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“I see potential in myself, but to unlock this potential, I need citizenship.” UNHCR marks first anniversary of #I Belong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024

Khumbalani Fredrik Ngubane who is stateless in South Africa delivers the key note address at the launch of a photo exhibit at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg as part of the 1st anniversary of the Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024. Photo: UNHCR/G. Bruininkx

Khumbalani Fredrik Ngubane who is stateless in South Africa delivers the key note address at the launch of a photo exhibit at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg as part of the 1st anniversary of the Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024. Photo: UNHCR/G. Bruininkx

24 November 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa – With tears streaming down his face Khumbulani Frederik Ngubane bravely shared the harrowing details of being stateless in South Africa with an audience moved by his story, on the occasion to mark the first anniversary of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024.

Born in South Africa to South African parents – a Zulu father and Xhosa mother – Ngubane has never been recognised as South African citizen having spent most of his childhood abroad. After his father died, Ngubane’s mother took him to Kenya when he was three years old. When he was ten, his mother passed away. He was then taken to Uganda by a family friend. When she died, Ngubane decided it was time to trace his South African roots. Continue reading

UN Women South Africa and Coca-Cola celebrate the accomplishments of Micro-entrepreneurs – iBusiness Journey Yami

Women entrepreneurs celebrating in song and dance at the iBusiness Journey Yami event, Incubation Hub. Photo: UN Women

Women entrepreneurs celebrating in song and dance at the iBusiness Journey Yami event, Incubation Hub. Photo: UN Women

UN Women and Coca-Cola South Africa hosted the iBusiness Journey Yami at Riversands Incubation Hub on 1 October 2015. This event celebrated the accomplishments of female micro-entrepreneurs from South Africa. The event was represented by 150 with more than 17 000 women reached since 2013.

With the support of local implementing partner, Hand in Hand Southern Africa the project seeks to train a total of 25,000 entrepreneurs many of whom are running small retail businesses. They will equip them with business skills, leadership training and mentoring. The programme is part of the Coca-Cola Company 5by20 global project which aims to empower 5 million female entrepreneurs across the company’s value chain by 2020. Continue reading

“Turn the World UN Blue” Marking the United Nations at 70

What is Turn the World UN Blue initiative about?

To help mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, iconic monuments, buildings, landscapes, museums, bridges, and other landmarks across the globe will be lit up blue – the official colour of the United Nations – on UN Day, 24 October 2015. Join us in the global celebration and choose blue on 24 October by lighting up a landmark in your country. Continue reading

UNHCR branded material engages South Africa and its youth on xenophobia

UNHCR’s efforts to counter xenophobia includes outreach activities in schools. Students from George Khoza High School in Dobsonville, Soweto were recently engaged on the issue through the UNHCR branded comic, Reach Out! Speak Out! Photo: UNHCR/ P. Rulashe

UNHCR’s efforts to counter xenophobia includes outreach activities in schools. Students from George Khoza High School in Dobsonville, Soweto were recently engaged on the issue through the UNHCR branded comic, Reach Out! Speak Out! Photo: UNHCR/ P. Rulashe

As South Africa commemorated Book Week, 07-13 September, a national campaign aimed at promoting a culture of reading amongst the country’s youth, UNHCR engaged some of its teenagers on the issue, xenophobia through a locally produced comic book, Reach Out! Speak Out!

The comic book is one of several educational tools developed and produced for a South African youth audience, usually at the forefront of the xenophobic violence in townships and disadvantaged communities. It is in these communities that refugees and other foreign nationals have established small scale businesses as a means of survival. Continue reading

The Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma. Photo: UN

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa.

He thanked him for his personal cooperation with the United Nations in trying to resolve a number of peace and security issues in Africa.

