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Coronavirus and schools: Access to handwashing facilities key for safe reopening

“Access to water, sanitation and hygiene services is essential for effective infection prevention and control in all settings, including schools”, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General. “It must be a major focus of government strategies for the safe reopening and operation of schools during the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.” Historic disruption to education ________________________________ COVID-19 has created the largest …


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UN praises resilience and vision of younger generation, marking International Youth Day

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, which has upended young peoples’ lives and aspirations and heightened their vulnerabilities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres praised the younger generation’s resilience, resourcefulness and engagement. “They are the young people who have risen up to demand climate action. They are mobilizing for racial justice and gender equality and are the champions of a more …


Remarks by Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, UN Resident Coordinator in SA on International Youth Day

12 August 2020 – As we commemorate the United Nations International Youth Day – a day to celebrate our youth, our future and mainstream young peoples’ voices, and promote their engagement in political, social and economic processes and acknowledge them as partners for change in the implementation of Agenda 2030. Today, South Africa is witnessing the largest young population it …

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 …

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 …