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UN Secretary-General’s statement on Cameroon



“In answer ro questions about the situation in Cameroon, the UN is concerned about reports of violence and use of force by security forces during demonstrations in Douala in recent days. We condemn incidents of violence at Cameroonian embassies in Paris and Berlin.
The UN is also concerned about the reported arrest of Mr. Maurice Kamto, the leader of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement and some members of his party which reportedly took place yesterday. the UN calls on Cameroonian authorities to respect the freedom of assembly, association and expression and stress the need for restraint by all political actors.
The Secretary-General reiterates the need for all Cameroonian stakeholders to engage in an inclusive and genuine political dialogue to address the challenges facing the country. The United Nations stands ready to support such efforts.”

UN Cameroon commemorates the 2019 Holocaust Remembrance Day

“Who will write our history?” is the title of the movie screened during the Educational Outreach Event organised by UNIC Yaounde to mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

This  event which brought together students  from La Gaieté School Complex and Lycée de Tsinga, took place at the Muna Foundation on 28 January 2019 and also had the various articulations;

Exhibition on the “Butterfly project: Children of the holocaust,

Educative talks on “demand and protect your human rights”,

Drama/Sketch on the dangers if hate speech, racism and xenophobia.

The message of Mrs Audray Azoulay; Director General of UNESCO on the occasion was read by Mrs Yvonne Matuturu. The UNSG video message was projected. Mr. Guterres echoed that ” now more than ever, let us unite in the fight for universal values and build a world of equality for all.”

UNIC’s NIO; Jean Njita presented a brief history of the Holocaust,  how it was carried out by the Nazi regime in Germany and the reason why the UN targets students and youths for the commemoration.

Mr. Simon Seroussi; deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Cameroon harped on the effects of Holocaust on the Jewish people today, and called on the world to shun discrimination and hatred.

In attendance were some  traditional Rulers from the North West region of Cameroon, members of NGO’s, students and journalists etc. Participants were urged to confront and denounce hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity!

Applications invited for Journalism Fellowship at UN Headquarters

New York – The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists for its 2019 fellowship program.

The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, who are interested in reporting from New York during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Visit for details. The deadline for application is March 1, 2019.


As year 2018 is coming to an end, we are pleased to share with you the “Year in Review” prepared by the United Nations in New York.

The “Year in Review” consists of UN News 2018 recap: In Case You Missed It; top 10 YouTube videos; UN Web TV most watched events; and 2018 in photos. Please find below the links of these items for ease of access:

Please see with Year in Review highlights from: the UN’s YouTube channel
UN Photo
UN News and

UN Photo“2018 in Photos” album on Flickr:
“2018 in Photos” gallery on UN Photo website:

UN Video

The Secretary-General’s New Year’s video message can be downloaded using the following URL:

Int’l version



Human Rights Day celebrated in Cameroon

The official ceremony to commemorate the 2018 Human Rights Day was held at the Yaounde National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM) on Monday 10 December 2018, closing a weeklong campaign on the theme “All United for Human Rights”.

The indispensable role of human rights and freedoms in development was re-echoed through various interventions. Mr. Abdoulaye Traore; representing the UN Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa recalled that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights defends human dignity, protects children, women, the most vulnerable and minorities; avoids human suffering and lays the foundation for a more just world. He further called on participants to work for a great protection of human rights in Cameroon in particular, Central Africa and in the world.

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) animated a UN stand with documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN Chronicles specials on “Human Rights”, Africa Renewal, UN Secretary General’s message, and a photo exhibition on “children and their future jobs/professions”.

In attendance were UN staff, government officials, National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms (CNDHL), European Union in Cameroon, the Bar Association, Civil society, media, lawyers and magistrates.

SDG Open Day at International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC)

Students of the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC), specialising in International Communication and Public Action celebrated 20 years of their existence from 28 to 29 November 2018 within the IRIC premises. Activities were organised for this anniversary, amongst which conference debates, open day expositions.

UNIC Yaounde, on behalf of the UN System in Cameroon was invited to animate an SDG stand at the IRIC Campus. On display at the UNIC stand were publications such as; Africa Renewal, documents on the 17 goals, SDG boxes, SDG Rings and the SDG mystery wheel game, which drew lots of attractions, as participants were eager to play, test their knowledge and learn about respective goals. UNIC staff was on hand for in-depth explanations on the goals and their relevance to our world today.

Cameroun : des experts onusiens appellent à protéger la liberté d’expression

HCR /Elizabeth Mpimbaza
Des familles camerounaises ont trouvé refuge à Utanga, Obanliku, au Nigéria, après avoir fui l’insécurité dans les régions anglophones du Cameroun. Photo HCR/Elizabeth Mpimbaza
11 décembre 2018

Des experts de l’ONU ont exprimé leur préoccupation mardi concernant la répression de manifestants au Cameroun, à la suite de la récente réélection du Président Paul Biya.

