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2017 U.N. Correspondents Association Awards For Best Journalistic Coverage Of The United Nations And U.N. Agencies

WINNERS WILL BE HONORED AT GALA EVENT BY THE U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL H.E. ANTÓNIO GUTERRES MID – DECEMBER 2017 (Date TBD) AT CIPRIANI WALL STREET, NEW YORK

NEW YORK, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) invites media worldwide to submit entries for its 22nd annual UNCA Awards for the best print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online, web-based media coverage of the United Nations, U.N. agencies and field operations.http://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_0zwje0ux/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

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The prizes amount to over $60,000 to be distributed among the prize categories and winners.

Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2017

The awards are open to all journalists anywhere in the world.  The Awards are:

1. The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, sponsored by the Alexander Bodini Foundation, for written media (including online media). The prize is for print and online coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Elizabeth Neuffer, The Boston Globe bureau chief at the U.N., who died while on an assignment in Baghdad in 2003.

2. The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast (TV & Radio) media. The prize is for broadcast coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Ricardo Ortega, formerly the New York correspondent for Antena 3 TV of Spain, who died while on an assignment in Haiti in 2004.

3. The Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for Climate Change. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio) for coverage of climate change, biodiversity, and water.

4. The United Nations Foundation Prize. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio) for coverage of humanitarian and development aspects of the U.N. and U.N. agencies.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS:

Coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies is specified in each category; the committee welcomes coverage of all issues particularly on the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, peacekeeping operations and nonproliferation, including the elimination of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Work in print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online coverage must be published between September 2016 and August 2017.

The judges will look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will consider the courage and investigative and reporting skills of the journalists.  Entries from the developing world media are particularly welcome.

Entries can be submitted in any of the official U.N. languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian).  

A written transcript in English or French will facilitate the judging process.

Each candidate can submit to no more than two (2) prize categories, with a maximum of three (3) stories in each. Joint entries are accepted.

Electronic files and web links uploaded to the online Entry Form are required.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

Entries are submitted online by completing the UNCA Awards Entry Form.

On the first page, please complete your personal information and bio and upload your photo, then proceed to submit your work electronically by including web links and or/uploading files directly to the Entry Form.

** Electronic entries are mandatory **

All entries must be received by September 1st, 2017 

For Questions regarding UNCA Awards & entries please contact:
The UNCA Office, 1-212-963-7137.
Or send an email to uncaawards@unca.com

CLICK ON THE ENTRY FORM BELOW TO GET STARTED:

ENTRY FORM

http://unca.com/unca-awards-call-for-submissions-form/

UNCA Awards Committee : Sherwin Bryce-Pease (UNCA President), Carole Landry (UNCA Treasurer), Giampaolo Pioli, Linda Fasulo, J. Tuyet Nguyen, Michelle Nichols, Valeria Robecco, Richard Roth.

Prix UNCA 2017 concours de la meilleure couverture mediatique de l’ONU et de ses agences

Remise des prix mi-décembre 2017 à New York au Gala de l’UNCA sous la présidence d’honneur du Secrétaire général António Guterres, au Cipriani Wall Street, New York

NEW YORK, 11 mai 2017 /PRNewswire/ — L’association des Correspondants de presse des Nations Unies (UNCA) invite les médias du monde entier — presse écrite, télévisuelle et radio, presse en ligne et sur le web — à participer au 22ème concours annuel de la meilleure couverture de l’ONU, de ses agences et de ses opérations de terrain.

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Le montant global des récompenses s’élève à $60,000, à répartir entre les gagnants des différentes catégories.

La date limite de réception des formulaires en ligne et des travaux soumis au jury est le 1er septembre 2017.

Le concours est ouvert aux journalistes du monde entier.

Voici les prix qui seront remis:

1. Prix Elizabeth Neuffer, parrainé par la fondation Alexander Bodini, pour la presse écrite (dont les médias en ligne) qui couvrent l’ONU et ses agences. Créée en l’honneur d’Elizabeth Neuffer, chef du bureau du Boston Globe à l’ONU, décédée en 2003 alors qu’elle était en reportage à Bagdad.

2. Prix Ricardo Ortega pour la couverture radio et TV de l’ONU et de ses agences. Ricardo Ortega était correspondant à New York de la chaîne espagnole Antenna 3. Il a été tué en 2004, alors qu’il était en mission en Haïti.

3. Prix Mondial du Prince Albert II de Monaco et de l’Association des correspondants de presse de l’ONU pour les changements climatiques. Il récompense la couverture par la presse écrite, en ligne et audiovisuelle, du changement climatique, de la biodiversité et de la gestion des ressources en eau.

4. Prix de la Fondation de l’ONU. Pour la meilleure couverture par la presse écrite et en ligne, la radio et la télévision, du travail des Nations Unies et de leurs agences dans les domaines humanitaire et du développement.

INFORMATION IMPORTANTE POUR LES CANDIDATS:

La couverture souhaitée de l’ONU et de ses agences est précisée dans chaque catégorie. Le Comité accepte tous les sujets, en particulier ceux concernant les Objectifs du développement durable pour 2030, les opérations de maintien de la paix et la non-prolifération, y compris l’élimination des armes nucléaires, chimiques et bactériologiques.

Les travaux présentés (articles de presse écrite ou sur internet, programmes de radio ou de télévision) doivent avoir été publiés entre septembre 2016 et août 2017.

Le jury privilégiera les travaux démontrant perspicacité et originalité et prendra en considération le courage et les qualités d’investigation et d’écriture des journalistes. La participations de médias de pays en développement est particulièrement encouragée.

Les travaux peuvent être présentés dans n’importe laquelle des langues officielles de l’ONU (anglais, français, arabe, chinois, espagnol, russe). Une transcription écrite en anglais ou français est recommandée pour faciliter la sélection.

Chaque candidat peut soumettre des travaux pour DEUX prix AU MAXIMUM, avec un maximum de trois travaux pour chaque prix.

  • Il faut envoyer vos travaux par voie électronique en incluant le lien ou en téléchargeant tous les documents directement sur le formulaire d’inscription.

COMMENT FAIRE ACTE DE CANDIDATURE:

Les travaux sont soumis en remplissant le formulaire en ligne.

FORMULAIRE D’INSCRIPTION

http://unca.com/unca-awards-call-for-submissions-form/

**Les envois électroniques sont obligatoires**

Votre candidature doit être reçue au plus tard le 1er septembre 2017

Pour toute question au sujet du concours, veuillez contacter:
le Bureau de l’UNCA au 1-212-963-7137
Ou envoyer un email à l’adresse suivante: uncaawards@unca.com

Comité du concours UNCA:

UNCA Awards Committee : Sherwin Bryce-Pease (UNCA President), Carole Landry (UNCA Treasurer), Giampaolo Pioli, Linda Fasulo, J. Tuyet Nguyen, Michelle Nichols, Valeria Robecco, Richard Roth.

President Jacob Zuma: Address at state banquet during Tanzania State Visit

Toast remarks by His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the State Banquet hosted by His Excellency, President John Magufuli during South Africa’s State Visit to the United Republic of Tanzania.

Your Excellency, President Magufuli and Mrs Magufuli,

Honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers,

Your Excellencies Ambassadors and High Commissioners,

Distinguished guests,

I wish to thank you, Your Excellency, for your fraternal words of welcome. Indeed, we feel at home in Tanzania!

Let me also convey our sincere gratitude for the well-known hospitality that has been extended to us since our arrival in this great City of Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania is a home to many South Africans and to the people of Southern Africa, because this country became their home and base during the very difficult times of the struggle against colonialism and Apartheid.

We are particularly happy to be there because relations between Tanzania and South Africa are very special. They are based on a firm historical linkage.

This important visit takes place during Africa month and also during the year of our former ANC President, Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo in our country. It is automatically the year in which we fondly remember the solidarity we received from our sister countries during our struggle for freedom. Tanzania in particular, has a special place in the hearts of the South African people and the continent.

President OR Tambo had this say about Tanzania’s contribution to the liberation of the continent:

Tanzania – a lodestar for the total liberation of our continent, has always been at the heart of initiatives and collective efforts directed at consolidating and expanding united action and cooperation in every field of sub-regional, regional and continental endeavour.

In this regard, we wish to salute and honour the selfless contribution and support of the people of Tanzania to our liberation struggle.

It was in recognition of Tanzania’s contribution to our freedom that made Former President Nelson Mandela soon after his release from prison in 1990, to prioritise a visit to this great and true African country.

President Mandela’s visit was a recollection and expression of his personal appreciation to President Mwalimu Nyerere, whom he had met in 1962, and sought support for the armed struggle and a place to train uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) combatants.

Historic decisions that changed the course of history in our country were taken here in Tanzania. This country afforded our movement the ANC and leadership the space to develop the watershed change in strategy, a gesture that would ultimately result in the eventual overthrow of one of the most inhumane and oppressive systems ever adopted by a regime.

We will also never forget Tanzania’s contribution to the education of our people. Tanzania heeded our clarion call, when in the aftermath of the 1976 student uprising, our leader Oliver Reginald Tambo approached the Tanzanian Government for the allocation of a piece of land to establish a school for South African’s banished from their country to pursue an education worthy of our citizens.

The Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (Somafco) was established and commenced to provide, what we today accept as normal, quality education.

Later, Dakawa was established to provide especially vocational training and further contribute to the skills our people acquired and which would in future also assist to build the new democratic South Africa.

In fact, there could never be enough time to share our warm and fraternal experiences in Tanzania.

As we gather this evening, we are also reminded of former President Nyerere’s state visit to South Africa in 1997.

It was during that visit that Mwalimu Julius Nyerere uttered profound words when addressing the democratic Parliament of a free South Africa in Cape Town, on 16 October 1997.

His words were relevant twenty (20) years ago, as they are today. President Nyerere said:

So this is a different Africa. I am saying that this Africa now is changing.

Neo-colonialism is being fought more effectively, I think, with a new leadership in Africa. And I believe the one region which can lead this fight is our region. With the end of apartheid and South Africa having joined SADC, this area of Africa is a very solid area.

It is an extremely solid area. It is strong, it has serious leaders and these leaders know one another.

I know that because where some of them have come from, they have a habit of working together, Mr. President, so let them work together. Deliberately. It should be a serious decision to work together. Why? You have no other choice. You have absolutely no other choice.

These are the words of a true visionary.

For the changing Africa which Mwalimu spoke about to achieve the developmental goals and objectives we are all striving for, we have no choice, absolutely no choice but to work together.

We must work together to establish linkages that will allow for effective and efficient intra-Africa trade.

In fact, our visit to Tanzania seeks to actualise the same sentiments that the two countries should work together more than ever.

Similarly as we fought the scourge of apartheid, with the same resolve South Africa and Tanzania should use their national resources strategically to combat the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality that are facing our people.

We must utilise the Binational Commission mechanism to consolidate and deepen our bilateral relations.

To date, we have sixteen agreements and memoranda of understanding between our two sister Republics, including the two signed this morning.

We need to prioritise the implementation of all these agreements.

Through the BNC, we shall finalise the outstanding legal instruments.

We had a successful engagement with business from both countries. We have agreed to invest in energy and infrastructure amongst other priorities, to address the economic development challenges and remove trade barriers in order to facilitate intra-Africa trade and regional integration.

Tanzania is geo-politically and strategically positioned. She is uniquely placed as a member of both SADC and the East African Community. Both organisations share the idea of cross-border economic integration, envisioned by the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area launched in June 2015.

Your Excellency,

When it comes to issues of peace and stability, Tanzania remains a strategic and dependable partner.

As OR Tambo said Tanzania has always been at the heart of initiatives and collective efforts directed at consolidating and expanding united action and cooperation in every field of sub-regional, regional and continental endeavour.

Your Excellency,

Allow me to take this opportunity to commend Your leadership as the Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, and particularly your valuable contribution towards peace and stability in the SADC region.

Your Excellency,

I cannot end my remarks without congratulating Chama Cha Mapinduzi as they celebrate 40th Anniversary.

Your sister and fraternal party, the ANC wishes you all the best and looking forward to closer cooperation, as we work to ensure effective governments in both countries, led by the two parties.

In conclusion, our respected leader, Mwalimu told us in 1997 that Africa was changing and thus needed to work together.

There is absolutely no choice.

Unity is the key to prosperity for the African continent and for all our peoples.

Your Excellency and distinguished guests,

May you please rise and join me in a toast to the good health of His Excellency, President John Magufuli and to the prosperity and everlasting solidarity between the peoples of Tanzania and South Africa.

To friendship and comradeship!

I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa

Water and Sanitation launches Richards Bay desalination plant

DWS launches critical Richards Bay Desalination Plant

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) today launched the critical Richards Bay Desalination Plant in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The launch of the plant is meant to assist in enhancing security of supply within the King Cetshwayo District Municipality.

The plant was launched in recognition of the centrality of water in all socio-economic development, appreciating that the water sector is critical for government’s transformation and development objectives, while the provision of safe and accessible water supply and sanitation services profoundly affects poor people’s daily lives.

In recognition of the sustained drought conditions experienced in the province, the KZN Provincial Cabinet issued a drought disaster declaration in December 2014.

As a result of the drought, all the natural sources levels ran low and thus not suitable for use, with even the Goedertrouw Dam, the main supply to Richards Day, dropping to a dangerously low level of 16% as at August 2016.

To mitigate against this misfortune, the Emergency Water Transfer Scheme was activated in July 2014 where water was then pumped from the Thukela River into the Goedertrouw Dam to ensure the dam does not fail.

All of this was while the DWS together with the affected municipality focused on changing the water mix with greater emphasis on water harvesting, re-use of return flows, and utilising ground water by drilling of boreholes.

The aforementioned challenges drove the department to seek and provide a short term intervention.

