The Secretary-General — Message on the International day of Zero Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation 6 February 2016

Never before has it been more urgent – or more possible – to end the practice of female genital mutilation, preventing immeasurable human suffering and boosting the power of women and girls to have a positive impact on our world.

The urgency can be seen in the numbers. New estimates reveal that in 2016 at least 200 million girls and women alive now have undergone some form of FGM. The numbers keep growing both because more countries are paying attention to FGM and collecting data – which represents good progress– and because progress in ending the practice is not keeping pace with population growth – which is not at all good. If current trends continue, more girls will be cut every year by 2030 than today owing to high fertility rates and youthful populations found in most communities where FGM is prevalent. And since the practice increases risks in childbirth, it causes harm to today’s girls as well as the next generation. Continue reading

UN Human Development Reports points to gender imbalance in paid and unpaid work in South Africa

The WESP 2016 and the HDR 2015 booklets. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

The WESP 2016 and the HDR 2015 booklets. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Johannesburg, February, 2016 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa has launched the global 2015 Human Development Report in Johannesburg. Titled ‘Work for Human Development’ the report examines links between work and human development and explores changes between job security, flexibility and demand for skills as well as issues of paid and unpaid work, including care, voluntary, creative and sustainable work.

UNDP Senior Economist Osten Chulu unpacked the key messages of the report including latest data from the 2014 development index in which South Africa is ranked 116th out or 118 countries. Mr. Chulu shared the report’s findings over the years and the dimensions in which the it aims to achieve its goals. Continue reading

Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awareness Event

Ms. Caroline Nyamayemombe of UN Women addresses the crowd. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Ms. Caroline Nyamayemombe of UN Women addresses the crowd. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

More than 40 women met at the Sandton Holiday Inn Hotel in Johannesburg on January 28 to discuss issues surrounding women’s empowerment. UN Women Multi Country Office in partnership with   private sector groups among them Business Engage and Business Women Association of South Africa hosted a Women Empowerment Principles awareness event for companies and women business association’s members.

Caroline Nyamayemombe of UN Women welcomed guests from different business sectors. She led a conversation on how women have to be versatile and deal with unusual situations in the work place. “Our venue is unusual but as women in business we have to constantly deal with unusual situations,” she said. She reiterated that in order to realize a prosperous Africa the workplace has to show inclusive growth of both men and women. “Our lessons we have learnt and the experiences we have as women are the solutions in growing an inclusive environment,” said Ms. Nyamayemombe Continue reading

UN in South Africa marks International Holocaust Day with Genocide Survivors

Genocide Survivors Veronica Phillips and Tracey Class at the Remembrance Day event in Johannesburg. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Genocide Survivors Veronica Phillips and Tracey Class at the Remembrance Day event in Johannesburg. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

As the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day which falls annually on January 27, leading Jewish Historian Professor Dina Porat had profound words for her audiences in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town – “Never be a Perpetrator, a By-stander or a Victim”.

Professor Porat, Head of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University was speaking at the Ditsong National Museum of Military History in Johannesburg where dozens of guests among them five genocide survivors gathered, to commemorate the Day. She led a discourse on the history of the Holocaust, quoting well know historians, authors and poets. Continue reading

UN shares lessons and stories from the Holocaust and Genocide with high school students

Group Photo. UNIC Pretoria

Group Photo. UNIC Pretoria

Pretoria, January 27, 2016 – Nearly 200 Grade Nine school children today heard first-hand accounts of how millions of Jews and others suffered or were killed in the Holocaust during the Second World War, as well as during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994.

Students at the Hoërskool Voortrekkerhoogte in Taba Tshwane, Pretoria took part in an educational interactive programme to mark International Holocaust Day, which falls on January 27. The programme organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Education Africa and the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre (JHGC), was aimed at raising awareness about past human atrocities and spreading the message of peace, unity and tolerance. Continue reading

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2016

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a global memorial day on 27 January in honour of the victims of the genocide  in which an estimated 6 million Jews and others were killed by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on 1 November 2005.

The event is commemorated annually by the UN. This year, a number of activities in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town are planned to mark the day. Continue reading

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Ambassadors

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 20 January 2016 announced the appointment of a group of eminent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates to help promote action to achieve the SDGs adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015.

The SDGs represent a commitment by all nations to work together to end poverty, achieve shared prosperity, build peace, and secure a life of dignity and a healthy planet for present and future generations. Continue reading

Call for Application: 2016 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme

Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon meeting with the 2015 Reham Al-Farra Fellows. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon meeting with the 2015 Reham Al-Farra Fellows. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The United Nations Department of Public Information is currently seeking applications from South African young journalists and broadcasters for the 2016 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme.

The Programme provides journalists with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the work of the United Nations. It is also an opportunity to meet journalists from other countries and exchange ideas with UN communication professionals. Continue reading

Mid-Term Review (MTR)Terms of Reference for the partnership on health and mobility in East and Southern Africa II (PHAMESA II)

Background information:

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration. IOM has current membership of 162 states and is active in 480 field locations across the globe. Together with its partners in the international community, IOM acts to assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration governance and to advance understanding of migration issues. IOM aims at encouraging migration inclusive social and economic development, and to uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants at every phase of the migration cycle. Continue reading