UN WORLD DATA FORUM – CAPE TOWN, 15 – 18 January 2017

The first UN World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa from 15 to 18 January 2017, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
MEDIA ADVISORY – UN World Data Forum , Cape Town, 15 – 18 January 2017

The Secretary-General Appeal for Peace New York, 1 January 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

On my first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, one question weighs heavily on my heart.

How can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight?

Civilians are pounded with deadly force. Women, children and men are killed and injured, forced from their homes, dispossessed and destitute. Even hospitals and aid convoys are targeted.

No one wins these wars; everyone loses. Trillions of dollars are spent destroying societies and economies, fueling cycles of mistrust and fear that can last for generations. Continue reading

Africa Renewal’s December Issue


Africa Renewal’s December issue is out and we’re confident you will love the latest news on the current state of health and well-being in Africa. From jaw-dropping new technologies, the invisibility of mental illness to the maddening tales of the migrant’s struggle in a city near you, just to give you a glimpse of what’s ‘Inside the December Issue’. Grab a copy while it’s still hot:

VIDEO – INSIDE THE DECEMBER ISSUE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW0aF8CkQPA

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unflagThis has been another turbulent year for refugees and migrants.  We have seen the continued devastating effect of armed conflict on civilian populations, leading to death, destruction and displacement.  We have witnessed the unacceptable loss of thousands of lives of people in transit in the Mediterranean and elsewhere.  And, to add insult to injury, we have witnessed the rise of populist movements that seek to alienate and expel migrants and refugees, and to blame them for various ills of society.

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UNIC Pretoria observes 3rd Palestinian Cultural Week in South Africa

pal9The 29th November of each year is significantly observed as the UN international Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. This follows the adoption of the resolution 181(II) by the General Assembly in 1947 partitioning Palestine into two states. That resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State”. Of the two States to be created under this resolution, only one, Israel, has so far come into being.

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