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UN Bulletin



May - August 2011


UPDATE ON UNDAF 2012-2015 DEVELOPMENT The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the period 20122015 is nearly finalized currently submitted to be signed by the Government of Mozambique.

The general focus has not changed much: the four pillars of the current UNDAF Human Capital, HIV and AIDS, Governance and Economic Development have been changed

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Thus, it provides the UN in Mozambique with a joint document with clear directions as to what the organization will be doing during the next four years.

Nevertheless, the weight has shifted somewhat with more resources allocated for the area of economic development. This has partially to do with a reorganization of the results framework: for example, some activities previously situated under Governance have moved to the area of Economic Development. Another reason is that more emphasis has been given to agriculture and rural development.

The main change when compared to the current UNDAF, however, is that the new UNDAF will be an all-inclusive framework for the whole UN in Mozambique, including all activities of all UN agencies functioning in Mozambique. Alignment with national priorities was a key consideration when elaborating the UNDAF. Every effort was made to ensure that its framework was based on the next PARP for 2011-14 which formulation process also finished this year. What remains to be done is to elaborate a more detailed plan stating what exactly the Next UNDAF

Current UNDAF 21 Outcomes

8 Outcomes

No common Action Plan

Common Action Plan

UNDAF not all-inclusive, e.g. humanitarian support separate UNDAF all-inclusive Some upstream support

Strengthened upstream support

Resource allocations: * 65 % Social sectors * 25% Governance * 10 % Economic Development

Resource allocations: * 54% Social focus area * 32 % Economic focus area * 14 % Governance

The Book Fair was opened on 19 October 2010 at the Development Information Centre at National Library in Maputo

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UN will do in order to contribute to the achievement of the UNDAF outcomes and how exactly will it go about with it. The “what� plan is the UNDAF Action Plan (UNDAP) which lists the more specific expected results on an output level. The UNDAP is underway and will be ready later this year. Photo: Elina Penttinen

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This UNDAF has been developed through an inclusive consultative process involving the Government of Mozambique, donors, civil society and the UN. Throughout its various stages, the Government and the UN organized close consultations with relevant partners and stakeholders among them: Vice-ministers, National Directors and technical staff on different levels as well as members of the Civil Society have all taken part in and influenced the formulation of the UNDAF 2012-2015 document and the outcomes listed in it.

to three Focus Areas: Governance, Social and Economic.

The 'how' plan is the UNDAF Management Plan with details on how we as the UN in Mozambique are going to organize ourselves in order to effectively and efficiently deliver these expected results. As such, it is a continuation of the Delivering as One Plan. The work on the UNDAF Management Plan began in May. The target is to have both plans ready and agreed upon by the end of the year 2011. What follows in 2012 and for the next four consecutive years is a historical step for the Delivering as One initiative in Mozambique: the implementation of the first-ever allinclusive UNDAF. Photos 1-2: UNDAF Consultations with donors and CSOs (April 2011) Photo 3: UN staff at the UN Town Hall meeting, 6 April 2011.

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FAQ’s - Frequently Ask Question


My work at UNIFEM is… As a Programme Manager for the Gender Responsive Budgeting Programme, I work towards ensuring adequate financing for the effective implementation of gender equality commitments by the Government at central, provincial and district levels. Contributing to ensure that the gender equality priorities spelled out in national plans such as the National Plan on the Advancement of Women in the areas of health, education, agriculture, energy, employment, etc are reflected in sector plans at all levels, with resource allocations commensurate with the needs and implementation monitored. It also involves

Question Answer

Working at the United Nations gives me an opportunity to... serve the women of Mozambique and the world. It also enables me to contribute to gender equality and respect for women's rights through various approaches from influencing mainstream policy and planning to support developing of capacities for implementation and accountability. Our partners include government institutions such as the Ministries of Planning and Development, Women and Social Action; with Civil Society Organizations such as FORUM Mulher, with Academic Institutions such as UEM and ISAP (Instituto Superior de Administração Pública), Development partners among UN agencies and Donors as part of the Gender Coordination Group and Provincial and district Governments. And, let me tell you, planning and budgeting officers and gender focal points of almost all institutions within the government at central, provincial and district levels seeking for ways to best respond to women's needs and interests.

