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Annual International Careers Evening

The UNIC Pretoria team in front of the exhibition stand. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

The UNIC Pretoria team in front of the exhibition stand. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

UNIC Pretoria recently took part in the annual SAIIA-KAS Careers evening at Wits University in Johannesburg on 12 August 2015. The Fair attracts more than 300 students from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Among other exhibitors were the British High Commission, World Bank Group, The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).

The UNIC Pretoria stand attracted a lot of visits and questions on how the UN works. The evening was filled with a lot of excitement and zeal from the students. UNIC engaged the students in a quiz to assess their knowledge on the UN. Winners got prizes such branded T-shirts, USB’s, diaries, table books and posters from various agencies. Continue reading

UN Women launches What About Gender?

UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office Representative Auxilia Ponga and Deputy Representative Themba Kalua cut the ribbon to open the boardroom. Photo UN Women S.A

UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office Representative Auxilia Ponga and Deputy Representative Themba Kalua cut the ribbon to open the boardroom. Photo UN Women S.A

UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office invited our colleagues from other UN agencies to join us in opening the office. The festivities began with Representative Dr Auxilia Ponga cutting the ribbon at the entrance to the boardroom with Deputy Representative Themba Kalua, before UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa Mr. Gana Fofang delivered a welcome speech and awarded certificates to those who had participated in the Gender Theme Group training run by UN Women.

A table was set up where our male colleagues could sign up at HeForShe.org and many promised to recruit more sign-ups from colleagues, some even going to offices in the building immediately to fetch them. Continue reading

UN human rights chief deplores new allegation of sexual abuse in CAR

High Commissioner for Human Rights Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein addresses a seminar on the fight against impunity in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the capital Bangui on 2 September 2015. Photo: MINUSCA

High Commissioner for Human Rights Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein addresses a seminar on the fight against impunity in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the capital Bangui on 2 September 2015. Photo: MINUSCA

United Nations staff in the Central African Republic (CAR) learned on 30 August that a girl was allegedly sexually abused around a year ago by a member of the French military force there, known as Sangaris, according to the world body’s human rights chief.

The girl, who is believed to have been in her mid to late teens at the time of the alleged abuse, gave birth to a child in April, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in a news release today.

These allegations follow cases reported in August by the human rights group Amnesty International, involving troops from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA). Continue reading

Student returns to Somalia with dream of becoming a doctor

Rahma and her eight-year-old sister Kadra before embarking on their return journey in August, 2015. © UNHCR/A. Nasrullah

Rahma and her eight-year-old sister Kadra before embarking on their return journey in August, 2015. © UNHCR/A. Nasrullah

Six years ago when Rahma, first arrived in Kenya as a refugee, she was illiterate. Now, 19, she has returned with plans to be a doctor.

Last month, Rahma was on board two repatriation flights carrying 116 returnees from Kenya to Somalia – the final leg of what has been a transformative journey.

She returned to her family not only full of hope, but also determined to pursue her studies.

“I am very happy because when I arrived in Dadaab I did not know how to write and read,” she said. “Now I can communicate well.” She can not only read, write and speak fluent English, but also has plans to become a medical doctor. Continue reading

UN envoy hails opening of ICC trial against Congolese rebel leader as ‘victory for survivors’

Bosco Ntaganda at the opening of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, on 2 September 2015. Photo: ICC-CPI

Bosco Ntaganda at the opening of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, on 2 September 2015. Photo: ICC-CPI

As the International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda opened today, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict said that it served as a powerful reminder to military leaders accused of similar acts that justice will ultimately prevail.

Zainab Hawa Bangura called the ICC trial, which opened today in The Hague, Netherlands, “a victory for survivors of the savage attacks allegedly perpetrated under Mr. Ntaganda’s military leadership, and for the families of those survivors and human rights advocates fighting on their behalf.” Continue reading

UN agency and MasterCard join forces to support refugees and small-scale farmers

FAO Director-General Jose Graziano Da Silva (right) and Walt MacNee, Vice Chairman, MasterCard Worldwide sign new partnership agreement. Photo: FAO/Alessia Pierdomenico

FAO Director-General Jose Graziano Da Silva (right) and Walt MacNee, Vice Chairman, MasterCard Worldwide sign new partnership agreement. Photo: FAO/Alessia Pierdomenico

Residents at the Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya will soon be able to buy charcoal produced in an environmentally-friendly way by local farmers as part of an innovative new alliance between the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and MasterCard to support small farmers and poor families.

“FAO is extremely proud of this collaboration with MasterCard that will support small-scale farmers to become economically independent by advancing financial inclusion,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. Continue reading

Security Council adjusts Liberia sanctions; ends travel ban, keeps arms embargo in place

A wide view of the Security Council. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

A wide view of the Security Council. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The United Nations Security Council today renewed an arms embargo on non-State actors in Liberia for nine months while terminating other sanctions on the country, including a travel ban and asset freeze on those deemed a danger to its stability.

Unanimously adopting a new resolution, the Council also renewed for 10 months the mandate of the Panel of Experts that assists the so-called 1521 Committee on Liberia to monitor the sanctions, reducing the panel membership from two experts to reflect the limitation of its purview to the partial arms embargo and the Government’s progress in arms and border management. Continue reading

‘Tangible’ results on Libyan political agreement – UN envoy

Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León (fourth left), meeting with a delegation of the Libyan General National Congress (GNC), in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: UNSMIL

Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León (fourth left), meeting with a delegation of the Libyan General National Congress (GNC), in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: UNSMIL

“Tangible” results have been achieved for a political deal in Libya, but concrete solutions to the conflict will only be reached when all parties agree on a final draft, the United Nations envoy facilitating efforts to restore peace in the North African country said today.

Speaking to journalists in Istanbul after his meeting with a delegation of the Libyan General National Congress (GNC), Bernardino León, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), described the encounter as a “very frank and very open discussion.” Continue reading

Somalia: Security Council strongly condemns Al Shabaab attack on African Union base

Sierra Leonean troops with AMISOM conduct a foot patrol near the city of Kismayo in southern Somalia. Photo: AU/UN/IST/Jacob Willmer

Sierra Leonean troops with AMISOM conduct a foot patrol near the city of Kismayo in southern Somalia. Photo: AU/UN/IST/Jacob Willmer

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the recent attack perpetrated by Al Shabaab against a base belonging to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Janaale District, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.

In a statement to the press, the Council condemned the attack, which occurred on 1 September and expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Uganda. The Council also wished a speedy recovery to those injured. Continue reading