Author Archives: Eunice Namugwe

UNHCR interventions gaining ground in South Africa’s Eastern Cape communities

By Pumla Rulashe  |  03 September 2018: UNHCR funded programme provides concrete support towards integration of refugees into local communities in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

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. Mkoko is one of several residents selected to ensure, with support from the South African Police Services, that refugee lives and property receive the same level of protection as that of South African business owners. © UNHCR/Pumla Rulashe

Port Elizabeth, South Africa – 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 UNHCR’s partner organisation, 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.

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Zimbabwe wins the United Nations All Africa Games with South Africa as the runner-up

Pretoria, South Africa – The Zimbabwean team won this year’s United Nations All Africa Games which ended over the weekend at Ingwenyama Conference and Sports Resort in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

Zimbabwe, which was led by the UN Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe, Bishow Parajuli, was the overall winner of the tournament, having won several in competitions including athletics and soccer. This is the country’s third consecutive year as winners. The host country, South Africa—which was led by the UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa, Nardos Bekele-Thomas—was the runner-up in the contest and Kenya finished third.

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United Nations All Africa Games kick off in South Africa on 31 August

Pretoria, South Africa – The 11th United Nations All Africa Games kick off on Friday, 31 August 2018 at Ingwenyama Conference and Sports Resort in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. The tournament is being hosted by the United Nations in South Africa.

The purpose of the UN Games is to promote a culture of peace and tolerance, mutual respect among staff and to emphasize the importance of UN’s ‘Delivering as One approach’.  The UN recognizes the value of sports towards public health and as a tool for raising awareness on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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United Nations in South Africa opens books of condolences for the death of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Pretoria, South Africa – The United Nations in South Africa today opens a book of condolences in Pretoria and Johannesburg for former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan who passed away on Saturday, 18 August.

The United Nations will be accepting messages of condolences from guests from the diplomatic community and organizations as well as members of the public who wish to sign the books which will be available at the following offices and times: Continue reading

United Nations mourns Hannah Yilma

In Memory of Hannah Yilma :                                                                                                      Former Director of the United Nations Information Centre Pretoria                                         (31 May 1943 – 13 August 2018)

It is with great sadness, that the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) announces the passing away of Ms. Hannah Yilma, who served as Director of UNIC Pretoria from 2000 to 2005.

Born in Ethiopia, Hannah Yilma retired in Pretoria after a UN career in both peacekeeping and communication.

She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the Haile Selassie I University in Ethiopia and was employed in the private sector for 15 years. In 1991. Hannah joined the UN as an Information Officer in the Department of Public Information. She then participated in two field missions; the UN Protective Force (UNPROFOR) in the former Yugoslavia, from 1994 to 1995, and the UN Observer Mission to South Africa (UNOMSA), from 1992-1994, as Civil Affairs Officer and Peace Observer, respectively.

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#TotalShutDown: United Nations stands in solidarity with women of South Africa

Women and girls during the #Totalshutdown march to end gender based violence in South Africa.

Pretoria, 02 August 2018: The South African office of the United Nations in support of a violent free South Africa stood in solidarity with women and children in South Africa as part of the #TotalShutDown – Intersectional Women’s March Against Gender Based Violence under the slogan, “My Body, Not Your Crime Scene”. Women and girls in South Africa must have equal rights and opportunities and be able to live free from violence and discrimination. The United Nations continues to place emphasis on women’s equality and empowerment as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development. Ending gender-based violence is essential to achieving sustainable development alongside the targets set out to end gender-based violence by 2030.

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UNIC Pretoria participates in LIASA/City of Tshwane Library Career Expo

Pretoria, 20 July 2018: “How are the SDGs going to lead to a better world for all?” This question was the focus of UNIC engagement with learners, students and the unemployed youth at Daspoort Secondary School Sports Grounds in Pretoria West during the Skills Development and Career Expo held on Friday, 20 July 2018. This event was organized by the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and City of Tshwane Library in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs, Sanlam and other stakeholders. Continue reading

UNDP Africa partners with private sector to achieve Global Goals

With on-the-ground networks and the ability to swiftly adapt and innovate, the private sector is well-positioned to bring new solutions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) by 2030. In addition, the SDGs present significant opportunities for the private sector to open new markets and attract investments in sustainable development by leveraging companies’ core competencies, expertise and resources.

Young African entrepreneurs with potential to scale up across the region will soon have access to financing and support through a new innovative platform. Continue reading