A career with the United Nations organization offers a unique opportunity for qualified individuals with a passion for international development to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing issues. Most university students who aspire to be part of the UN systems normally ask this common question, “How could we get involved with UN programmes and what kind of studies should we pursue to get employment in the organization?” Continue reading
Geneva, 28 July 2015 – Speaking ahead of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, United Nations human rights expert Maria Grazia Giammarinaro calls for sweeping changes in policy and on perception of trafficking. Fighting trafficking is not just about law enforcement, the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children reminds governments across the world.
Special Envoy de Mistura continues Geneva consultations
Within the framework of the Geneva Consultations, Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura met on 2 July with a delegation of the Syrian National Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition Forces led by Coalition President Khaled Khoja. Mr. Khoja and other members of the delegation briefed on the latest efforts of the Coalition and the situation in and around Syria. They also discussed perspectives for a political solution to the conflict. This week, Special Envoy de Mistura intends to travel to New York to report to the Secretary-General on his findings from the initial phase of the Geneva Consultations. While in New York, Mr. de Mistura will hold further meetings with regional and international stakeholders to prepare for the planned Security Council meeting at the end of July.
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New York, 01 July 2015 – Secretary-General calls on the international community to waste no more time in ending the violence in Syria
On the third anniversary of the adoption of the Geneva Communiqué, the Secretary-General said that it should shame us all that the suffering of the Syrian people continues to plumb new depths. Continue reading
Geneva, 30 June 2015 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, Mutuma Ruteere, called on Governments across the world to boost their efforts to stop the widespread practice of racial and ethnic profiling. Mr. Ruteere urged States to adopt international standards and to pass specific legislation to counter the practice. Continue reading
Pretoria, 26 June 2015 – The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria is pleased to announce that a South African student, Sebudisi Mafabatho, is among the ten lucky winners of the 2015 UNHATE-UNAI International Diversity Contest. The winners will each receive 20,000 euros from the UNHate Foundation to implement their community based projects.
Originally from Vanderbijlpark in the Vaal (south of Gauteng), Ms. Mafabatho, 25, who is studying Industrial Engineering at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology won the contest after coming up with a community project aimed at promoting awareness, tolerance and respect for human life in South Africa. Continue reading
Syrians face “unspeakable suffering,” says UN official
The Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria released on 23 June its latest report on the human rights situation in the country, covering the period from 15 March to 15 June. Presenting the report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Chair of the Commission, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, said that the conflict in Syria had mutated into a multi-sided and highly fluid war of attrition and civilians remain the main victims of an ever-accelerating cycle of violence, which is causing “unspeakable suffering.” Continue reading
GENEVA, 22 June 2015 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, called for the creation of a legally binding framework on violence against women and girls within the United Nations human rights system, to ensure State accountability. Continue reading
Pretoria – “Progress for women equals sustained progress for all,” declared Dr Auxilia Ponga, Representative of UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office, at an event held at the European Union (EU) Residence in Pretoria.
At the event, co-hosted by UN Women, Gender Links and South African Women in Dialogue, highlights from two key important reports were presented. A lively and interactive panel discussion followed which considered the implications of the reports’ findings for South Africa. In the audience were representatives of the diplomatic community, development partners and civil society organisations, including His Excellency Mr Anders Hagelberg, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria.
Following opening remarks from the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation, Ms Sofia Moreira de Sousa, Dr Ponga presented key findings of UN Women’s recently launched flagship report “Progress of the World’s Women 2015-16”. With the theme “Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights”, the report proposes a comprehensive agenda to make human rights a lived reality for all women and girls. Continue reading
New York, 18 June 2015 – The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) welcomed today the results achieved during Operation COBRA III, an international law enforcement operation conducted in May 2015 with the aim of combating wildlife crime and bringing the criminals involved to justice. Continue reading