United Nations South Africa participated in the Diplomatic Fun Fair 2015 which was held at the Union Buildings on Saturday, 31 October 2015. The Fair is an annual event through which Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) aims, amongst other things, to provide the public with information about countries accredited to South Africa and afford government, business, the diplomatic community and other sectors the opportunity to learn and network. It offers a unique opportunity for all missions to showcase and promote cultural diplomacy through arts, music and cuisine. Continue reading
The United Nations in Pretoria recently concluded a successful programme of educational outreach to nearly 900 students in ten schools around the country. The UN4U is a week-long programme commemorated by UN Information Centres globally, prior to UN Day on 24th October. Staff members including senior officials speak at local schools to share their different information about their programmes as well as about the UN work in peace keeping, tackling climate change, women empowerment, poverty reduction and other aspects. Continue reading
Pretoria, South Africa, October 24, 2015– The United Nations in South Africa today took part in the global campaign to commemorate UN Day and the 70th anniversary of the organisation. 70 students from schools in Tshwane joined UN staff and members of the public dressed in the UN blue, took part in a peaceful walk from the UN offices to the Pretoria Technical High School where a variety of activities such as song, poems, dance and speeches, took place.
To mark the Day, more than 150 iconic monuments, buildings, museums, bridges and other landmarks in more than 45 countries around the world will be lit up blue – the official color of the United Nations. Continue reading
This week, the United Nations visited the Mosupatsela Secondary School in Krugersdorp, northwest of Johannesburg to give a talk to students about the role and work of the UN in South Africa. The visit was part of the UN4U, a week-long programme commemorated prior to UN Day on October 24.
Health Promotion Officer at the World Health Organization in Pretoria, Eugene Mahlehla gave a presentation to more than 40 History students aged between 16-18 years. He explained the mandate of the UN, its structures and targets in South Africa. He also spoke about South Africa’s contribution to UN peacekeeping missions in other African countries. Lastly, Eugene Mahlehla explained the importance of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the recent adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda’s new Strategic Development Goals, SDGs. Continue reading
UN Women and Coca-Cola South Africa hosted the iBusiness Journey Yami at Riversands Incubation Hub on 1 October 2015. This event celebrated the accomplishments of female micro-entrepreneurs from South Africa. The event was represented by 150 with more than 17 000 women reached since 2013.
With the support of local implementing partner, Hand in Hand Southern Africa the project seeks to train a total of 25,000 entrepreneurs many of whom are running small retail businesses. They will equip them with business skills, leadership training and mentoring. The programme is part of the Coca-Cola Company 5by20 global project which aims to empower 5 million female entrepreneurs across the company’s value chain by 2020. Continue reading
In the run up to the Sustainable Development Summit which takes place in New York this week, the UN held a media briefing at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton yesterday Sept 22, to provide an overview on the status of implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how a number of these have been transformed into new development targets, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from September 25-27 at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt the new development agenda. Continue reading
To mark International Day of Peace the United Nations visited the Curro Roodeplaat High School in Pretoria, where nearly 200 students gathered to listen to messages on the role of the UN in peace-building and development.
The UN Information Centre’s Librarian Hope Kabamba read a global message from the Secretary-General Ban ki Moon, calling for an end to the killing and destruction in various parts of the world.
International Day of Peace is observed annually on 21st September. This year’s theme was “Partnerships for Peace- Dignity for All”. Continue reading
South Africa has the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world, with more than 3 million people on life-saving antiretroviral treatment. While the country has made good progress in its HIV response, AIDS deaths remain unacceptably high. This is in large part due to HIV’s twin epidemic, Tuberculosis (TB). South Africa has the third largest TB incidence in the world, after India and China, and approximately 70 per cent of people living with HIV also have TB. It is widely acknowledged that an integrated health service delivery system is critical to curbing these twin epidemics.
In recognition of this need, First Lady of South Africa, Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, in partnership with Sanofi, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, supported the construction of an integrated HIV and TB clinic to serve the community of 13 500 people in Manxili, a rural area in KwaZulu-Natal Provinc Continue reading
Pretoria, 7 September 2015 – The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, a South African and majority-women ranger group, has been announced as one of the winners of the United Nation’s top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award.
With this award, in the Inspiration and Action category, UNEP is recognizing the rapid and impressive impact The Black Mambas have made in combatting poaching and the courage required to accomplish it.
“Community-led initiatives are crucial to combatting the illegal trade in wildlife, and the Black Mambas highlight how effective local knowledge and commitment can be,” said United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. Continue reading
Heads of UN Agencies in South Africa recently held a meeting with senior Directors at the Department of National Treasury in Pretoria.
Ms. Nathalie Vereen, Director: Social and Governance and Mr. Emmanuel Ramathuba, Senior Policy Analyst at the National Treasury International Development Cooperation briefed the UN on the various aspects of nation fiscal policy, with regard to bilateral and multi-lateral relations with international organizations. Continue reading