Category Archives: Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE : UN Secretary-General opens Ocean Conference, calling on countries to set aside short-term gain to avoid catastrophe

Conference focuses attention on ocean pollution, overfishing and climate impacts

New York, 5 June— Warning that the special relationship between people and the ocean that brings untold benefits for life is under threat as never before, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the opening of the Ocean Conference that the problems of the ocean—all created by human activity, can all be reversed and prevented with decisive, coordinated action.

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UN Headquarters Observes International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 24 May 2017

— Two fallen peacekeepers from South Africa to be honoured at ceremony at UN Headquarters –

The United Nation Headquarters will observe the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Wednesday, 24 May.  Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will lay a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeepers and will preside over a ceremony at which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal will be awarded posthumously to 117 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2016.  
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PRESS RELEASE: The Smurfs and the United Nations: Teaming up for a happier, more peaceful and more equitable world

20 March 2017, Pretoria: The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched by the United Nations, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation today, the International Day of Happiness.

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PRESS RELEASE : The Secretary-General’s Report on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach

New York, 9 March 2017: The Secretary-General today released his report on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach for consideration by the General Assembly.

During his first week in office, in January 2017, the Secretary-General established a diverse High-Level Task Force, led by his Special Coordinator Jane Holl Lute, to develop as a matter of urgency a strategy to achieve visible and measurable improvements in the way the Organisation prevents and responds to sexual exploitation and abuse.

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Regional Emergency Meeting for emerging pests and diseases kicks off in Harare, Zimbabwe

Calls for enhanced capacities to prepare for and respond to emerging pests and diseases

15 February 2017, Harare – A three-day Regional Emergency Meeting discussing new transboundary crop and livestock pests in Southern Africa kicked off today with a call for increased investment in preparedness and response capacities to new and endemic threats in Southern Africa.

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UNIC Pretoria observes International Day of Commemoration in memory of the Victims of the Holocaust with learners from Ahmed Timol Secondary School in Azaadville, Krugersdorp
27 January 2017, Krugersdorp – Over 200 Grade 9 learners from Ahmed Timol Secondary School in Azaadville, Krugersdorp today participated in an educational workshop aimed at raising awareness and

PRESS RELEASE : UN World Data Forum wraps up with launch of Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data

United Arab Emirates selected to host next Forum

(Cape Town, 18 January)  — The inaugural United Nations World Data Forum is concluding today with the launch of a global plan for better data to improve people’s lives, and new ideas and solutions to boost the collaboration, resources and policies needed to put it into action.

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