UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office Representative Auxilia Ponga and Deputy Representative Themba Kalua cut the ribbon to open the boardroom. Photo UN Women S.A
UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office invited our colleagues from other UN agencies to join us in opening the office. The festivities began with Representative Dr Auxilia Ponga cutting the ribbon at the entrance to the boardroom with Deputy Representative Themba Kalua, before UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa Mr. Gana Fofang delivered a welcome speech and awarded certificates to those who had participated in the Gender Theme Group training run by UN Women.
A table was set up where our male colleagues could sign up at HeForShe.org and many promised to recruit more sign-ups from colleagues, some even going to offices in the building immediately to fetch them. Continue reading
UNCUT Magazine, “Silence breeds Violence” Issue-95 Photo: UNFPA/Love Life
South Africa, 28 August 2015 – With the focus on women in August, loveLife, South Africa’s national youth leadership development organisation, has released a special online edition of its cutting-edge youth magazine, UNCUT, to raise awareness on gender-based violence (GBV). The edition is a collection of powerful stories unearthed through its GBV project with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
“Through this project with UNFPA we have brought to light and explored the intricacies of gender inequality in South Africa and have found that solutions to the issue are not standard and require interventions that are tailored and informed by communities themselves,” says UNCUT Editor-in-Chief Angelo C Louw. Continue reading
Nelson Mandela International Day documentary screening at Cinema Noveau Brooklyn. Photo: UNIC Pretoria
Pretoria, 16 July 2015 – The United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) South Africa, led by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria, partnered with Sabido Productions and Cinema Nouveau, Brooklyn to screen the acclaimed documentary “Mandela: The passing of an icon” to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrated annually on 18 July, encourages giving and volunteering. The “67 minutes initiatives” are supported globally to honour Nelson Mandela’s appeal to help eradicate social inequality and conflict. Continue reading
Delegates from different South African universities representing various African countries during the third Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference at DIRCO.
The UN Association of South Africa – University of Pretoria Chapter (UNASA-UP) under the auspices of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) organized the third Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference. The Conference, focusing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post-2015 Agenda, was held from 10 July to 13 July 2015 at the University of Pretoria and at DIRCO, respectively. Continue reading
Audience members at the recent ‘Boost your Business’ workshop for women entrepreneurs in Cape Town, hosted by UN Women and Facebook. Photo: UN Women/Karin Schermbrucker
Pretoria, 1 July 2015 – UN Women’s global mobile-learning platform for women entrepreneurs, iLearn, is now more accessible to the women of South Africa. The iLearn platform is one of the free basic services on the Internet.org app that launched in South Africa today.
The iLearn initiative provides a platform for women entrepreneurs to tell their stories in their own words – enabling them to share their experiences and inspire other women. iLearn features women’s own stories ‘behind the business plan’; how they arrived at success and the challenges they faced. Contributors also share their motivation, personal drive, and the knowledge and skills they acquired to evolve in business. Continue reading
Priti Joshi (Isha Yoga volunteer) leading participants on basic Yoga poses and motions for International Day of Yoga at UNIC Library, Pretoria, South Africa, 22 June 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria
Pretoria, 22 June 2015 – UNIC Pretoria in conjunction with UNDSS commemorated the first ever International Yoga Day by inviting UN staff to share in the Yoga exercise led by Rajendra Joshi, Chief Security Advisor and his wife Priti Joshi, An Isha volunteer at the UNIC Library, Pretoria South Africa, 22 June 2015.
SABC interview with the UN Deputy Secretary-General in Johannesburg. Photo: UNIC
South Africa, 15 June 2015 – The UN Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Jan Eliasson was in South Africa to attend the 25th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit which took place on 14 – 15 June 2015 in Johannesburg. Continue reading
UNIC staff with a group of learners, Library Week Launch at UNIC Library, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 March 2015
The UN Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria Library joined many other libraries to mark the South Africa Library Week by launching its week-long activities on 16 March 2015 with visit by a group of 30 learners aged 6 to 15 years from the NGO Tshwane Leadership Foundation. The South Africa Library Week (14 to 21 March) was held countrywide under the theme “Connect @ your Library”, as libraries connect people to each other and to knowledge and information.
The 11 South African Model UN students in the chamber of the United Nations Security Council, New York,
17 March 2015 (Photo: Sudeshan Reddy)
Pretoria, 26 March 2015 — “We are bringing this home” enthused an excited Ketho Tshipala, a Grade 12 learner from Atteridgeville, a township outside Pretoria. Ketho holds a plaque proclaiming that the South African Schools team at the Washington Model United Nations Conference had won the award for Outstanding Small Delegation.
Ketho is a member of a group of 11 high school learners from all nine provinces of South Africa, from resourced and under-resourced schools, who joined 1300 other students from around the world as they simulated a series of debates in Washington DC earlier this month. In addition to the Outstanding Delegation award, four of the South Africans were awarded the title of Best Delegation in their individual committees. Continue reading
The winning team of students with Deputy Minister of Education, Enver Surty, shortly after the results of the 2014 SAMUN was announced on Robben Island, 20 October 2014 (Photo: Lesley Ives)
Johannesburg, 11 March 2015 — A select team of 11 high school students from resourced and under-resourced schools from around South Africa are leaving this Sunday, 15 March for the United States to compete in an international Model United Nations debating conference. The students and organizers are available for interviews in Johannesburg on Saturday and Sunday.
The team heading for the Washington Model United Nations Conference was selected by panels of judges comprised of representatives from the United Nations, academia and civil society from among over 500 high school learners in all nine provinces over the past year. The winners were announced by Deputy Minister of Education Enver Surty at a ceremony on Robben Island on 20 October 2014, where student finalists had the unique opportunity to spend a night. Continue reading