As the President of the General Assembly just referred, this day reminds us that in 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa, 69 unarmed protestors were killed in a peaceful protest against the discriminatory pass laws of the racist apartheid regime.
The Human Development Report 2016 “Human Development for Everyone” was launched on the 21st March 2017, in Stockholm, Sweden with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin, and the Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the report, Selim Jahan.
This year’s @UNDP #humandevelopment report, Human Development for Everyone . Find it here: bit.ly/1lfu5e8 #HDR201
2017 Theme: Forests and energy
This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us. This year we highlight the importance of wood energy in improving people’s lives, powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change.
2017 Theme: Racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration
Every person is entitled to human rights without discrimination. The rights to equality and non-discrimination are cornerstones of human rights law. Yet in many parts of the world, discriminatory practices are still widespread, including racial, ethnic, religious and nationality based profiling, and incitement to hatred.
20 March 2017, UNIC Pretoria ahead of International Day of Happiness made an appearance on the SABC3 Expresso Live Show to promote the Smurfs Movie – The Smurfs and the United Nations: Teaming up for a happier, more peaceful and more equitable world in partnership with UNICEF, Flow Communications and Sony South Africa.
UNIC Pretoria hosted the UNCG Retreat to discuss priorities for 2017. The purpose of the retreat was to develop a work plan with clear activities for the year ahead. The meeting was well attended with representatives from Office of the Resident Coordinator, International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF, UN Women, UNHCR, UNEP and the UN Information Centre (UNIC).
UNIC Pretoria in partnership with the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) through its outreach unit, Centre for the Books in partnership with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Library, City of Tshwane Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library, Gauteng Department of Education and Mzantsi Spelling Bee celebrated International Mother Language Day (IMLD) in a series of events which included an exhibition that was held on the 21 February 2017 at the City of Tshwane Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library, and a celebration on the 25th February, held at the Wynand Marias Hall in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.
28 February 2017 – Delivering her first address as the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed underlined that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are essential for a safe and secure future that brings prosperity, opportunity and human rights for all.
“Around the world, success in achieving the SDGs will ease global anxieties, provide a better life for women and men and build a firm foundation for stability and peace in all societies, everywhere,” said Ms. Mohammed at the opening of the 2017 UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) segment on Operational Activities for Development.