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

The club, a programme organized by non-profit organization Soul City, aims to empower girls on HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, yesterday (February 12, 2018) 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…

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United Nations Youth Envoy to meet young people and champion investments in Youth Development in a five-country visit to Africa

While in South Africa, the youth envoy will participate in the 8th African Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Johannesburg

The United Nations Youth Envoy, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, will undertake an official visit to South Africa from 11-15 February as part of her five-country visit to Africa. The objective of the visit, which will also take her to Senegal, Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria, is to meet young people on the ground, learn…

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Launch of Regional Statistical Report on Trafficking in Persons for the SADC Region

The report identifies a unique trend in the SADC region of the majority of victims of trafficking in persons being male, making up about 71% of all the victims identified

UNODC and SADC Secretariat will release an inaugural Regional Statistical Report on trafficking in persons, based on data uploaded into the SADC Regional Trafficking in Persons Data Collection System and also directly from law enforcement and other agencies in countries that are not yet linked to the System. This will…

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Southern Africa fall armyworm Stakeholders’ Meeting

Partnerships for fall armyworm response – Safeguarding food security and livelihoods

What: Southern Africa fall armyworm Stakeholders’ Meeting: Situational Update, Preparedness and Coordination   When: 30 November – 01 December 2017, (8:00 – 10:00 Opening Session) Where: Holiday Inn (near OR Tambo Airport), Johannesburg, South Africa Who: David Phiri – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Subregional Coordinator…

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Children: The key to South Africa’s social and economic transformation

The 12th issue of this annual review of South Africa’s children considers how the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals can create enabling environments in which all South Africa’s children not only survive, but thrive

South Africa is losing billions of rands in human potential each year because of an underinvestment in its children. If the country is serious about sustainable development, the potential of its children needs to be unlocked by prioritising investment in five key areas.   These and other findings will be…

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Woman peacekeeper wins the United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year award

Based in the eastern city of Goma, Major Seitebatso interacted extensively with Congolese women, men, girls and boys to better understand their concerns

A United Nations peacekeeper from South Africa was yesterday awarded the United Nations’ Military Gender Advocate of the Year in Vancouver, Canada.   Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, presented the award to Major Seitebatso Pearl Block as part of the UN Peacekeeping Defence…

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Engaging South Africa on FAO’s Internship, Volunteers and Fellowship programmes

The aim of the one-day seminar is to raise awareness about the FAO Internship, Volunteers and Fellowship programmes and to identify modalities and opportunities for collaboration, within the framework of South-South Cooperation

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Representation in South Africa and the Partnerships and South-South Cooperation Division of FAO Headquarters, with the support of the South African Government will convene a National Round Table Discussion on the FAO Internship, Volunteers and Fellowship programmes on 17 November…

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The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement: UNICEF South Africa highlights its implications for children

UNICEF is encouraged that proposed spending on basic education, health and social protection is projected to grow by 2 percent in real terms on average over the new 2018 MTEF

UNICEF South Africa believes that the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS 2017) affirms the commitment of the Government of South Africa to protect poor and vulnerable households. The MTBPS also lays out the persistent challenges for sustaining social services amidst difficult economic conditions which in turn affect budget revenues.…

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UNICEF report "Generation 2030 2.0 - Prioritizing investment in children to reap the demographic dividend" to be launched

The surge in Africa's child population mirrors the rise in the continent’s overall population, which itself is set to more than double, reaching 2.5 billion by 2050

Nowhere in the world today are children more central to a continent's future than in Africa, where they account for almost half of all inhabitants. The surge in Africa's child population mirrors the rise in the continent’s overall population, which itself is set to more than double, reaching 2.5 billion by 2050.   Demographic…

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The United Nations in South Africa opens exhibition at Apartheid Museum

The exhibition, which was organized in partnership with the museum and Brand South Africa, showcases the UN’s contribution in the fight against apartheid

The United Nations in South Africa yesterday launched its exhibition, “The Role of the United Nations in the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa” at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. The exhibition, which was organized in partnership with the museum and Brand South Africa, showcases the UN’s contribution in the…