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Southern Africa pursues coordinated response to Avian Influenza outbreak

Photo © FAO/ SATYAJIT SARKAR

Countries urged to act quickly to exterminate the outbreak                         

3 August 2017, Johannesburg – The recent outbreaks of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), commonly referred to as the bird flu, are threatening the livelihood and food security status of millions of families in the region. If not tackled quickly, the HPAI outbreak impedes trade opportunities and will reverse the gains made in enhancing food and nutrition security.

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United Nations in South Africa celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day with students from the Adelaide Tambo School and YMCA Centre in Soweto, Johannesburg

UN staff assist YMCA students with reading activities during Mandela Day celebrations in Soweto, south of Johannesburg

Pretoria, 19 July 2017- The UN in South Africa in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day by brightening the smiles of the physically challenged and less fortunate students of the Adelaide Tambo School and the YMCA in Soweto, south of Johannesburg.

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The Secretary-General’s message on Nelson Mandela International Day

Nelson Mandela continues to inspire the world through his example of courage and compassion, and his commitment to social justice and a culture of freedom and peace.

I had the honour of meeting Nelson Mandela several times, including during South Africa’s transition. Each time, I was struck by his wisdom, his compassion, and above all, his humility.

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United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Appointed for a Second Term

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with Member States and the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), announced today the appointment of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa as Executive Director of UN-Women for a further term of four years.

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Satellite Session on Gender Based Violence and implications for HIV for young people at Youth Conference, 9-11 June organized by the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) 2017

On 9th June 2017 the United National Populations Fund (UNFPA) in partnership with the UNWomen in South Africa, hosted a very lively and interactive satellite session “Gender- Based Violence (GBV) as a structural driver of HIV infection at Institutions of Higher Learning” where over 4000 young people gathered in Durban.

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Satellite Session on South Africa: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend at Youth Conference, 9-11 June organized by the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) 2017

The United National Population Fund (UNFPA) in South Africa, hosted an engaging satellite session “South Africa: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend” during the Youth Conference on 10 June 2017 in Durban. The satellite session provided an opportunity for policy makers, civil society, youth and other stakeholders to consider the practical ways of optimising on the youth bulge and the necessary investments needed to reap the demographic dividend, including through access to health care, quality education, employment opportunities and business opportunities for young people. The session was moderated by UNFPA Youth Advisory Panel Members, Zanele Mabaso and Bhongo Sonti, who guided the discussions very well.

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UNIC Pretoria Library hosts Tshwane Leadership Foundation for further Engagement on Sustainable Development Goals

Tshwane Leadership Foundation (TLF) in a group discussion on SDGs at the UNIC Pretoria Library, South Africa

UNIC Pretoria Library invited five communities within the Tshwane Leadership Foundation (TLF) forum to participate in the celebration of the child protection week and forge interactive discussions to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Opening Ceremony of UN Ocean Conference during the Fijian traditional welcome ceremony

Secretary-General António Guterres (centre at right) during the Fijian traditional welcome ceremony to open the Conference. 05 June 2017, New York (UN Photo/Mark Garten)

The UN Ocean Conference is taking place at UN headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day (8 June). Co-chaired by Fiji and Sweden, the Conference aims to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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International Day of UN Peacemaker

 

Peacekeeping is cost effective, but must adapt to new reality

By António Guterres

When I entered the United Nations Secretariat building for the first time as Secretary-General in January, my first act was to lay a wreath honoring more than 3,500 United Nations staff who died in the service of peace. Later that same week, two Blue Helmets were killed in the Central African Republic, where they were working to prevent violent confrontations between communities from descending into mass killings. United Nations peacekeepers place themselves in harm’s way every day, between armed groups that are trying to kill each other or to harm civilians.

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