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United Nations in South Africa celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day with students from the Adelaide Tambo School and YMCA Centre in Soweto, Johannesburg

UN staff assist YMCA students with reading activities during Mandela Day celebrations in Soweto, south of Johannesburg

Pretoria, 19 July 2017- The UN in South Africa in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day by brightening the smiles of the physically challenged and less fortunate students of the Adelaide Tambo School and the YMCA in Soweto, south of Johannesburg.

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United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Appointed for a Second Term

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with Member States and the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), announced today the appointment of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa as Executive Director of UN-Women for a further term of four years.

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UNFPA at the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) 2017 conference

There was excitement in the air as the first ever to be held Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) conference took place in Durban on 9- 11 June 2017. HEAIDS was formed to develop and support the HIV mitigation programmes at South Africa’s public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), and progressively Technical & Vocational Education and Training Colleges (TVETs).  Before the official start of the conference, HEAIDS Country Director & Head, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia asked HEAIDS Committee member and UNFPA Representative, Dr Esther Muia, to speak about the late UNFPA Executive Director, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, before a moment of silence was observed in his honour.

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SDGs Student Photo Contest 2017 – Call for Applications!!

UNIC Tokyo will be organizing the Student Photo Contest along with Sophia University and also special cooperation from Getty Images Japan.

Following the success of last year’s contest, which amassed a total of 624 entries from 47 countries as far and wide as Afghanistan and Brazil, UNIC is running the photo contest once again to promote awareness of SDGs among students worldwide; we are encouraging participants to choose one or more of the 17 SDGs that interests them most, and express what it means to them through a photograph.

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UN World Data Forum – Press Briefing Sessions

On the 10th January 2017, prior to the UN World Data Forum, Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the Statistics Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, briefed the media at the Spokesperson’s noon briefing as well as a WebEx briefing with UNICs in Pretoria, Lusaka and Nairobi.  The inaugural UN World Data Forum is set to take place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15-18 January.

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The Secretary-General : Message on the International Day of Tolerance

16 November 2016

 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.

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PRESS RELEASE – Universal Children’s Day: Two hundred world renowned writers come together for children’s rights

Michelle Nkamankeng

Michelle Nkamankeng

Seven-year old Michelle Nkamankeng from South Africa joins Chimamanda Adichie, Paulo Coelho, Christina Lamb, Nuruddin Farah and writers from around the world to pen        ‘Tiny Stories’ highlighting the world they want for children 

PRETORIA, 14 November 2016 – Over 200 prominent writers including novelists, playwrights and poets, have joined a global literary campaign this week, penning ‘tiny stories’ of around seven lines each to highlight Universal Children’s Day and the injustice so many of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged children still face.  The short story series kicks off UNICEF’s commemoration of its 70th year working to bring help and hope to every child.

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PRESS RELEASE – UNDP Launches New Publication on Climate and Weather Services in Africa

The report, “A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services in Africa,”

The report, “A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services in Africa,”

UNDP Report Calls for Enabling Actions by African Leaders to Support ‘A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services’

Public-Private Partnerships, New Technologies, Regional Cooperation, Capacity Building Key to Resolving Sub-Saharan Africa’s Persistent Challenges in Maintaining Sustainable Climate Information and Early Warning Systems

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY, 17 October 2016

We are approaching the end of the first year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  With its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda is a universal vision for peace, prosperity and dignity for all people on a healthy planet. Achieving this objective is inconceivable without fulfilling the mandate of SDG 1 to end poverty in all its forms. Continue reading