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
Group photo with UNIC staff and guests from the Transatlantic Slave Trade observance event
Over 70 school children and members of the public joined the United Nations to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Continue reading
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.
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
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
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
2016 presents an unprecedented opportunity to bring the countries and citizens of the world together to embark on a new path to improve the lives of people everywhere.
Countries have adopted a new sustainable development agenda and global agreement on climate change.
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 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
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