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.
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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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
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
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
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).
New York, 25 September 2018:
Let me thank the United Kingdom, Canada, Ghana and Rwanda for bringing us together and for highlighting the vast opportunities for investing in jobs for young people in Africa.
Youth unemployment is first and foremost a tragedy for young people’s hope for the future.
In the face of rising global levels of violent conflict, we – the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) – have identified a new set of forward-looking priorities for cooperation on peace operations and crisis management in 2019-2021. These priorities form part of the broader EU – UN partnership where we will continue to engage together in promoting multilateralism and a rules-based order as the most effective way for addressing pressing global challenges.
The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa. The Secretary-General commended South Africa for its constructive role in advancing the goals of the United Nations and for its leadership in organizing the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, an important event in translating the values of President Mandela into action. The Secretary-General and President Ramaphosa also discussed regional peace and security issues. New York, 25 September 2018. Bookmark the Spokesperson’s website:http://www.un.org/sg/en/spokesperson