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Stop attacking the media—UNESCO message for International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, 2 November

UNESCO Press Release No.2017-126

Paris, 27 October—Ninety percent of cases concerning the killing of journalists remain
unpunished, according to information Member States provided to the Organization in 2017. This is a slight improvement compared to last year, when countries’ answers to UNESCO’s written enquires indicated that only 8% of such cases led to a conviction.

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Ensuring no-one is left behind using data and evaluations

Pretoria, 31 October 2017: The first Africa Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) indaba kicked off at the Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg on Monday. The three-day indaba aims to discuss how collecting data and strengthening M&E systems can assist governments, civil society and the media in measuring progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted in 2015. The SDGs are goals and targets that aim to improve the lives of people across the globe by reducing poverty and inequalities and improving health and educational institutions. Governments committed themselves towards meeting the SDGs targets in an effort to change the lives of their citizens and ensure that no-one is left behind.

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Press Release : The United Nations in South Africa opens exhibition at Apartheid Museum, 20 October 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa: The United Nations in South Africa yesterday launched its exhibition, “The Role of the United Nations in the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa” at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. The exhibition, which was organized in partnership with the museum and Brand South Africa, showcases the UN’s contribution in the fight against apartheid.

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Official opening of the UN Exhibition – The United Nations and the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa, 19 October 2017

The United Nations in South Africa is commissioning the creation of an exhibition to educate the wider South African and international community about the robust contribution the United Nations made in various forms to the struggle against apartheid and the achievement of liberation in South Africa. This exhibition will be a temporary one and will be on display for 3 months at the Apartheid Museum.

Join us on the official opening of the UN Exhibition.

Report of Secretary-General on Work of the Organization at UNGA

Addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres today spotlighted several threats – including the nuclear peril, climate change, and ongoing conflicts – that must be overcome to create a better world for all.

19 September 2017 – Addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres today spotlighted several threats – including the nuclear peril, climate change, and ongoing conflicts – that must be overcome to create a better world for all.

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Secretary-General António Guterres meets President of South Africa

Secretary-General António Guterres meets with Jacob Zuma, President, Republic of South Africa…UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

NEW YORK 18 September 2017 – The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa. The Secretary-General thanked South Africa for its contribution to peace and security in Africa, including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Secretary-General and President Zuma also discussed regional efforts to support peace and dialogue in Burundi. They also exchanged views on the importance of multilateralism to advancing the international development and peace and security agendas.

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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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