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Name: Ondina da Barca Vieira Agency: UN Women Position: Programme Manager

Ondina da Barca Vieira, Programme Manager for UN Women Maputo Office supporting women's participation in development related decision making structures and processes for the voices to be heard and perspectives to be taken into account. In future, I would like to see Mozambique… a society free of any kind of discrimination with every woman able to exercise the right of making her own choices about her personal/private, professional, economic and social life and equally participating in shaping the development agenda at all levels across areas and benefiting from the development results. The representation of women in decision making positions in parliament and the executive, the power of the women's movement which resulted, for instance in the approval of the Domestic Violence Against Women Law , the increasing of the participation of women in local consultative bodies, men's involvement in preventing and combating violence against women, are just some examples of the fact that gender equality is an achievable goal. Still far from it but we will get there. All I have to do is to contribute my share.

Is UN staff required to pay taxes in Mozambique? If yes, what are the procedures?

According to the Section 18 of the 1946 Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, “Officials of the United Nations shall: (…) be exempt from taxation on the salaries and emoluments paid to them by the United Nations (…)”.

This has been reiterated on the national level in Mozambique in the Agreement between the Government of the People's Republic of Mozambique and The United Nations Development Programme, signed in 1976 (Article IX). The above mentioned means that all staff holding a Fixed Term Appointment (FTA) contract and thus considered as Officials of the United Nations are exempt from paying taxes, be it Mozambique or any other host country. FTA contract holders are considered as International staff and therefore not considered as taxpayers in any specific country. As to other colleagues working for the United Nations, the practices vary somewhat. Service contract holders are, indeed, liable for paying taxes in their country of residence. However, it is under the responsibility of each individual to to make arrangements to ensure that this \ is done in the correct and timely manner. The United Nations will not be held responsible of the compliance or non-compliance of any staff member of the national tax laws. All staff falling in this category are thus encouraged to inform themselves on the procedures of paying taxes in Mozambique. For more information on taxpaying in Mozambique, please see:

Joint Programmes in Mozambique * Strengthening Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness * Mozambique is a country affected by frequent natural disasters. Reducing the country's vulnerability to disaster risks and preparing for and mitigating their impact are therefore fundamental factors contributing to the country's development. The UN Joint Programme on Strengthening Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness, implemented jointly by 10 UN agencies, is the overall framework for UN interventions in this field in Mozambique. It was designed to strengthen institutional frameworks and systems for disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response at national, provincial, district and community levels within an overall perspective of vulnerability reduction. In addition to supporting the Government in mainstreaming disaster risk management issues through developing plans and policies, and promoting inter-sectoral dialogue, the programme aims at providing equipment and organizing training activities, including simulation exercises, and implementing participatory projects at community level. These are all crucial elements when carrying out long-term mitigation

strategies, and in ensuring that a smooth transition mechanism is in place to facilitate the movement from an emergency phase to the reconstruction/development phase.

preparedness, response and recovery was created and synergies and clearer strategies for joint programme implementation amongst UN agencies were reinforced.

Since 2008, some major results have been attained: Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation was mainstreamed into major development plans such as PARP and the UNDAF. FOOD FOR THOUGHT Relevant national normative and legislative standards were improved; new tools, checklists, guidelines and national “UN should be a model workplace which is contingency plans were developed; inclusive and respectful, including for persons capacities on central and district level were living with HIV. UN system organizations need to strengthened; and synergies among provide to our colleagues the same dignity and organizations involved in Disaster Risk human rights that the United Nations ask Member Reduction, emergency preparedness and States to guarantee to their citizens living with response at both national and local level were HIV.” reinforced. Future challenges lie in strengthening of provincial and district level capacities and implementing disaster mitigation -Ban Ki-moon -UN Secretary-General (The UN-wide “Stigma Fuels HIV&AIDS” antiand prevention activities at local level. The Programme has also provided a major result for the Delivering as One process: through it an overall framework for UN interventions in disaster UN Mozambique website:

stigma campaign was launched on the 8th of June 2011)

