The objective of the Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project (GE-TOP) is to identify, assess and inform trade opportunities that arise from a green economy transition, and tackle related risks and challenges. In South Africa, UNEP partnered with the Trade Law Centre NPC (tralac) to assess trade opportunities arising from a shift to organic farming in the national agricultural and agro-processing sector. The country study includes an assessment of challenges and opportunities of sustainability standards and certification as a means to access international markets in the agricultural sector, and an evaluation of related costs and benefits. The project builds on findings from UNEP`s South Africa Green Economy Modelling Report (2011) and links with relevant organic initiatives on national and regional level. Continue reading
A Mozambican family prepares to be board the trucks for the move to Luwani . UNHCR/K.Shimoh
Kapise, Malawi 21 April 2016 – This morning, UNHCR started the transfer of nearly 10,000 Mozambicans asylum-seekers from Kapise village located in the south eastern Mwanza district of Malawi. The first convoy transporting 103 people departed Kapise on the 72 km journey to Luwani refugee camp located in Neno district where they will join the group of refugees who have been there since last week.
Heavy rains in recent weeks had previously made the roads impassable, however, with dryer weather, UNHCR, together with other partners, was able to finally begin the transfer today. Because of the road conditions, three heavy duty 4 x4 trucks were retrofitted with benches to carry the passengers. Another two trucks are being used to transport belongings.
On arrival in Luwani the refugees will stay at a transit centre until they are provided with a plot of land and shelter materials to build their own houses.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten
In 1994, more than 800,000 people were systematically murdered throughout Rwanda. The vast majority were Tutsi, but moderate Hutu, Twa and others were also targeted. On this Day, we remember all who perished in the genocide and renew our resolve to prevent such atrocities from ever being repeated, anywhere in the world.
We should all be inspired by the survivors’ courage in showing that reconciliation is possible even after such a tragedy. With the Great Lakes region still facing serious threats to peace and security, healing and reconstruction remain essential. Continue reading
SDGs Youth Photo and Essay Competition:
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria is promoting the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) by running a PHOTO AND ESSAY COMPETITION for all youth living in South Africa. The new development goals present an unprecedented opportunity to bring countries and citizens of the world together to embark on a new development agenda to improve the lives of people everywhere. It is time to share your story. Continue reading
Nobulekhosi T. Sibanda
On the 17 March, UNIC held an event commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The event was marked by poems, music and key messages about how slavery impacted on the African way of life. Nobulekhosi T. Sibanda, a student from Founders Community School, delivered an impassioned poem to guests that delved deep into culture of her African heritage and the ills of slavery that plagued the African continent.
When I think about this time- the waves, death, sickness, vomiting, the smell of fresh sea water, rape abuse, the crack of the traders whip, those days, those months, those years, Oh my heart quivers. Continue reading
Group photo with UNIC staff and guests from the Transatlantic Slave Trade observance event
Over 70 school children and members of the public joined the United Nations to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Continue reading
SouthAfrica_RingtheBell: Two musicians are joined
onstage by the Keynote Speaker, Public Protector of South Africa Advocate Thuli Madonsela;
Zeona Jacobs, Director of Corporate and Marketing Affairs for the JSE;
JSE Chairperson Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita and UN Women SAMCO Representative Anne Githuku-Shongwe (Left to right)
who together sounded the instruments to open the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as part of ‘Ring the Bell’ events around the world.
Photo Credit: UN Women/Helen Sullivan
UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office’s International Women’s Day Programme started a day early, on February 7th. In partnership with UNFPA, The Swedish Embassy and the Commission for Gender Equality, UN Women SAMCO hosted a panel discussion entitled: “The Elimination of Violence Against Women in South Africa: Moving the Agenda Forward”. Continue reading
Heads of UN Agencies and Programme Managers
The United Nations Country Team recently held a three day retreat in the south of Johannesburg at which they focused on two key objectives: to assess the UN’s “fitness for purpose” in the South African context and in view of current work structures, as well as to build on existing cooperation and better engage with the Government on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Share your ideas and be heard… perhaps even in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations!
60 Students will be selected as delegates to the 2016 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum, 25-31 July, 2016, where they will create action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The students will present these action plans at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Continue reading
Never before has it been more urgent – or more possible – to end the practice of female genital mutilation, preventing immeasurable human suffering and boosting the power of women and girls to have a positive impact on our world.
The urgency can be seen in the numbers. New estimates reveal that in 2016 at least 200 million girls and women alive now have undergone some form of FGM. The numbers keep growing both because more countries are paying attention to FGM and collecting data – which represents good progress– and because progress in ending the practice is not keeping pace with population growth – which is not at all good. If current trends continue, more girls will be cut every year by 2030 than today owing to high fertility rates and youthful populations found in most communities where FGM is prevalent. And since the practice increases risks in childbirth, it causes harm to today’s girls as well as the next generation. Continue reading