17 Jun 2019 - With the support of the Staff Welfare Committee, MINURSO celebrated on 6 June 2019, the Russian Language Day. Russian Military Observers serving in the Mission Team Sites got together at MINURSO HQ and presented, in the presence of the OiC Head of Mission Veneranda Mukandoli-Jefferson, poems and popular songs from Russia.
31 May 2019 - On 29 May 2019, MINURSO celebrated the International of UN Peacekeepers. A ceremony, chaired by the OiC Head of MINURSO, Force Commander Major-General Zia-Ur-Rehman toke place in the parade ground of the Mission HQ, in Laayoune (Western Sahara).
08 Jan 2018 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Western Sahara
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about recent increased tensions in the vicinity of Guerguerat in the Buffer Strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border.
04 Jan 2018 - New Head of MINURSO arrives in Laayoune
Laayoune, 3 January 2018
On 28 December, Colin Stewart, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Western Sahara and Head of MINURSO, arrived in Laayoune.
He was met by MINURSO senior staff and local authorities.
17 Sep 2017 - New York - The Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Horst Koehler, took up his functions on 8 September in New York, where he held meetings and consultations until 16 September. Mr. Koehler met with the Secretary-General and senior United Nations officials, representatives of the parties and neighbors, Member States and the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security.
31 Aug 2017 - On 29 May each year, the United Nations commemorates the International Day of Peacekeepers.
The Peacekeepers Day is an opportunity to remember and honor the men and women who have lost their lives while serving the United Nations as peacekeepers, more than 3,400 perished since 1948.
The theme of the 2017 International Day of UN Peacekeepers is “Investing in Peace Around the World.”
23 Mar 2017 - Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for International Women’s Day, observed on 8 March:
Women’s rights are human rights. But, in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.
23 Mar 2017 - Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message today on the launch of the report “Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach”:
One of my most unforgettable experiences has been listening to the victims of rape, sexual violence, exploitation and abuse. Their haunting stories and chilling testimony will stay with me forever.
23 Mar 2017 - Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the commemoration of International Women’s Day in Nairobi today:
Today, on International Women’s Day, we have thousands of meetings like this one — meetings that clearly proclaim the need for gender equality.