PRESS RELEASE : United Nations Deputy Secretary-General arrives in South Africa on official visit, 24 November 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed arrived in South Africa today at the start of a two-day visit that will include delivering the 15th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2017 on Saturday in Cape Town. She was met at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg by the acting head of the UN in South Africa, Rufaro Chatonga, and the chairperson and the chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Njabulo Ndebele and Sello Hatang respectively.

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UN peacekeeper in DR Congo honoured for combatting sexual violence on the frontlines

Major Pearl Block, Information Operations Officer with the UN Stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). Photo: UNIC Pretoria

15 November 2017 – United Nations peacekeeper Major Seitebatso Pearl Block was commended on Wednesday for developing a Mission-wide, short message service (SMS) campaign to combat gender-based abuse by connecting with women in remote parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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UNIC highlights the work of the UN at St John’s Convent School in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng

St Johns Convent School in Bronkhorstspruit hosted the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) for a briefing on the UN on 27 October 2017,

The students were briefed about the work of the UN, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the “Together campaign”.  The learners engaged UN staff in thought provoking discussions. It was apparent in the discussions that the learners had a fair understanding of international affairs.  The following are some of the pertinent questions posed by learners:

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Stop attacking the media—UNESCO message for International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, 2 November

UNESCO Press Release No.2017-126

Paris, 27 October—Ninety percent of cases concerning the killing of journalists remain
unpunished, according to information Member States provided to the Organization in 2017. This is a slight improvement compared to last year, when countries’ answers to UNESCO’s written enquires indicated that only 8% of such cases led to a conviction.

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Ensuring no-one is left behind using data and evaluations

Pretoria, 31 October 2017: The first Africa Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) indaba kicked off at the Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg on Monday. The three-day indaba aims to discuss how collecting data and strengthening M&E systems can assist governments, civil society and the media in measuring progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted in 2015. The SDGs are goals and targets that aim to improve the lives of people across the globe by reducing poverty and inequalities and improving health and educational institutions. Governments committed themselves towards meeting the SDGs targets in an effort to change the lives of their citizens and ensure that no-one is left behind.

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United Nations in South Africa marks UN Day

The United Nations in South Africa joined the rest of the world on 24 October 2017 to mark the anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter. The ratification of the UN Charter took place in 1945 after being endorsement by majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council. This process gave birth to the UN. The 24th October has been celebrated as UN Day since 1948. In 1971, the UN General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

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Press Release : The United Nations in South Africa opens exhibition at Apartheid Museum, 20 October 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa: The United Nations in South Africa yesterday launched its exhibition, “The Role of the United Nations in the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa” at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. The exhibition, which was organized in partnership with the museum and Brand South Africa, showcases the UN’s contribution in the fight against apartheid.

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