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UN Secretary-General’s New Year’s Message – In 2019, ‘reasons for hope’ in a world still on ‘red alert’

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UN Photo/Evan Schneider: Secretary-General António Guterres delivers remarks on International Labour Day.

Last year, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued “a red alert” over a range of dangers confronting the world, which “still persist” as 2019 looms: “These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test,” the UN chief said on Saturday in his message for the New Year.

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‘Be the change’ we desperately need, UN deputy chief urges global youth

UN News/Rebecca Hearfield: UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed addressing the Africa Youth Development Summit, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Young people are the leaders and torchbearers the world “desperately needs” but they also face serious challenges when it comes to realizing their potential, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General has said. Addressing the African Youth Development Summit, in South Africa’s Johannesburg, Amina J. Mohammed said that young people “are seeing their pathways to participation blocked and their rights denied.”

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‘We need to do more’ to transform the world, deputy UN chief tells African audiences

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Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the World Aids Day Reception in Johannesburg, South Africa. 1 December 2018.

3 December 2018 SDGs – During her current trip to South Africa, Deputy-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has spoken at several events in Johannesburg, on the importance of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development – the UN’s blueprint to end extreme poverty, fight injustice, and protect the planet, ensuring that no one is left behind.

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On World Toilet Day, let us speak plainly about an issue that is often neglected

Op-ed by Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk on World Toilet Day                                                       As World Toilet Day approaches and there is more and more discussion about the importance of dealing with human waste, many people will become embarrassed or shocked, and some would rather avoid the subject altogether.

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PRESS RELEASE: “We don’t give up,” United Nations Secretary-General declares as the world marks the UN Day on 24 October

Pretoria, 23 October 2018 – The United Nations in South Africa commemorates United Nations Day, 24 October, which is observed annually as the day which marks the birth of the United Nations. The international organization was founded by the entry into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945, a document which has become the global representation of the aspirations for peace, freedom and human rights of the 193 Member States of the United Nations. United Nations Day has been internationally observed since 1948.
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Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Concluding observations on the initial report of South Africa

South Africa ratified and became a State party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) on 12 January 2015. Below please find a copy of the Covenant on the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). https://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CESCR.aspx

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Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities : Concluding observations on the initial report of South Africa

South Africa became a State party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 30th November 2007. In accordance with article 35, paragraph 1, of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities , each State Party undertakes to submit to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, for consideration by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a report on measures taken to give effect to its obligations under the Convention: (a)  an initial report within two years after the entry into force of the Convention for the State concerned, and (b) thereafter a periodic report  at least every four years and whenever the Committee so requests. Continue reading

UNHCR – Interventions gaining ground in South Africa’s Eastern Cape communities

Noxolo Mfanyana, Field Advocate (left) with the Eastern Cape Refugee Centre talks to Noluthando Mkoko, Patroller and Peace Builder (right) about developments in KwaZakhele Township. © UNHCR/Pumla Rulashe

By Pumla Rulashe:  Thirty-six-year-old Somali refugee, Adan Ibrahim Ali, smiles warmly as Noxolo Mfanyana walks into the warehouse he manages. She is one of several field advocates, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s partner organization, the Eastern Cape Refugee Centre (ECRC), responsible for promoting social cohesion between refugees and their South African hosts in over 10 communities across the Eastern Cape Province. Continue reading

UNIC library celebrate Literacy month

Austin Malesoena, UNIC Pretoria Library Intern speaking about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Pretoria, hosted a dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Friday, 28 September 2018, in celebration of Literacy Month. The aim was to raise awareness to UNIC library users about the significance of literacy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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