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UN shares lessons and stories from the Holocaust and Genocide with high school students

Group Photo. UNIC Pretoria

Group Photo. UNIC Pretoria

Pretoria, January 27, 2016 – Nearly 200 Grade Nine school children today heard first-hand accounts of how millions of Jews and others suffered or were killed in the Holocaust during the Second World War, as well as during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994.

Students at the Hoërskool Voortrekkerhoogte in Taba Tshwane, Pretoria took part in an educational interactive programme to mark International Holocaust Day, which falls on January 27. The programme organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Education Africa and the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre (JHGC), was aimed at raising awareness about past human atrocities and spreading the message of peace, unity and tolerance. Continue reading

Historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change – 195 Nations Set Path to Keep Temperature Rise Well Below 2 Degrees Celsius

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (forth from the right) with delegates at the Climate Change COP-21 Conference. Photo: UN

Paris, 12 December 2015 – A historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future was agreed by 195 nations in Paris today. The Paris Agreement for the first time brings all nations into a common cause based on their historic, current and future responsibilities. The universal agreement’s main aim is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The 1.5 degree Celsius limit is a significantly safer defense line against the worst impacts of a changing climate. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability to deal with the impacts of climate change. To reach these ambitious and important goals, appropriate financial flows will be put in place, thus making stronger action by developing countries and the most vulnerable possible, in line with their own national objectives. Continue reading

UN Women ED Visits South Africa and World AIDS Day, 16 Days Events

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UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka cutting the ribbon. Photo: UN Women

Johannesburg, South Africa — On December 1st, 2015, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, visited her home country of South Africa, of which she is also former Deputy President.

Coinciding with World Aids Day and 16 Days of Activism, the UN Women Executive Director’s visit was a brightly coloured one, with orange, red and white (the South African Department in Women’s colour for ending violence against women), the palette for the morning’s activities. Continue reading

On World AIDS Day 2015, Executive Director of UNAIDS calls on countries to quicken the pace of action

From Left to Right: Steve Letsike, Deputy Chair of SANAC; Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS Executive Director; Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa; Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health in Health, South Africa; Senzo Mchunu, Premier of KwaZulu-Natal. Photo: UNAIDS

From Left to Right: Steve Letsike, Deputy Chair of SANAC; Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS Executive Director; Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa; Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health in Health, South Africa; Senzo Mchunu, Premier of KwaZulu-Natal. Photo: UNAIDS

DURBAN/GENEVA, 1 December 2015—On World AIDS Day 2015, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, has said that countries are on a countdown to ending their AIDS epidemics and that if swift and effective action is taken over the next five years, one by one they will break their epidemics so that they cannot rebound.

Mr Sidibé made the remarks as he joined the Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, at South Africa’s national World AIDS Day event, which was held in the Ugu District of KwaZulu-Natal Province on 1 December.

Introduced by Aaron Motsoaledi, the Minister of Health of South Africa, Mr Ramaphosa reflected on what World AIDS Day means to him: celebrating the courage of people living with HIV, evaluating the progress―or lack thereof―of the national AIDS response, recognizing partners and recommitting to the goal an HIV-free generation. Continue reading

UN Photo Exhibition in Johannesburg to showcase key highlights in its 70 year History

UN Staff members and guests viewing photos at the exhibition. Photo: UNIC Pretoria.

The Exhibition which will run for three months is a depiction of historic moments in the seventy-year history of the global body. It displays pictures of meetings at which the resolution to form the organisation as adopted; milestones on actions, decisions and events such as independence days, global campaigns, peacekeeping, important summits and other activities. Continue reading

Major Investors Meet in Joburg to Mobilize Capital for Climate-Smart Infrastructure in African Cities

(Johannesburg, 20 November) – Major public and private investors and international experts on climate finance are gathering in Johannesburg for two days to recommend innovative ways to mobilize investment in low-emission, climate-proof infrastructure in African cities.

A select group of investors, including from banking associations, pension funds, financial institutions and corporations, is meeting on 23-24 November at Turbine Hall in Newton, Johannesburg. The event is organized by the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, in collaboration with the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. Continue reading

UN in South Africa turns Pretoria blue to mark its 70th anniversary

UN Blue March in Pretoria, to mark the 70th Anniversary of the UN. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

UN Blue March in Pretoria, to mark the 70th Anniversary of the UN. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Pretoria, South Africa, October 24, 2015– The United Nations in South Africa today took part in the global campaign to commemorate UN Day and the 70th anniversary of the organisation. 70 students from schools in Tshwane joined UN staff and members of the public dressed in the UN blue, took part in a peaceful walk from the UN offices to the Pretoria Technical High School where a variety of activities such as song, poems, dance and speeches, took place.

To mark the Day, more than 150 iconic monuments, buildings, museums, bridges and other landmarks in more than 45 countries around the world will be lit up blue – the official color of the United Nations. 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

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