Call for entries: Disarmament Poster Contest

Call for entries Disarmament Poster ContestIn commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the first UN General Assembly resolution, which established the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs is pleased to sponsor the UN Poster for Peace Contest.

The contest aims to raise awareness of the need for nuclear disarmament and to inspire citizens across the globe to add their voices, and use their artistic talents, to promote a world free of nuclear weapons. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Remarks to the General Assembly meeting on Global Awareness of the tragedies of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean basin with specific emphasis on Syrian Asylum seekers New York, 20 November 2015

I thank the General Assembly President for convening this important meeting.

A record 60 million people have been forced from their homes. Tragedies are multiplying – especially for the Syrian people.

Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and all first asylum countries have generously supported millions of desperate people. I applaud them – but having such few countries bear the global responsibility is simply not a sustainable solution. Continue reading

Major Investors Meet in Joburg to Mobilize Capital for Climate-Smart Infrastructure in African Cities

(Johannesburg, 20 November) – Major public and private investors and international experts on climate finance are gathering in Johannesburg for two days to recommend innovative ways to mobilize investment in low-emission, climate-proof infrastructure in African cities.

A select group of investors, including from banking associations, pension funds, financial institutions and corporations, is meeting on 23-24 November at Turbine Hall in Newton, Johannesburg. The event is organized by the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, in collaboration with the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. Continue reading

The United Nations South Africa at the Diplomatic Fun Fair 2015

Collaborative dance from India & South Africa. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Collaborative dance from India & South Africa. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

United Nations South Africa participated in the Diplomatic Fun Fair 2015 which was held at the Union Buildings on Saturday, 31 October 2015. The Fair is an annual event through which Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) aims, amongst other things, to provide the public with information about countries accredited to South Africa and afford government, business, the diplomatic community and other sectors the opportunity to learn and network. It offers a unique opportunity for all missions to showcase and promote cultural diplomacy through arts, music and cuisine. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2 November 2015

Today we remember the journalists and media workers who have been killed in the line of duty.

More than 700 journalists have been killed in the last decade — one every five days — simply for bringing news and information to the public.

Many perish in the conflicts they cover so fearlessly. But all too many have been deliberately silenced for trying to report the truth. Only 7 percent of such cases are resolved, and less than 1 crime out of 10 is even fully investigated. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on World Cities Day 31 October 2015

The theme of this year’s observance of World Cities Day — ‘Designed to Live Together’ — highlights the key role of urban design in building sustainable, socially integrated and prosperous urban environments.

Good design can help tackle climate change. It reduces the impacts of disaster.
It can help make our cities safer, cleaner, and more equal and integrative. It promotes equal access to services, jobs and opportunities, and fosters contentment. Continue reading

Reaching out to school children on the new SDGs through the UN4U Programme

Winners of the UN4U quiz at Dan Kutumela High School in Bronkhorstspruit during the UN4U educational outreach on the 14 October 2015.

Winners of the UN4U quiz at Dan Kutumela High School in Bronkhorstspruit during the UN4U educational outreach on the 14 October 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

The United Nations in Pretoria recently concluded a successful programme of educational outreach to nearly 900 students in ten schools around the country. The UN4U is a week-long programme commemorated by UN Information Centres globally, prior to UN Day on 24th October. Staff members including senior officials speak at local schools to share their different information about their programmes as well as about the UN work in peace keeping, tackling climate change, women empowerment, poverty reduction and other aspects. Continue reading

UN in South Africa turns Pretoria blue to mark its 70th anniversary

UN Blue March in Pretoria, to mark the 70th Anniversary of the UN. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

UN Blue March in Pretoria, to mark the 70th Anniversary of the UN. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Pretoria, South Africa, October 24, 2015– The United Nations in South Africa today took part in the global campaign to commemorate UN Day and the 70th anniversary of the organisation. 70 students from schools in Tshwane joined UN staff and members of the public dressed in the UN blue, took part in a peaceful walk from the UN offices to the Pretoria Technical High School where a variety of activities such as song, poems, dance and speeches, took place.

To mark the Day, more than 150 iconic monuments, buildings, museums, bridges and other landmarks in more than 45 countries around the world will be lit up blue – the official color of the United Nations. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on World Statistic Day 20 October 2015

Good data and statistics are indispensable for informed decision-making by all actors in society. This was explicitly acknowledged in 2014, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics to promote citizen’s entitlement to public information.

As countries and organizations embark on implementing the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, reliable and timely statistics and indicators are more important than ever. For that reason, World Statistics Day this year is being observed under the theme “Better data, better lives.” Continue reading