UN Information Centre Pretoria National Information Officer Sudeshan Reddy is interviewed by a journalist at the International Day of Peace Concert in Johannesburg, 21 September 2014
Johannesburg, 21 September 2014 – The tranquil grounds of the Heia Safari Lodge on the outskirts of Johannesburg provided the setting for a moving International Day of Peace commemoration on 21 September 2014.
Over 1800 people, including many children, attended a free open-air concert, featuring some of the top South African musicians and bands. The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria was once again part of the commemoration, which was organized by the NGO, Peace Starts.
UNIC National Information Officer Sudeshan Reddy delivered the message of the UN Secretary-General for the International Day of Peace. In his remarks prior to delivering the message, Mr. Reddy highlighted the need for ordinary people to mobilise around the cause of peace, to challenge those that perpetuate violence and to support organisations and individuals who are actively promoting peace in their communities. Continue reading
Johannesburg, 20 August 2014 – “How do I get to work for the United Nations” is a common question when the United Nations Information Centre engages with students.
It was thus no surprise that the UNIC Information Stand was popular at a Careers Fair hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 20 August 2014.
For the past nine years, UNIC has been invited by SAIIA to participate as an exhibitor and as an information source at their annual Career Fair which attracts between 200 and 300 students from throughout Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The UNIC interns sourced a wide range of UN information materials which were displayed on an exhibition table in the venue. Most of the materials were disseminated among the interested students – posters, publications, brochures and bookmarks among others. Continue reading
UNIC National Information Officer, Sudeshan Reddy addresses learners on the United Nations while
flanked by UNIC interns at Roedean High School for
Girls, Johannesburg, 7 August 2014
On 7 August 2014, UN Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria National Information Officer Sudeshan Reddy introduced 100 eager grade nine learners at Roedean High School for Girls in Johannesburg to the work of the United Nations.
During a lively question-and-answer session, the learners posed a variety of informed questions ranging from the current role of the United Nations in Gaza, to the reform of the UN Security Council. Three UNIC interns, Alyaa Siddig, Doa Nofal and Leone Opfou, also spoke of their internship responsibilities as they encouraged the learners to take up UNIC internships once they get to university. Continue reading
The handover of the book donation by the UN staff members to the school representatives of Bachana Mokwena Primary School in Garankuwa
“We are very happy to have the United Nations here with us, it makes us feel appreciated and we grateful for your interest and support,” exclaims the Mr. Harry Rapoo, the Principal of Bachana Mokwena Primary School as he receives a consignment of books from the United Nations in South Africa to mark Nelson Mandela International Day. Continue reading
Damian Oakes, South African winner of UN essay competition at UN Headquarters, New York
Pretoria, 30 July – UNIC is proud to announce that Pretoria-resident Damian Oakes was selected as one of the 60 winners of the “Many Languages, One World” (MLOW) essay competition, co-organized by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and ELS Educational Services, Inc.
The winners, who presented their essays at a Global Youth Forum in the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York City in June 2014, were chosen from among more than 4,000 students who entered the contest from around the world. The Forum is one of many planned events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UN next year. Continue reading
The UNIC Library branded with a large, bright Mandela Day banner
Pretoria, 18 July 2014 – As has been the case since Nelson Mandela International Day was first declared in 2009, the United Nations in South Africa actively participated in commemorating the day in the country that has a unique connection with Nelson Mandela. In the week prior to 18 July 2014, UNIC Pretoria arranged for the United Nations building, located at a busy intersection in central Pretoria, to be branded with a large, bright Mandela Day banner. Continue reading
Pretoria, 27 May 2014 – The joint United Nations Economic Commission for Africa/African Union Commission annual flagship report, themed “Dynamic Industrial Policy in Africa: Innovative Institutions, Effective Processes and Flexible Mechanism”, was launched at the University of Pretoria on 27 May 2014.
The 2014 report uses 11 country case studies to assess the critical ingredients for spurring Africa’s industrialization innovative institutions, effective processes and flexible mechanisms and structural transformation.
The report was launched at a time when Africa is emerging as a central region for global growth. It makes the argument that it is required for African countries to institute credible industrial policies as well as institutions that will advance structural transformation on the continent if industrialization is to successfully occur.
Prize-winning Brazilian journalists with UN staff members, UN Building, Pretoria
Pretoria, 29 April 2014- A group of prize-winning Brazilian journalists visited the UN Information Centre Pretoria on 29 April 2014 for a briefing about the work of the UN in South Africa. The half-day encounter brought together colleagues from UNIC Pretoria, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and UNAIDS at the UN House in Pretoria, South Africa. Continue reading
Pretoria, 20 March – In a call to raise awareness of the worldwide phenomenon of child soldiers, UNIC Pretoria provided support to the High Commission of Canada in Pretoria as well as the Alliance Française of Pretoria to display a photographic exhibition entitled “Children of War”: Broken Childhood”.
Produced originally by the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, the exhibition will form part of the month-long Francophonie festival at the Alliance de Française in Pretoria from 20 March to 17 April 2014. Continue reading
Pretoria, 13 March 2014 – UNIC Library is participating in the South African Library Week which is taking place from 17-21 March 2014, under the theme “Celebrate libraries in 20 years of democracy”. Continue reading