November 29, 2020

UN Deputy Secretary General in Rwanda for working visit

The United Nations deputy secretary general Jan Eliasson is in Rwanda for a two day working visit to conduct a series of high-level meetings with senior government officials, starting with President Paul Kagame.

Eliasson also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete, the Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, the Speaker of the Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies, Donatille Mukabalisa, and the Rwanda Governance Board CEO Prof. Anastase Shyaka, among other senior government officials.

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According to a statement from the UN, “the DSG’s visit primarily revolves around fostering a deeper understanding of Rwanda’s remarkable recovery from the devastation of the Genocide against the Tutsi and strong development performance. He will also discuss with the authorities Rwanda’s efforts so far at domestication of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and country development plans, and taking a closer look at the country’s Governance Model and Humanitarian Responses.”

President Kagame and UN deputy secretary General, Jan Eliasson

On Monday, he also visited the Genocide Memorial Center in Gisozi.

“This Genocide was a failure of the international community to see the warning signs and taking action in time. We must learn from these failures. By that we will honor the victims and their families”, Eliasson signed in the visitors’ ledger.

Talks between President Kagame and Jan Eliasson have been attended by Lamin Manneh, the coordinator of One UN to Rwanda along with ambassador Rugwabiza Valentine; Rwanda representative to United Nations.

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One UN Rwanda Resident Coordinator Lamin M. Manneh, he witnessed the impact the model villages are having on the local community, who in addition to receiving 300 low-cost houses, have also benefitted from the Girinka program.

Eliasson visited Gisozi memorial yesterday where he said that 1994 genocide against Tutsi was a grave failure of UN.

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