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.
8 May 2017 – We welcome the release of an additional 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram insurgent group in April 2014.
We remain deeply concerned about the safety and wellbeing of the schoolgirls and other victims still in captivity. Continue reading
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra (right) speaks with twelve-year-old Paonei at the Childline drop-in centre in Epworth, Zimbabwe. Childline was established in 1997 by a group of Zimbabwean women. Photo: UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo
8 May 2017 – Drawing attention to the harrowing traumas of child victims of sexual violence, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for greater recognition of the fact that it is “not OK” for children to be touched inappropriately as well as for raising awareness among youngsters that under-age sex can lead to pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
The Human Development Report 2016 “Human Development for Everyone” was launched on the 21st March 2017, in Stockholm, Sweden with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin, and the Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the report, Selim Jahan.
This year’s @UNDP #humandevelopment report, Human Development for Everyone . Find it here: bit.ly/1lfu5e8 #HDR201
2017 Theme: Forests and energy
This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us. This year we highlight the importance of wood energy in improving people’s lives, powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change.