« Les restrictions imposées récemment par le gouvernement camerounais aux droits d’assemblée pacifique et d’expression, semblent ignorer ce critère établi par les instruments internationaux auxquels est parti le Cameroun », ont affirmé les experts dans une déclaration.

Ils ont appelé à la protection de la liberté d’expression, la liberté d’assemblée pacifique et la liberté d’association, rappelant que les standards de droits de l’homme internationaux établissent le droit de chacun à participer à des manifestations pacifiques, ont-ils ajouté. « Toute restriction aux libertés d’assemblée pacifique et d’expression doit provenir de la loi et doit être nécessaire et proportionnelle ».

Les inquiétudes concernant la loi anti-terroriste n’ont toujours pas été résolues

Les experts ont notamment souligné que « la loi nationale anti-terroriste de 2014 ne devrait pas être utilisée pour entraver les assemblées pacifiques, les marches et les manifestations organisées par des partis politiques pendant un processus électoral ».

Selon cette loi, la garde à vue peut être étendue de 48 heures à 15 jours, et la juridiction transférée aux tribunaux militaires.

Les experts indépendants, nommés par le Conseil des droits de l’homme, avaient déjà exprimé des préoccupations aux autorités camerounaises, indiquant qu’une définition aussi large du terrorisme, qui inclue « la perturbation du fonctionnement normal des institutions publiques », pourrait être mal utilisée et entrainer l’interdiction d’assemblées pacifiques.

Ces inquiétudes n’ont toujours pas été résolues, selon les experts. « Les autorités devraient respecter le cadre légal national concernant les manifestations, qui requiert de la part des organisateurs de notifier les autorités sept jours avant la manifestation », ont-ils dit.

Les experts ont reconnu le pas positif que constitue l’abandon des charges judiciaires à l’encontre des 52 militants du Mouvement de la Renaissance du Cameroun, le 4 décembre dernier, à la demande du Procureur général de la cour d’appel du littoral, sur instruction du Ministère de la justice.

« Les allégations reçues le mois dernier semblent indiquer la mise en place d’un climat répressif envers la société civile, les partis politiques, et les personnes critiques vis à vis des résultats des élections, qu’il s’agisse de leurs droits d’exprimer leurs points de vue ou de manifester librement », ont ajouté les experts.

Ils ont renouvelé leurs appels pour une révision de la loi anti-terroriste de 2014, afin d’assurer qu’elle ne sera pas utilisée pour restreindre les libertés fondamentales telles que les droits à la liberté d’expression, d’assemblée pacifique et d’association.

Ils exhortent le gouvernement à assurer qu’un espace démocratique plus grand sera garanti avant, pendant et après les élections législatives et municipales prévues en 2019

SDG Open Day / Conference – Debates

UNIC, UNCG and RCO organized a series of conference – debates on the sideline of the «SDG village», with panelists sharing knowledge, experience and lessons on the 5Ps, with the following themes:

People and Prosperity: “Youth Empowerment within the SDGs context in Cameroon”, Planet: “Youths, commit for Environment and the SDGs”, Partnership: “Financing the 2030 agenda”, and Peace: “Imagine Peace”.

This also witnessed the official launching of the « Youth kamer volunteers for SDGs » platform; under the auspices of the UN Resident Coordinator, to better amplify advocacy of the SDGs in Cameroon. These conference-debates were centred on the indispensable implication of everybody, especially youths in achieving the SDGs.

Ms. Allegra Biocchi ; UN Resident Coordinator; reminded particpants that the 17 goals do not belong to the UN, but were rather signed by member countries, with Cameroon as a signatory. She further encouraged youths to commit to these goals and also say NO to all acts of corruption, and also take part in elections as voters.

Respective panelists underscored the fact that the United Nations accompanies the Cameroonian government and people in achieving a sustainable development which leaves no one behind for peace, stability, governance and democracy. Highly emphasised was the fact that a minimum sum of 10 billion FCFA were needed annually for the implementation of these goals in Cameroon. 

The three days SDG open door campaign buikt momentum and public understanding around the 17 goals for Sustainable Development and the 2030 development agenda.

SDG Open Day / Exposition at the SDG Village

UNIC, UNCG and RCO organized a three-days awareness and advocacy campaign; «SDG village», which brought together UN Agencies, Civil Society Organisations, to share information and knowledge on the SDGs with the public.

Information in respective stands comprised SDG branded gadget such as; roll-ups (kakemonos), posters, brochures, mystery wheel, ring, reports, newsletter, flyers, pins, mugs, t-shirts, pens, cubes, etc. The village was officially opened by Mr. Jacques Boyer UNICEF/UNCG Chair, and Ms Siti Batoul Oussein (UNFPA).

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