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UN Secretary-General: Towards a fairer, more peaceful world

Secretary General Antonio Guterres meeting with women reps at Youth Cultural Centre.

Op-ed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres for Impact Journalism Day
Three years ago, world leaders unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Negotiating this framework for a better future and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals spanned three years and involved hundreds of meetings, thousands of documents and millions of people.  That was the easy part.  The harder work is now under way: bringing the blueprint to life.

The Goals were adopted with justifiable enthusiasm.  Covering everything from energy to education, infrastructure to institutions, urbanization to innovation, they offer a holistic roadmap for addressing the world’s ills.  They apply to all countries, reflect the priorities of all countries and were embraced by all countries, with presidents and prime ministers putting their weight behind the Goals’ core promise: to leave no one behind.

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Press Release: Forced displacement above 68m in 2017, new global deal on refugees critical

Pretoria, 19 June 2018: Wars, other violence and persecution drove worldwide forced displacement to a new high in 2017 for the fifth year in a row, led by the crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan’s war, and the flight into Bangladesh from Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. Overwhelmingly it is developing countries that are most affected.

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Deputy Secretary-General’s remarks to Memorial for Winnie Mandela

Thank you for inviting me to share in this special evening.  What an honour to be with so many sisters and daughters of Winnie. 

Tonight, we celebrate the remarkable journey of a truly remarkable woman. 

It is right to do so here in Harlem – because Winnie Mandela came here again and again.   

Whenever she travelled here, it was more than just a visit.  It was a homecoming.   Continue reading

Understanding Human Rights

Thembekile Mandla, UNIC Library Intern facilitating group at the UNIC Library during the South African National Human Rights Day

UNIC Pretoria launched 2018 South African Library Week by hosting 67 learners from Tshwane leadership Foundation Community in the UNIC Library on the 21 March 2018 to commemorate Human Rights Day. Human rights may be defined as those rights which are inherent in our nature and without which we cannot live as human being.

The discussion shed more light on the importance of Human rights and responsibilities focusing more on children rights to which every child aspires namely; the rights to be protected from abuse and harm; freedom of religion and thought; rights to be cared for and respected; rights to healthy and enough food; special care and support; rights to a safe clean environment; rights to quality education; to play and have fun; among others.

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PRESS RELEASE: United Nations joins South Africans to observer the Human Rights Day

Pretoria, South Africa: The United Nations in South Africa joins all South Africans in commemorating the Human Rights Day (21 March), which is also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The day was borne when, on that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, against the apartheid “pass laws”.

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UN FUN Friday with St Johns Convent School

UN Fun Fridays at the UNIC library with learners from St Johns Convent

Pretoria, 16 March 2018: St Johns Convert was hosted by UNIC Pretoria at the library for an educational outreach program as part of the UN fun Friday. More than 90 students visited the UNIC Pretoria Library with enthusiasm to learn more about the work of the UN in South Africa and across the globe. UNIC team informed the learners about the UN system, activities and programs, and further introduced the learners and their teachers to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The video titled, “The Road to SDGs” was screened for learners who expressed much interest and gave positive feedback on SDGs.

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PRESS RELEASE: 12 World Leaders Issue Clarion Call for Accelerated Action on Water

A Fundamental Shift is Needed to Avert Devastating Consequences, Says High Level Panel on Water

 New York, 14 March― A High Level Panel on Water consisting of 11 Heads of State and a Special Advisor has issued a New Agenda for Water Action calling for a fundamental shift in the way the world manages water so that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular SDG6, can be achieved. This follows a 2-year mandate to find ways to accelerate solutions to the urgent water crisis. Continue reading

Listeria Outbreak in South Africa

What exactly is Listeriosis?

Listeriosis is food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) bacterium. –Web MD

Picture: National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

 How do you get infected with Listeria?

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO):  “Listeriosis affects a variety of animals. Foodborne infection in humans occurs through the consumption of contaminated foods, particularly unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses, vegetables and prepared meat products such as pâté. Unlike most foodborne pathogens, Listeria multiplies readily in refrigerated foods that have been contaminated”. Continue reading