Author Archives: Eunice Namugwe

Ensuring no-one is left behind using data and evaluations

Pretoria, 31 October 2017: The first Africa Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) indaba kicked off at the Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg on Monday. The three-day indaba aims to discuss how collecting data and strengthening M&E systems can assist governments, civil society and the media in measuring progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted in 2015. The SDGs are goals and targets that aim to improve the lives of people across the globe by reducing poverty and inequalities and improving health and educational institutions. Governments committed themselves towards meeting the SDGs targets in an effort to change the lives of their citizens and ensure that no-one is left behind.

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United Nations in South Africa marks UN Day

The United Nations in South Africa joined the rest of the world on 24 October 2017 to mark the anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter. The ratification of the UN Charter took place in 1945 after being endorsement by majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council. This process gave birth to the UN. The 24th October has been celebrated as UN Day since 1948. In 1971, the UN General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

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Press Release : The United Nations in South Africa opens exhibition at Apartheid Museum, 20 October 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa: The United Nations in South Africa yesterday launched its exhibition, “The Role of the United Nations in the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa” at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. The exhibition, which was organized in partnership with the museum and Brand South Africa, showcases the UN’s contribution in the fight against apartheid.

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Official opening of the UN Exhibition – The United Nations and the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa, 19 October 2017

The United Nations in South Africa is commissioning the creation of an exhibition to educate the wider South African and international community about the robust contribution the United Nations made in various forms to the struggle against apartheid and the achievement of liberation in South Africa. This exhibition will be a temporary one and will be on display for 3 months at the Apartheid Museum.

Join us on the official opening of the UN Exhibition.

The Secretary-General’s remarks to the General Assembly side event on Refugees and Migrants “Follow-up to the New York Declaration : One Year On”

20 September 2017 – I would like to express my deep solidarity to the government and the people of Mexico. Unfortunately, we are having every day a new dramatic event in this part of the world. This time we cannot blame climate change; it is an earthquake.  It is a devastating one. I want to express my very deep solidarity to the government and to the people of Mexico.

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Report of Secretary-General on Work of the Organization at UNGA

Addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres today spotlighted several threats – including the nuclear peril, climate change, and ongoing conflicts – that must be overcome to create a better world for all.

19 September 2017 – Addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres today spotlighted several threats – including the nuclear peril, climate change, and ongoing conflicts – that must be overcome to create a better world for all.

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Secretary-General António Guterres meets President of South Africa

Secretary-General António Guterres meets with Jacob Zuma, President, Republic of South Africa…UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

NEW YORK 18 September 2017 – The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa. The Secretary-General thanked South Africa for its contribution to peace and security in Africa, including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Secretary-General and President Zuma also discussed regional efforts to support peace and dialogue in Burundi. They also exchanged views on the importance of multilateralism to advancing the international development and peace and security agendas.

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Bringing the United Nations and SDGs closer to students of Eersterust Secondary School

Students at Eersterust Secondary School display placards of the TOGETHER CAMPAIGN slogan – “Respect and Dignity for All”

Pretoria, 25 August 2017 – The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria visited and interacted with Grade 11 students at Eersterust Secondary School in Eersterust, east of Pretoria earlier this month for a fun-filled day aimed at informing students about the work and structures of the UN, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the TOGETHER campaign. Continue reading

Southern Africa pursues coordinated response to Avian Influenza outbreak


Countries urged to act quickly to exterminate the outbreak                         

3 August 2017, Johannesburg – The recent outbreaks of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), commonly referred to as the bird flu, are threatening the livelihood and food security status of millions of families in the region. If not tackled quickly, the HPAI outbreak impedes trade opportunities and will reverse the gains made in enhancing food and nutrition security.

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South African students participate in #SaveOurOcean competition

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.

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