This was done by the introduction of the 10 Megalitre/day desalination plant in order to augment the domestic water supply and avoid further hardship for the communities in and around Richards Bay.

The desalination plant will benefit the whole town of Richards Bay and surrounding communities from the sea water treated. It will directly benefit the communities of Mandlazini, Nseleni, Khoza, Mzingazi and the Mbonambi Rural Water Supply Scheme.

The water reservoirs in the region have greatly improved since the operation of the desalination plant adding water security and reliability. The reservoirs in this respect include Mapolwane, Khoza, Nseleni, Mandlazini, Meerensee and Brackenham. These reservoirs have moved from an average of 55% to 90%.

Minister Mokonyane aptly put it: We are delighted to announce that the desalination plant is now 100% complete and functional. In fact, the plant started to produce water on the 14 November 2016 and a total of 10ML/day production was commissioned by 25 January 2017.

She continued to reiterate that government implements infrastructure on behalf of and for the benefit of communities and it is equally incumbent upon the communities themselves, to safe-guard and protect same from vandalism and any form of criminality.

Most importantly, there is dire need for coordination of infrastructure investments in targeted spaces across spheres, sectors and with stakeholders; and government across the various spheres should strive to overcome persistent backlogs and inequities in service delivery through improved intergovernmental planning and budgeting processes.

There remains a dire need for coordination of infrastructure investments in targeted spaces across spheres, sectors and with stakeholders; and government across the various spheres should strive to overcome persistent backlogs and inequities in service delivery through improved intergovernmental planning and budgeting processes.

Source: Government of South Africa

Ivory Coast Soldiers Revolt Over Bonus Pay Dispute

ABIDJAN � Soldiers left their barracks and blocked streets in several towns and cities across Ivory Coast on Friday, including the commercial capital Abidjan, firing gunshots into the air as their protest over a pay dispute gathered momentum.

The uprising began overnight in Bouake, the second largest city, before spreading quickly, following a course similar to a mutiny in January by the same group that paralyzed parts of the country and tarnished its image as a postwar success story.

In Abidjan, the soldiers, most of them ex-rebel fighters who helped bring President Alassane Ouattara to power, erected improvised barricades around the national military headquarters and the defense ministry, sealing off part of the city center.

The National Security Council held an emergency meeting, a defense ministry source said.

The soldiers were revolting over delayed bonus payments, promised by the government after the January mutiny but which it has struggled to pay after a collapse in the price of cocoa, Ivory Coast’s main export, caused a revenue crunch.

On Thursday, a spokesman for 8,400 soldiers who took part in the January rebellion said they would forgo demands for more money after meeting with authorities in Abidjan.

The decision was rejected by at least part of the group.

“The [defense] minister doesn’t want to negotiate. We’ve understood and we’re waiting for him to come and dislodge us. We’re ready,” said one leader of the January mutiny who had remained in Bouake. “We don’t want to negotiate any more either.”

Troops in the towns of Odienne, Man and Korhogo also took to the streets in protest, residents and military sources said.

‘This Isn’t Normal’

Office workers fled through the streets of Abidjan’s administrative quarter as gunfire rang out in the morning near the military headquarters and defense ministry, which were seized by the mutinying troops.

“This isn’t normal. If there’s a demand to be made, I think it has to be done peacefully,” said Lacine Tia, who works in the city center.

A Reuters witness saw three pickups carrying elite Republican Guard troops, who fired warning shots at the mutineers. A standoff in the heart of the city ensued with around 100 elite soldiers and armored vehicles surrounding the camp.

Before nightfall, a delegation including the Military Chief of Staff General Sekou Toure and the heads of the Republican Guard, Special Forces and National Gendarmerie briefly entered the camp before leaving around 20 minutes later.

“They’re definitely putting on a better show of force this time. … They’re definitely stronger [than in January],” one Abidjan-based diplomat said, referring to the government’s response to the unrest.

President Ouattara, the defense and interior ministers and the security forces’ leadership convened an emergency meeting to discuss the uprising.

“Of this group of 8,400, some have understood the message. Others haven’t understood the message. We’re not negotiating,” Defense Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi told Reuters. “Those who don’t accept this decision must simply leave the army.”

Ivory Coast emerged from a 2002-2011 conflict as one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But deep divisions persist, particularly in a military assembled from ex-rebel and loyalist fighters.

The government paid the 8,400 troops behind January’s rebellion bonuses of 5 million CFA francs ($8,370) each as part of an agreement to end that mutiny.

The soldiers were due a staggered payment of an additional 7 million CFA francs. But they said the government asked for a delay in payment to ease financial pressure on the Treasury, citing a collapse in cocoa revenues.

Source: Voice of America