16 November 2016
The values of tolerance and mutual understanding – so firmly embedded in the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – are facing profound tests around the world.
Refugees and migrants continue to face closed doors and clenched fists. Violent extremists continue to target people solely because of their faiths and traditions. Day by day, bigotry shows its face through racism, anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination.
Seven-year old Michelle Nkamankeng from South Africa joins Chimamanda Adichie, Paulo Coelho, Christina Lamb, Nuruddin Farah and writers from around the world to pen ‘Tiny Stories’ highlighting the world they want for children
PRETORIA, 14 November 2016 – Over 200 prominent writers including novelists, playwrights and poets, have joined a global literary campaign this week, penning ‘tiny stories’ of around seven lines each to highlight Universal Children’s Day and the injustice so many of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged children still face. The short story series kicks off UNICEF’s commemoration of its 70th year working to bring help and hope to every child.
The report, “A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services in Africa,”
UNDP Report Calls for Enabling Actions by African Leaders to Support ‘A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services’
Public-Private Partnerships, New Technologies, Regional Cooperation, Capacity Building Key to Resolving Sub-Saharan Africa’s Persistent Challenges in Maintaining Sustainable Climate Information and Early Warning Systems
Mr Themba Kalua, Deputy Representative UN Women Ms Fatou Leigh, Senior Economist UNDP, Ms Nomsa Daniel, CEO Graca Machel Foundation, Mr Gana Fofang, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative, Mr Bafana Khumalo, Director of Strategic Partnerships Sonke Justice, Ms Keketso Maema,CEO CGE and Mr Walid Badawi, Country Director UNDP
Pretoria – UNDP South Africa in partnership with UN Women and the Commission on Gender Equality launched the second Africa Human Development Report published by UNDP entitled: Africa Human Development Report 2016, Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa.
The report was launched on Thursday 27 October 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel, in Pretoria. The aim of the launch was to stimulate policy debate and discussions on what further steps are needed to ensure that gender equality is more fully integrated into national agendas and on-going policy dialogues across South Africa.
Panelists (L-R): CEO of Inchor Coal NV,Ms Nku Nyembezi-Heita, Head of NPC Secretariat, Mr Khulekani Mathe, Moderator of the debate, Siki Mgabadeli, COSATU Strategist, Mr. Neil Coleman and Vice Chancellor and Principal of Wits University, Prof. Adam Habib. Pic: WSG
Since the adoption of the National Development Plan (NDP), the government has shifted its focus towards achieving the goals set out in the plan. In an attempt to contribute and assist government to effectively implement priorities outlined in the plan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa in partnership with the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME); the Tambo Foundation (TF), and the Wits School of Governance (WSG) agreed to collaborate on an ambitious programme to support this new focus.
On the 29 October 2016, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in partnership with Proudly South African hosted the annual Diplomatic Fun Fair at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, under the theme: “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of O.R. Tambo.”
The Secretary-General spoke with H.E.Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa. He acknowledgedSouth Africa’s leading role in addressing pressing global issues, particularlywith respect to peace and security in Africa and the Climate Change agreement.He thanked President Zuma for the constant support he has given to theSecretary-General on these issues.
On the 25th October 2016, the UNIC Pretoria team celebrated UN Staff Day by engaging in discussions on the SDGs.
NEW YORK (26 October 2016) – United Nations human expert Ikponwosa Ero today called on all government representatives gathered at the UN General Assembly to take urgent measures to put an end to the growing problem of violence and extreme discrimination against persons with albinism.
A student engages with Under Secretary-General and Head of the Department of Communication and Public Information at the UN, Ms Cristina Gallach
UNIC Pretoria celebrated UN Day on Monday, 24th October by hosting a Twitter Party at the Rosa Parks Innovation Studio in Soweto, south of Johannesburg. The event, in partnership with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), aimed at bringing learners together in the digital world and affording them the opportunity to interact with Under Secretary-General and Head of the Department of Communication and Public Information at the UN, Ms Cristina Gallach.