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IN FOCUS Tapping Global Knowledge to Local Experience Interview of Ms. Jennifer Topping, Resident Coordinator by Elina Penttinen

The new Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Mozambique, Ms. Jennifer Topping, began her duties on the 1st of March 2011. This is however not the first time that Ms. Topping is working for the UN in Mozambique. How has Mozambique changed since her last assignment in the end of the 1990s? What does she, as Resident Coordinator, think of the role of the UN in Mozambique? These are some of the questions to which the Resident Coordinator provides answers in the following UN Staff Bulletin interview.

UN Staff Bulletin: Having worked in Mozambique before, the country context must seem familiar to you. However, many things have changed since the 1990s. How do you perceive Mozambique and the UN system in the country today? Resident Coordinator: At the time I was working as Assistant Resident Representative in UNDP and my function was therefore much more focused on a programmatic portfolio as against to the current function which is of system wide overall coordination. The change of perception comes perhaps partly with the change of function. But, even so, it is fascinating to see the changes in the dynamics of the UN system from then until now. At that time, the different UN agencies would meet each other happily, almost by accident, but there was very little if perhaps none real strategic coordination, alignment on priorities or common assessment of development issues. The same goes for programming, operations and staff issues. And this, of course, has completely changed. We have gone from having no systems to bring our work together substantively or operationally in place to having a joint approach across the board in our functions as our assumed starting point. That's a fantastic change.

‌How about the country in general? That's also a magnificent part of the change. It's almost like with friends and family you recognize the visible changes when you haven't seen them for a long time. It's a bit similar when returning to a country after a period of time. Had I been here throughout these last ten years, I certainly would have observed change but not in such a profound way as now when I was away and came back. And this is an observation based on being in Maputo only: apart from Gaza, I haven't yet visited other provinces since I arrived. But the growth in Maputo itself, both physical and economic, and the development in many sectors is very evident. Another thing that has undergone huge changes is growth of the development partners' community. I'm referring both to the direct budget support community as well as many new development partners from emerging economies and private sector. The overall growth of the development partnership has also been remarkable: both the network and the portfolio are much bigger than they were at the time. Finally, the type of development issues that we were focusing on as priorities in the 1990s, just after the peace agreements of 1992 and the first elections in 1994, were very different: capacity building in a post-conflict situation, supporting a country in transition in its early reconciliation and democratization efforts, etc. Now, fastforwarding 10 or 15 years ahead the development priorities are much more on productivity, investment, and inclusive growth all things that were not yet high on the agenda at the time. These are all snapshots from the types of changes that have taken place in Mozambique. UNSB: This leads us to the next question about the role of the UN in Mozambique. What do you see as our value added in the country? RC: As an organization with a global reach that has long experience in various sectors in emerging, developed and developing countries, North and South, we have a particularly strong asset as a development partner. And this is very unique to the UN. How we then bring that global experience home to a very experienced local context UN Mozambique website:

through the presence in and understanding of countries that we've been working in for a long time is our huge value added, and especially at this point in Mozambique's development. The most important thing, however, is how we use our added value to really be as relevant and effective as we can: how do we tap into that global knowledge and local experience that we have in Mozambique to really draw it to the right issues, with the right priorities, and reaching the right people. In a way, the UN could be, with the right strategy, a kind of an ultimate social network. And I think we have all of the assets to be able to play that role in a more dynamic way. I believe this is probably in the heart of our challenge and strategy for the future. UNSB: Another challenge is related to mobilizing resources for our work here in Mozambique, especially taken into account the current global economical crisis. Having previously worked as the Director of the Resource Mobilization Unit at UNDP Headquarters you must have an overall view on this issue. Could you maybe elaborate a little bit on the issue of mobilizing resources for the UN in Mozambique in the future? RC: I have to say that Mozambique is fortunate to have a very strong set of development partners that have maintained to a large degree the same budget levels than previously. I'm quite certain that the funding will stay quite constant and that there will be no dramatic changes despite the global financial crisis. However, we will need to be very adaptable. The character of the funding has changed: we are moving more and more towards results-oriented financing and issues-based initiatives, such as the Millennium Development Goals, HIV&AIDS, gender issues, etc. More than ever, the UN needs to ad apt i t s approache s t o t hi s ne w environment. We need to deliver evidencebased results and concrete products.

