PRESS RELEASE: 12 World Leaders Issue Clarion Call for Accelerated Action on Water

A Fundamental Shift is Needed to Avert Devastating Consequences, Says High Level Panel on Water

 New York, 14 March― A High Level Panel on Water consisting of 11 Heads of State and a Special Advisor has issued a New Agenda for Water Action calling for a fundamental shift in the way the world manages water so that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular SDG6, can be achieved. This follows a 2-year mandate to find ways to accelerate solutions to the urgent water crisis. Continue reading

Listeria Outbreak in South Africa

What exactly is Listeriosis?

Listeriosis is food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) bacterium. –Web MD

Picture: National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

 How do you get infected with Listeria?

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO):  “Listeriosis affects a variety of animals. Foodborne infection in humans occurs through the consumption of contaminated foods, particularly unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses, vegetables and prepared meat products such as pâté. Unlike most foodborne pathogens, Listeria multiplies readily in refrigerated foods that have been contaminated”. Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

New York, 8 March 2018-We are at a pivotal moment for women’s rights. The historical and structural inequalities that have allowed oppression and discrimination to flourish are being exposed like never before. From Latin America to Europe to Asia, on social media, on film sets, on the factory floor and in the streets, women are calling for lasting change and zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination of all kinds. Continue reading

Joint Statement by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) on Sierra Leone

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), and the European Union (EU) are following closely and with much interest the progress towards Sierra Leone’s presidential, parliamentary and local council elections scheduled to take place on 7 March 2018. Continue reading

SG message on sexual harassment in the workplace

As part of my commitment to encourage and enable staff to call out sexual harassment in the workplace, and to support victims and witnesses, I am pleased to announce the launch of a “Speak up” helpline.

The helpline is a 24-hour resource for UN Secretariat personnel to speak confidentially with an impartial and trained individual who can provide information on protection, support and reporting mechanisms. Going live tomorrow, the helpline will complement existing reporting mechanisms. The goal is to attend to the needs of personnel, and to empower them to make informed decisions on action, if they choose. More details, including the phone number, will be provided by the Office of Human Resources Management. Continue reading

Harnessing the demographic dividend means harnessing the gender dividend, young people tell the UN Youth Envoy

Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth at the Special Inter-generational conversation in Johannesburg, South Africa, 15 February 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa – 16 February 2018:  United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake concluded her visit to South Africa and the final leg of a five-country trip with an interactive discussion with young people at a gathering held yesterday in Johannesburg.

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Press Release: United Nations Youth Envoy engages with young girls at a school in Pretoria

13 February 2018 – UNIC/PR/2018/02/13

Pretoria, South Africa: The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, yesterday held an interactive discussion with young girls from the Young Rise Club at the Steve Tshwete Secondary School in Olievenhoutbosch, west of Pretoria. The club, a programme organized by non-profit organization Soul City, aims to empower girls on HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health.

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UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth gives Keynote address at the youth pre-conference for the 8th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights

She urges youth to build cross-cutting networks that deal with education, civic participation, employment and peace and security

Johannesburg, February 12, 2018: The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, in a keynote speech at the youth pre-conference on Sexual Health and Rights (SHR), called on youth Sexual Risk Reduction (SRR) advocates to build alliances beyond SRHR circles with organizations and networks that focus on education, employment, civic partnership, as well as peace and security. All of these issues, she noted, were interrelated, and a holistic approach was needed to tackle them.

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