United Nations in South Africa contributes relief supplies to the City of Tshwane floods victims

Pretoria – The United Nations in South Africa today contributed relief supplies to residents of the City of Tshwane who were affected by recent floods. The supplies were presented by the head of the UN in South Africa, Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, and received by the city’s Acting Executive Mayor, Cllr. Abel Tau, on behalf of the flood victims.

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Social Cohesion: recognizing #Migration is a benefit that works for all – International Migrants Day

OpEd by IOM Director General António Vitorino: Too often, when we speak of migrants, we find ourselves having to speak about moments of extreme hardship, caught up in a narrative of crisis. Those who find themselves in detention in Libya, trafficked in the back of trucks, having sought new lives away from failing states, conflict and disaster.

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Edward K. Ndopu, a global human rights activist, is awarded the inaugural United Nations in South Africa Partnership Award

Pretoria, 10 December 2019 – The United Nations in South Africa today presented the UN in SA Partnership Award to a South African activist, Edward K. Ndopu “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to human rights advocacy”. The award ceremony, which took place at a seminar held in Pretoria on the importance of multilaterism, was jointly organized by the UN and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).

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Message by United Nations in South Africa on the occasion of the International Anti-Corrption Day 2019

As delivered by Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in South Africa, on 09 November 2019: Programme Director, Prof. Fikeni, Minister for Public Service and Administration Honourable Senzo Mchunu, Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Africa Professor Makhanya, Chairperson of the Public Service Commission Advocate Richard Sizani, National Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Shamila Batohi, Lieutenant General Lebeya, from the Hawks, Former Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela,

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PRESS STATEMENT Ensuring that people and communities have the power to choose, to know, to thrive and to demand is the key to ending AIDS

NAIROBI/GENEVA, 26 November 2019—A new report by UNAIDS, Power to the people, released ahead of World AIDS Day, shows that where people and communities living with and affected by HIV are engaged in decision-making and HIV service delivery, new infections decline and more people living with HIV gain access to treatment.

Game-changing approaches, such as medicine to prevent HIV (PrEP), integration of contraceptive services with HIV testing, viral load suppression (U = U), harm reduction, and comprehensive sexuality education, give people the power to protect themselves from HIV and, for people living with HIV, the power to thrive

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PRESS RELEASE: United Nations in South Africa calls for support for the President’s plan as it marks 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence

Pretoria, 25 November 2019 – The United Nations in South Africa will join government, civil society and the private sector in marking 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence starting on 25 November on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This year, the UN’s commemoration of 16 Days will focus on galvanising support for the President’s Emergency Plan of Action on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide with an aim to see a drastic reduction in such cases within the next six months.

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PRESS RELEASE: UNHCR urges peaceful resolution of protest in its Pretoria compound

Some 150 foreign nationals, involved in a protest since 8 October outside UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s office in Pretoria, South Africa, have forced their way into the compound this morning. The group may include refugees and asylum-seekers. The majority of our staff were safely evacuated out of the building.

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