UN Chief plants a special a tree in honour of Mandela Day

UN Chief plants a special a tree in honour of Mandela Day

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon plants a special a tree in honour of Mandela Day in Durban

UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon recently attended the official opening of the International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban. During his visit, Mr Ban met with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and other senior government officials as well as civil society leaders. The UN Chief addressed media on the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on access to Medicines. Continue reading

UN commends South Africa for its leading role in tackling HIV and AIDS

UN Secretaty-General Ban Ki-Monn and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

UN Secretaty-General Ban Ki-Monn and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Durban, 18 July 2016 – The Secretary-General today met with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the opening day of the AIDS2016 conference in Durban.

The Secretary-General commended South Africa for its progress in the fight against AIDS, particularly in giving access to treatment to people affected by HIV, recalling that the Durban Conference in 2000 had set very good guidelines to achieve such progress. However, he stressed that much remained to be done at the global level to ensure the ending of the epidemic by 2030.

Mr Ramaphosa  expressed appreciation for the support lent by the United Nations, through leadership of the SG and UNAIDS in the fight against HIV and AIDS in South Africa and Globally. He expressed his best wishes to the UNSG for the remainder of his term of office. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General commends South Africa’s’s global leadership in HIV and AIDS fights

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the Co-Chairperson of the South Africa National AIDS Council

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the Co-Chairperson of the South Africa National AIDS Council

South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa this morning paid a courtesy call on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon ahead of the official opening of the 21 International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban. The courtesy call also falls on the Special International Mandela Day being celebrated in South Africa today. The UNSG commended the progress made in South Africa in fighting the HIV Aids epidemic and said South Africa had offered global leadership in this regard.

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Sefako Makgatho Primary School earmarked for Mandela Day activities by the UN

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

In 2009 the UN declared 18th July as International Mandela Day in honour of the global icon and human rights activist Nelson Mandela. The day marks the birthday of the former South African President affectionately known as Madiba.  He regularly talked about the importance of education in eradicating poverty and fostering greater democracy especially on the African continent

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UNASA hosts 4th Annual Model United Nations: South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference

 

Presenters: Ms. Thabang Mashego – Altitude Connection, Mr. Ntokozo Mahlangu – UNIC, and Ms. Karen Lingerfielder - DIRCO

Presenters: Ms. Thabang Mashego – Altitude Connection, Mr. Ntokozo Mahlangu – UNIC, and Ms. Karen Lingerfielder – DIRCO

The United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA), with the support of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), is hosting its 4th Annual Model United Nations: South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference. Running from 12 – 15 July, student delegates from various universities have gathered at the University of Pretoria to discuss the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

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21ST INTERNATIONAL AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)

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Durban, South Africa | July 18-22, 2016
Durban International Convention Centre (ICC)

The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health or development issue. First convened during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1985, this conference continues to provide a unique forum for the intersection of science and advocacy, and an opportunity to strengthen policies and programmes to ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic. The conference also serves as a focal point to intensify political and financial commitments to AIDS.

UNIC supports SAIIA Young leaders

SAIIA delegates and the deputy minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

SAIIA delegates and the deputy minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

Seventy-five inspiring, young leaders,  gathered at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) to host their own negotiation session themed: ‘Connecting the past to the present: Young South Africans shaping a sustainable future’. The session was hosted as part of the fourth Young Leaders Conference and focused on equipping South African youth with knowledge and understanding of local and international issues connected to sustainability and helping them to tackle current challenges such as climate change, HIV/AIDS and women empowerment. Continue reading