Pretoria, South Africa – The United Nations in South Africa congratulates the newly sworn-in government under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa. “We congratulate President Ramaphosa for his appointment of a new government following last month’s successful elections,” said the UN Resident Coordinator, Nardos Bekele-Thomas, speaking on behalf of the UN system in South Africa. “We… Read More »
Albinism is a genetic condition that affects people throughout the world, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. Yet, tragically, people with albinism continue to suffer widespread discrimination, stigma and social exclusion. Very many, including children and women, are extremely vulnerable, isolated and subject to abuse and violence.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator in South Africa, Nardos Bekele-Thomas, today led a team of heads of UN agencies on a courtesy call on the new Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Ms. Bekele-Thomas congratulated the minister on her new appointment, adding that the UN was ready to receive guidance and direction… Read More »
World Environment Day highlights how much we all rely on nature and on our planet’s health. The quality of the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe — all depend on protecting the natural world. But the environment is facing unprecedented perils, caused by human activity. One million species are… Read More »
Fallen South African peacekeeper among those honoured : Ever since the UN deployed the first of its 72 peacekeeping missions back in 1948, more than 3,800 peacekeepers have lost their lives, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday, at a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of those “brave men and women” who serve. Speaking of “the true… Read More »
Today we honor more than one million men and women who have served as United Nations peacekeepers since our first mission in 1948. We remember the more than 3,800 personnel who paid the ultimate price. And we express our deepest gratitude to the 100,000 civilian, police and military peacekeepers deployed around the world today, and… Read More »