UNSB: What kinds of implications will possible changes in funding cause to UN staff in Mozambique? RC: The success of the UN is built upon excellence, relevance and results based delivery. This means that staff working for

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the UN should all work towards ensuring these success factors. I don't believe that there would be any implications on the level of numbers of staff, but maybe in staff profiles. A staff assessment should be carried out in order to get a better view of the overall staff development needs.

UNSB: The above mentioned is very much in line with the objectives of the Delivering as One process. I have understood that this is your first time working in a One UN country. Could you share some of your impressions on the reform initiative?

Interview to RC

programmes to the changing environment: we should be more focused on themes, products and results. In Mozambique, we are taking a huge step forward with the new UNDAF 2012-2015: we now have, for the first time in the history of the DaO in Mozambique, a Common Programme. However, its implementation will only become reality if we keep setting priorities jointly, if we keep seeking for ever more cohesion and if we continue learning from our failures. The Common Programme does not necessarily mean that everything we do must be through Joint Programmes. What is crucial is that we find the best and most effective ways to work at the interest of common outcomes. It also refers to common delivery mechanisms, common reporting and common goals.

UNSB: How do you see the role of mUNsa in the UN in Mozambique? RC: This is indeed my first assignment to a One UN pilot country. Nevertheless, I have been closely involved with the Delivering as One at the Headquarters, in particular through the designing of the financial architecture of the DaO at the central level. We have now entered in to the second generation of the Delivering as One. We need to keep the momentum going and adapt our

RC: There is nothing more fundamental for the UN than its staff: UN is its staff. And mUNsa, as the representative of the staff, stands in the heart of enabling staff to participate and, ultimately, to deliver. It is very important that staff is provided with adequate working and contract conditions, that the dialogue between staff and management functions well and that staff

get opportunities to socialize among each other. That said, one of the challenges is that staff does not participate enough in mUNsa. mUNsa should take an active role in energizing and drawing staff to its activities.

UNSB: Do you have any special messages to the UN Staff in Mozambique? RC: Maybe it's not a message, but a story a story I'd like to be able to write together with the whole UN family. It's a strong story about how we joined forces to support the government in their agenda and to make the maximum positive progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Mozambique by 2015 the end of our new UNDAF and the deadline for the MDGs. It's a story of how we were tied together into a convergence through the UNDAF and succeeded in making a significant and measurable difference in Mozambique. That's the story I'd like to deliver when we sit down with the UN Staff Bulletin in 2015.

The interview was conducted on the 26th of April 2011 at the Resident Coordinator´s Office. Elina Penttinen is Associate Expert at UNESCO Maputo Office and Editor of the UN Staff Bulletin.

UNESCO Workshop Supports Community Radios in Mozambique in Promoting Adequate Socio-Cultural Approaches for the Fight against HIV & AIDS and Gender-Based Violence By Lina Timana

The training was designed for local Community Multimedia Centers (CMCs) in Mozambique and its objective was to strengthen their capacities in producing and broadcasting HIV and AIDS and gender-based violence related programmes that are tuned to the socio-cultural realities of the concerned communities. Another goal was to mobilize the CMCs to advocate for related

Photo: Ananias Chomola Amâncio Miguel

As part of UNESCO´s contribution to the implementation of the UN Joint Programme on Strengthening the HIV and AIDS Response in Mozambique, a workshop on adequate socio-cultural approaches to gender-based violence, HIV and AIDS was organized from the 14th to the 20th of March 2011 in the district of Nhamatanda in Sofala province.

