The Secretary General message on Africa Industrialization Day, 20 November

Inclusive and sustainable industrial development is critical for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Africa. It generates jobs, reduces poverty, hunger and inequality, empowers women, expands opportunities for young people, while also improving health, safeguarding the environment and tackling climate change. Continue reading

On World Toilet Day, let us speak plainly about an issue that is often neglected

Op-ed by Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk on World Toilet Day                                                       As World Toilet Day approaches and there is more and more discussion about the importance of dealing with human waste, many people will become embarrassed or shocked, and some would rather avoid the subject altogether.

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PRESS RELEASE: “We don’t give up,” United Nations Secretary-General declares as the world marks the UN Day on 24 October

Pretoria, 23 October 2018 – The United Nations in South Africa commemorates United Nations Day, 24 October, which is observed annually as the day which marks the birth of the United Nations. The international organization was founded by the entry into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945, a document which has become the global representation of the aspirations for peace, freedom and human rights of the 193 Member States of the United Nations. United Nations Day has been internationally observed since 1948.
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Representatives from governments, technology, business and civil society to address Internet’s role in widening distrust among people

Cybersecurity and Fake News to Dominate List of Concerns at
Internet Governance Forum

12-14 November  Paris, France

 Facing growing concerns that the Internet is being used as a vehicle to sow division and discord around the world, more than 3,000 representatives from governments, the private sector, technology, and civil society will gather in Paris 12-14 November, 2018 at the  annual Internet Governance Forum, to look at a range of actions that can be taken to ensure an “Internet of Trust.”

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Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Concluding observations on the initial report of South Africa

South Africa ratified and became a State party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) on 12 January 2015. Below please find a copy of the Covenant on the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). https://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CESCR.aspx

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Zero Hunger: our actions today are our future tomorrow – OPED Director General FAO, World Food Day 2018

By José Graziano da Silva
Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Just three years ago, in September 2015, all United Nations Member States approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The eradication of hunger and all forms of malnutrition (Sustainable Development Goal number 2) was defined by world leaders as a cardinal objective of the Agenda, a sine qua non condition for a safer, fairer and more peaceful world.

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