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

Special UN4U session at Mosupatsela Secondary School

Eugene Mahlehla, Health Promotion Officer at the Pretoria office. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Eugene Mahlehla, Health Promotion Officer at the Pretoria office. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

This week, the United Nations visited the Mosupatsela Secondary School in Krugersdorp, northwest of Johannesburg to give a talk to students about the role and work of the UN in South Africa. The visit was part of the UN4U, a week-long programme commemorated prior to UN Day on October 24.

Health Promotion Officer at the World Health Organization in Pretoria, Eugene Mahlehla gave a presentation to more than 40 History students aged between 16-18 years. He explained the mandate of the UN, its structures and targets in South Africa. He also spoke about South Africa’s contribution to UN peacekeeping missions in other African countries. Lastly, Eugene Mahlehla explained the importance of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the recent adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda’s new Strategic Development Goals, SDGs. Continue reading

The Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of Rural Women 15 October 2015

This year’s observance of the International Day of Rural Women falls just after last month’s landmark adoption by world leaders of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our challenge now is to seize the opportunity offered by this inspiring new framework to transform rural women’s lives.

Rural women are a significant, vital and sizeable proportion of humankind. They are farmers and farm workers, horticulturists and market sellers, business women and community leaders. Rural women are the backbone of sustainable livelihoods and provide food security for their families and communities. Their work is crucial not only for the progress of rural households and local economies, but also for national economies through rural women’s participation in agricultural value chains. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on World Food Day 16 October 2015

This year’s observance of World Food Day follows the landmark adoption by world leaders of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including a set of 17 goals to guide our work towards a future of dignity and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.

How we choose to grow, process, distribute and consume the food we eat has a profound effect on people, planet, prosperity and peace. Delivering on the promise of the 2030 Agenda will not be possible without rapid progress towards ending hunger and undernutrition. In the same way, delivering on the commitment to end hunger forever, for all people, will not be possible without major gains across the new Agenda. Continue reading

UN Women South Africa and Coca-Cola celebrate the accomplishments of Micro-entrepreneurs – iBusiness Journey Yami

Women entrepreneurs celebrating in song and dance at the iBusiness Journey Yami event, Incubation Hub. Photo: UN Women

Women entrepreneurs celebrating in song and dance at the iBusiness Journey Yami event, Incubation Hub. Photo: UN Women

UN Women and Coca-Cola South Africa hosted the iBusiness Journey Yami at Riversands Incubation Hub on 1 October 2015. This event celebrated the accomplishments of female micro-entrepreneurs from South Africa. The event was represented by 150 with more than 17 000 women reached since 2013.

With the support of local implementing partner, Hand in Hand Southern Africa the project seeks to train a total of 25,000 entrepreneurs many of whom are running small retail businesses. They will equip them with business skills, leadership training and mentoring. The programme is part of the Coca-Cola Company 5by20 global project which aims to empower 5 million female entrepreneurs across the company’s value chain by 2020. Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on the International Day Of The Girl Child 11 October 2015

The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals rightly include key targets for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They offer an opportunity for a global commitment to breaking intergenerational transmission of poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination – and realizing our vision of a life of dignity for all. Continue reading

The Secretary General — Message on World Day Against The Death Penalty 10 October 2015

Seven decades ago, only 14 countries had abolished the death penalty. Today, 82 per cent have either introduced moratoria by law or in practice, or have abolished the death penalty.

This year’s observance of the World Day against the Death Penalty draws attention to this progress and focuses on the death penalty and drug crimes.  Continue reading

The Secretary-General — Message on World Habitat Day 5 October 2015

Each year on World Habitat Day, we reflect on the state of human settlements and on what we want the cities of the future to look like.

This year’s observance follows the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – an inspiring new framework that will guide our efforts to end poverty and ensure prosperity for all on a healthy planet. Continue reading