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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

SG message on sexual harassment in the workplace

As part of my commitment to encourage and enable staff to call out sexual harassment in the workplace, and to support victims and witnesses, I am pleased to announce the launch of a “Speak up” helpline.

The helpline is a 24-hour resource for UN Secretariat personnel to speak confidentially with an impartial and trained individual who can provide information on protection, support and reporting mechanisms. Going live tomorrow, the helpline will complement existing reporting mechanisms. The goal is to attend to the needs of personnel, and to empower them to make informed decisions on action, if they choose. More details, including the phone number, will be provided by the Office of Human Resources Management. Continue reading

Harnessing the demographic dividend means harnessing the gender dividend, young people tell the UN Youth Envoy

Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth at the Special Inter-generational conversation in Johannesburg, South Africa, 15 February 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa – 16 February 2018:  United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake concluded her visit to South Africa and the final leg of a five-country trip with an interactive discussion with young people at a gathering held yesterday in Johannesburg.

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Press Release: United Nations Youth Envoy engages with young girls at a school in Pretoria

13 February 2018 – UNIC/PR/2018/02/13

Pretoria, South Africa: The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, yesterday held an interactive discussion with young girls from the Young Rise Club at the Steve Tshwete Secondary School in Olievenhoutbosch, west of Pretoria. The club, a programme organized by non-profit organization Soul City, aims to empower girls on HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health.

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UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth gives Keynote address at the youth pre-conference for the 8th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights

She urges youth to build cross-cutting networks that deal with education, civic participation, employment and peace and security

Johannesburg, February 12, 2018: The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, in a keynote speech at the youth pre-conference on Sexual Health and Rights (SHR), called on youth Sexual Risk Reduction (SRR) advocates to build alliances beyond SRHR circles with organizations and networks that focus on education, employment, civic partnership, as well as peace and security. All of these issues, she noted, were interrelated, and a holistic approach was needed to tackle them.

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