Category Archives: SDGs

Bringing the United Nations and SDGs closer to students of Eersterust Secondary School

Students at Eersterust Secondary School display placards of the TOGETHER CAMPAIGN slogan – “Respect and Dignity for All”

Pretoria, 25 August 2017 – The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria visited and interacted with Grade 11 students at Eersterust Secondary School in Eersterust, east of Pretoria earlier this month for a fun-filled day aimed at informing students about the work and structures of the UN, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the TOGETHER campaign. Continue reading

South African students participate in #SaveOurOcean competition

Pretoria, South Africa, 23 June 2017 – More than 30 senior primary school students from Pretoria, South Africa, participated in the #SaveOurOcean competition organized this month by the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in partnership with Greenpeace Africa, an advocacy group, in an effort to raise awareness about the current situation facing the world’s oceans.

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UN in South Africa celebrates Africa Day with the Department of Science and Technology.

The United Nations in South Africa joined the Department of Science and Technology in celebrating Africa Day at the Freedom Park in Pretoria. The day is marked annually on 25 May to celebrate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (now called the African Union) in 1963. The theme for this year was “Celebrating the advancement of science in Africa with specific emphasis on the role of data collection in tracking the Sustainable Development Goals for informing policies.”

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Integrating agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into regional and national development plans and strategies

Lindiwe Dlamini, Programme Associate/UNDP South Africa

Introduction

The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development was adopted by UN member states in September 2015. It is an agenda for people, planet and prosperity, which also “seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom”. The new agenda will be implemented by “all countries and stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership.” It consists of four parts:

Vision and principles: We need to ask why governments agree to this new agenda, what is their vision and what are the principles that will guide them in this journey to change the world.

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UNIC Pretoria celebrates Universal Children’s Day 2016

Bringing the SDGs to Children

UNIC Team member Anto Kagisho explains SDGs to children

UNIC Team member Anto Kagisho explains SDGs to children

UNIC Pretoria celebrated Universal Children’s Day on Tuesday, 22 November 2016, with children from the Tshwane Leadership Foundation (TLF) at the UNIC library in Pretoria. Activities were arranged for the children, aged between 6 and 12 years relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through various activities, students discussed their understanding of the SDGs and why it was important to be knowledgeable about the work of the UN with specific focus on the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda

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UNIC Pretoria observes World Toilet Day 2016

zeenat1UNIC Pretoria observed World Toilet Day on Friday, 18 November 2016 with Foundation phase learners from Al Ghazali College in Erasmia, Pretoria. The puppet show demonstration organized for the learners was aimed at informing and educating young learners about the United Nations and more specifically about hygienic toilet habits when going to the toilet.

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THE SECRETARY — GENERAL — MESSAGE ON UNITED NATIONS DAY, 24 October 2016

This year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations.

Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfill the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet. Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY, 17 October 2016

We are approaching the end of the first year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  With its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda is a universal vision for peace, prosperity and dignity for all people on a healthy planet. Achieving this objective is inconceivable without fulfilling the mandate of SDG 1 to end poverty in all its forms. Continue reading

AFRICA WEEK (10 – 14 OCTOBER 2016)

Africa’s in the spotlight

africa_week_cardThe UN is celebrating the achievements of Africa with a week-long series of events on Strengthening Partnerships for Inclusive Sustainable Development, Good Governance, Peace and Stability in Africa. The Africa Week will bring together at UNHQ high-level representatives of UN Member States, UN System entities, African regional and sub-regional organizations.

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