UN in South Africa celebrates Africa Day with the Department of Science and Technology.

The United Nations in South Africa joined the Department of Science and Technology in celebrating Africa Day at the Freedom Park in Pretoria. The day is marked annually on 25 May to celebrate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (now called the African Union) in 1963. The theme for this year was “Celebrating the advancement of science in Africa with specific emphasis on the role of data collection in tracking the Sustainable Development Goals for informing policies.”

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UNIC Pretoria holds a career guidance session with learners from Nurul-Islam School in Lenasia

Learners from Nurul-Islam School during the career guidance session facilitated by UNIC Pretoria

24 May 2017 – As part of a series of discussions with secondary school learners on career guidance taking place at Nurul-Islam School in Lenasia, UNIC Pretoria was invited to interact with learners on career opportunities within the United Nations. The question-answer sessions first centered around the UN in general and then the work of the UN in South Africa. Further emphasis was placed on explaining the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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UN Headquarters Observes International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 24 May 2017

— Two fallen peacekeepers from South Africa to be honoured at ceremony at UN Headquarters –

The United Nation Headquarters will observe the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Wednesday, 24 May.  Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will lay a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeepers and will preside over a ceremony at which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal will be awarded posthumously to 117 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2016.  
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Rwandan refugee resumes her profession as a nurse thanks to UNHCR scholarship programme

 

After fleeing Rwanda, Chantal Uwamahoro regained her nursing credentials in South Africa thanks to scholarship support from UNHCR and now is employed as a nurse in a public hospital in Durban. © UNHCR/Pumla Rulashe

Durban, South Africa –  Less than three years after reuniting with her husband in South Africa, following the political violence that forced their flight from Rwanda in 1999 and the subsequent disintegration of her family, 29 year old Chantal Uwamahoro was once again forced to bid him farewell but for the last time as he battled an illness that would eventually take his life.

 

 

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Secretary-General Appoints Masimba Tafirenyika as Director of United Nations Information Centre in Pretoria

15 MAY 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Masimba Tafirenyika of Zimbabwe as Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Pretoria, an office that provides service to South Africa.  Mr. Tafirenyika assumed his duties today.

Mr. Tafirenyika was most recently Chief of the Africa Section in the United Nations Department of Public Information and Editor-in-Chief of its Africa Renewal magazine, since 2009.  Previously, he served as Officer-in-Charge of the Pretoria information Centre from 2008 to 2009, and as Deputy Director from 2006 to 2008.

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UNHCR/WFP News Release -OVER US$1.4 BILLION NEEDED FOR SOUTH SUDAN REFUGEES IN 2017

GENEVA – The UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Programme today urged donors to step up support for desperate refugees fleeing South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies are seeking USD 1.4 Billion to provide life-saving aid to South Sudanese refugees in the six neighbouring countries until the end of 2017 – according to an updated response plan presented in Geneva on Monday.

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MESSAGE ON THE DAY OF VESAK

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE DAY OF VESAK 10 May 2017

I send my warmest wishes to all those celebrating the Day of Vesak in honour of the birth of Lord Buddha. Everyone can draw inspiration from his journey. Born a sheltered prince, Shakyamuni went out into the world to confront and overcome human suffering. As one sutra states, “Because all living beings are subject to illness, I am ill as well.”

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