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UNIC Pretoria promotes SDGs at Adam Masebe Secondary School

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria visited Adam Masebe Secondary School in Hammanskraal Pretoria North and addressed the grade 9 learners on the UN and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“As part of inclusive participation without leaving anyone behind”, UNIC Pretoria addressed students by informing and educating them on the importance of the SDG’s as well as to highlight the history and work of the United Nations both nationally and globally.

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Annual UN women activists’ summit opens with focus on services, infrastructure

A wheelchair-bound Pakistani mother who yearned to visit a park without worrying about ramp access, and a young South Sudanese woman who dreams of having affordable health care, were among the speakers opening the United Nation’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s rights on Monday.

Addressing the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in a joint speech, Muniba Mazari and Mary Fatiya, both asked for basic social protections to be extended to women and girls around the world, based on need, and in line with their inalienable human rights.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Ethiopian Airlines crash

The Secretary-General was deeply saddened at the tragic loss of lives in the airplane crash today near Addis Ababa. He conveys his heartfelt sympathies and solidarity to the victims’ families and loved ones, including those of United Nations staff members, as well as sincere condolences to the Government and people of Ethiopia.

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PRESS RELEASE: South Africa hosts first-ever Africa Continental Play-based Learning Conference

Pretoria, South Africa, 11 February 2019

Ensuring that the children of Africa are adequately prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, as defined by its fast-paced social, economic and technological change, requires the re-thinking and re-imagining of traditional approaches to learning. An education system that supports the development of skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and creativity will be crucial for success.

A growing body of research is pointing to play-based learning as a key means of improving children’s academic performance and personal development. From infancy, children have a natural ability to learn about the world through play. Play-based learning creates a space in which children are free to experiment, explore, analyse, tackle and solve problems using their inherent capabilities such as curiosity and imagination.

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UN Secretary-General’s New Year’s Message – In 2019, ‘reasons for hope’ in a world still on ‘red alert’

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UN Photo/Evan Schneider: Secretary-General António Guterres delivers remarks on International Labour Day.

Last year, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued “a red alert” over a range of dangers confronting the world, which “still persist” as 2019 looms: “These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test,” the UN chief said on Saturday in his message for the New Year.

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‘Be the change’ we desperately need, UN deputy chief urges global youth

UN News/Rebecca Hearfield: UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed addressing the Africa Youth Development Summit, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Young people are the leaders and torchbearers the world “desperately needs” but they also face serious challenges when it comes to realizing their potential, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General has said. Addressing the African Youth Development Summit, in South Africa’s Johannesburg, Amina J. Mohammed said that young people “are seeing their pathways to participation blocked and their rights denied.”

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‘We need to do more’ to transform the world, deputy UN chief tells African audiences

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Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the World Aids Day Reception in Johannesburg, South Africa. 1 December 2018.

3 December 2018 SDGs – During her current trip to South Africa, Deputy-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has spoken at several events in Johannesburg, on the importance of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development – the UN’s blueprint to end extreme poverty, fight injustice, and protect the planet, ensuring that no one is left behind.

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On World Toilet Day, let us speak plainly about an issue that is often neglected

Op-ed by Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk on World Toilet Day                                                       As World Toilet Day approaches and there is more and more discussion about the importance of dealing with human waste, many people will become embarrassed or shocked, and some would rather avoid the subject altogether.

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PRESS RELEASE: “We don’t give up,” United Nations Secretary-General declares as the world marks the UN Day on 24 October

Pretoria, 23 October 2018 – The United Nations in South Africa commemorates United Nations Day, 24 October, which is observed annually as the day which marks the birth of the United Nations. The international organization was founded by the entry into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945, a document which has become the global representation of the aspirations for peace, freedom and human rights of the 193 Member States of the United Nations. United Nations Day has been internationally observed since 1948.
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