In Memory of Hannah Yilma : Former Director of the United Nations Information Centre Pretoria (31 May 1943 – 13 August 2018)
It is with great sadness, that the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) announces the passing away of Ms. Hannah Yilma, who served as Director of UNIC Pretoria from 2000 to 2005.
Born in Ethiopia, Hannah Yilma retired in Pretoria after a UN career in both peacekeeping and communication.
She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the Haile Selassie I University in Ethiopia and was employed in the private sector for 15 years. In 1991. Hannah joined the UN as an Information Officer in the Department of Public Information. She then participated in two field missions; the UN Protective Force (UNPROFOR) in the former Yugoslavia, from 1994 to 1995, and the UN Observer Mission to South Africa (UNOMSA), from 1992-1994, as Civil Affairs Officer and Peace Observer, respectively.
Pretoria, 02 August 2018: The South African office of the United Nations in support of a violent free South Africa stood in solidarity with women and children in South Africa as part of the #TotalShutDown – Intersectional Women’s March Against Gender Based Violence under the slogan, “My Body, Not Your Crime Scene”. Women and girls in South Africa must have equal rights and opportunities and be able to live free from violence and discrimination. The United Nations continues to place emphasis on women’s equality and empowerment as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development. Ending gender-based violence is essential to achieving sustainable development alongside the targets set out to end gender-based violence by 2030.
Pretoria, 20 July 2018: “How are the SDGs going to lead to a better world for all?” This question was the focus of UNIC engagement with learners, students and the unemployed youth at Daspoort Secondary School Sports Grounds in Pretoria West during the Skills Development and Career Expo held on Friday, 20 July 2018. This event was organized by the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and City of Tshwane Library in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs, Sanlam and other stakeholders. Continue reading
With on-the-ground networks and the ability to swiftly adapt and innovate, the private sector is well-positioned to bring new solutions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) by 2030. In addition, the SDGs present significant opportunities for the private sector to open new markets and attract investments in sustainable development by leveraging companies’ core competencies, expertise and resources.
Young African entrepreneurs with potential to scale up across the region will soon have access to financing and support through a new innovative platform. Continue reading
Young African entrepreneurs with potential to scale up across the region will soon have access to financing and support through a new innovative platform.
YAS!, or Youth for Africa and SDGs, was launched at the Responsible Business Forum taking place in South Africa’s capital, Johannesburg, from 25-27 June 2018. The platform is an online portal developed by UNDP in partnership with Accenture South Africa. It aims to address the four main pillars of the entrepreneurship ecosystem: Information, Mentorship, Funding and Network.
The Goals were adopted with justifiable enthusiasm. Covering everything from energy to education, infrastructure to institutions, urbanization to innovation, they offer a holistic roadmap for addressing the world’s ills. They apply to all countries, reflect the priorities of all countries and were embraced by all countries, with presidents and prime ministers putting their weight behind the Goals’ core promise: to leave no one behind.
New York, 20 June – A fast-changing climate, conflict, inequality, persistent pockets of poverty and hunger and rapid urbanization are challenging countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a UN report launched in New York today.
Pretoria, 19 June 2018: Wars, other violence and persecution drove worldwide forced displacement to a new high in 2017 for the fifth year in a row, led by the crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan’s war, and the flight into Bangladesh from Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. Overwhelmingly it is developing countries that are most affected.
What would you do if you were forced to leave your home?
Today, more than 68 million people around the world are refugees or internally displaced as a result of conflict or persecution.