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30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION ON THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT

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. It demanded equal opportunities, and the equitable distribution of economic resources – including for people traditionally marginalized, disempowered and excluded from development, such as women, minorities, indigenous peoples, migrants, older persons, persons with disabilities and the poor; and for countries at all levels of development, including those most lagging behind. It demanded better governance of the international economic framework. And it re-defined development as far deeper, broader and more complex than the narrow, growth-and-profit focus of previous decades. Continue reading

With 1 human in every 113 affected, forced displacement hits record high

Conflict and persecution caused global forced displacement to escalate sharply in 2015 reaching the highest level ever recorded and representing immense human suffering, according to a report released today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, which tracks forced displacement worldwide based on data from governments, partners including the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, and the organization’s own reporting, said 65.3 million people were displaced as of the end of 2015, compared to 59.5 million just twelve months earlier. This is the first time that the threshold of 60 million has been crossed. Continue reading

UNHCR – Global celebrities join campaign calling on governments to take action for refugees

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

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Media Statement – International Albinism Awareness Day – Monday 13 June

“Light in darkness for persons with albinism” – UN experts hail progress despite dire obstacles 

GENEVA (10 June 2016) – Speaking ahead of International Albinism Awareness Day on Monday 13 June, a group of seven United Nations human rights experts* hails the fast-growing movement to defend the human rights of persons with albinism, and their increased engagement to fight for their rights. However, they warn that the way ahead is still long and fraught with hurdles. 

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Explaining the SDGs to young children during National Child Protection Week

Children,teachers and UN staff posing at the Child Protection Week event

Children,teachers and UN staff posing at the Child Protection Week event

More than fifty young children from the Tshwane Leadership Foundation (TLF) in Pretoria took part in learning and fun activities organized by the United Nations, to mark National Child Protection Week, which ran from May 26 to June 1, 2016. Continue reading

INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH AFRICA – UNITED NATIONS STRATEGIC COOPERATION FRAMEWORK ( 2013-2017) & COMMON COUNTRY ANALYSIS

The Government of South Africa- United Nations Strategic Cooperation Framework (UNSCF 2013-2017) is the overall framework for the work of the UN system in South Africa. The UNSCF was developed in 2012 through a participatory and consultative process, coordinated by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the UN Country Team (UNCT) – which comprises of seventeen United Nations agencies, funds and programmes accredited to South Africa Continue reading

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

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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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South Africa takes bold step to provide HIV treatment for all

Antiretroviral therapy to be offered to all people living with HIV as soon as possible after HIV-positive diagnosis

Antiretroviral therapy to be offered to all people living with HIV as soon as possible after HIV-positive diagnosis

GENEVA, 13 May 2016—The Government of South Africa has announced a major policy shift that will move the world faster towards the global 90–90–90 treatment target. On 10 May 2016, the South African Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, announced in his Health Budget Vote Speech to the Parliament of South Africa that the country will implement a new evidence-based policy of offering HIV treatment to all people living with HIV by September 2016. This ground-breaking announcement brings South Africa, which already has the world’s largest HIV treatment programme, in line with the latest World Health Organization guidelines on HIV treatment. South Africa is among the first countries in Africa to formally adopt this policy. Continue reading