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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

UN Women South Africa and Coca-Cola celebrate the accomplishments of Micro-entrepreneurs – iBusiness Journey Yami

Women entrepreneurs celebrating in song and dance at the iBusiness Journey Yami event, Incubation Hub. Photo: UN Women

Women entrepreneurs celebrating in song and dance at the iBusiness Journey Yami event, Incubation Hub. Photo: UN Women

UN Women and Coca-Cola South Africa hosted the iBusiness Journey Yami at Riversands Incubation Hub on 1 October 2015. This event celebrated the accomplishments of female micro-entrepreneurs from South Africa. The event was represented by 150 with more than 17 000 women reached since 2013.

With the support of local implementing partner, Hand in Hand Southern Africa the project seeks to train a total of 25,000 entrepreneurs many of whom are running small retail businesses. They will equip them with business skills, leadership training and mentoring. The programme is part of the Coca-Cola Company 5by20 global project which aims to empower 5 million female entrepreneurs across the company’s value chain by 2020. 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

UNHCR branded material engages South Africa and its youth on xenophobia

UNHCR’s efforts to counter xenophobia includes outreach activities in schools. Students from George Khoza High School in Dobsonville, Soweto were recently engaged on the issue through the UNHCR branded comic, Reach Out! Speak Out! Photo: UNHCR/ P. Rulashe

UNHCR’s efforts to counter xenophobia includes outreach activities in schools. Students from George Khoza High School in Dobsonville, Soweto were recently engaged on the issue through the UNHCR branded comic, Reach Out! Speak Out! Photo: UNHCR/ P. Rulashe

As South Africa commemorated Book Week, 07-13 September, a national campaign aimed at promoting a culture of reading amongst the country’s youth, UNHCR engaged some of its teenagers on the issue, xenophobia through a locally produced comic book, Reach Out! Speak Out!

The comic book is one of several educational tools developed and produced for a South African youth audience, usually at the forefront of the xenophobic violence in townships and disadvantaged communities. It is in these communities that refugees and other foreign nationals have established small scale businesses as a means of survival. 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

Historic New Sustainable Development Agenda Unanimously Adopted by 193 UN Members

New Sustainable Development Agenda adopted by 193 UN Members #Global Goals. Photo: UN

New Sustainable Development Agenda adopted by 193 UN Members #Global Goals. Photo: UN

Broad, universal agenda to end poverty, fight inequality and protect environment

A bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted today by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at the start of a three-day Summit on Sustainable Development.

The historic adoption of the new Sustainable Development Agenda, with 17 global goals at its core, was met with a thunderous standing ovation from delegations that included many of the more than 150 world leaders who will be addressing the Summit. Continue reading