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Call for Application – Summer of Solutions 2019

The @UNYouthEnvoy’s #SummerOfSolutions is officially 🔛! Together with @UNDP and @UN_UniteIdeas, the @UNYouthEnvoy is looking for young people with innovative solutions to solve climate challenges. Be the change that the world needs! Create solutions for climate information, ethical fashion, and circular economy; submit your ideas  💡 and join the #SummerOfSolutions challenge 👉 bit.ly/SUMSOL19

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah met United Nations Resident Coordinator for Pakistan Mr. Neil Buhne

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah discussed with United Nations Resident Coordinator for Pakistan Mr. Neil Buhne, the work of the United Nations in Sindh and how cooperation with the Government can be strengthened to benefit more people.  They focused on ways to provide more urgent assistance to those affected by drought, and how to reduce their vulnerability to future droughts. Mr Buhne highlighted the opportunities to consolidate Sindh’s food security and agriculture productivity, especially through improved land tenancy governance for all stakeholders. The Chief Minister also took note of the UN’s efforts to support Sindh’s transition to a climate-resilient food system including through transformations in water management. Mr. Buhne complimented the Chief Minister on excellent work done in some localities in  Sindh on reducing the high prevalence of stunted growth, and on the need to expand that work to reach all vulnerable children.  Mr. Buhne appreciated the leadership of the Chief Minister on the strong support to the polio eradication drive in Sindh, discussed the importance  of eradicating the Wild Polio Virus, especially from urban areas,  and the challenges of doing this. They discussed programmes to improve reproductive health of women and to slow population growth, to expand the reach and quality of education for children, efforts to reduce rural poverty, to improve water management, and actions to reduce the effects of climate change on people.  Mr. Buhne appreciated the work of the Chief Minister to have Sindh meet the Sustainable Development Goals and offered UN support to link this closer to the policies and programmes of the provincial government to promote and implement pro-poor policies.  He was joined at the meeting by members of the United Nations Sindh team.

Intercultural Innovation Award – 2019

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group launched the call for applications of the sixth edition of The Intercultural Innovation Award.

Grassroots initiatives that encourage intercultural understanding through innovative methods, with the aim of alleviating identity-based conflicts around the world, are encouraged to apply online at:

Promoting Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace : Pakistan won first position in 2019 World Radio Day programmes contest

In connection with the 2019 World Radio Day, (that is being observed every year on 13 February), the United Nations in Pakistan joined Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, FM 100 and other Broadcasters in the series of radio programmes to promote Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace.

Thematic radio programme prepared by Radio Pakistan has won the first position in the 2019 World Radio Day Contest.

Mr. Neil Buhne, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Pakistan and Ms. Vibeke Jensen, Representative/Director in Pakistan of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) participated in the programme. Continue reading

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.