Satellite Session on South Africa: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend at Youth Conference, 9-11 June organized by the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) 2017

The United National Population Fund (UNFPA) in South Africa, hosted an engaging satellite session “South Africa: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend” during the Youth Conference on 10 June 2017 in Durban. The satellite session provided an opportunity for policy makers, civil society, youth and other stakeholders to consider the practical ways of optimising on the youth bulge and the necessary investments needed to reap the demographic dividend, including through access to health care, quality education, employment opportunities and business opportunities for young people. The session was moderated by UNFPA Youth Advisory Panel Members, Zanele Mabaso and Bhongo Sonti, who guided the discussions very well.

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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT

Today we pay tribute to the women, girls, men and boys who have suffered the atrocity of sexual violence in conflict, and we reaffirm our global commitment to eliminate this scourge.

Rape and sexual violence in conflict are tactics of terrorism and war, used strategically to humiliate, degrade and destroy, and often to pursue a campaign of ethnic cleansing.  They should never be downplayed as war’s inevitable by-product.  Sexual violence is a threat to every individual’s right to a life of dignity, and to humanity’s collective peace and security.

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SDGs Student Photo Contest 2017 – Call for Applications!!

UNIC Tokyo will be organizing the Student Photo Contest along with Sophia University and also special cooperation from Getty Images Japan.

Following the success of last year’s contest, which amassed a total of 624 entries from 47 countries as far and wide as Afghanistan and Brazil, UNIC is running the photo contest once again to promote awareness of SDGs among students worldwide; we are encouraging participants to choose one or more of the 17 SDGs that interests them most, and express what it means to them through a photograph.

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The Secretary-General’s message for the 100-day countdown to International Day of Peace

Upon taking up my duties as Secretary-General in January of this year, my very first act was to issue an appeal for peace — a call on citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to put peace first.

The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September, embodies our shared aspiration to end the needless suffering caused by armed conflict.  It offers a moment for the peoples of the world to acknowledge the ties that bind them together, irrespective of their countries of origin.  It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope that one day of peace can lead to another, and another, and ultimately to a stilling of the guns.

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The Secretary-General’s message on World Oceans Day, 8 June 2017

The oceans make our home a blue planet.  The oceans regulate climate, generate oxygen, and provide ecosystem services, energy and minerals. The life teeming below their surfaces and along the shorelines is a source of food and medicines.   Oceans connect all of us, linking people and nations in cultural ties, and they are essential for sharing goods and services across the world.  The importance of our oceans to every single living being on our planet cannot be overstated. Today, we celebrate all that the oceans give us, and reaffirm our commitment to being good stewards.

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UNIC Pretoria Library hosts Tshwane Leadership Foundation for further Engagement on Sustainable Development Goals

Tshwane Leadership Foundation (TLF) in a group discussion on SDGs at the UNIC Pretoria Library, South Africa

UNIC Pretoria Library invited five communities within the Tshwane Leadership Foundation (TLF) forum to participate in the celebration of the child protection week and forge interactive discussions to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Opening Ceremony of UN Ocean Conference during the Fijian traditional welcome ceremony

Secretary-General António Guterres (centre at right) during the Fijian traditional welcome ceremony to open the Conference. 05 June 2017, New York (UN Photo/Mark Garten)

The UN Ocean Conference is taking place at UN headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day (8 June). Co-chaired by Fiji and Sweden, the Conference aims to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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PRESS RELEASE : UN Secretary-General opens Ocean Conference, calling on countries to set aside short-term gain to avoid catastrophe

Conference focuses attention on ocean pollution, overfishing and climate impacts

New York, 5 June— Warning that the special relationship between people and the ocean that brings untold benefits for life is under threat as never before, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the opening of the Ocean Conference that the problems of the ocean—all created by human activity, can all be reversed and prevented with decisive, coordinated action.

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