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UNHCR interventions gaining ground in South Africa’s Eastern Cape communities

By Pumla Rulashe  |  03 September 2018: UNHCR funded programme provides concrete support towards integration of refugees into local communities in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

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. Mkoko is one of several residents selected to ensure, with support from the South African Police Services, that refugee lives and property receive the same level of protection as that of South African business owners. © UNHCR/Pumla Rulashe

Port Elizabeth, South Africa – 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 UNHCR’s partner organisation, 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.

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United Nations in South Africa opens books of condolences for the death of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Pretoria, South Africa – The United Nations in South Africa today opens a book of condolences in Pretoria and Johannesburg for former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan who passed away on Saturday, 18 August.

The United Nations will be accepting messages of condolences from guests from the diplomatic community and organizations as well as members of the public who wish to sign the books which will be available at the following offices and times: Continue reading

United Nations mourns Hannah Yilma

In Memory of Hannah Yilma :                                                                                                      Former Director of the United Nations Information Centre Pretoria                                         (31 May 1943 – 13 August 2018)

It is with great sadness, that the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) announces the passing away of Ms. Hannah Yilma, who served as Director of UNIC Pretoria from 2000 to 2005.

Born in Ethiopia, Hannah Yilma retired in Pretoria after a UN career in both peacekeeping and communication.

She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the Haile Selassie I University in Ethiopia and was employed in the private sector for 15 years. In 1991. Hannah joined the UN as an Information Officer in the Department of Public Information. She then participated in two field missions; the UN Protective Force (UNPROFOR) in the former Yugoslavia, from 1994 to 1995, and the UN Observer Mission to South Africa (UNOMSA), from 1992-1994, as Civil Affairs Officer and Peace Observer, respectively.

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UNIC Pretoria participates in LIASA/City of Tshwane Library Career Expo

Pretoria, 20 July 2018: “How are the SDGs going to lead to a better world for all?” This question was the focus of UNIC engagement with learners, students and the unemployed youth at Daspoort Secondary School Sports Grounds in Pretoria West during the Skills Development and Career Expo held on Friday, 20 July 2018. This event was organized by the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and City of Tshwane Library in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs, Sanlam and other stakeholders. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General: Towards a fairer, more peaceful world

Secretary General Antonio Guterres meeting with women reps at Youth Cultural Centre.

Op-ed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres for Impact Journalism Day
Three years ago, world leaders unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Negotiating this framework for a better future and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals spanned three years and involved hundreds of meetings, thousands of documents and millions of people.  That was the easy part.  The harder work is now under way: bringing the blueprint to life.

The Goals were adopted with justifiable enthusiasm.  Covering everything from energy to education, infrastructure to institutions, urbanization to innovation, they offer a holistic roadmap for addressing the world’s ills.  They apply to all countries, reflect the priorities of all countries and were embraced by all countries, with presidents and prime ministers putting their weight behind the Goals’ core promise: to leave no one behind.

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Press Release: Forced displacement above 68m in 2017, new global deal on refugees critical

Pretoria, 19 June 2018: Wars, other violence and persecution drove worldwide forced displacement to a new high in 2017 for the fifth year in a row, led by the crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan’s war, and the flight into Bangladesh from Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. Overwhelmingly it is developing countries that are most affected.

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