UN Secretary-General commends South Africa’s’s global leadership in HIV and AIDS fights

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the Co-Chairperson of the South Africa National AIDS Council

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the Co-Chairperson of the South Africa National AIDS Council

  South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa this morning paid a courtesy call on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon ahead of the official opening of the 21 International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban. The courtesy call also falls on the Special International Mandela Day being celebrated in South Africa today. The UNSG commended the progress made in South Africa in fighting the HIV Aids epidemic and said South Africa had offered global leadership in this regard.

Deputy President Ramaphosa warmly recalled the tribute paid by the UNSG at the memorial event for late President Mandela in December 2013.

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Sefako Makgatho Primary School earmarked for Mandela Day activities by the UN

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

In 2009 the UN declared 18th July as International Mandela Day in honour of the global icon and human rights activist Nelson Mandela. The day marks the birthday of the former South African President affectionately known as Madiba.  He regularly talked about the importance of education in eradicating poverty and fostering greater democracy especially on the African continent

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UNASA hosts 4th Annual Model United Nations: South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference

 

Presenters: Ms. Thabang Mashego – Altitude Connection, Mr. Ntokozo Mahlangu – UNIC, and Ms. Karen Lingerfielder - DIRCO

Presenters: Ms. Thabang Mashego – Altitude Connection, Mr. Ntokozo Mahlangu – UNIC, and Ms. Karen Lingerfielder – DIRCO

The United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA), with the support of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), is hosting its 4th Annual Model United Nations: South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference. Running from 12 – 15 July, student delegates from various universities have gathered at the University of Pretoria to discuss the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

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21ST INTERNATIONAL AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)

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Durban, South Africa | July 18-22, 2016
Durban International Convention Centre (ICC)

The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health or development issue. First convened during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1985, this conference continues to provide a unique forum for the intersection of science and advocacy, and an opportunity to strengthen policies and programmes to ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic. The conference also serves as a focal point to intensify political and financial commitments to AIDS.

UNIC supports SAIIA Young leaders

SAIIA delegates and the deputy minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

SAIIA delegates and the deputy minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

Seventy-five inspiring, young leaders,  gathered at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) to host their own negotiation session themed: ‘Connecting the past to the present: Young South Africans shaping a sustainable future’. The session was hosted as part of the fourth Young Leaders Conference and focused on equipping South African youth with knowledge and understanding of local and international issues connected to sustainability and helping them to tackle current challenges such as climate change, HIV/AIDS and women empowerment. Continue reading

UNAIDS warns that after significant reductions, declines in new HIV infections among adults have stalled and are rising in some regions

Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé

Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé

Globally, new HIV infections among adults and children were reduced by 40% since the peak in 1997. However, new analysis from UNAIDS shows that new HIV infections among adults have stalled, failing to decline for at least five years. The report outlines what is needed to step up prevention efforts

GENEVA, 12 July 2016—A new report by UNAIDS reveals concerning trends in new HIV infections among adults. Continue reading

The Nippon Foundation of Japan fellowship programme

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United Nations – The Nippon Foundation of Japan fellowship Programme

Interested scholars are invited to apply for the The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme.

 

The Programme provides advanced education and training in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea, and related disciplines, to government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing States. We are pleased to note that during the last twelve years, 120 awards have been made to nationals of 70 States. Continue reading