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UNIC PRESENTS THE 17 SDGs AT THE ARLC GA-RANKUWA CAMPUS MOTIVATIONAL SERIES

Mrs Evelyn Sekhukhune,Mr Osten Chulu and Mr Koketso Motsoene speakers of the event

Mrs Evelyn Sekhukhune,Mr Osten Chulu and Mr Koketso Motsoene speakers of the event

For three years now, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) GA-RANKUWA  campus in collaboration with the Accomodation Residence Life and Catering (ARLC) Ga-Rankuwa Campus have been hosting motivational series in an attempt to empower and educate students about various aspects of life. This year, the motivational series took place on 14 April in Ga-Rankuwa at the Aula Hall where many students, staff and guests gathered under the theme: “It is possible”

Mr K S Ledwaba, Head of the Department (HOD) of Accomodation, Residence, Life and Catering at the TUT Ga-Rankuwa Campus welcomed guests and highlighted the purpose of the programme. Continue reading

Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project (GE-TOP) Launch of the Country Report “The Green Economy & Trade: Trade in Certified Organic Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities for South Africa”. 26th April, 2016 The Innovation Hub, Pretoria, South Africa

 

Background

The objective of the Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project (GE-TOP) is to identify, assess and inform trade opportunities that arise from a green economy transition, and tackle related risks and challenges. In South Africa, UNEP partnered with the Trade Law Centre NPC (tralac) to assess trade opportunities arising from a shift to organic farming in the national agricultural and agro-processing sector. The country study includes an assessment of challenges and opportunities of sustainability standards and certification as a means to access international markets in the agricultural sector, and an evaluation of related costs and benefits. The project builds on findings from UNEP`s South Africa Green Economy Modelling Report (2011) and links with relevant organic initiatives on national and regional level. Continue reading

UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office Celebrates International Women’s Day

SouthAfrica_RingtheBell: Two musicians are joined onstage by the Keynote Speaker, Public Protector of South Africa Advocate Thuli Madonsela; Zeona Jacobs, Director of Corporate and Marketing Affairs for the JSE; JSE Chairperson Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita and UN Women SAMCO Representative Anne Githuku-Shongwe (Left to right) who together sounded the instruments to open the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as part of 'Ring the Bell' events around the world. Photo Credit: UN Women/Helen Sullivan

SouthAfrica_RingtheBell: Two musicians are joined
onstage by the Keynote Speaker, Public Protector of South Africa Advocate Thuli Madonsela;
Zeona Jacobs, Director of Corporate and Marketing Affairs for the JSE;
JSE Chairperson Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita and UN Women SAMCO Representative Anne Githuku-Shongwe (Left to right)
who together sounded the instruments to open the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as part of ‘Ring the Bell’ events around the world.
Photo Credit: UN Women/Helen Sullivan

UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office’s International Women’s Day Programme started a day early, on February 7th. In partnership with UNFPA, The Swedish Embassy and the Commission for Gender Equality, UN Women SAMCO hosted a panel discussion entitled: “The Elimination of Violence Against Women in South Africa: Moving the Agenda Forward”. Continue reading

Ban appoints experienced UN official as acting head of mission in Central African Republic

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga of Gabon appointed as Acting Special Representative for the Central African Republic. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga of Gabon appointed as Acting Special Representative for the Central African Republic. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

CAR, 14 August 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Parfait Onanga-Anyanga of Gabon as his Acting Special Representative for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations stabilization mission in the country, known as MINUSCA.

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga succeeds Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye of Senegal, who resigned on 12 August amid allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation against peacekeepers at MINUSCA. Continue reading

Almost 400 people rescued in the Mediterranean after fishing boat sinks – UN agency

Tens of thousands of desperate people are attempting to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe in dangerous boats like these in Libya. Photo: UNHCR/F. Noy

Tens of thousands of desperate people are attempting to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe in dangerous boats like these in Libya. Photo: UNHCR/F. Noy

Mediterranean, 6 August 2015 – Almost 400 people have been rescued so far from a vessel which sank off the coast of Libya while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea with an estimated 600 refugees and migrants on board, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

The bodies of a further 25 people had been recovered, but dozens more were still missing and feared dead after the flimsy, overcrowded fishing vessel sank minutes after it left shore, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Continue reading

