International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Grade 7 learners from Lynnwood Ridge Primary School showing their red palm cut-outs

The United Nations declared 25 March as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, to remind people about the negative impacts and consequences of the slave trade.

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The Secretary-General Remarks at the Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Racial Profiling and Incitement to Hatred, including in the context of migration 21 March 2017

As the President of the General Assembly just referred, this day reminds us that in 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa, 69 unarmed protestors were killed in a peaceful protest against the discriminatory pass laws of the racist apartheid regime.

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The Human Development Report 2016 “Human Development for Everyone”

The  Human Development Report 2016 “Human Development for Everyone” was launched on the 21st March 2017, in Stockholm, Sweden with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin, and the Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the report, Selim Jahan.

This year’s @UNDP #humandevelopment report, Human Development for Everyone . Find it here: bit.ly/1lfu5e8 #HDR201

International Day of Forests 21March – Forests and energy (2017 Theme)

2017 Theme: Forests and energy

This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us. This year we highlight the importance of wood energy in improving people’s lives, powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change.

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 21 March

2017 Theme: Racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration

Every person is entitled to human rights without discrimination. The rights to equality and non-discrimination are cornerstones of human rights law. Yet in many parts of the world, discriminatory practices are still widespread, including racial, ethnic, religious and nationality based profiling, and incitement to hatred.

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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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