Category Archives: Press releases

Statement by UNFPA on United States’ decision to withhold funding

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 4 April 2017—UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, regrets the decision by the United States to deny any future funding for its life-saving work the world over. This decision is based on the erroneous claim that UNFPA “supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization” in China. UNFPA refutes this claim, as all of its work promotes the human rights of individuals and couples to make their own decisions, free of coercion or discrimination. Indeed, United Nations Member States have long described UNFPA’s work in China as a force for good.

The United States, one of our founding members, has long partnered with UNFPA to protect and promote the reproductive health and rights of women and girls, thereby fostering healthier women and girls and their families. The support we received over the years from the Government and people of the United States has saved tens of thousands of mothers from preventable deaths and disabilities, and especially now in the rapidly developing global humanitarian crises. With previous United States contributions, UNFPA was combatting gender-based violence and reducing the scourge of maternal deaths in the world’s most fragile settings, in areas of conflict and natural disasters, including Iraq, Nepal, Sudan, Syria, the Philippines, Ukraine and Yemen.

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Science Communication Requires Collaboration

Accra, 5 May 2017Effective science communication requires more collaboration between researchers, communications officers and journalists. This was one of the key messages in a 2-day science reporting workshop jointly organised by the United Nations University Institute for Natural

A cross section of the participants

Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), the United Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Netherlands and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Accra. The workshop, dubbed “Reach & Turn” aimed to help bridge the gap between science communication and science journalism. A press release issued by the UNU-INRA, indicates that the workshop was a joint UN effort aims at contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (particularly SDG#4 (Quality Education), #13 (Climate Action) and #17 (Partnership).

UNESCO & partners to hold music conference in commemoration of International Jazz Day

Accra, 19 April 2017 – The sixth annual International Jazz Day will be observed globally on 30 April 2017. The day will culminate with an All-Star Global Concert presented at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO. The concert will be live streamed by UNESCO and will feature an extraordinary array of artists from around the world paying tribute to the international art form of jazz.

In Ghana, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation will collaborate with Alliance Française and the International Music Council to organise the 3rd Impact Music Conference which seeks to bring together creators, record labels, content platforms and creative entrepreneurs to discuss the various opportunities and challenges that the emergence of digital tools has had in the music sector.

The conference which is funded by the UNESCO Participation Programme, will take place on April 26 & 27 @ 9am with a special focus on the role that women can/should play in the music sector.  The sessions will be interactive, accessible to everyone and practical and relevant for young female music/culture professionals.

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UN officials denounce reprehensible acts of vigilante groups in Ghana

Accra, 10 April 2017 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, and the Resident Coordinator of the UN system in Ghana, Christine Evans-Klock, have followed with consternation the acts of impunity perpetrated by the Delta Force vigilante group in Ghana and outrightly denounce these reprehensible acts.

In a joint press release issued in Accra today, they both welcome positively the unambiguous condemnation of these acts by the government and expect that all necessary measures will be taken to investigate these actions and bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

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UN Ghana calls for redress of persisting challenges facing women in the informal economy

Accra, Ghana: 8 March 2017 – Today 8 March is celebrated globally as the International Women’s Day (IWD). As the world marks this important day, our attention is being drawn to the rapidly changing environment in the world of work, the different jobs, roles and business opportunities women encounter in their work life, and the need to enhance their economic empowerment. Hence the theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030”.

In a press release issued today, the team of United Nations Agencies working in Ghana and its Gender Team recognise women’s contributions to national development through all manner of work, including in the informal economy.

According to the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Christine Evans-Klock, “When we talk about women at work, we often leave out women in the informal sector,” She adds that “Today, as we mark International Women’s Day, we would like to particularly recognise the hard work and the economic contributions of women in the informal economy. We need to support their efforts to transform their farms, learn new skills, and grow their businesses.”

UNIC Accra hosts Nigerian artists with a cap 300ft long

Accra, 3 March 2017 – An indigenous Nigerian artist, Femi Coker, today paid a courtesy call on UNIC Accra with a cap 300ft long to underline the important contribution made by people of African descent to our societies as part of a project to promote the International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD).

Femi Coker wearing the cap and being interviewed by the local media

The United Nations General Assembly declared 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2024 as the IDPAD to recognize that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected. It also means that afro-centric ideals, values, ideas and strategies, inventions, innovations, creative ingenuity, advancement, development and excellence would be the focus of the international community. Read further

 

IMF staff concludes visit to Ghana

Accra, February 13, 2017 – A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Joël Toujas-Bernaté, has completed an official visit to Ghana.  The visit, which took place from February 6-10, 2017, was “to take stock of the 2016 economic developments and the outlook for 2017, engage in a dialogue about the new government’s economic plans, and discuss prospects for program engagement with the IMF”.

A press release issued by the IMF at the end of the visit indicates that the team met with the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia; Senior Minister Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo; Finance Minister Hon. Kenneth Ofori-Atta; Minister of Food and Agriculture Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto; Bank of Ghana Governor Dr. Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku; other senior officials; and development partners in the country.

Launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2017

Accra, January 11, 2017 – The 2017 World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report will be launched by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on 17 January at 11:00 am in New York (4pm in Accra). Regional analyses will also be launched in the following days in key regional hubs.  

According to the report, facing major headwinds and heightened uncertainty, the world economy remains mired in a prolonged cycle of subdued global growth. In addition to an analysis of the present situation, the report looks at measures that can lift global growth and support sustainable development, including a more targeted policy mix that is based on sound policy analysis and more effective policy coordination at the domestic, regional and global level.

You may follow the global launch at http://webtv.un.org.

Ghana: Candidates agreement on peaceful elections

Accra, 26 November 2016 – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Commonwealth and the United Nations call on all the presidential candidates for the December 2016 general elections in Ghana to take the responsibility to contribute towards non-violent, transparent and credible elections.

This call is contained in a joint press statement issued by the three organisations in Accra today.

GHANA: Much remains to be done but UN expert welcomes steps taken to combat torture and other ill-treatment

Accra/Geneva, 7 October 2015 – ACCRA / GENEVA (7 October 2015) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Juan E. Méndez today urged the Government of Ghana to step up its effort to implement the recommendations issued after his first mission* to the country in November 2013. Mr. Méndez is the independent expert tasked by the UN Human Rights Council with monitoring and reporting on the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment around the world.

SR on Torture and illtreatment

UN Special Rapporteur Juan E. Méndez (right) addressing the media

“I welcome the steps taken by the Government of Ghana in its fight against torture and other ill-treatment in the country, but much remains to be done,” he said at the end of a four-day follow-up visit to Ghana, in which he assessed critical issues in the criminal justice system, including conditions of detention, as well as mental health-care practices, in particular the treatment and living conditions of persons held in psychiatric hospitals and prayer camps.

“I am concerned that instances of torture and ill-treatment continue to occur with some frequency during the apprehension, arrest, and interrogation stages by police and intelligence services,” he said. “I received troubling reports of forced confessions, despite the existence of legal guarantees intended to protect persons upon arrest and in police custody.”

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