The values of tolerance and mutual understanding – so firmly embedded in the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – are facing profound tests around the world.
Refugees and migrants continue to face closed doors and clenched fists. Violent extremists continue to target people solely because of their faiths and traditions. Day by day, bigotry shows its face through racism, anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination.
This year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations.
Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfill the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet. Continue reading →
It is a pleasure for me to be here today discussing the important issue of youth leadership in peace and security. We have so much to learn from being more inclusive vis-à-vis young people as I know from being taught how to use my iPhone by my 10 year old grand-daughter! Continue reading →
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the multiple terrorist attacks that occurred on 3 October 2016 against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Aguelhoc, in the North of Mali, during which two peacekeepers from Chad were killed and others injured.
University of Limpopo, Library and Information Science students at UNIC Pretoria Library and UNIC staff
Students from the Department of Library and information Studies from the University of Limpopo, in South Africa, visited the UNIC Pretoria Library last month to gain a better understanding of the UN in South Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Accompanied by their lecturers, the visit was part of an educational tour of special interest and academic libraries. The tour of UNIC Pretoria Library included informative discussions on work of the UN as well as libraries as resource centres. Continue reading →
Presenters: Ms. Thabang Mashego – Altitude Connection, Mr. Ntokozo Mahlangu – UNIC, and Ms. Karen Lingerfielder – DIRCO
The United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA), with the support of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), is hosting its 4th Annual Model United Nations: South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference. Running from 12 – 15 July, student delegates from various universities have gathered at the University of Pretoria to discuss the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
SAIIA delegates and the deputy minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Seventy-five inspiring, young leaders, gathered at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) to host their own negotiation session themed: ‘Connecting the past to the present: Young South Africans shaping a sustainable future’. The session was hosted as part of the fourth Young Leaders Conference and focused on equipping South African youth with knowledge and understanding of local and international issues connected to sustainability and helping them to tackle current challenges such as climate change, HIV/AIDS and women empowerment. Continue reading →
United Nations – The Nippon Foundation of Japan fellowship Programme
Interested scholars are invited to apply for the The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme.
The Programme provides advanced education and training in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea, and related disciplines, to government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing States. We are pleased to note that during the last twelve years, 120 awards have been made to nationals of 70 States. Continue reading →
Thirty years ago, the Declaration on the Right to Development broke new ground in the universal struggle for greater human dignity, freedom, equality and justice. It called for every member of society to be empowered to participate fully and freely in vital decisions. Continue reading →
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today launched a major campaign that asks the world to stand together #WithRefugees. In a stunning video message more than 60 global celebrities join with refugees and aid workers to echo the message, “we stand with refugees, please stand with us.” The petition appeals for government action on behalf of the world’s forcibly displaced