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Uniting Under Common Concerns Promoting Dialogue and Participation – World Radio Day

Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Radio Day

For this World Radio Day, we celebrate the unique, far-reaching power of radio to broaden our horizons and build more harmonious societies. Radio stations from major international networks to community broadcasters today remember the importance of radio in stimulating public debate, increasing civic engagement and inspiring mutual understanding, under the theme “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”.

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Joint UN-AU Statement on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in South Sudan

Joint UN-AU Statement on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in South Sudan

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smaїl Chergui, and United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director for UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka are appalled by the acts of sexual violence, including rape, committed against an estimated more than 150 women and girls recently near Bentiu in South Sudan.  Continue reading

UN Women Making the South African economy work for women: What will it take?

Caption: Women business leaders and entrepreneurs with (front row L-R): Ms Nozipho January-Bardill (UN Global Compact), Ms Wendy Lucas Bull (Chair of Absa Group), Ms Trudi Makhaya (Presidential Economic Advisor), Dr Nardos Bekele Thomas (UN South Africa Resident Coordinator), Ms Phumzile Langeni (Presidential Special Envoy on Investment), and Ms Anne Githuku-Shongwe (UN Women Country Representative). Credit: UN Women/Otae Mkandawire

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‘Selfless’ South Sudanese surgeon, who’s saved thousands of lives over 20 years, ‘humbled’ to receive top UN award 

UNHCR/Will Swanson
Dr. Atar Atahi sits with a refugee from Sudan and her malnourished son in the nutrition stabilization centre of Bunj Hospital in the town of Bunj, Maban County, South Sudan.

For 20 years, Doctor Evan Atar Adaha has been providing medical services to the conflict-affected people of Sudan and South Sudan and, on Monday, he received the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award, a prestigious prize given annually by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to honour the women and men who work tirelessly to provide life-saving help to people caught in humanitarian crises.

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#TotalShutDown: United Nations stands in solidarity with women of South Africa

Women and girls during the #Totalshutdown march to end gender based violence in South Africa.

Pretoria, 02 August 2018: The South African office of the United Nations in support of a violent free South Africa stood in solidarity with women and children in South Africa as part of the #TotalShutDown – Intersectional Women’s March Against Gender Based Violence under the slogan, “My Body, Not Your Crime Scene”. Women and girls in South Africa must have equal rights and opportunities and be able to live free from violence and discrimination. The United Nations continues to place emphasis on women’s equality and empowerment as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development. Ending gender-based violence is essential to achieving sustainable development alongside the targets set out to end gender-based violence by 2030.

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UNDP Africa partners with private sector to achieve Global Goals

With on-the-ground networks and the ability to swiftly adapt and innovate, the private sector is well-positioned to bring new solutions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) by 2030. In addition, the SDGs present significant opportunities for the private sector to open new markets and attract investments in sustainable development by leveraging companies’ core competencies, expertise and resources.

Young African entrepreneurs with potential to scale up across the region will soon have access to financing and support through a new innovative platform. Continue reading

UNDP and Accenture launch YAS! to expand opportunities for youth


Young African entrepreneurs with potential to scale up across the region will soon have access to financing and support through a new innovative platform.

YAS!, or Youth for Africa and SDGs, was launched at the Responsible Business Forum taking place in South Africa’s capital, Johannesburg, from 25-27 June 2018.  The platform is an online portal developed by UNDP in partnership with Accenture South Africa. It aims to address the four main pillars of the entrepreneurship ecosystem: Information, Mentorship, Funding and Network.

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Tshwane Youth talk SDGs

Tshwane Shaper Manuel Thomas Adriano, and panelists UN SDGs Technical Advisor (South Africa) Msingathi Sipuka, Tshwane Hub Incoming Curator Rivonia Pillay and AIESEC representatives Miguel Luis Oliveira and Jose Carlos

Pretoria, 15 May 2018: The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria, in partnership with the Tshwane Hub Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, hosted a Sustainable Development Goals Youth Forum at the UNIC library on the 15 May 2018, to enable the youth to have access to information that will equip them with knowledge regarding their role in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim was to help young people engage at the grassroots level in communicating the SDGs to a wider society and to raise more awareness of the 17 SDGs.

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Managing migration: why leadership matters

Local women hired to prepare meals to migrants at IOM Transit Center in Agadez, Niger. (Credit: IOM/Amanda Nero)

Louise Arbour, United Nations Special Representative for International Migration, calls on governments negotiating the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to seize the opportunity for collaboration, whilst demonstrating strong political leadership in explaining the benefits of migration to their people.

“Bureaucrats can make the rational arguments. Demagogues can make the publicly appealing ones. Only great political leaders can make both.”

Last December, Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU Commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship, writing in Politico, made the courageous, yet obvious and much- needed observation that “It’s time to face the truth. We cannot and never will be able to stop migration”.

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