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.
On the 29 October 2016, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in partnership with Proudly South African hosted the annual Diplomatic Fun Fair at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, under the theme: “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of O.R. Tambo.”
The 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.
On the 25th October 2016, the UNIC Pretoria team celebrated UN Staff Day by engaging in discussions on the SDGs.
NEW YORK (26 October 2016) – United Nations human expert Ikponwosa Ero today called on all government representatives gathered at the UN General Assembly to take urgent measures to put an end to the growing problem of violence and extreme discrimination against persons with albinism.
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.
On 14 October, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, speaking at the World Food Day commemoration event, at Nkume Sports Field in uMlalazi Local Municipality in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, advised that “Climate change is real and things must change”.
The 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.
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
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