World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


UN Chief Commends Tunisia's Adoption of New Constitution

UN Chief Commends Tunisia's Adoption of New Constitution

New York, Jan 27 2014 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended "another historic milestone" in Tunisia's democratic transition with the adoption of the country's new constitution.

In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban encouraged Tunisia's political actors to ensure the next steps of the transition are conducted in a "peaceful, inclusive and transparent manner".

Tunisia's Parliament today adopted the constitution, the country's first since massive public demonstrations ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011.

The actions of Tunisian citizens sparked the wave of popular uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East that became known as the Arab Spring, which also led to the toppling of regimes in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

Mr. Ban "believes Tunisia's example can be a model to other peoples seeking reforms", his spokesperson said.

In today's statement, the Secretary-General noted that sstrengthening the democratic institutions created by the constitution and related laws will help promote accountability and the rule of law with full respect to human rights.

He stressed, however, that close attention must also be paid to ensuring economic growth is achieved in an equitable and sustainable manner.

The top UN official also reiterated the Organization's support and encouraged the international community to increase its support for the country's efforts to consolidate its democracy and to address the economic challenges ahead.

On Saturday, Mr. Ban spoke to Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki by telephone to congratulate him on the "progress achieved in Tunisia's transitional process", his spokesperson had said.

For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Whaling: Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research In Defiance Of World Court Ruling

The ICR Today Filed Court Briefs Stating They Intend to Return to Antarctica to Hunt Whales in 2015-2016; Will Seek to Enjoin Other Sea Shepherd Entities from Obstructing Their Operations More>>

Ukraine: UN Urges 'Maximum Restraint' Amid Situation In East Ukraine

Deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for maximum restraint and appealed to all sides to work towards calming the situation, which has the 'growing potential' to ... More>>

United Nations: Children Can Now Lodge Complaints With The UN

GENEVA (14 April 2014) – United Nations child rights experts have hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights. More>>

India: Election But A Ritual In Nation Lacking Rule Of Law

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) congratulates the people of India for their participation to elect the 16th Lok Sabha. The process has attracted, as usual, considerable media attention across the world. Media claims the process to be 'the largest democratic ... More>>

Solomon Islands: Thousands Remain Affected After Flash Floods

An estimated 52,000 people remain affected in the worst-hit areas of Honiara and greater Guadalcanal following last week’s devastating floods which killed at least 23 people. More>>

ALSO:

World: Some 437,000 People Murdered Worldwide In 2012 - UN

Almost half a million people across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, with the highest murder rates logged in the Americas and Africa, and the lowest in Europe, Asia and Oceania, the United Nations Office on ... More>>

Central African Republic:: Security Council Establishes UN Peacekeeping Mission

Deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation and ongoing human rights abuses in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today approved the establishment of a nearly 12,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping operation ... More>>

ALSO:

Parliament: NZ Sending Aid Flight To Solomons

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has announced further support for the response to severe flooding in Solomon Islands. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news