Participants of the CMC workshop on adequate socio-cultural approaches to HIV & AIDS and gender-based violence

laws and their implementations. They were also encouraged to use various methods for dissemination (debates, radio series, and

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documentaries) and to design and produce innovative programmes as complementary activities in combating HIV and AIDS and gender-based violence. The training in Nhamatanda was conducted in close collaboration with UNFPA specialists on HIV and AIDS and a UNESCO Communication Specialist. The contribution of the Faculty of Law at the University of Eduardo Mondlane was crucial for the component concerning the legal framework for gender.

Lina Timana is Assistant at UNESCO

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RECENT EVENTS The United Nations System celebrating the Launch of UN Women in Mozambique Article by Puk Ovensen

Photos by Elina Penttinen Elina Penttinen

The ceremony also had statements from the former Prime Minister of Mozambique and current Member of Parliament, Luisa Diogo; the UN Resident Coordinator, Jennifer Topping; UN Women Regional Representative, Nomcebo Manzini; UN Women Mozambique Representative Adelia Branco and representing the civil society, Mozambique Women Forum Organization Executive Director, Graça Sambo.

Performance of the poem “Ser Mulher” By the Showesia President and Mozambican performer, Tânia Tomé

Welcome by the UN Women Representative in Mozambique, Adelia Branco

“The creation of UN Women is a historic recognition by all UN Member States of the role of women all over the world in active participation in the social, political and economic spheres seeking to attain equitable and sustainable development for all”, said Iolanda Cintura, Mozambique Minister for Women and Social Action.

To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms.

To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society.

Speaking in Maputo on April 29, at a ceremony to officially launch UN Women in the country, the Minister stressed that the Government of Mozambique values the role of women and has programmes that seek their better integration in society as well as to safeguard their rights. Xntervention by the UN Women Regional Coordinator, Nomcebo Manzini

The ceremony also included prize giving for journalists and media houses that promote gender equity by reporting on issues that affect directly women and girls. UN Women was created by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2010 as an Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The objective of the UN Member States is to accelerate the Organization's goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Speech and official Launch of UN Women by the Minister of Women and Social Action, Iolanda Cintura

The establishment and strengthening of Civil Society Organizations has been a very important strategic undertaking to tap into the women resourcefulness to achieve national development. “We are committed to fully implement the various national, regional and international instruments that will enable us achieve this goal, while actively promoting Human Rights related particularly to the rights of Women and Girls”, Minister Cintura explained.

The creation of UN Women also results from the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. The main roles of UN Women are:

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Intervention by the former Prime Minister and current Member of Parliament, Luisa Diogo

Cultural moment with songs performed by the renowned Mozambican artist, Mingas

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Presentation of UN Women Gender and Social Communication Institutional Award to the newspaper

To hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of systemwide progress.

Achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Introduction to the UN Women Gender and Social Communicatio n Award to journalists for gender sensitive reporting by Chair of the Jury and National Coordinator for WLSA Mozambique, Terezinha da Silva

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Volunteering For Children Living With Cancer by Ana Paula Martins “Principle 6: The child, for the full and harmonious development of his personality, needs love and understanding (…)” “Principle 7: The child is entitled to receive education (…)” - - Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959)

Photo: Ana Paula Mati r ns Children in the midst of a drawing session at the Department of Paediatric Oncology at the Central Hospital of Maputo

One day, a friend took me to the Department of Oncology at the Central Hospital of Maputo where she works as a volunteer. In spite of not being an expert, I immediately decided to join her in her effort to improve the quality of life of the children at the Department of Paediatric Oncology. The objective of the project is to give the children support and affection and animate their leisure time while another group supports the adults.

Photo: Ana Paula Martins

I am a spouse of a UN international staff member and we have been in Mozambique for three years. Upon my arrival I asked whether there existed in Mozambique any associations for UN expatriate spouses. When informed that nothing of the sort existed, I decided to start looking for other activities in order to occupy my free time in a productive and meaningful way.

The children love painting, drawing, moulding plasticine, playing games, listening to stories and, on occasion, going for a small tour outside the hospital with us or simply sitting on our lap. At the end of the afternoon we always give them a muchdesired small meal, usually milk or juice and bread or cookies. Sometimes the “tias” (aunties), as we are affectionately called, call the ice cream van to come to the hospital. This always marks a special day for our “nephews”.

