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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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