Ensuring no-one is left behind using data and evaluations

Pretoria, 31 October 2017: The first Africa Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) indaba kicked off at the Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg on Monday. The three-day indaba aims to discuss how collecting data and strengthening M&E systems can assist governments, civil society and the media in measuring progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted in 2015. The SDGs are goals and targets that aim to improve the lives of people across the globe by reducing poverty and inequalities and improving health and educational institutions. Governments committed themselves towards meeting the SDGs targets in an effort to change the lives of their citizens and ensure that no-one is left behind.

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United Nations in South Africa marks UN Day

The United Nations in South Africa joined the rest of the world on 24 October 2017 to mark the anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter. The ratification of the UN Charter took place in 1945 after being endorsement by majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council. This process gave birth to the UN. The 24th October has been celebrated as UN Day since 1948. In 1971, the UN General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

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Press Release : The United Nations in South Africa opens exhibition at Apartheid Museum, 20 October 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa: The United Nations in South Africa yesterday launched its exhibition, “The Role of the United Nations in the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa” at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. The exhibition, which was organized in partnership with the museum and Brand South Africa, showcases the UN’s contribution in the fight against apartheid.

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Official opening of the UN Exhibition – The United Nations and the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa, 19 October 2017

The United Nations in South Africa is commissioning the creation of an exhibition to educate the wider South African and international community about the robust contribution the United Nations made in various forms to the struggle against apartheid and the achievement of liberation in South Africa. This exhibition will be a temporary one and will be on display for 3 months at the Apartheid Museum.

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President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa addresses the UN General Assembly

President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

20 September 2017 – Warning that Africa is beset by the double scourge of the disparity of the global economy and illicit financial outflows, South African President Jacob Zuma today called on the United Nations to play a central role in tackling both issues, which are major obstacle to full development.

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The Secretary-General’s remarks to the General Assembly side event on Refugees and Migrants “Follow-up to the New York Declaration : One Year On”

20 September 2017 – I would like to express my deep solidarity to the government and the people of Mexico. Unfortunately, we are having every day a new dramatic event in this part of the world. This time we cannot blame climate change; it is an earthquake.  It is a devastating one. I want to express my very deep solidarity to the government and to the people of Mexico.

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REMARKS AT HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT New York, 19 September 2017

Allow me before I read a few more orthodox remarks a more subversive reflection. I am very happy to participate in a meeting about empowerment, because when we discuss gender equality, in my humble belief, there is essentially a question of power. It’s power at all levels, in a male-dominated world where there is still a male-dominated culture – power in family relations, power in society, power in the economy, power in politics – to a large extent – there is a serious question of power.

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