State of the World’s Children 2019: Children, Food and Nutrition Report

Poor diets damaging children’s health worldwide, warns UNICEF

Poverty, urbanisation, climate change and poor eating choices driving unhealthy diets,
South Africa has the highest percentage of overweight children under 5 and adolescents 10-19 years in the Eastern and Southern Africa region.

Pretoria, 15 October 2019 – An alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them, UNICEF warned today in a new report on children, food and nutrition.

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Rural women a ‘powerful force’ for global climate action: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

Rural women and girls across the world are a “powerful force” in global action to respond to climate change, according to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

In a message to mark the International Day of Rural Women, observed annually on 15 October, the UN chief said that “listening to rural women and amplifying their voices is central to spreading knowledge about climate change and urging governments, businesses and community leaders to act.” Continue reading

Statement for International Day of Rural Women by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Rural women and girls building climate resilience

“Millions of rural women and girls around the world are building essential climate resilience at home, at work and in their communities. They play significant roles in agriculture, food security, nutrition, and the management of land and natural resources. In fact, globally, one in three employed women work in agriculture, with indigenous women in particular safeguarding land and knowledge. Continue reading

Secretary-General’s Message for International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2019

“Today, more than 1 billion girls younger than 18 are poised to take on the future. Every day, they are challenging stereotypes and breaking barriers. Girls are organizing and leading movements to tackle issues such as child marriage, education inequality, violence and the climate crisis. As the theme of this year’s observance underscores, they are proving to be unscripted and unstoppable. Continue reading

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl, 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019 – There’s no doubting the unstoppable power of today’s young women and girls to stand up for their rights and the future they want. They are a fierce force to be reckoned with. I see the marches, hear their clear voices, and witness their impatient challenge to systems and societies that are too slow to take action on issues of both personal and global concern. From resisting violence against women, to climate action, to asserting the rights of a girl and a woman to determine what happens to her body, UN Women stands by them and works to amplify their power and their calls for change. Continue reading

UN joins Exhibitors to mark the Climate Diplomacy Week

Johannesburg, 1 October 2019 – UNIC Pretoria attended and exhibited at the Climate Diplomacy Week from 30 September – 4 October 2019 at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. The event consisted of a series of discussions and presentations on the green economy, climate issues and career opportunities. The event was hosted by South African Institute of Internal Affairs (SAIIA) in partnership with the European Union in South Africa. Continue reading