UNCG Retreat

UNCG Retreat (South Africa). Photo : UNIC

UNIC Pretoria hosted the UNCG Retreat to discuss priorities for 2017. The purpose of the retreat was to develop a work plan with clear activities for the year ahead. The meeting was well attended with representatives from Office of the Resident Coordinator, International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF, UN Women, UNHCR, UNEP and the UN Information Centre (UNIC).

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UNIC Pretoria observed International Mother Language Day 21 February

UNIC Pretoria in partnership with the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) through its outreach unit, Centre for the Books in partnership with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Library, City of Tshwane Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library, Gauteng Department of Education and Mzantsi Spelling Bee celebrated International Mother Language Day (IMLD) in a series of events which included an exhibition that was held on the 21 February 2017 at the City of Tshwane Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library, and a celebration on the 25th February, held at the Wynand Marias Hall in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

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Sustainable Development Goals critical for better future for all – deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed addresses the Operational Activities for Development Segment of ECOSOC. Cristián Barros, Vice-President of ECOSOC is at right. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

28 February 2017 – Delivering her first address as the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed underlined that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are essential for a safe and secure future that brings prosperity, opportunity and human rights for all.

“Around the world, success in achieving the SDGs will ease global anxieties, provide a better life for women and men and build a firm foundation for stability and peace in all societies, everywhere,” said Ms. Mohammed at the opening of the 2017 UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) segment on Operational Activities for Development.

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International Mother Language Day 21 February

UNESCO Director-General’s Message

On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, UNESCO restates its wholehearted commitment to linguistic diversity and multilingualism. Languages express who we are, they structure our thoughts and identities. There can be no authentic dialogue or effective international cooperation without respect for linguistic diversity, which opens up true understanding of every culture. Access to the diversity of languages can awaken the curiosity and mutual understanding of peoples. That is why learning languages is at one and the same time a promise of peace, of innovation and of creativity.

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Statement attributable to the UN Secretary-General’s Spokesperson on The Gambia

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the occasion of The Gambia’s  notification of rescission of its withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court 

On 10 February, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of The Gambia to the United Nations delivered to the Secretary-General notification of the country’s rescission of its withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

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Southern and Eastern African countries agree on urgent actions to tackle armyworm and other crop pests and animal diseases

Strengthening national and regional early warning systems, response and preparedness plans

16 February 2016, Harare – Sixteen East and Southern African countries agreed today on urgent plans of action aimed at boosting the region’s capacity to manage emerging crop pests and livestock diseases, including armyworm and avian influenza.

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Regional Emergency Meeting for emerging pests and diseases kicks off in Harare, Zimbabwe

Calls for enhanced capacities to prepare for and respond to emerging pests and diseases

15 February 2017, Harare – A three-day Regional Emergency Meeting discussing new transboundary crop and livestock pests in Southern Africa kicked off today with a call for increased investment in preparedness and response capacities to new and endemic threats in Southern Africa.

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        For too long, discriminatory stereotypes have prevented women and girls from having equal access to education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As a trained engineer and former teacher, I know that these stereotypes are flat wrong. They deny women and girls the chance to realize their potential – and deprive the world of the ingenuity and innovation of half the population. On this International Day, I urge commitment to end bias, greater investments in STEM education for all women and girls as well as opportunities for their careers and longer-term professional advancement so that all can benefit from their ground-breaking future contributions.