UN Women SAMCO turns South Africa Orange


Guests at the launch of the Edgars UNiTE campaign in partnership with UN Women SAMCO. UN Photo

From the economic capital of Johannesburg, to Cape Town, South Africa’s most beautiful city, UN Women SAMCO painted South Africa orange in honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism.

In Johannesburg, activities started in the morning, as UN Women SAMCO joined forces with Edcon – South Africa’s largest non-food retailer, and the group of which clothing retailer Edgars is a part – to launch the UNiTE Campaign to End Violence Against Women, and Edgars’ own campaign, EDgars UNiTE, turning everything orange in their wake. Continue reading

Taking literacy products to rural South Africa

Madzusi M Masala, Project Manager, Mutshedzi Walk-in Centre interviewed by SABC2 at the Lunch of the UN Library Corner in Dzanani Township, Makhado, Limpopo Province on 10 November 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Madzusi M Masala, Project Manager, Mutshedzi Walk-in Centre interviewed by SABC2 at the Lunch of the UN Library Corner in Dzanani Township, Makhado, Limpopo Province on 10 November 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Residents of the remote township of Dzanani in Makhado in South Africa’s Limpopo Province recently got a boost, with the establishment of a new Resource Centre in their area. UNIC Pretoria visited the township to launch a new UN information corner.

Mutshedzi Foundation walk-in service resource centre hosted the event which was attended by various members of the community including school children and the media. Guests toured the Centre and viewed the display of 800 information products donated by the United Nations including publications, posters, text books, novels, audio and video material. Continue reading

Roadmap to Apartheid – a film to be screened in Pretoria as part of activities to mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

PalestineNovember 29th is observed as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and to mark this day, on the 26 November 2015 United Nations in South Africa has partnered with the Embassy if Palestine, The Department of Arts and Culture and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to screen the film – Roadmap to Apartheid . The award-winning documentary about Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be screened at the Brooklyn Nouveau Ster Kinekor Cinema in Pretoria. Roadmap to Apartheid is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today. It compares similar laws and tools used by both Israel and apartheid-era South Africa. Continue reading

UN Photo Exhibition in Johannesburg to showcase key highlights in its 70 year History

UN Staff members and guests viewing photos at the exhibition. Photo: UNIC Pretoria.

The Exhibition which will run for three months is a depiction of historic moments in the seventy-year history of the global body. It displays pictures of meetings at which the resolution to form the organisation as adopted; milestones on actions, decisions and events such as independence days, global campaigns, peacekeeping, important summits and other activities. Continue reading

Call for entries: Disarmament Poster Contest

Call for entries Disarmament Poster ContestIn commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the first UN General Assembly resolution, which established the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs is pleased to sponsor the UN Poster for Peace Contest.

The contest aims to raise awareness of the need for nuclear disarmament and to inspire citizens across the globe to add their voices, and use their artistic talents, to promote a world free of nuclear weapons. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Remarks to the General Assembly meeting on Global Awareness of the tragedies of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean basin with specific emphasis on Syrian Asylum seekers New York, 20 November 2015

I thank the General Assembly President for convening this important meeting.

A record 60 million people have been forced from their homes. Tragedies are multiplying – especially for the Syrian people.

Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and all first asylum countries have generously supported millions of desperate people. I applaud them – but having such few countries bear the global responsibility is simply not a sustainable solution. Continue reading

Major Investors Meet in Joburg to Mobilize Capital for Climate-Smart Infrastructure in African Cities

(Johannesburg, 20 November) – Major public and private investors and international experts on climate finance are gathering in Johannesburg for two days to recommend innovative ways to mobilize investment in low-emission, climate-proof infrastructure in African cities.

A select group of investors, including from banking associations, pension funds, financial institutions and corporations, is meeting on 23-24 November at Turbine Hall in Newton, Johannesburg. The event is organized by the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, in collaboration with the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. Continue reading

The United Nations South Africa at the Diplomatic Fun Fair 2015

Collaborative dance from India & South Africa. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Collaborative dance from India & South Africa. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

United Nations South Africa participated in the Diplomatic Fun Fair 2015 which was held at the Union Buildings on Saturday, 31 October 2015. The Fair is an annual event through which Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) aims, amongst other things, to provide the public with information about countries accredited to South Africa and afford government, business, the diplomatic community and other sectors the opportunity to learn and network. It offers a unique opportunity for all missions to showcase and promote cultural diplomacy through arts, music and cuisine. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2 November 2015

Today we remember the journalists and media workers who have been killed in the line of duty.

More than 700 journalists have been killed in the last decade — one every five days — simply for bringing news and information to the public.

Many perish in the conflicts they cover so fearlessly. But all too many have been deliberately silenced for trying to report the truth. Only 7 percent of such cases are resolved, and less than 1 crime out of 10 is even fully investigated. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on World Cities Day 31 October 2015

The theme of this year’s observance of World Cities Day — ‘Designed to Live Together’ — highlights the key role of urban design in building sustainable, socially integrated and prosperous urban environments.

Good design can help tackle climate change. It reduces the impacts of disaster.
It can help make our cities safer, cleaner, and more equal and integrative. It promotes equal access to services, jobs and opportunities, and fosters contentment. Continue reading