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PRESS STATEMENT: United Nations supports President Ramaphosa’s fight against corruption, 6 August 2020

Pretoria: The United Nations in South Africa wishes to express its full support to the fight against corruption being waged by President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Government. In his address to the nation on 23 July on progress to contain COVID-19, the President spoke of the efforts the Government has undertaken in response to the pandemic and the difference these …


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South Africa: UN health agency sends experts to help battle against COVID-19

6 August 2020 – With the southernmost country on the continent, now among the top five of the world’s most affected, WHO underscored that it is critical to strengthen its COVID-19 response. “At this time, when the COVID-19 epidemic in South Africa is spreading rapidly, it is important that we work together to intensify our fight against the virus”, said …


Opening remarks for the Australian High Commissions Launch of the Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM) and the South Africa IDM Study by Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, UN Resident Coordinator

06 August 2020 – (As Delivered): Good morning to Her Excellency Ms Gita Kamath, Australian High Commissioner, Dr Helen Suich, Associate Professor Janet Hunt and Professor Sharon Bessell all from the Australian National University – as well as all the invited guests in attendance this morning. The launch of the Individual Deprivation Measure Report comes at a watershed time in …

Policy Brief: Education during COVID-19 and beyond

THE WORLD OF EDUCATION BEFORE COVID-19: Before the pandemic, the world was already fac- ing formidable challenges in ful lling the promise of education as a basic human right. Despite the near universal enrolment at early grades in most countries, an extraordinary number of children – more than 250 million – were out of school,2 and nearly 800 million adults …

‘Don’t make schools a political football’: senior WHO official calls for data-based COVID-19 strategies

4 August 2020 – Responding to questions from reporters at the regular WHO press briefing in Geneva, Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said “we can’t play Whack-a-mole. We need to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time”. The senior official said that the topic of school reopenings has become a …

COVID-19: UN and partners work to ensure learning never stops for young refugees

4 August 2020 – Global advocates for refugees are pushing to ensure the COVID-19 pandemic does not derail efforts for displaced children and young people to continue learning and eventually return to a real classroom. During a roundtable discussion held online on Monday, top UN officials, education ministers, and young refugees, together with representatives from the private sector and non-governmental …