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Commitment walk, song and colourful dance at UN Day celebrations

Pretoria – The employees of the United Nations in South Africa marked UN Day with a walk, song and dance in colourful outfits in Pretoria on Friday. About 100 workers from the organisation took to the streets to commemorate the day and raise awareness about Agenda 2030, which includes the 17 sustainable development goals for the world.

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Why the United Nations is still relevant to South Africa?

Nardos Bekele-Thomas is the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in South Africa.

The United Nations (UN) role in ending apartheid is well documented; what is less known is its relevance to a democratic South Africa (SA). As the world, this week, marks the UN’s 74th birthday amidst concerns over its ability to finance an ambitious development agenda, it is time for a sober reflection on why the global body is relevant to SA.

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UN hosts Youth Event at the National Botanical Gardens Pretoria

22 October 2019 – As part of the UN Day celebrations, the UN in partnership with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), The Department of Environmental Affairs and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), hosted 100 high-school learners from Thuto Balale, a school from Nellmaphius, to a day of fun and learning. The event was held at the National Botanical Gardens under the theme: ‘Our Planet. Our Future.’

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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