agency said. The situation began to ease on Thursday but UNHCR staff say Bambari remains very tense and they fear the situation could deteriorate again.

UNHCR is now able to move around Bambari and is trying to assess the total number of newly displaced. The tension remains with armed groups in control of the streets. The population and aid workers were isolated and inaccessible, but a humanitarian corridor has been opened to the airport since Tuesday following negotiations between MINUSCA and the rival militia groups. The latest flare-up in Bambari erupted after a 19-year-old Muslim was killed in the city and beheaded by alleged anti-Balaka fighters, according to the refugee agency. “This triggered violent reprisal attacks between the two communities in Bambari, which have left at least 10 people dead and many injured, including ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) staff,” it said.

Open Day Exposition on International Youth Day 2015

Photo6UNIC Yaounde mounted a One UN Stand during the commemoration ceremony of the 16th International Youth Day in Cameroon on the theme: “Youth Civic Engagement” on 12 August 2015 to showcase UN’s action for youths. Present on the stand were documents such as: World Youth Report, Youth and Work, UN General Assembly resolutions declaring the International Day, UN Secretary General’s message on the occasion, DPI published Africa renewal editions focusing on youth issues.

UNIC KMA; Jean Njita presented these publications, and handed copies to the Ministers and dignitaries present. UNSG’s message was distributed to all participants. Elyx was once more present at this ceremony with the Youths.

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Exposition on crime and drug information

Photo8On the sideline of the UN Press Club on the Crime Congress, UNIC organized a Stand on drug and crime related information, within the UNIC premises on Wednesday 8 July 2015. The ONE UN Stand was mounted to showcase UN collective actions to combat drugs and crimes in Cameroon and worldwide. Documents on this stand comprised the 2003 INCB (English, French), 2011 World Drug Report, UN Convention on transnational organized crime and related protocols, Doha Declaration, print-outs on crimes such as Corruption, Human trafficking, Wildlife, Cyber-criminality, etc… This stand also contained some basic UN documents such as the Basic Facts, UN Charters, Universal declaration of Human Rights, the 2013 and 2014 MDGS Report, etc… Participants in attendance were handed these documents, Press Kits on the themes.Photo9 Photo 91

Secretary-General’s message on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking, New York, 26 June 2015

 [scroll down for French version]

Ban-Ki-moonIn September, leaders from around the world will meet at the United Nations to adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda to eradicate extreme poverty and provide a life of dignity for all. This ambition, while achievable, must address various obstacles, including the deadly harm to communities and individuals caused by drug trafficking and drug abuse.

Our shared response to this challenge is founded on the international drug control conventions. In full compliance with human rights standards and norms, the United Nations advocates a careful re-balancing of the international policy on controlled drugs. We must consider alternatives to criminalization and incarceration of people who use drugs and focus criminal justice efforts on those involved in supply. We should increase the focus on public health, prevention, treatment and care, as well as on economic, social and cultural strategies.

We must address the nexus between illicit drugs and violence, corruption and terrorism. A balanced approach recognizes the close connections between those who traffic in drugs and criminal networks involved in firearms smuggling, kidnapping, human trafficking and other crimes. This work must also include redoubling efforts to prevent the supply of the precursor chemicals that are the foundation of so many illicit drugs.

Promoting international cooperation through the UN conventions on transnational organized crime and corruption is essential to addressing today’s security and development challenges. No criminal should escape justice. The balanced approach calls for unity of purpose within the international community, including the UN, civil society and, most importantly, the world’s nations. No country can work in isolation. Comprehensive and integrated efforts at the local, regional and global levels offer the best hope for dealing with the traffickers, while taking care to protect vulnerable groups and marginalized communities.

Efforts against illicit drugs must be connected to our work to promote opportunities through equitable and sustainable development. We must continually strive to make the weak and fragile stronger. The United Nations General Assembly special session on the world drug problem, to be held in April 2016, can advance this cause, with countries sharing knowledge and forging common solutions.

On the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, let us raise awareness about the value of applying a balanced approach to these problems based on an understanding that sustainable development can and must catalyze change across all these fronts.

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En septembre, les dirigeants du monde entier se réuniront à l’ONU pour adopter un ambitieux et nouveau programme de développement durable visant à éliminer la pauvreté extrême et à permettre une vie dans la dignité pour tous. Cette ambition, certes réalisable, se heurte toutefois à divers obstacles, notamment le fatal préjudice que portent, aux collectivités et aux individus, le trafic et l’abus de drogues.

Pour relever ensemble ce défi, nous nous appuyons sur les conventions internationales relatives à la lutte contre la drogue. Dans le strict respect des règles et normes en matière de droits de l’homme, l’ONU plaide pour un délicat rééquilibrage des politiques internationales en matière de lutte contre les drogues placées sous contrôle. Nous devons étudier des solutions autres que la pénalisation et l’incarcération des consommateurs, pour privilégier l’action pénale contre la filière de l’offre. Nous devons nous attacher davantage à des questions telles que la santé publique, la prévention, le traitement et la prise en charge et rechercher des stratégies dans les sphères économique, sociale et culturelle.

Nous devons briser le lien entre drogues illicites et violence, corruption et terrorisme. Dans un souci d’équilibre, nous devons prendre conscience des corrélations étroites qui existent entre les trafiquants de drogues et les réseaux criminels impliqués dans la contrebande d’armes à feu, les enlèvements, la traite des êtres humains et d’autres crimes. Nous devons, en outre, nous attacher davantage à éliminer l’offre de précurseurs qui servent à produire d’innombrables drogues illicites.

Il est essentiel de promouvoir la coopération internationale dans le cadre des conventions des Nations Unies contre la criminalité transnationale organisée et la corruption si nous voulons résoudre les problèmes de sécurité et de développement que connaît le monde d’aujourd’hui. Aucun criminel ne devrait échapper à la justice. Dans un souci d’équilibre, il faut que la communauté internationale, y compris l’ONU, la société civile et, surtout, la famille des nations du monde, soit unie dans son propos : aucun pays ne peut agir isolément. C’est en travaillant de façon globale et intégrée, aux échelons local, régional et mondial, que nous aurons le meilleur espoir d’éliminer le problème des trafiquants, tout en protégeant les groupes vulnérables et les collectivités marginalisées.

Pour lutter contre les drogues illicites, nous devons, parallèlement, œuvrer à promouvoir des débouchés grâce à un développement équitable et durable. Nous devons travailler, sans relâche, pour les plus faibles et les plus fragiles, afin qu’ils deviennent forts. La session extraordinaire de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies sur le problème mondial de la drogue, qui se tiendra en avril 2016, peut faire avancer cette cause en permettant aux pays de mettre en commun leurs connaissances dans ce domaine et de trouver des solutions communes.

À l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la lutte contre l’abus et le trafic de drogues, prenons conscience de l’importance qu’il y a à aborder ces problèmes dans une optique équilibrée, sachant que le développement durable peut et doit susciter des changements sur tous ces fronts.