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Our dream is:

To implement a school at the Paediatric Oncology Department with classes given by a full time professional teacher so that the children keep getting their schooling even during the long-term treatments. In order to do so we need to rehabilitate and equip a space on the ground floor of building hosting this department.

We do not expect to be able to realize all of our dreams but we will, with the help of all those who wish to collaborate, definitely do everything within our capacities as foreign citizens and volunteer to help these children.

The much awaited-for afternoon snack break.

Another facet of our work with the children is the distribution of clothes, shoes, toys, school materials and hygiene products which we can gather in our home countries through private donations. Usually we get these items by “recruiting” our friends who live in Mozambique to bring some extra weight in their luggage when coming back from a visit home. In 2010, however, our families and friends managed to collect enough things to fill up a whole container and dispatch it by sea to Maputo. Since then we have been able to give children and adults more aid than before. Much more and better could still be done for the sake of the children living with cancer.

Photo: Alice Par tas

Every time I go back home from the hospital I feel fulfilled and my heart light. The smiles and joy we see on the faces of the children every time we arrive at the hospital give us strength to go on even during those days when we feel shattered by the departure of yet another child.

Our short-term objectives are:

 Volunteers, the “tias”, and the children, the “nephews” enjoying a break.

Continue supporting children with food items such as milk, infant cereals, juices and fruits. These are not provided by the UN Mozambique website:

hospital and are very much needed by patients who go through months of chemotherapy treatments; Keep on trying to improve their wellbeing and quality of life through engaging them in different activities; Helping children not to forget the “ABCs” and the “1, 2, 3s” that they had learnt in school they left long ago; Giving social support to parents in need, especially when there is a loss of a child when mothers have to return home with an “empty capulana”; Providing more hygiene products such as bath soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, nappies, mattress' covers, etc…

You are welcome to visit our children at the Central Hospital of Maputo. My contacts are or mobile 82 68 90 898.

Ana Paula Martins is a UN expatriate spouse and a volunteer at the Department of Paediatric Oncology at the Central Hospital of Maputo.

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CONTRIBUTIONS FROM STAFF Challenges and Opportunities of 21st Century Media Discussed at the World Press Freedom Day 2011 By Elina Penttinen

The World Press Freedom Day, celebrated annually on the 3rd of May, was established by the UN General Assembly in 1993 to commemorate the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration on press freedom, drafted in a Conference organized by UNESCO in 1991 in Windhoek, Namibia, on the development of free African Media. The objective of the day is to draw attention to the role of independent press and preservation of democracy and economic development. The year 2011 marked the 20t Anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration.

Prime Minister of Mozambique launching the World Press Freedom Day 2011 in Maputo. From left to right: Ms. Patricia Guzman, RC a.i., Prime Minister Aires Ali, Ms. Zulmira Rodrigues, OiC of UNESCO Maputo and Mr. Eduardo Constantino, Director of SNJ.

It was in the context of the World Freedom Day 2011 that UNESCO Maputo organized, together

with its partners MISA-Mocambique, Escola Superior de Jornalismo, GABINFO, SNJ (sindicato National de Jornalistas), Conselho Superior da Comunicacao Social and the UN Communication Group a conference on the freedom of expression and freedom of press. The event was held of the 3rd and 4t h of May 2011 in the J o a q u i m C h i s s a n o Conference Center in Maputo and f e a t u r e d presentations o f t h e professionals representing t h e government, h i g h e r education, Bordina Muala, MISA-Moçambique private sector President giving a speech at the a n d c i v i l launch of the event society. The theme for the year 2011 was “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers”. It was chosen to encourage countries to discuss the various opportunities and unprecedented challenges that technologies and new media have brought about.

Participants at the World Press Freedom Conference 2011.

Among the recent phenomena mentioned during the conference was the rise of citizen journalism through digital media. Both were considered to have positive and empowering effects for citizens. However, access is still far from being equal to all. This will become even more evident when changing over to digital TV in Mozambique not all have means to follow the development. Also, it was stressed that citizen journalism will never replace professional journalism. According to many, it is in the field of professional journalism where standards for the critical use of information and quality journalism are to be set.

