2019 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalism Fellowship

The Department of Global Communications (DGC) is accepting applications for the 2019 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalism Fellowship, which will be held at UN Headquarters in New York from 15 September to 5 October 2019.

The Fellowship will bring a select group of young journalists from around the world to United Nations Headquarters to cover the General Assembly, interview senior officials, and attend special briefings and workshops.

The Fellowship is open to full-time journalists between the ages of 22 and 35 from countries with developing and transitioning economies. A full list of eligible countries is available at https://outreach.un.org/raf/eligibility ( Pakistan included)

The Fellowship covers the cost of roundtrip air travel to New York and provides a daily subsistence allowance.

Applications must be submitted online at https://outreach.un.org/raf/applyThe application deadline is 15 April 2019.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT ‘MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA’ STRONGLY CONDEMNS ATTACKS IN NEW ZEALAND

The President of the General Assembly strongly condemns the attacks against two mosques, which took place in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand, today.

Ms. Espinosa conveys her deepest condolences to all bereaved families, the people and the Government of New Zealand.

The PGA says that this heinous act of extreme violence against a house of worship is an abhorrent crime. Ms. Espinosa stresses that more must be done to combat intolerance, hate speech and extremism for the sake of humanity.

She wishes all injured in the attacks a speedy recovery.

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — REMARKS AT WREATH LAYING FOR VICTIMS OF ETHIOPIAN AIR CRASH

Dear Colleagues and dear Friends,

We come together in sadness and solidarity to pay tribute to our fellow UN family members who perished on Sunday.

In doing so, we also remember all the victims of the air crash that claimed so many lives – including civil society partners and humanitarian workers.

We send our deepest condolences and heartfelt wishes to their families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.

With our condolences also to the people and the Government of Ethiopia. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the attack at two mosques in New Zealand

The Secretary-General is shocked and appalled at the terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. He extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of New Zealand.
The Secretary General recalls the sanctity of mosques and all places of worship. He calls upon all people on this holy day for Muslims to show signs of solidarity with the bereaved Islamic community.
The Secretary-General reiterates the urgency of working better together globally to counter Islamophobia and eliminate intolerance and violent extremism in all its forms.