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UN Country Team on delivering better Results in South Africa

Heads of UN Agencies and Programme Mangers

Heads of UN Agencies and Programme Managers

The United Nations Country Team recently held a three day retreat in the south of Johannesburg at which they focused on two key objectives: to assess the UN’s “fitness for purpose” in the South African context and in view of current work structures, as well as to build on existing cooperation and better engage with the Government on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

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Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awareness Event

Ms. Caroline Nyamayemombe of UN Women addresses the crowd. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Ms. Caroline Nyamayemombe of UN Women addresses the crowd. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

More than 40 women met at the Sandton Holiday Inn Hotel in Johannesburg on January 28 to discuss issues surrounding women’s empowerment. UN Women Multi Country Office in partnership with   private sector groups among them Business Engage and Business Women Association of South Africa hosted a Women Empowerment Principles awareness event for companies and women business association’s members.

Caroline Nyamayemombe of UN Women welcomed guests from different business sectors. She led a conversation on how women have to be versatile and deal with unusual situations in the work place. “Our venue is unusual but as women in business we have to constantly deal with unusual situations,” she said. She reiterated that in order to realize a prosperous Africa the workplace has to show inclusive growth of both men and women. “Our lessons we have learnt and the experiences we have as women are the solutions in growing an inclusive environment,” said Ms. Nyamayemombe Continue reading

UN in South Africa marks International Holocaust Day with Genocide Survivors

Genocide Survivors Veronica Phillips and Tracey Class at the Remembrance Day event in Johannesburg. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Genocide Survivors Veronica Phillips and Tracey Class at the Remembrance Day event in Johannesburg. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

As the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day which falls annually on January 27, leading Jewish Historian Professor Dina Porat had profound words for her audiences in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town – “Never be a Perpetrator, a By-stander or a Victim”.

Professor Porat, Head of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University was speaking at the Ditsong National Museum of Military History in Johannesburg where dozens of guests among them five genocide survivors gathered, to commemorate the Day. She led a discourse on the history of the Holocaust, quoting well know historians, authors and poets. Continue reading

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2016

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a global memorial day on 27 January in honour of the victims of the genocide  in which an estimated 6 million Jews and others were killed by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on 1 November 2005.

The event is commemorated annually by the UN. This year, a number of activities in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town are planned to mark the day. Continue reading

Marking International Migrants Day in South Africa

Ms. Jane J Mufamadi, CEO of Freedom Park delivering a welcome statement. Photo: IOM

Ms. Jane J Mufamadi, CEO of Freedom Park delivering a welcome statement. Photo: IOM

South Africans and the migrant community came together on the evening of December 17 at Freedom Park in Pretoria, to commemorate International Migrants Day which is observed annually on 18th December.

The occasion was marked by a screening of a documentary produced by Aljazeera Television, entitled “African Migrants –what’s driving them to the European Union”. The documentary explores, through first-hand accounts, why thousands of Africans put their lives at risk as they go on a boat journey in search of what they think would be a better and easier living. It is a journey that begins with hope, but often ends in despair. Continue reading

UN reveals findings on reasons for violence against women in South Africa

Ms. Dubravka Šimonović, United Nations Special Rapporteur during the press conference. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Ms. Dubravka Šimonović, United Nations Special Rapporteur during the press conference. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

The UN Special Rapporteur on the causes of violence against Women in South Africa, Ms. Dubravka Šimonović today released her preliminary findings at a Press Conference in Pretoria. Ms Šimonović’s report commends the South Africa constitution which guarantees human rights through laws such as the domestic violence and sexual offenses act, but said that the scars from the violence of Apartheid still resonate in the country’s social fabric dominated by deeply entrenched patriarchal attitudes towards the role of women, which makes violence against women and children an almost accepted phenomenon.

Ms Šimonović said her visit to shelters and a detention centre for migrants, where she met with individual victims of gender-based violence revealed stories which made her believe that the women were actually victors not survivors of violence because of their focus on empowerment and the way forward. Continue reading

“I see potential in myself, but to unlock this potential, I need citizenship.” UNHCR marks first anniversary of #I Belong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024

Khumbalani Fredrik Ngubane who is stateless in South Africa delivers the key note address at the launch of a photo exhibit at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg as part of the 1st anniversary of the Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024. Photo: UNHCR/G. Bruininkx

Khumbalani Fredrik Ngubane who is stateless in South Africa delivers the key note address at the launch of a photo exhibit at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg as part of the 1st anniversary of the Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024. Photo: UNHCR/G. Bruininkx

24 November 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa – With tears streaming down his face Khumbulani Frederik Ngubane bravely shared the harrowing details of being stateless in South Africa with an audience moved by his story, on the occasion to mark the first anniversary of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024.

Born in South Africa to South African parents – a Zulu father and Xhosa mother – Ngubane has never been recognised as South African citizen having spent most of his childhood abroad. After his father died, Ngubane’s mother took him to Kenya when he was three years old. When he was ten, his mother passed away. He was then taken to Uganda by a family friend. When she died, Ngubane decided it was time to trace his South African roots. Continue reading

UN Women ED Visits South Africa and World AIDS Day, 16 Days Events

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UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka cutting the ribbon. Photo: UN Women

Johannesburg, South Africa — On December 1st, 2015, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, visited her home country of South Africa, of which she is also former Deputy President.

Coinciding with World Aids Day and 16 Days of Activism, the UN Women Executive Director’s visit was a brightly coloured one, with orange, red and white (the South African Department in Women’s colour for ending violence against women), the palette for the morning’s activities. Continue reading

On World AIDS Day 2015, Executive Director of UNAIDS calls on countries to quicken the pace of action

From Left to Right: Steve Letsike, Deputy Chair of SANAC; Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS Executive Director; Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa; Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health in Health, South Africa; Senzo Mchunu, Premier of KwaZulu-Natal. Photo: UNAIDS

From Left to Right: Steve Letsike, Deputy Chair of SANAC; Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS Executive Director; Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa; Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health in Health, South Africa; Senzo Mchunu, Premier of KwaZulu-Natal. Photo: UNAIDS

DURBAN/GENEVA, 1 December 2015—On World AIDS Day 2015, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, has said that countries are on a countdown to ending their AIDS epidemics and that if swift and effective action is taken over the next five years, one by one they will break their epidemics so that they cannot rebound.

Mr Sidibé made the remarks as he joined the Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, at South Africa’s national World AIDS Day event, which was held in the Ugu District of KwaZulu-Natal Province on 1 December.

Introduced by Aaron Motsoaledi, the Minister of Health of South Africa, Mr Ramaphosa reflected on what World AIDS Day means to him: celebrating the courage of people living with HIV, evaluating the progress―or lack thereof―of the national AIDS response, recognizing partners and recommitting to the goal an HIV-free generation. Continue reading