“Human Rights Day falls on 10 December every year, the day when, back in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the world’s most widely translated* and possibly most influential document – was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, itself just three years old at the time.”
“Thanks to the Universal Declaration, the daily life of millions has been improved, untold human suffering has been prevented and the foundations for a more just world have been laid. While its promise is yet to be fulfilled, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.” Continue reading
The Secretary-General is closely following developments in Zimbabwe and calls for continued calm. He underlines the importance of resolving political differences through peaceful means, including through dialogue and in conformity with the country’s Constitution.
Major Pearl Block, Information Operations Officer with the UN Stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). Photo: UNIC Pretoria
15 November 2017 – United Nations peacekeeper Major Seitebatso Pearl Block was commended on Wednesday for developing a Mission-wide, short message service (SMS) campaign to combat gender-based abuse by connecting with women in remote parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
St Johns Convent School in Bronkhorstspruit hosted the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) for a briefing on the UN on 27 October 2017,
The students were briefed about the work of the UN, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the “Together campaign”. The learners engaged UN staff in thought provoking discussions. It was apparent in the discussions that the learners had a fair understanding of international affairs. The following are some of the pertinent questions posed by learners:
UNESCO, 12 October 2017
After receiving official notification by the United States Secretary of State, Mr Rex Tillerson, as UNESCO Director-General, I wish to express profound regret at the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from UNESCO.
President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak
20 September 2017 – Warning that Africa is beset by the double scourge of the disparity of the global economy and illicit financial outflows, South African President Jacob Zuma today called on the United Nations to play a central role in tackling both issues, which are major obstacle to full development.