“Stigma Fuels HIV” Campaign Launched The UN system-wide anti-stigma campaign “Stigma Fuels HIV” was launched world-wide on the 8th of June 2011. All UN Agencies in all duty stations in Mozambique took part in the launch event, organized individually and chaired by the Head of each Agency.

CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES:  June: Launch of the campaign in each agency and duty stations and a message addressed to all staff by the Resident Coordinator and a press release to the media

For Mozambique, like other countries, the reason to actively engage in this workplace campaign, jointly conceived by UN Cares and UN Plus, is a result of evidence emanating from studies within the UN that HIV-related stigma is a serious issue and needs to be tackled, which prevents staff members from getting informed, tested and seeking life-saving treatment if needed.

July: Voluntary counseling and testing, integrated into the campaign carried out by the government and partners

August: Fair promoted within the UN workplace for People Living with HIV and/or suffer any form of discrimination

September: A theatre play and films displayed for staff and family members

October: Experts in various areas making presentations for the UN staff and family members on impact of stigma in various domain

November: Sports activity Walking Against Stigma and Discrimination

December: World AIDS Day Town Hall Meeting - Closing of the Campaign.

Launch of the Stigma Fuels HIV Campaign in FAO, UNFPA and UNESCO in Mozambique, 8th of June 2011.

The six-month campaign includes monthly activities for UN staff in Mozambique. The final event will be held on the 1st of December on the World AIDS Day.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, “I am an international staff member living in Mozambique with my spouse who is currently looking for work. What are the rules and regulations concerning the work of spouses and close family members both in the UN and outside?”

Dear Colleague, UN to the extent possible assist spouses of international staff members, through promoting co-operative measures to improve opportunities. The UN General Assembly (GA) has, on various opportunities, renewed its call to Governments in host countries to grant work permits for spouses accompanying internationally-recruited staff members. In countries where spouses are not yet granted work permits, Heads of Office should advocate for a more liberal granting of work permits to spouses of international staff. UN has developed in May 2007 a global website for spouses/partners and families at Dual Career Staff mobility is a programme supported by the UN system and partnership organisations. The aim is to assist globally mobile families adapt to new duty stations and help expatriates spouses/partners find jobs and maintain professional careers. This programme coordinates the establishment of Local Expatriate Spouse Associations (LESA) offering on-site support in duty stations around the world. To fully benefit from this programme, spouses can register on the web sites and join local LESA. If UN staff members and relative spouses are interested in participating in help set up a LESA, they can contact The Mozambique HRWG shall ensure that the welcome information on staff members and spouses are uploaded in the web site. The RCO when sending out vacancies bulletins shall submit to the web site if appropriate, as well any additional external vacancy representing an opportunity for spouses employment. . Spouses of internationally-recruited staff members are responsible for applying directly for suitable vacancies, but Heads of Offices, if requested, should transmit the curriculum vitae of the spouse to UN agencies. The organization can give references for spouses only when they have been staff members or individual contractors/consultants. In terms of learning opportunities, some agencies will provide limited languages training courses at UN's expenses to spouses of internationally recruited staff members who do not speak the official language of the duty station. -

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Ms. Mayke Huijbregts, Chief Child Protection, UNICEF Ms. Huijbregts is a human rights lawyer. For the last 15 years she has been working with the European Commission and Human Rights Watch in Brussels, after which she moved to FYR Macedonia as Chief policy Advisor to the EC Ambassador. She joined UNICEF in FYR Macedonia as Chief Child Protection (99-2002). Her path continued as emergency coordinator for UNICEF in Zimbabwe and Chief Child Protection 2002-2003, as Consultant SGBV with UNICEF in Zambia in 2004 and then she spent 6 years developing a national social cash transfer and social protection programme for the Government of Malawi as Chief Social Policy with UNICEF.

