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President Kagame chairs MDGs Advocacy Group

New York, 26 September 2012

President Kagame today at the UN General Assembly in New York, co-chaired the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) Advocacy Group with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Convened by Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, this group brings together advocacy individuals from different fields who have led by example to rally support and political will to achieve the MDGs by 2015.

With the deadline just three years and three months away, many of the millennium development goals are yet to be fulfilled especially in many developing countries.

President Kagame praised the new momentum and new ideas in addition to the work that has been done. He emphasized that improvements had been registered in terms of organization and mobilization in many countries. President Kagame made the remarks while addressing a press conference alongside Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

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President Kagame Addresses 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

 

New York, 25 September 2012

President of the General Assembly;

Excellencies Heads of State and Government;

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen;

It is timely that we meet here over the next few days to seek ways and means to prevent and overall manage conflicts.

While it may seem that conflict is perennial and its forms increasingly destructive, we have the urgent task of seeking more effective ways to prevent, manage and solve it. The loss we witness or experience on a daily basis – in terms of human life and devastation – is unacceptable. Additionally, at a time when wide scale poverty robs too many people of realizing their full potential in life, conflict also detracts us from development.

We might ask ourselves why, after decades of efforts to rein in conflict on a global scale and foster multi-lateral cooperation for sustainable peace, the results are still not what they should be. The reasons for this are several and multi-faceted.

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President Kagame addresses the High Level Meeting on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels

New York, 24 September 2012

President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Vuk Jeremic;

Excellencies Heads of State and Government;

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon;

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

It is important that we are discussing how to make the rule of law more effective domestically and internationally and I am pleased to participate. In this endeavour, let me propose that we should consider three points relating directly to this subject of the Rule of Law, with the aim of addressing the realities of our present day.

One can begin with the important principle of universal justice, an ideal which I believe we all would like to see realised. The rule of law internationally is premised on the principle that equality before the law is universal. This, however, is not always the case.

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President Kagame addresses meeting of the ITU Broadband Commission in New York

New York, 23 September 2012

President Kagame today co-chaired the second meeting of the International telecommunication Union (ITU) Broadband Commission in New York. The brain child of Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the ITU, and Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, the meeting brings together key players in the telecommunication industry in a bid to extend the benefits of high speed internet to all peoples of world. To focus on the work of this energetic and influential set of personalities, the Commission has established eight working groups to concentrate on key thematic areas; such as health care to climate change.

In his remarks, President Kagame called on members of the Broadband Commission to double efforts in mobilizing world leaders to ensure that Broadband gains its rightful place on the MDG’s policy agenda:

“Rwanda has embraced ICT as an engine of transformation. For over a decade now we have been leveraging technology for the benefit of our citizens and have seen firsthand how broadband impacts everyday lives of our people. As we look to the future we realize that we need to do more and faster, the world is waiting and our people are counting on us whether it is central databases of crop yields and market information for farmers, integrated school curricular for pupils, medical records for doctors, entrepreneurial opportunities for the youth. The possibilities are limitless. Broadband is the future of shared opportunities and a medium for business transactions and cultural exchange.”

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President Kagame addresses thousands of Rwandans at Rwanda Day in Boston

Boston, 22 September 2012

President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame today joined thousands of Rwandans and friends of Rwanda who gathered at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston to celebrate Rwanda Day 2012 themed ‘Agaciro: The Journey Continues.’ The event which brought together Rwandans from North American Diaspora and Rwanda kicked off on Friday, 21 September with exhibitions by Rwandan institutions, presentations and entertainment.

In his address to the thousands of jubilant Rwandans and friends of Rwanda, President Kagame passes on greetings from Rwanda and thanked all those who had travelled from different places to be part of the event. President Kagame told the gathering that it is every Rwandans responsibility to build their country and not delegate it to anyone else;

“It should be our pride to live in a dignified country. You must continually tell the story of your country. If you don’t tell the story of your country, someone else will do it the wrong way progress we have made has come devoid of short cuts, lies. Progress invites detractors, but it’s ok. We have the ability, desire and will, to define ourselves. Detractors will do their job I will do mine, if my progress hurts anyone, its not our intention, sorry. “

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