OR Tambo Debate Series – the new dynamic to support the National Development Plan

Panelists (L-R): CEO of Inchor Coal NV,Ms Nku Nyembezi-Heita, Head of NPC Secretariat, Mr Khulekani Mathe, Moderator of the debate, Siki Mgabadeli, COSATU Strategist, Mr. Neil Coleman and Vice Chancellor and Principal of Wits University, Prof. Adam Habib. Pic: WSG

Panelists (L-R): CEO of Inchor Coal NV,Ms Nku Nyembezi-Heita, Head of NPC Secretariat, Mr Khulekani Mathe, Moderator of the debate, Siki Mgabadeli, COSATU Strategist, Mr. Neil Coleman and Vice Chancellor and Principal of Wits University, Prof. Adam Habib. Pic: WSG

Since the adoption of the National Development Plan (NDP), the government has shifted its focus towards achieving the goals set out in the plan. In an attempt to contribute and assist government to effectively implement priorities outlined in the plan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa in partnership with the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME); the Tambo Foundation (TF), and the Wits School of Governance (WSG) agreed to collaborate on an ambitious programme to support this new focus.

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Readout of the Secretary-General’stelephone call to H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of SouthAfrica

unflagThe Secretary-General spoke with H.E.Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa. He acknowledgedSouth Africa’s leading role in addressing pressing global issues, particularlywith respect to peace and security in Africa and the Climate Change agreement.He thanked President Zuma for the constant support he has given to theSecretary-General on these issues.

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Tweeting 71 years of the UN – UN Day Twitter Party

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A student engages with Under Secretary-General and Head of the Department of Communication and Public Information at the UN, Ms Cristina Gallach

UNIC Pretoria celebrated UN Day on Monday, 24th October by hosting a Twitter Party at the Rosa Parks Innovation Studio in Soweto, south of Johannesburg. The event, in partnership with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), aimed at bringing learners together in the digital world and affording them the opportunity to interact with Under Secretary-General and Head of the Department of Communication and Public Information at the UN, Ms Cristina Gallach.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

unflagThe Secretary-General regrets the decision of the South African Government to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. He recalls the significant role played by South Africa in the establishment of the International Criminal Court, including as one of the first signatories of the Rome Statute. He hopes South Africa will reconsider its decision before its withdrawal takes effect.

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THE SECRETARY — GENERAL — MESSAGE ON UNITED NATIONS DAY, 24 October 2016

This year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations.

Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfill the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Secretary-General takes note of the conclusion of the national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He commends Edem Kodjo, the African Union Facilitator for the dialogue, as well as participants to the talks for their work and commitment towards a peaceful solution to the crisis in the context of the electoral process.  Continue reading