Category Archives: Press Releases

#FightRacism this Human Rights Day

UNIC/PR/2019/03/19

Pretoria, South Africa – The United Nations in South Africa will join South Africans in commemorating Human Rights Day on Thursday, 21 March 2019 in Sharpeville and participate in the Human Rights Festival at the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. The day is of special importance to the UN and the global community as it also marks the International Day for the Elimination for Racial Discrimination, which was adopted in honour of the victims who lost their lives in the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. Continue reading

Statement: Take action to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030

Mary Oloiparuni was 13 when she was mutilated. Restrained in a doorway early one morning in her home, she was cut, bled profusely and experienced agonizing pain. The scarring she endured then continues to cause her pain today, 19 years later. It has made giving birth to each of her five children an excruciating and harrowing experience.

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Zimbabwe wins the United Nations All Africa Games with South Africa as the runner-up

Pretoria, South Africa – The Zimbabwean team won this year’s United Nations All Africa Games which ended over the weekend at Ingwenyama Conference and Sports Resort in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

Zimbabwe, which was led by the UN Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe, Bishow Parajuli, was the overall winner of the tournament, having won several in competitions including athletics and soccer. This is the country’s third consecutive year as winners. The host country, South Africa—which was led by the UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa, Nardos Bekele-Thomas—was the runner-up in the contest and Kenya finished third.

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United Nations All Africa Games kick off in South Africa on 31 August

Pretoria, South Africa – The 11th United Nations All Africa Games kick off on Friday, 31 August 2018 at Ingwenyama Conference and Sports Resort in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. The tournament is being hosted by the United Nations in South Africa.

The purpose of the UN Games is to promote a culture of peace and tolerance, mutual respect among staff and to emphasize the importance of UN’s ‘Delivering as One approach’.  The UN recognizes the value of sports towards public health and as a tool for raising awareness on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Press Release: Forced displacement above 68m in 2017, new global deal on refugees critical

Pretoria, 19 June 2018: Wars, other violence and persecution drove worldwide forced displacement to a new high in 2017 for the fifth year in a row, led by the crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan’s war, and the flight into Bangladesh from Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. Overwhelmingly it is developing countries that are most affected.

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PRESS RELEASE: United Nations joins South Africans to observer the Human Rights Day

Pretoria, South Africa: The United Nations in South Africa joins all South Africans in commemorating the Human Rights Day (21 March), which is also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The day was borne when, on that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, against the apartheid “pass laws”.

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Press Release: United Nations Youth Envoy engages with young girls at a school in Pretoria

13 February 2018 – UNIC/PR/2018/02/13

Pretoria, South Africa: The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, yesterday held an interactive discussion with young girls from the Young Rise Club at the Steve Tshwete Secondary School in Olievenhoutbosch, west of Pretoria. The club, a programme organized by non-profit organization Soul City, aims to empower girls on HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health.

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