GENEVA (3 April 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, will visit Ghana from 9 to 18 April 2018 to examine the government’s efforts to address poverty through the lens of international human rights law.
“It is widely recognised that Ghana has made great strides in poverty eradication over the past two decades, but government statistics indicate that poverty is still prevalent and inequality is on the rise,” said the human rights expert.
“This is a critical time in Ghana’s history, as the macroeconomic turbulence of the past few years is beginning to stabilise and the country is seeking its own development path. It will be important for the government to address the rising inequality and keep human rights at the centre of its policies, if the country’s longer-term development goals are to be achieved.”
Alston will meet with government officials, civil society organisations, academic experts, and people living in poverty to address a range of issues. These include the specific challenges of urban and rural poverty, the extent and efficacy of the government’s social protection programmes, the ways in which those who are not wealthy fare in the criminal justice system, and the experiences of vulnerable and marginalised groups such as women, children and persons with disabilities who are living in poverty.
He will visit Accra, Old Fadama, Tamale, Bolgatanga, and rural communities in the Northern and Upper East regions. Continue reading
UNMIL/PR/2203-18. Thursday, 22 March 2018 – In a pivotal moment for the history of Liberia, the United Nations mission there successfully completed its mandate after almost 15 years of supporting the West African nation in the transition to peace and democracy.
At a ceremony in Monrovia today attended by President George Weah, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed lauded the accomplishments of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Continue reading
Accra, March 1, 2018 – The 2017 International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Annual Report has been launched today in Vienna, Austria. The 2017 report examines the global drug control situation, with a focus on treatment and rehabilitation, and makes recommendations to help States take effective measures to address drug-related challenges in full compliance with international human rights standards and norms.
The Report also takes a closer look at the links between human rights and drug policy, and discusses the implications for national responses to drug control.
It further addresses a number of regional developments, including the underuse of controlled substances for medical purposes in some regions, the opioid overdose epidemic in others and legislative and regulatory changes, including those relating to the non-medical use of controlled substances in a few countries.
The report indicates that Africa remains a key transit region for drug trafficking and the use of various types of drugs, including cocaine, opioids, amphetamine-type stimulants, tramadol and emerging new psychoactive substances in the region is growing.
Accra, March 1, 2018 – Today March 1, is Zero Discrimination Day, a day set aside by the United Nations to promote equality, inclusion and freedom towards a more fair and just society.
According to the United Nations, many people face discrimination every day based on who they are or what they do. Recognising that discrimination continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world, the United Nations is seeking to create much needed awareness of the need to denounce discrimination. Observed since 2014, Zero Discrimination brings together everyone who wants to challenge discrimination, wherever it occurs.
As part of this year’s observance, the UNAIDS has launched its #zerodiscrimination campaign to highlighting the right of everyone to be free from discrimination. The campaign invites people to take a quiz to test how much they know about discrimination, to share the results of their test on their social media platforms and share the quiz with friends and family. The idea is to inform the public about discrimination and spread the knowledge as far as possible.
The simple and yet informative multiple-choice quiz can be found on the UNAIDS website at bit.ly/2CEGOiD.
Paris, 26 February 2018 – UNESCO has launched the 9th International Fund for Cultural Diversity call for funding and the U40 Empowered: Women entrepreneurs powering the digital creative industries, a new initiative to support young women entrepreneurs in the digital creative industries.
Circuit Board Paintings by Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga
The IFCD invests in projects that lead to structural change through the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that have a direct effect on the creation, production, distribution of and access to a diversity of cultural expressions, including cultural goods, services and activities, among others.
U40 Empowered is a special call to expand the IFCD’s actions to support young women entrepreneurs in the digital creative industries.
The deadline for submitting project proposals to both calls is 16 April 2018. Kindly note also that the applications can only be submitted to one call. For further information visit: http://en.unesco.org/creativity/calls/unesco-launches-its-9th-ifcd-call-new-initiative
Geneva, 22 March 2018 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, will undertake a human rights fact-finding visit to Ghana from 9 – 18 April 2018 to assess government efforts to eradicate poverty through the lens of international human rights law.
A press release issued by the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner indicates that during his 10-day visit, the Special Rapporteur will meet with government officials and civil society, and visit other parts of the country. Professor Alston will also meet with individuals living in poverty to hear about their experiences, talk with civil society organizations working on poverty and human rights, and receive briefings from academic experts.
Accra, Ghana; 9 February 2018 – The United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Youth continued her maiden multi-nation visit in Africa with a one day stop in Accra, Ghana. The visit was an important opportunity for her to leverage support for vulnerable young girls and women. Encouraged by the call by His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana at the recently concluded Global Partnership on Education Conference in Dakar for African countries to fully finance the education of its people, the visit sought to further elevate the discussion and push for greater empowerment of young girls.
UN Youth Envoy with the UN Resident Coordinator
Press_Release_UNSGYE_Visit_Final 09.02.2018 A press release issued by the UN details the various activities and stops of the Youth Envoy. They included an audience with the Minister of Youth and Sports, her interaction with youth porter girls at the Agbogbloshie market, and a meeting with the Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana.
Accra, Ghana, 5 February 2018 – The UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake arrives in Ghana on Wednesday February 7, 2018 as part of her five-country African tour. Serving as a global advocate for addressing the needs and rights of young people across the world, Ms. Wickramanayake is coming with one simple message to Put Young People First.
Secretary-General António Guterres (right) with Jayathma Wickramanayake
During her visit, the UN Youth Envoy will pay courtesy calls on both Minister of Youth and Sports as well as Gender, Children and Social Protection to deliberate on how best to implement the AU Roadmap for Harnessing the Demographic Dividend and the strategic roadmap of the President of the Republic of Ghana to enable Ghana be among the first of the African countries to fully harness a demographic dividend.
In a press release, issued by the UNFPA Ghana office, Ms. Wickramanayake will also visit the Agbogbloshie market where she will interact with a group of female adolescent head porters (Kayayei).
Accra, 26 January 2018 – The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from mainly developing countries for its 2018 fellowship program. The application deadline is March 12, 2018.
A press release issued by the programme invites radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly to apply. The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance.
ACCRA, 8 December 2017 – A delegation of the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries will conduct an official country visit to Ghana, from today 8 December to next Friday, 15 December 2017.
The Working Group delegation will assess the regulation of private security companies in the country and the measures in place to address the challenges posed by mercenarism and mercenary related activities, including foreign fighters and their impact on human rights.
In a Media Advisory issued by the United Nations Human Rights Office of the Commissioner (OHCHR), the delegation will hold meetings in Accra and Takoradi with representatives from relevant Government ministries, members of civil society including non-governmental organizations, private security companies and companies operating in the extractive industry.
The experts will hold a press conference to share their preliminary observations on 15 December, at 12:30 p.m. at the GJA International Press Centre, Accra.
The Working Group will present a full report of the country visit to the Human Rights Council in 2018.