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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Ethical Leadership Seminar on leading like Mandela

The United Nations in South Africa in collaration with the Thembekile Mandela Foundation, the Public Service Commission, Tshwane University of Technology and Moral Regeneration Movement hosted an Ethical Leadership Seminar in honour of Nelson Mandela on the 19 July 2019. The seminar focused on inter-generational dialogue “LEADING LIKE MANDELA – DAWN OF A NEW ERA OF ETHICAL, VALUES-BASED AND CONSCIOUS LEADER”. Continue reading

The Secretary-General’s message on Nelson Mandela International day

On this day, we pay tribute to an extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality, and one of the most iconic and inspirational leaders of our time.  Nelson Mandela exemplified courage, compassion and commitment to freedom, peace and social justice.  He lived by these principles and was prepared to sacrifice his liberty and even his life for them. Continue reading

Transcript of the Joint Press Stakeout between the Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission

To fight terrorism and to prevent violent extremism are fundamental priorities for the African Union, for the [United Nations], for Africa and for the world.

First of all, we need to make sure that we have the capacity to fight terrorism on the ground, with adequate security mechanisms. And I want to pay tribute to those African forces, the Joint Force in Lake Chad, the G5 Sahel, AMISOM, in which so many African soldiers and police agents have perished in the fight against terrorism. But I do believe that we need African forces in peace enforcing and counter-terrorism operations to be much more effectively supported than in the past. That means with strong mandates from the Security Council of the United Nations and with predictable funding, namely through assessed contributions.

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Terrorism ‘spreading and destabilizing’ entire regions, Guterres warns States, at key Kenya conference

Secretary-General António Guterres visits a Training Centre in Kamakunji, Kenya, and talked to youth about countering violent extremism, and preventing radicalization.

“Trauma from terrorism” hurts families, communities and destabilizes entire regions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, as he expressed solidarity with victims of extremist attacks in Africa.

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UN-Media engagement to promote awareness on the SDGs in South Africa

                                      The United Nations in South Africa hosted a Roundtable Media Breakfast meeting with editors and senior journalists from various media agencies at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton in Johannesburg. The purpose of the breakfast meeting was to discuss mechanisms on how best media can promote and improve coverage of developmental issues in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within South Africa. Continue reading