Pretoria, South Africa, 23 June 2017 – More than 30 senior primary school students from Pretoria, South Africa, participated in the #SaveOurOcean competition organized this month by the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in partnership with Greenpeace Africa, an advocacy group, in an effort to raise awareness about the current situation facing the world’s oceans.
Secretary-General António Guterres (centre at right) during the Fijian traditional welcome ceremony to open the Conference. 05 June 2017, New York (UN Photo/Mark Garten)
The UN Ocean Conference is taking place at UN headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day (8 June). Co-chaired by Fiji and Sweden, the Conference aims to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Conference focuses attention on ocean pollution, overfishing and climate impacts
New York, 5 June— Warning that the special relationship between people and the ocean that brings untold benefits for life is under threat as never before, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the opening of the Ocean Conference that the problems of the ocean—all created by human activity, can all be reversed and prevented with decisive, coordinated action.
The Ocean Conference takes place at UN Headquarters in New York on 5-9 June and will mobilize action by all stakeholders—leaders of governments, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions, the scientific community—to advance the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) which calls for efforts to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.
SDG Media Zone (5-8 June)
During the week of the Conference, the UN Department of Public Information in collaboration with the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, UN Foundation and the Pvblic Foundation will host the SDG Media Zone—a live broadcast of interviews, panel discussions and other digital content—to engage people all around the world in the important conversations happening at the conference. Speakers include the UN Deputy-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, the President of the UN
Africa’s fertile waters are powerful magnets for fishermen – both legal and illegal. With many coastal communities dependent on local fish for employment and food, overfishing threatens to destroy livelihoods – http://ow.ly/rcUT30bWnOZ #SDG14 #SaveOurOcean Follow the link for details on how to preserve and save our ocean https://oceanconference.un.org/
Learners from Nurul-Islam School during the career guidance session facilitated by UNIC Pretoria
24 May 2017 – As part of a series of discussions with secondary school learners on career guidance taking place at Nurul-Islam School in Lenasia, UNIC Pretoria was invited to interact with learners on career opportunities within the United Nations. The question-answer sessions first centered around the UN in general and then the work of the UN in South Africa. Further emphasis was placed on explaining the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
15 MAY 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Masimba Tafirenyika of Zimbabwe as Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Pretoria, an office that provides service to South Africa. Mr. Tafirenyika assumed his duties today.
Mr. Tafirenyika was most recently Chief of the Africa Section in the United Nations Department of Public Information and Editor-in-Chief of its Africa Renewal magazine, since 2009. Previously, he served as Officer-in-Charge of the Pretoria information Centre from 2008 to 2009, and as Deputy Director from 2006 to 2008.
GENEVA – The UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Programme today urged donors to step up support for desperate refugees fleeing South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies are seeking USD 1.4 Billion to provide life-saving aid to South Sudanese refugees in the six neighbouring countries until the end of 2017 – according to an updated response plan presented in Geneva on Monday.