Security Council condemns Boko Haram violence, backs regional efforts to counter ongoing attacks

Thousands of people, mainly women and children, are scattered across the arid land of Nguigimi, Niger, after fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria. Photo: WFP Niger/Vigno Hounkanli,

Thousands of people, mainly women and children, are scattered across the arid land of Nguigimi, Niger, after fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria. Photo: WFP Niger/Vigno Hounkanli

Nigeria, 28 July 2015 – While acknowledging progress made against Boko Haram following joint regional military efforts in recent months, the United Nations Security Council today encouraged increased regional cooperation to stamp out the terrorist group, which the Council strongly condemned for its ongoing deadly violence, human rights abuses and mass abductions in the Lake Chad Basin.

Adopting a Presidential Statement during a formal meeting, the Security Council expressed its concern at the continued threat posed to international peace and security by Boko Haram “and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with A1-Qaida,” and reaffirmed Member States’ determination to continue doing all “they can to resolve conflict and to deny terrorist groups the ability to put down roots and establish safe havens.” Continue reading

Top UN official in Somalia condemns terrorist attack on hotel in Mogadishu

A street scene in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price

A street scene in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price

Somalia, 26 July 2015 – The most senior United Nations official in Somalia has strongly condemned today’s terrorist attack on Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu that resulted in several deaths and injuries.

“I condemn the terrorist attack in Mogadishu today. The killers will not succeed in impeding the progress and extraordinary efforts of the Somali people and Government,” Nicholas Kay, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, said in a statement. Continue reading

The Tsetse Fly Eradication Project in Senegal Wins Award for Best Sustainable Development Practices

Tsetse flies are blood-sucking insect pests threatening food security in the Niayes, a coastal area south east of Dakar. Their bites jeopardize livestock health, and the flies themselves transmit parasites that carry a life-threatening infection to livestock known as African animal trypanosomosis or nagana. (Photo: A. Rodriguez/IAEA)

Tsetse flies are blood-sucking insect pests threatening food security in the Niayes, a coastal area south east of Dakar. Their bites jeopardize livestock health, and the flies themselves transmit parasites that carry a life-threatening infection to livestock known as African animal trypanosomosis or nagana. (Photo: A. Rodriguez/IAEA)

Senegal, 23 July 2015 – A project in Senegal to eradicate tsetse flies that is supported by the FAO/IAEA was recently selected as one of 18 Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security at the EXPO Milano 2015. The project was selected among 749 projects for its contribution to furthering sustainable development of small rural communities in marginal areas: it has successfully improved food security and public health in target areas of Senegal through reducing the tsetse fly population by up to 95% using nuclear and other techniques.

Tsetse flies are blood-sucking insect pests threatening food security in the Niayes, a coastal area south east of Dakar. Their bites jeopardize livestock health, and the flies themselves transmit parasites that carry a life-threatening infection to livestock known as African animal trypanosomosis or nagana. These flies can lower quality of life and lead to a loss of milk and meat provided by livestock, which significantly impacts farmers’ livelihoods and stifles local development. Continue reading

Zambian Civil Society Launches Alliance to End Maternal and Child Deaths

Members of the alliance from UNICEF Zambia, MNCH Zambia, MCGMCH, World Vision Zambia and the Parliamentary Committee on Health pose for a photo after the launch. © UNICEF Zambia/2015/Maseko

Members of the alliance from UNICEF Zambia, MNCH Zambia, MCGMCH, World Vision Zambia and the Parliamentary Committee on Health pose for a photo after the launch. © UNICEF Zambia/2015/Maseko

Lusaka, Zambia, 14 July 2015 – A coalition of Zambian civil society organizations have launched an alliance aimed at helping to reduce maternal, neonatal and child deaths. In Zambia, one out of 22 children die before reaching the age of one and one in every 13 children does not survive their fifth birthday. The maternal mortality rate among women age 15-49 is 0.74 maternal deaths per 1,000 births, a rate that has fallen by 39 percent since 2007.

The alliance, which was launched in Lusaka on 31 March, is a response to A Promise Renewed – Committing to Child Survival, a global campaign that 178 governments as well as thousands of civil society organizations and the private sector have united to give every child the best possible start in life. Continue reading