UNIC Pretoria hosts Youth Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals

Pretoria, 12 September 2019 – The United Nations Information Centre Library, in partnership with the Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), welcomed young students and working professionals from various organizations (including the South African National Defence Force), for an interactive discussion workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Continue reading

Dr. Esther Mahlangu receives the first UNHCR Southern Africa NGO and Multi-Stakeholder Award in recognition of inclusivity and empowerment

Pretoria, 5 September 2019 – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in cooperation with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will organize the first ever UNHCR Africa Consultations with NGOs and Multi-stakeholders under the theme “Whole of Society Approach – Working better together” in Johannesburg on 10-11 September. UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner (Operations) Mr. George Okoth-Obbo will be attending the event from UNHCR Headquarters. The consultations envisage to represent voices across races, ethnicities, gender and age to more holistically address challenges, issues as well as benefits of displacement. Continue reading

United Nations condemns perpetual acts of gender-based violence and femicide and calls on men to stand up against violence

Pretoria – The United Nations in South Africa strongly condemns the violent murders of 19-year old student Uyinene Mrwetyana, boxing champion Leighandre Jegels and many other women and girls who have become victims of gender-based violence in recent days. We extend our deepest sympathies to their families. Continue reading

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe renews Japan’s pledge to boost investment in Africa from the country’s private sector to more than $20 billion over the next three years, in the hope of facilitating the giant market’s development.

 “I make this pledge to you,” Abe told African leaders who gathered for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. (Kyodo News, Japan)

African countries have called for more Public Private Partnership projects between their governments and Japanese entities. In a speech delivered by African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki at the opening ceremony of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7), African states advanced that the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) model of development was the most ideal approach of achieving sustainable development on the continent. (Kenya Broadcasting Corp)

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UNAIDS welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director

PRETORIA, 15 August 2019 — UNAIDS warmly welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director. Ms Byanyima has more than 30 years of experience in political leadership, diplomacy and humanitarian engagement.

“I am honoured to be joining UNAIDS as the Executive Director at such a critical time in the response to HIV,” said Ms Byanyima. “The end of AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 is a goal that is within the world’s reach, but I do not underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead. Working with all its partners, UNAIDS must continue to speak up for the people left behind and champion human rights as the only way to end the epidemic.” Continue reading

UN engages Youth on the UN Strategic Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF)

By Mankosi Singo: Pretoria, South Africa – On 13 August 2019, the UN in South Africa  under the leadership of UNFPA hosted a Youth Consultation Workshop on the United Nations Strategic Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) , under the theme: “Nothing for Us, Without Us”, as part of International Youth Day activities. The objective of the consultation was to mobilize support from various partners and UN Agencies around how best to work with the youth towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  Continue reading

UN attends the launch of 2019 Women’s Month South Africa

By Mankosi Singo

Pretoria, South Africa – The United Nations Women South Africa Multi-Country Office, in collaboration with the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, launched the 2019 Women’s Month Programme at an event held in Pretoria at the Sheraton Hotel on 31 July under the theme: “25 Years of Democracy: Growing South Africa Together for Women’s Emancipation”.

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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Secretary-General’s Message for 2019

Human trafficking is a heinous crime that affects every region of the world. Some 72 per cent of detected victims are women and girls, and the percentage of child victims has more than doubled from 2004 to 2016, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Most detected victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation; victims are also trafficked for forced labour, recruitment as child soldiers and other forms of exploitation and abuse.

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