PRESS RELEASE: The Smurfs and the United Nations: Teaming up for a happier, more peaceful and more equitable world

20 March 2017, Pretoria: The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched by the United Nations, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation today, the International Day of Happiness.

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UNIC Pretoria promotes the Smurfs Movie ahead of International Day of Happiness, 21 March 2017


Zeenat Abdool from the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) spoke about the Smurfs Movie and the SDGs on the SABC3 -Expresso Show

20 March 2017, UNIC Pretoria ahead of International Day of Happiness made an appearance on the SABC3 Expresso Live Show to promote the Smurfs Movie – The Smurfs and the United Nations: Teaming up for a happier, more peaceful and more equitable world in partnership with UNICEF, Flow Communications and Sony South Africa.

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PRESS RELEASE : The Secretary-General’s Report on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach

New York, 9 March 2017: The Secretary-General today released his report on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach for consideration by the General Assembly.

During his first week in office, in January 2017, the Secretary-General established a diverse High-Level Task Force, led by his Special Coordinator Jane Holl Lute, to develop as a matter of urgency a strategy to achieve visible and measurable improvements in the way the Organisation prevents and responds to sexual exploitation and abuse.

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The Secretary-General’s written message on International Women’s Day New York, 8 March 2017


Secretary-General António Guterres. Photo: World Economic Forum/Boris Baldinger (file)

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.
Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.

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UNCG Retreat

UNCG Retreat (South Africa). Photo : UNIC

UNIC Pretoria hosted the UNCG Retreat to discuss priorities for 2017. The purpose of the retreat was to develop a work plan with clear activities for the year ahead. The meeting was well attended with representatives from Office of the Resident Coordinator, International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF, UN Women, UNHCR, UNEP and the UN Information Centre (UNIC).

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UNIC Pretoria observed International Mother Language Day 21 February

UNIC Pretoria in partnership with the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) through its outreach unit, Centre for the Books in partnership with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Library, City of Tshwane Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library, Gauteng Department of Education and Mzantsi Spelling Bee celebrated International Mother Language Day (IMLD) in a series of events which included an exhibition that was held on the 21 February 2017 at the City of Tshwane Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library, and a celebration on the 25th February, held at the Wynand Marias Hall in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

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Sustainable Development Goals critical for better future for all – deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed addresses the Operational Activities for Development Segment of ECOSOC. Cristián Barros, Vice-President of ECOSOC is at right. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

28 February 2017 – Delivering her first address as the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed underlined that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are essential for a safe and secure future that brings prosperity, opportunity and human rights for all.

“Around the world, success in achieving the SDGs will ease global anxieties, provide a better life for women and men and build a firm foundation for stability and peace in all societies, everywhere,” said Ms. Mohammed at the opening of the 2017 UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) segment on Operational Activities for Development.

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International Mother Language Day 21 February

UNESCO Director-General’s Message

On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, UNESCO restates its wholehearted commitment to linguistic diversity and multilingualism. Languages express who we are, they structure our thoughts and identities. There can be no authentic dialogue or effective international cooperation without respect for linguistic diversity, which opens up true understanding of every culture. Access to the diversity of languages can awaken the curiosity and mutual understanding of peoples. That is why learning languages is at one and the same time a promise of peace, of innovation and of creativity.

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Statement attributable to the UN Secretary-General’s Spokesperson on The Gambia

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the occasion of The Gambia’s  notification of rescission of its withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court 

On 10 February, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of The Gambia to the United Nations delivered to the Secretary-General notification of the country’s rescission of its withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

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