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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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UN Secretary-General’s remarks at the event: “a call to invest: investing in jobs for young people in africa”

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.

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Joint UN-EU Press Statement Reinforcing the UN-EU Strategic Partnership on Peace Operations and Crisis Management: Priorities 2019-2021

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.

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UN Secretary-General’s meeting readout with the President of the Republic of South Africa

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:

President of the Republic of South Africa – Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on Global Peace and Security. #Mandela100 #UNGA73

Nelson Mandela Peace Summit #Mandela100 Opening

Tune in for the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on Global Peace and Security.#Mandela100Speakers: United Nations Secretary General & the president of the General Assembly African Union Chairperson President of the Republic of South AfricaAmnesty International Secretary General& many more!Watch the full meeting:

Posted by UN Web TV on Monday, September 24, 2018

Speakers: United Nations Secretary General & the president of the General Assembly , African Union Chairperson, Amnesty International Secretary General

& many more!

At UN, countries pledge to be guided by Mandela’s legacy in working for a better world

UN Photo/Cia Pak: From left: Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa; María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the General Assemby; and Secretary-General António Guterres unveil the statue of Nelson Mandela at the UN Headquarters in New york.

The United Nations General Assembly on Monday honoured Nelson Mandela with a pledge to build a just, peaceful and prosperous world and to revive the values for which the former South African President and anti-apartheid campaigner stood.

Youth2030: UN chief launches bold new strategy for young people ‘to lead’

UN Photo/Mark Garten: High Level Event on Youth2030 to launch the United Nations Strategy and the Generation Unlimited Partnership

The United Nations Secretary-General launched a new partnership strategy with the world’s 1.8 billion young people on Monday, to help put “their ideas into action”.

Noting that it was “a rare treat” to see so many young faces at the UN, to launch the new “Youth2030” strategy, UN chief António Guterres highlighted a list of challenges “the largest young generation in history” faces today.

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