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Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project (GE-TOP) Launch of the Country Report “The Green Economy & Trade: Trade in Certified Organic Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities for South Africa”. 26th April, 2016 The Innovation Hub, Pretoria, South Africa



The objective of the Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project (GE-TOP) is to identify, assess and inform trade opportunities that arise from a green economy transition, and tackle related risks and challenges. In South Africa, UNEP partnered with the Trade Law Centre NPC (tralac) to assess trade opportunities arising from a shift to organic farming in the national agricultural and agro-processing sector. The country study includes an assessment of challenges and opportunities of sustainability standards and certification as a means to access international markets in the agricultural sector, and an evaluation of related costs and benefits. The project builds on findings from UNEP`s South Africa Green Economy Modelling Report (2011) and links with relevant organic initiatives on national and regional level. Continue reading

UNHCR begins relocation of Mozambicans asylum-seekers from congested Kapise village in Malawi

A Mozambican family prepares to be board the trucks for the move to Luwani . UNHCR/K.Shimoh

A Mozambican family prepares to be board the trucks for the move to Luwani . UNHCR/K.Shimoh

Kapise, Malawi 21 April 2016 – This morning, UNHCR started the transfer of nearly 10,000 Mozambicans asylum-seekers from Kapise village located in the south eastern Mwanza district of Malawi. The first convoy transporting 103 people departed Kapise on the 72 km journey to Luwani refugee camp located in Neno district where they will join the group of refugees who have been there since last week.

Heavy rains in recent weeks had previously made the roads impassable, however, with dryer weather, UNHCR, together with other partners, was able to finally begin the transfer today. Because of the road conditions, three heavy duty 4  x4 trucks were retrofitted with benches to carry the passengers. Another two trucks are being used to transport belongings.

On arrival in Luwani the refugees will stay at a transit centre until they are provided with a plot of land and shelter materials to build their own houses.

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Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda – 7 April 2016

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

In 1994, more than 800,000 people were systematically murdered throughout Rwanda.  The vast majority were Tutsi, but moderate Hutu, Twa and others were also targeted.  On this Day, we remember all who perished in the genocide and renew our resolve to prevent such atrocities from ever being repeated, anywhere in the world.

We should all be inspired by the survivors’ courage in showing that reconciliation is possible even after such a tragedy.  With the Great Lakes region still facing serious threats to peace and security, healing and reconstruction remain essential. Continue reading

UN Country Team on delivering better Results in South Africa

Heads of UN Agencies and Programme Mangers

Heads of UN Agencies and Programme Managers

The United Nations Country Team recently held a three day retreat in the south of Johannesburg at which they focused on two key objectives: to assess the UN’s “fitness for purpose” in the South African context and in view of current work structures, as well as to build on existing cooperation and better engage with the Government on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

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UN Human Development Reports points to gender imbalance in paid and unpaid work in South Africa

The WESP 2016 and the HDR 2015 booklets. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

The WESP 2016 and the HDR 2015 booklets. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Johannesburg, February, 2016 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa has launched the global 2015 Human Development Report in Johannesburg. Titled ‘Work for Human Development’ the report examines links between work and human development and explores changes between job security, flexibility and demand for skills as well as issues of paid and unpaid work, including care, voluntary, creative and sustainable work.

UNDP Senior Economist Osten Chulu unpacked the key messages of the report including latest data from the 2014 development index in which South Africa is ranked 116th out or 118 countries. Mr. Chulu shared the report’s findings over the years and the dimensions in which the it aims to achieve its goals. Continue reading

UN in South Africa marks International Holocaust Day with Genocide Survivors

Genocide Survivors Veronica Phillips and Tracey Class at the Remembrance Day event in Johannesburg. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Genocide Survivors Veronica Phillips and Tracey Class at the Remembrance Day event in Johannesburg. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

As the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day which falls annually on January 27, leading Jewish Historian Professor Dina Porat had profound words for her audiences in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town – “Never be a Perpetrator, a By-stander or a Victim”.

Professor Porat, Head of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University was speaking at the Ditsong National Museum of Military History in Johannesburg where dozens of guests among them five genocide survivors gathered, to commemorate the Day. She led a discourse on the history of the Holocaust, quoting well know historians, authors and poets. Continue reading

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


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