Secretary-General’s message on Africa Day – 25 May 2016

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Africa Day 2016 is being celebrated in furtherance of the African Union’s theme for this year: “Human Rights with a Particular Focus on the Rights of Women”.  This demonstrates the commitment of Africa’s leaders to place women – as key drivers and enablers – at the front and centre of all efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

Both frameworks share similar strategic principles, with a focus on people, prosperity, environmental sustainability, justice, human rights and mutually accountable partnerships.  The alignment between the global and the continental agendas calls for a harmonized approach in planning, implementation and monitoring.
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South Africa takes bold step to provide HIV treatment for all

Antiretroviral therapy to be offered to all people living with HIV as soon as possible after HIV-positive diagnosis

Antiretroviral therapy to be offered to all people living with HIV as soon as possible after HIV-positive diagnosis

GENEVA, 13 May 2016—The Government of South Africa has announced a major policy shift that will move the world faster towards the global 90–90–90 treatment target. On 10 May 2016, the South African Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, announced in his Health Budget Vote Speech to the Parliament of South Africa that the country will implement a new evidence-based policy of offering HIV treatment to all people living with HIV by September 2016. This ground-breaking announcement brings South Africa, which already has the world’s largest HIV treatment programme, in line with the latest World Health Organization guidelines on HIV treatment. South Africa is among the first countries in Africa to formally adopt this policy. Continue reading

Stanza Bopape Secondary School hosts UNIC Pretoria for a FUN Day on SDGs

 

Hope Kabamba, UNIC Librarian presenting SDG goal number 1: No

Hope Kabamba, UNIC Librarian presenting SDG goal number 1: No Poverty

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria organized a FUN Day for 90 grade 12 learners at Stanza Bopape Secondary School in Mamelodi Township in Pretoria on 28 April 2016. The focus of the event was to promote the United Nations newly adopted Sustainable development Goals to more than 90 grade 12 learners and two school coordinators. Continue reading

UNIC PRESENTS THE 17 SDGs AT THE ARLC GA-RANKUWA CAMPUS MOTIVATIONAL SERIES

Mrs Evelyn Sekhukhune,Mr Osten Chulu and Mr Koketso Motsoene speakers of the event

Mrs Evelyn Sekhukhune,Mr Osten Chulu and Mr Koketso Motsoene speakers of the event

For three years now, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) GA-RANKUWA  campus in collaboration with the Accomodation Residence Life and Catering (ARLC) Ga-Rankuwa Campus have been hosting motivational series in an attempt to empower and educate students about various aspects of life. This year, the motivational series took place on 14 April in Ga-Rankuwa at the Aula Hall where many students, staff and guests gathered under the theme: “It is possible”

Mr K S Ledwaba, Head of the Department (HOD) of Accomodation, Residence, Life and Catering at the TUT Ga-Rankuwa Campus welcomed guests and highlighted the purpose of the programme. Continue reading

Launch of report “Trade in Certified Organic Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities for South Africa” – Announcement

The UNEP report “Trade in Certified Organic Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities for South Africa” will be launched on 26 April 2016 in Pretoria / South Africa, from 10:00 – 12:00 local time. The study was produced under the Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project (GE-TOP), and assessed trade opportunities arising from a shift to organic farming in the national agricultural and agro-processing sector. It included an assessment of challenges and opportunities of sustainability standards and certification as a means to access international markets in the agricultural sector, and an evaluation of related costs and benefits. The analysis shows that considerable export opportunities arise from organic production, especially to European markets, where supply is lagging the rapidly increasing demand. The study provides respective recommendations for national policy makers and producers, and explores enabling conditions for a shift to organic farming. Continue reading

Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project (GE-TOP) Launch of the Country Report “The Green Economy & Trade: Trade in Certified Organic Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities for South Africa”. 26th April, 2016 The Innovation Hub, Pretoria, South Africa

 

Background

The objective of the Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project (GE-TOP) is to identify, assess and inform trade opportunities that arise from a green economy transition, and tackle related risks and challenges. In South Africa, UNEP partnered with the Trade Law Centre NPC (tralac) to assess trade opportunities arising from a shift to organic farming in the national agricultural and agro-processing sector. The country study includes an assessment of challenges and opportunities of sustainability standards and certification as a means to access international markets in the agricultural sector, and an evaluation of related costs and benefits. The project builds on findings from UNEP`s South Africa Green Economy Modelling Report (2011) and links with relevant organic initiatives on national and regional level. Continue reading

UNHCR begins relocation of Mozambicans asylum-seekers from congested Kapise village in Malawi

A Mozambican family prepares to be board the trucks for the move to Luwani . UNHCR/K.Shimoh

A Mozambican family prepares to be board the trucks for the move to Luwani . UNHCR/K.Shimoh

Kapise, Malawi 21 April 2016 – This morning, UNHCR started the transfer of nearly 10,000 Mozambicans asylum-seekers from Kapise village located in the south eastern Mwanza district of Malawi. The first convoy transporting 103 people departed Kapise on the 72 km journey to Luwani refugee camp located in Neno district where they will join the group of refugees who have been there since last week.

Heavy rains in recent weeks had previously made the roads impassable, however, with dryer weather, UNHCR, together with other partners, was able to finally begin the transfer today. Because of the road conditions, three heavy duty 4  x4 trucks were retrofitted with benches to carry the passengers. Another two trucks are being used to transport belongings.

On arrival in Luwani the refugees will stay at a transit centre until they are provided with a plot of land and shelter materials to build their own houses.

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Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda – 7 April 2016

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

In 1994, more than 800,000 people were systematically murdered throughout Rwanda.  The vast majority were Tutsi, but moderate Hutu, Twa and others were also targeted.  On this Day, we remember all who perished in the genocide and renew our resolve to prevent such atrocities from ever being repeated, anywhere in the world.

We should all be inspired by the survivors’ courage in showing that reconciliation is possible even after such a tragedy.  With the Great Lakes region still facing serious threats to peace and security, healing and reconstruction remain essential. Continue reading

SHARE YOUR CREATIVITY AND WIN IN THE UNIC PHOTO AND ESSAY CONTEST

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SDGs Youth Photo and Essay Competition:

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria is promoting the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) by running a PHOTO AND ESSAY COMPETITION for all youth living in South Africa. The new development goals present an unprecedented opportunity to bring countries and citizens of the world together to embark on a new development agenda to improve the lives of people everywhere. It is time to share your story. Continue reading

Marking the slave trade event: a student’s poem

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Nobulekhosi T. Sibanda

 

 

On the 17 March, UNIC held an event commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The event was marked by poems, music and key messages about how slavery impacted on the African way of life. Nobulekhosi T. Sibanda, a student from Founders Community School, delivered an impassioned poem to guests that delved deep into culture of her African heritage and the ills of slavery that plagued the African continent.

 

The Trade

When I think about this time- the waves, death, sickness, vomiting, the smell of fresh sea water, rape abuse, the crack of the traders whip, those days, those months, those years, Oh my heart quivers. Continue reading