The Ocean Conference takes place at UN Headquarters in New York on 5-9 June and will mobilize action by all stakeholders—leaders of governments, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions, the scientific community—to advance the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) which calls for efforts to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. SDG Media Zone (5-8 June)
During the week of the Conference, the UN Department of Public Information in collaboration with the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, UN Foundation and the Pvblic Foundation will host the SDG Media Zone—a live broadcast of interviews, panel discussions and other digital content—to engage people all around the world in the important conversations happening at the conference. Speakers include the UN Deputy-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, the President of the UN
Peacekeeping is cost effective, but must adapt to new reality
By António Guterres
When I entered the United Nations Secretariat building for the first time as Secretary-General in January, my first act was to lay a wreath honoring more than 3,500 United Nations staff who died in the service of peace. Later that same week, two Blue Helmets were killed in the Central African Republic, where they were working to prevent violent confrontations between communities from descending into mass killings. United Nations peacekeepers place themselves in harm’s way every day, between armed groups that are trying to kill each other or to harm civilians.
Africa’s fertile waters are powerful magnets for fishermen – both legal and illegal. With many coastal communities dependent on local fish for employment and food, overfishing threatens to destroy livelihoods – http://ow.ly/rcUT30bWnOZ #SDG14 #SaveOurOcean Follow the link for details on how to preserve and save our ocean https://oceanconference.un.org/
The United Nations in South Africa joined the Department of Science and Technology in celebrating Africa Day at the Freedom Park in Pretoria. The day is marked annually on 25 May to celebrate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (now called the African Union) in 1963. The theme for this year was “Celebrating the advancement of science in Africa with specific emphasis on the role of data collection in tracking the Sustainable Development Goals for informing policies.”
Learners from Nurul-Islam School during the career guidance session facilitated by UNIC Pretoria
24 May 2017 – As part of a series of discussions with secondary school learners on career guidance taking place at Nurul-Islam School in Lenasia, UNIC Pretoria was invited to interact with learners on career opportunities within the United Nations. The question-answer sessions first centered around the UN in general and then the work of the UN in South Africa. Further emphasis was placed on explaining the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
— Two fallen peacekeepers from South Africa to be honoured at ceremony at UN Headquarters –
The United Nation Headquarters will observe the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Wednesday, 24 May. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will lay a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeepers and will preside over a ceremony at which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal will be awarded posthumously to 117 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2016. Continue reading →
Durban, South Africa – Less than three years after reuniting with her husband in South Africa, following the political violence that forced their flight from Rwanda in 1999 and the subsequent disintegration of her family, 29 year old Chantal Uwamahoro was once again forced to bid him farewell but for the last time as he battled an illness that would eventually take his life.
15 MAY 2017 –United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Masimba Tafirenyika of Zimbabwe as Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Pretoria, an office that provides service to South Africa. Mr. Tafirenyika assumed his duties today.
Mr. Tafirenyika was most recently Chief of the Africa Section in the United Nations Department of Public Information and Editor-in-Chief of its Africa Renewal magazine, since 2009. Previously, he served as Officer-in-Charge of the Pretoria information Centre from 2008 to 2009, and as Deputy Director from 2006 to 2008.