They discussed the situation in Burundi, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including the role of South Africa as a contributor to the Force Intervention Brigade of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Continue reading

Historic New Sustainable Development Agenda Unanimously Adopted by 193 UN Members

New Sustainable Development Agenda adopted by 193 UN Members #Global Goals. Photo: UN

New Sustainable Development Agenda adopted by 193 UN Members #Global Goals. Photo: UN

Broad, universal agenda to end poverty, fight inequality and protect environment

A bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted today by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at the start of a three-day Summit on Sustainable Development.

The historic adoption of the new Sustainable Development Agenda, with 17 global goals at its core, was met with a thunderous standing ovation from delegations that included many of the more than 150 world leaders who will be addressing the Summit. Continue reading

UN calls on young people to champion global goal of ending hunger by 2030

During the lean season, families in Wurotorobe, Burkina Faso, struggle to have at least one meal per day, but often they only calm the worst hunger. The poor diet makes small children extremely vulnerable to epidemics and disease. Photo: OCHA/Ivo Brandau

During the lean season, families in Wurotorobe, Burkina Faso, struggle to have at least one meal per day, but often they only calm the worst hunger. The poor diet makes small children extremely vulnerable to epidemics and disease. Photo: OCHA/Ivo Brandau

United Nations officials today called on youth to champion the cause of ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition – one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) world leaders committed themselves to on Friday.

The call came at a high-level event entitled “Mobilizing Generation Zero Hunger,” held on the margins of the Sustainable Development Summit at UN Headquarters, brought together young entrepreneurs and activists from around the world, along with global leaders, policy makers and celebrities to discuss how mobilizing this generation to champion sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition can help make zero hunger and sustainable development a reality.

Ending hunger is Goal 2 of the SDGs, which collectively aim to ensure the long-term well-being of the planet and its people.

“The global goal to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition is one of the most critical,” Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, said at the event.

“While the number of people suffering from hunger in developing regions has fallen by half since 1990, there are still close to 800 million people undernourished worldwide, a majority children and youth,” he noted.

The event was co-hosted by three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) – and the Government of Ireland.

Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD, noted the massive untapped human resources available in most of the developing world between the ages of 10 and 24. He stressed that each country should take up the responsibility of maximizing the potential of its youth and provide them with opportunities to be able to achieve the goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.

“People develop themselves. Development doesn’t come to you. If you don’t take responsibility for yourself and expect someone else to develop you then zero hunger will remain a dream,” said Mr. Nwanze.

Ireland’s President, Michael D. Higgins, emphasized that fulfilling the SDGs would only be possible if “we established it as our moral imperative.”

In an emotional address, Nobel Prize nominee Victor Ochen recounted surviving seven years of childhood having only one meal a day. He did not just know about hunger from books, he knew hunger from experience, he told the event, which also featured Brazilian footballer and WFP Ambassador against Hunger Kaká.

UN Briefing Media on Sustainable Development Goals

UNDP Senior Economist Otsen Chulu, making a presenatation on SGDs. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

UNDP Senior Economist Otsen Chulu, making a presenatation on SGDs. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

In the run up to the Sustainable Development Summit which takes place in New York this week, the UN held a media briefing at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton yesterday Sept 22, to provide an overview on the status of implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)  and how a number of these have been transformed into new development targets, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from September 25-27 at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt the new development agenda. Continue reading

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information No. 112/16 September 2015

Syria crisis has propelled largest refugee exodus since WWII, UN official tells the Security Council
Addressing the Security Council on 16 September, UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien said that the plight of Syrian refugees desperately trying to reach Europe in recent weeks had shown that the effects of the Syria crisis were not just national or regional, but global in nature. “The conflict in Syria has propelled one of the largest refugee exoduses since the Second World War”, he stated. While urging stronger efforts to address the root causes that force people to seek asylum abroad, Mr. O’Brien stressed that for Syria, it should be clear to all that this means a political settlement to bring an end to the conflict. To that end, the UN humanitarian chief once again appealed to Security Council members to set aside their differences and work together to finally bring an end to this nightmare for the Syrian people.
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