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The United Nations Refugee Agency Second Annual Ramadan Iftar

Senior members of the Diplomatic Corps in Pretoria and the South African Muslim business community will gather at UNHCR’s offices in Pretoria on Friday, 17 May 2019

WHO: Valentin Tapsoba, Regional Director, Southern Africa, UNHCR; Amb. Mohamed Abdi Affey, Special Envoy, Horn of Africa, UNHCR; Leanne Manas, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador   WHAT: UNHCR Second Annual #BeTheLight Ramadan Iftar   WHEN: Friday, 17 May 2019 (17:00 – 19:00)   WHERE: UNHCR Regional Office for Southern Africa (Pretoria)   Senior…

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UNHCR and the Pan-African Parliament agree to step up cooperation on forced displacement

UNHCR and PAP agreed on measures to strengthen protection and find solutions for the forcibly displaced and stateless

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening cooperation with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), which was established to ensure the full participation of the African peoples in the African Union (AU). The MoU was signed at the seat of the PAP in Midrand,…

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UNICEF’s first-ever global report dedicated to early childhood education highlights a lack of investment in pre-primary education by the majority of governments worldwide, though South Africa’s enrollment rate is commendable

In South Africa, the report noted that 96.6% of 6-year-olds attended an educational institution

A World Ready to Learn: Prioritizing quality early childhood education – UNICEF’s first ever global report on pre-primary education – reveals that children enrolled in at least one year of pre-primary education are more likely to develop the critical skills they need to succeed in school, less likely to repeat…

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UNICEF supports calls to end all violence against children

UNICEF’s core focus in South Africa is on ending violence against children

UNICEF South Africa welcomes the decision by the Gauteng MEC for Social Development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza to close the Carletonville nursery school where allegations of serious abuse have surfaced against young children. The videos which emerged on social media have gone viral and UNICEF is appalled at the content of the…

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UNHCR rushes solar lamps to Cyclone Idai survivors in Mozambique

The delivery marks the first UNHCR distribution of aid in Mozambique, and is set to be followed by further deliveries

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today distributing 540 solar-powered lamps to some 2,000 survivors of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. The distribution will take place at the Picoco 1 displacement site, where some 600 families have sought safety after their homes were damaged or destroyed by the destructive impact of…

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South Africa: families flee deadly attacks against foreigners in Durban

Some 250 persons have sought safety and protection at Sherwood Mosque as well as in different police stations

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is extremely concerned over the violent attacks targeting foreign nationals, including refugees and asylum-seekers in the Durban area in KwaZulu-Natal Province.  At least six people have reportedly been killed and several others have been severely injured when mobs armed with metal rods and machetes broke…

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UNHCR rushing staff, supplies to assist people affected by Cyclone Idai

UNHCR efforts demonstrate solidarity with the people of the region who have for decades generously hosted refugees and shared their limited resources with them

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is working with governments and humanitarian partners in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to provide relief to the survivors of the Tropical Cyclone Idai which struck the east coast of southern Africa on 14 and 15 March. We are sending our emergency response teams - making…

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#FightRacism this Human Rights Day

The UN look forward to commemorating this day with South Africans to remind people of the fight against apartheid

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…

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UN Secretary-General’s message on International Women’s Day, New York, 8 March 2019

Last month, in Ethiopia, I spent time with African Girls Can Code, an initiative that is helping to bridge the digital gender divide and train the tech leaders of tomorrow

Gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to global progress on peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. We can only re-establish trust in institutions, rebuild global solidarity and reap the benefits of diverse perspectives by challenging historic injustices and promoting the rights and dignity of all.      In…

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WHO Consultation and Information meeting on the Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines for use in the 2019-2020 Northern Hemisphere Influenza Season - Beijing

Twice annually, WHO organizes consultations with an advisory group of experts to analyse influenza virus surveillance data generated by the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS)

On 18-20 February 2019, the WHO Consultation and Information meeting on the Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines for use in the 2019-2020 Northern Hemisphere Influenza Season will be held in Beijing, China. This is a closed meeting, only the opening session on Monday 18 February can be attended. The periodic replacement of…