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UN calls on young people to champion global goal of ending hunger by 2030

During the lean season, families in Wurotorobe, Burkina Faso, struggle to have at least one meal per day, but often they only calm the worst hunger. The poor diet makes small children extremely vulnerable to epidemics and disease. Photo: OCHA/Ivo Brandau

During the lean season, families in Wurotorobe, Burkina Faso, struggle to have at least one meal per day, but often they only calm the worst hunger. The poor diet makes small children extremely vulnerable to epidemics and disease. Photo: OCHA/Ivo Brandau

United Nations officials today called on youth to champion the cause of ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition – one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) world leaders committed themselves to on Friday.

The call came at a high-level event entitled “Mobilizing Generation Zero Hunger,” held on the margins of the Sustainable Development Summit at UN Headquarters, brought together young entrepreneurs and activists from around the world, along with global leaders, policy makers and celebrities to discuss how mobilizing this generation to champion sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition can help make zero hunger and sustainable development a reality.

Ending hunger is Goal 2 of the SDGs, which collectively aim to ensure the long-term well-being of the planet and its people.

“The global goal to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition is one of the most critical,” Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, said at the event.

“While the number of people suffering from hunger in developing regions has fallen by half since 1990, there are still close to 800 million people undernourished worldwide, a majority children and youth,” he noted.

The event was co-hosted by three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) – and the Government of Ireland.

Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD, noted the massive untapped human resources available in most of the developing world between the ages of 10 and 24. He stressed that each country should take up the responsibility of maximizing the potential of its youth and provide them with opportunities to be able to achieve the goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.

“People develop themselves. Development doesn’t come to you. If you don’t take responsibility for yourself and expect someone else to develop you then zero hunger will remain a dream,” said Mr. Nwanze.

Ireland’s President, Michael D. Higgins, emphasized that fulfilling the SDGs would only be possible if “we established it as our moral imperative.”

In an emotional address, Nobel Prize nominee Victor Ochen recounted surviving seven years of childhood having only one meal a day. He did not just know about hunger from books, he knew hunger from experience, he told the event, which also featured Brazilian footballer and WFP Ambassador against Hunger Kaká.

UN Briefing Media on Sustainable Development Goals

UNDP Senior Economist Otsen Chulu, making a presenatation on SGDs. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

UNDP Senior Economist Otsen Chulu, making a presenatation on SGDs. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

In the run up to the Sustainable Development Summit which takes place in New York this week, the UN held a media briefing at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton yesterday Sept 22, to provide an overview on the status of implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)  and how a number of these have been transformed into new development targets, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from September 25-27 at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt the new development agenda. Continue reading

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information No. 112/16 September 2015

Syria crisis has propelled largest refugee exodus since WWII, UN official tells the Security Council
Addressing the Security Council on 16 September, UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien said that the plight of Syrian refugees desperately trying to reach Europe in recent weeks had shown that the effects of the Syria crisis were not just national or regional, but global in nature. “The conflict in Syria has propelled one of the largest refugee exoduses since the Second World War”, he stated. While urging stronger efforts to address the root causes that force people to seek asylum abroad, Mr. O’Brien stressed that for Syria, it should be clear to all that this means a political settlement to bring an end to the conflict. To that end, the UN humanitarian chief once again appealed to Security Council members to set aside their differences and work together to finally bring an end to this nightmare for the Syrian people.
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Sustainable Development Goals

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
● Globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty has declined by more than half from 1.9 billion in 1990. However, 836 million people still live in extreme poverty. About one in five persons in developing regions lives on less than $1.25 per day.

● Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are home to the overwhelming majority of people living in extreme poverty. Continue reading

Public-private partnership led by First Lady of South Africa, Madame Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, set to curb HIV and TB

From left to right: Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, MEC for Healthin KwaZulu-Natal; Dr. Erasmus Morah, UNAIDS; Professor Sheila Tlou, UNAIDS; Dr Joe Phaala, Deputy Minister of Health and others. Photo: UNAIDS

From left to right: Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, MEC for Healthin KwaZulu-Natal; Dr. Erasmus Morah, UNAIDS; Professor Sheila Tlou, UNAIDS; Dr Joe Phaala, Deputy Minister of Health and others. Photo: UNAIDS

South Africa has the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world, with more than 3 million people on life-saving antiretroviral treatment. While the country has made good progress in its HIV response, AIDS deaths remain unacceptably high. This is in large part due to HIV’s twin epidemic, Tuberculosis (TB). South Africa has the third largest TB incidence in the world, after India and China, and approximately 70 per cent of people living with HIV also have TB. It is widely acknowledged that an integrated health service delivery system is critical to curbing these twin epidemics.

In recognition of this need, First Lady of South Africa, Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, in partnership with Sanofi, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, supported the construction of an integrated HIV and TB clinic to serve the community of 13 500 people in Manxili, a rural area in KwaZulu-Natal Provinc Continue reading

Majority Female Ranger Unit from South Africa Wins Top UN Environmental Prize

Mr Pitso Mojapelo, Deputy Director and Carlo de Klerk from the Dept of Environmental Affairs; Cecilia Njenga, UNEP Representative to South Africa; Craig Spencer, Founder of the Black Mambas and Grace Modubu from th Dept of Environmental Affairs. In front row are the members of the Black Mambas - Colet Inah Ngobeni and Felicia Mogakane. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Mr Pitso Mojapelo, Deputy Director and Carlo de Klerk from the Dept of Environmental Affairs; Cecilia Njenga, UNEP Representative to South Africa; Craig Spencer, Founder of the Black Mambas and Grace Modubu from th Dept of Environmental Affairs. In front row are the members of the Black Mambas – Colet Inah Ngobeni and Felicia Mogakane. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Pretoria, 7 September 2015 – The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, a South African and majority-women ranger group, has been announced as one of the winners of the United Nation’s top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award.

With this award, in the Inspiration and Action category, UNEP is recognizing the rapid and impressive impact The Black Mambas have made in combatting poaching and the courage required to accomplish it.

“Community-led initiatives are crucial to combatting the illegal trade in wildlife, and the Black Mambas highlight how effective local knowledge and commitment can be,” said United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. Continue reading

UN Country Team Meeting with National Treasury

UNCT Members with National Treasury representatives at the UN building atfer the meeting. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

UNCT Members with National Treasury representatives at the UN building atfer the meeting. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Heads of UN Agencies in South Africa recently held a meeting with senior Directors at the Department of National Treasury in Pretoria.

Ms. Nathalie Vereen, Director: Social and Governance and Mr. Emmanuel Ramathuba, Senior Policy Analyst at the National Treasury International Development Cooperation briefed the UN on the various aspects of nation fiscal policy, with regard to bilateral and multi-lateral relations with international organizations. Continue reading

UNAIDS South Africa lends voice to high-level dialogue on men and HIV

Dr. Erasmus Morah in black hat, chatting with South African Ministers at the Dialogue

From left to right: A young woman; Bathabile Dlamini, Minister of Social Development; Steve Letsike, Chair of SANAC Civil Society Forum; Erasmus Morah, UNAIDS Country Director; and Fareed Abdullah, CEO of SANAC. Photo: UNAIDS

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Country Director in South Africa, Dr Erasmus Morah, recently attended a high-level dialogue forum aimed at highlighting men’s involvement in the HIV response and the impact of violence against women and children.

Organised by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC)’s men’s sector, the dialogue brought together political leaders including Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu, and the Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini. The UNFPA’s Leonard Kamugisha participated in a technical panel that followed the High-Level panel. Continue reading

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