Europe and the Refugee Crisis: A Real Challenge to Our Civilization


On 19 September the United Nations General Assembly will hosted its first ever High-Level Summit to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach to addressing the worst refugee crisis since the end of WWII. The summit provides an historic opportunity to develop a blueprint for a better international response. On the occasion of this meeting, UNAI has asked researches at UNAI member institutions to submit articles highlighting their research and its implications in helping to solve the issue.  Through this series, UNAI hopes to provide an understanding of refugee/migrant flows to its readers, highlight the importance of addressing refugee and migration flows in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and showcase the work of professors and researchers at UNAI institutions. Please note that the articles are for discussion, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations.
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PRESS RELEASE – UNIC Pretoria marks International Day of Peace with students in Pretoria

“The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace"

“The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”

PRETORIA – 21 September 2016 – This year, to commemorate the International Day of Peace, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) partnered with UN Volunteers and the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) to educate learners on peace and its link to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Continue reading

The Secretary – General – Message on the International Day of Peace – 21 September 2016


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rings the Peace Bell at the annual ceremony held at UN headquarters in observance of the International Day of Peace (21 September).

Every year on the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls on warring parties to lay down their arms and observe a 24-hour global ceasefire. The symbolism of a day without fighting is a crucial reminder that conflict can and must come to an end.

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Press Release on New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants adopted by all Member States at historic UN Summit

Logo_of_the_United_Nations_(B&W).svgUNITED NATIONS, New York – Monday, 19 September 2016 – World leaders came together at the United Nations General Assembly today to adopt the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants which expresses the political will of world leaders to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale.
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University of Limpopo visits UNIC-Pretoria Library

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University of Limpopo, Library and Information Science students at UNIC Pretoria Library and UNIC staff

Students from the Department of Library and information Studies from the University of Limpopo, in South Africa, visited the UNIC Pretoria Library last month to gain a better understanding of the UN in South Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Accompanied by their lecturers, the visit was part of an educational tour of special interest and academic libraries. The tour of UNIC Pretoria Library included informative discussions on work of the UN as well as libraries as resource centres. Continue reading

UN marks Women’s month with a friendly soccer match against Vhakhegula Vakhegula soccer team from Limpopo


UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka,UN Resident Coordinator, Gana Fofang

UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka,UN Resident Coordinator, Gana Fofang

The United Nations in South Africa all-female soccer team won 1-0 in a friendly match against the Vakhegula Vakhegula soccer team on Friday, 12 August 2016 at the CSIR soccer pitch in Pretoria. The match, in celebration of Women’s Month in South Africa, was aimed at bringing together women from various backgrounds who play a pivotal role in advancing the cause of disadvantaged and impoverished communities in their respective areas across the country. Continue reading

South Africa’s Health Minister urges employers to support Breastfeeding mothers in the workplace


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The Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi says the low rate of exclusive breastfeeding in South Africa and many parts of the world is concerning as breastfeeding contributes to child survival.

“It is of great concern that exclusive breastfeeding rates globally and in our country are extremely low. Globally it is estimated that only 36% of moms breastfeed their infants for at least 6 months. In South Africa we estimate that only 39% of mothers breastfeed exclusively for 14 weeks after the baby is born and the figure is much lower at 6 months at only 8%. Our exclusive breastfeeding rates are amongst the lowest in the world. We must all work harder to ensure that we support mothers to exclusively breastfeed for at least six months and rapidly reach a target of at least 50% Continue reading

UN Chief plants a special a tree in honour of Mandela Day

UN Chief plants a special a tree in honour of Mandela Day

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon plants a special a tree in honour of Mandela Day in Durban

UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon recently attended the official opening of the International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban. During his visit, Mr Ban met with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and other senior government officials as well as civil society leaders. The UN Chief addressed media on the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on access to Medicines. Continue reading