Author Archives: Eunice Namugwe

The Secretary-General – Message For International Day For Disaster Reduction 13 October 2018

This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction falls shortly after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia showed yet again the urgency of resilience and risk-awareness.

Disasters have a steep human cost.

Millions of people are displaced every year, losing their homes and jobs because of extreme weather events and earthquakes.

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Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities : Concluding observations on the initial report of South Africa

South Africa became a State party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 30th November 2007. In accordance with article 35, paragraph 1, of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities , each State Party undertakes to submit to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, for consideration by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a report on measures taken to give effect to its obligations under the Convention: (a)  an initial report within two years after the entry into force of the Convention for the State concerned, and (b) thereafter a periodic report  at least every four years and whenever the Committee so requests. Continue reading

UN Women Making the South African economy work for women: What will it take?

Caption: Women business leaders and entrepreneurs with (front row L-R): Ms Nozipho January-Bardill (UN Global Compact), Ms Wendy Lucas Bull (Chair of Absa Group), Ms Trudi Makhaya (Presidential Economic Advisor), Dr Nardos Bekele Thomas (UN South Africa Resident Coordinator), Ms Phumzile Langeni (Presidential Special Envoy on Investment), and Ms Anne Githuku-Shongwe (UN Women Country Representative). Credit: UN Women/Otae Mkandawire

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UNHCR – Interventions gaining ground in South Africa’s Eastern Cape communities

Noxolo Mfanyana, Field Advocate (left) with the Eastern Cape Refugee Centre talks to Noluthando Mkoko, Patroller and Peace Builder (right) about developments in KwaZakhele Township. © UNHCR/Pumla Rulashe

By Pumla Rulashe:  Thirty-six-year-old Somali refugee, Adan Ibrahim Ali, smiles warmly as Noxolo Mfanyana walks into the warehouse he manages. She is one of several field advocates, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s partner organization, the Eastern Cape Refugee Centre (ECRC), responsible for promoting social cohesion between refugees and their South African hosts in over 10 communities across the Eastern Cape Province. Continue reading

UNIC library celebrate Literacy month

Austin Malesoena, UNIC Pretoria Library Intern speaking about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Pretoria, hosted a dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Friday, 28 September 2018, in celebration of Literacy Month. The aim was to raise awareness to UNIC library users about the significance of literacy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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‘Selfless’ South Sudanese surgeon, who’s saved thousands of lives over 20 years, ‘humbled’ to receive top UN award 

UNHCR/Will Swanson
Dr. Atar Atahi sits with a refugee from Sudan and her malnourished son in the nutrition stabilization centre of Bunj Hospital in the town of Bunj, Maban County, South Sudan.

For 20 years, Doctor Evan Atar Adaha has been providing medical services to the conflict-affected people of Sudan and South Sudan and, on Monday, he received the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award, a prestigious prize given annually by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to honour the women and men who work tirelessly to provide life-saving help to people caught in humanitarian crises.

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UN Secretary-General’s remarks at the event: “a call to invest: investing in jobs for young people in africa”

New York, 25 September 2018: 

Let me thank the United Kingdom, Canada, Ghana and Rwanda for bringing us together and for highlighting the vast opportunities for investing in jobs for young people in Africa.

Youth unemployment is first and foremost a tragedy for young people’s hope for the future.

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Joint UN-EU Press Statement Reinforcing the UN-EU Strategic Partnership on Peace Operations and Crisis Management: Priorities 2019-2021

In the face of rising global levels of violent conflict, we – the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) – have identified a new set of forward-looking priorities for cooperation on peace operations and crisis management in 2019-2021. These priorities form part of the broader EU – UN partnership where we will continue to engage together in promoting multilateralism and a rules-based order as the most effective way for addressing pressing global challenges.

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UN Secretary-General’s meeting readout with the President of the Republic of South Africa

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa. The Secretary-General commended South Africa for its constructive role in advancing the goals of the United Nations and for its leadership in organizing the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, an important event in translating the values of President Mandela into action. The Secretary-General and President Ramaphosa also discussed regional peace and security issues. New York, 25 September 2018. Bookmark the Spokesperson’s website: