Category Archives: 2. Model UN

WHO | SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages

Health in the SDG era - infographic

                        Health in the SDG era – infographic

The goals within a goal: Health targets for SDG 3

3.1 By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100 000 live births.

3.2 By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1000 live births. Continue reading

UN marks AFRICA DAY 2016

Africa-Day

As part of the continent’s commemoration of Africa Day, which is celebrated annually on May 25, the United Nations in South Africa hosted a variety show of poems, song, dance and inspirational statements from prominent personalities, to underscore the importance of the Day. Continue reading

Secretary-General’s message on Africa Day – 25 May 2016

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Africa Day 2016 is being celebrated in furtherance of the African Union’s theme for this year: “Human Rights with a Particular Focus on the Rights of Women”.  This demonstrates the commitment of Africa’s leaders to place women – as key drivers and enablers – at the front and centre of all efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

Both frameworks share similar strategic principles, with a focus on people, prosperity, environmental sustainability, justice, human rights and mutually accountable partnerships.  The alignment between the global and the continental agendas calls for a harmonized approach in planning, implementation and monitoring.
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Stanza Bopape Secondary School hosts UNIC Pretoria for a FUN Day on SDGs

 

Hope Kabamba, UNIC Librarian presenting SDG goal number 1: No

Hope Kabamba, UNIC Librarian presenting SDG goal number 1: No Poverty

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria organized a FUN Day for 90 grade 12 learners at Stanza Bopape Secondary School in Mamelodi Township in Pretoria on 28 April 2016. The focus of the event was to promote the United Nations newly adopted Sustainable development Goals to more than 90 grade 12 learners and two school coordinators. Continue reading

Launch of report “Trade in Certified Organic Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities for South Africa” – Announcement

The UNEP report “Trade in Certified Organic Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities for South Africa” will be launched on 26 April 2016 in Pretoria / South Africa, from 10:00 – 12:00 local time. The study was produced under the Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project (GE-TOP), and assessed trade opportunities arising from a shift to organic farming in the national agricultural and agro-processing sector. It included an assessment of challenges and opportunities of sustainability standards and certification as a means to access international markets in the agricultural sector, and an evaluation of related costs and benefits. The analysis shows that considerable export opportunities arise from organic production, especially to European markets, where supply is lagging the rapidly increasing demand. The study provides respective recommendations for national policy makers and producers, and explores enabling conditions for a shift to organic farming. Continue reading

Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference 2015: The Measure of tomorrow

Delegates from different South African universities representing various African countries during the third Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference at DIRCO.

Delegates from different South African universities representing various African countries during the third Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference at DIRCO.

The UN Association of South Africa – University of Pretoria Chapter (UNASA-UP) under the auspices of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) organized the third Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference. The Conference, focusing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post-2015 Agenda, was held from 10 July to 13 July 2015 at the University of Pretoria and at DIRCO, respectively. Continue reading

Model UN helps South African student understand global issues

Victor Asiwe (left) interviewed by Derrick Mbatha. UN PHOTO

Washington, 31 March – A South African high school student says that participating in Model UN activities has helped him to better understand the work of the United Nations.
Victor Asiwe from Potchefstroom was one of eleven South African students who participated in the Model UN Conference held in Washington D.C. in the United States in March this year.
Model UN gets students involved in tackling global issues and challenges by having them simulate the work of government delegates in conferences and debates.
Derrick Mbatha caught up with Victor during his visit to UN headquarters and first asked him how he got involved with Model UN.

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Bringing the trophy home South African learners win awards at Model United Nations conference in the USA

The 11 South African Model UN students in the chamber of the United Nations Security Council, New York, 17 March 2015 (Photo: Sudeshan Reddy)

The 11 South African Model UN students in the chamber of the United Nations Security Council, New York,
17 March 2015 (Photo: Sudeshan Reddy)

Pretoria, 26 March 2015 —  “We are bringing this home” enthused an excited Ketho Tshipala, a Grade 12 learner from Atteridgeville, a township outside Pretoria. Ketho holds a plaque proclaiming that the South African Schools team at the Washington Model United Nations Conference had won the award for Outstanding Small Delegation.

Ketho is a member of a group of 11 high school learners from all nine provinces of South Africa, from resourced and under-resourced schools, who joined 1300 other students from around the world as they simulated a series of debates in Washington DC earlier this month. In addition to the Outstanding Delegation award, four of the South Africans were awarded the title of Best Delegation in their individual committees. Continue reading

South African High School Debaters Heading for Model United Nations Conference in Washington, D.C.

The winning team of students with Deputy Minister of Education, Enver Surty, shortly after the results of the 2014 SAMUN was announced on Robben Island, 20 October 2014 (Photo: Lesley Ives)

The winning team of students with Deputy Minister of Education, Enver Surty, shortly after the results of the 2014 SAMUN was announced on Robben Island, 20 October 2014 (Photo: Lesley Ives)

Johannesburg, 11 March 2015 — A select team of 11 high school students from resourced and under-resourced schools from around South Africa are leaving this Sunday, 15 March for the United States to compete in an international Model United Nations debating conference. The students and organizers are available for interviews in Johannesburg on Saturday and Sunday.

The team heading for the Washington Model United Nations Conference was selected by panels of judges comprised of representatives from the United Nations, academia and civil society from among over 500 high school learners in all nine provinces over the past year. The winners were announced by Deputy Minister of Education Enver Surty at a ceremony on Robben Island on 20 October 2014, where student finalists had the unique opportunity to spend a night. Continue reading