New Staff in Mozambique Mr. Hanoch Barlevi, DRR & Emergency Specialist, UNICEF Mr. Barlevu graduated in Geography and African studies from the University of Tel Aviv, in 1996. Upon completion of his studies, he was able to support UNICEF in Angola (1996), working on rehabilitation of internally displaced persons. He then continued with UNICEF in Eritrea (2001) and Sri Lanka (2003) to support children affected by armed conflicts. In Vietnam, Hanoch joined CARE International (2007) as a coordinator of Disaster Pre-paredness of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid. In Mozambique (2008) he initially worked for UNDP as the Chief Technical Advisor to support Government's efforts to coordinate national humanitarian mine-action related activities and early 2011 returned to UNICEF as the Emergency and Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist.

Ms. Tania Maia, Administrative Assistant, Travel Unit, UNICEF Ms. Maia has more than 10 years experience as Administrative Assistant and law education background from Eduardo Mondlane University. Before joining UNICEF in 2011 she was working for a Local Mozambican Bank (BCI). Prior to this assignment she developed experience at IFC, World Bank and UNESCO.

Mr. Arild Drivdal, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Mr. Drivdal has an MBA from London Business School and an MPH from Harvard University. Before joining UNICEF, he was working for PSI, a communications and social marketing organization. Mr. Drivdal has experience from both the private sector and NGOs, but has always worked on issues related to communications and health. In the past, he has collaborated with UNICEF on projects and campaigns in the areas of HIV, malaria and iodine deficiency disorder (IDD). Mr. Jan Debyser, Supply and Logistics Manager, UNICEF Mr. Debyser worked for MSF, OCHA, SC-UK and IOM in Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Angola and Kenya (covering the region) in logistics, procurement and programme management. In 2007, he joined UNICEF in Ethiopia. He studied Adult Education at the University of Leuven and started his professional career working for Greenpeace International in Europe. Ms. Ellen Heyward, Culture, UNESCO Ms. Heyward joined the UNESCO Maputo team in March 2011. She is working on a model for analyzing and improving socio-cultural inclusiveness in district planning in Mozambique, and training planning officials in mainstreaming culture, gender and human rights in development plans (as part of the MDGF Joint Programme on Strengthening Cultural and Creative Industries and Inclusive Policies in Mozambique). Ms. Heyward has recently worked in the International Cooperation Divisions of the Rio de Janeiro State Culture Secretariat and the Ministry of Culture of Brazil, and in the UNESCO-Paris Section for Cultural Policies. Ellen Heyward holds a Masters Degree in Cultural Policies from the University of Paris VIII's Institut d'études européennes.

Ms. Mariamo Tania Mussagy, Logistics Assistant, UNICEF Ms. Mussagy joined the Supply and Logistics Section of UNICEF in 2010. She has been working in logistics for more than 10 years and has law education. Prior to the current assignment she worked in Visa Eletronics and Sosep Coin Maputo.



1-7 - World Breast Feeding Week 4 - UNCT Meeting (Gender) 9 - International Day of the World’s Indigenous people 12 - international Youth Day 18 - UNCT Meeting (Emergeny) 19 - World Humanitarian Day 31 - Al-Fitr (UN holiday)



1 - Town Hall meeting 7 - Mozambican Victory Day 8 - International Literacy Day 10 - World Suicide prevention Day (WHO) 15 - International Day of Democracy 15 - UNCT Meeting (Aid Architecture) 16 - International Day for preservation of the Ozone Layer 21 - International Day of Peace 25 - Mozambique Armed Forces Day (Un holiday) 27 - World Heart Day (WHO) 29 - UNCT Meeting (Security)

UN MOZ STAFF BULLETIN Produced by: United Nations Communications Group & Mozambique UN Staff Association Editorial Board (UNESCO, mUNsa & RCO): Emidio Sebastiao (mUNsa), Martin Christensson & Luis Zaqueu (RCO), Elina Penttinen (UNESCO) Edited by: Elina Penttinen Design: Ananias Chomola Please contact us at: Thank you for the contributions: Ondina da Barca Vieira, Martin Christensson, Emilia Lobo, Ana Paula Martins, Manuela Morelli, Eunice Mucache, Puk Ovensen, Lina Timana, Ms. Jennifer Topping


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