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Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists: Applications invited for Journalism Fellowships at United Nations Headquarters

The fellowships are open to journalists who are native to the mainly developing countries in Africa, Asia (including Pacific Island nations), and Latin America/the Caribbean

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists for its 2019 fellowship program. The application deadline is March 1, 2019. The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, who are interested in coming to New York to report…

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South Africa and the United Nations celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (#standup4humanrights)

The event will also be attended by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Advocate Michael Masutha, as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Michelle Bachelet

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event will also be attended by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Advocate Michael Masutha, as well as the United…

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Constitution Hill to #GoBlue as UNICEF Celebrates World Children’s Day

Poet and activist Lebohang Masango appointed Volunteers Advocate for UNICEF on World Children’s Day

Today, on World Children’s Day, activations reached momentum when Constitution Hill’s Women’s Jail was lit in blue and the statue of a child was unveiled with a permanent home at this iconic space. World Children’s Day – celebrated on 20th November – is a global day of action ‘for children,…

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UNICEF and the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) 2018 - What it means for children in South Africa

More than R32 billion of government spending will be reprioritised over the next three years, and there are important gains for children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is encouraged that the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) represents the first major government policy statement since 2012 which does not further decrease the spending ceiling available to national, provincial and local governments.    This critical policy statement recognises that constant expenditure cuts might…

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

The games are expected to bring together about 1,000 UN staff from 23 African countries who will compete in 12 sports disciplines

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…

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Netrepreneurs: The Rise of Africa's Digital Lion; 8 August 2018 – 13:00-17:30; Linder Auditorium; Johannesburg, South Africa

Across Africa, eCommerce platforms flanked by payments, logistics, tourism and big data partners are starting to lift national economies. During "Netrepreneurs: The Rise of Africa's Digital Lions", an event jointly organized by Alibaba Business School, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Jack Ma Foundation, thought…

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The end of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the time to prepare for the next one

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

July 24 marked the end of the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This was the DRC’s ninth Ebola outbreak. In fact, the Ebola virus was first identified there in 1976.  Previous outbreaks had been confined to isolated rural areas but this one involved…

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State of Food and Nutrition Security and Vulnerability in Southern Africa, 2018

The report will provide estimates of the number and proportion of food and nutrition insecure and vulnerable people in the region

On 09 July 2018, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat will release an updated state of food and nutrition security and vulnerability in Southern Africa in 2018. The information is consolidated by the SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (RVAA) Programme, from 2018 vulnerability assessment and analyses (VAA) conducted…

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South Africa: World Environment Day Celebration

This year’s event will take place at the CSIR in Pretoria on Tuesday, 5th of June

We all can play a crucial role in combatting pollution and preserving the environment.   To commemorate World Environment Day on 5 June 2018, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) in South Africa in partnership with Plastic SA are encouraging South Africans to #BeatPlasticPollution. This year’s event will take place at the…