UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon plants a special a tree in honour of Mandela Day in Durban
UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon recently attended the official opening of the International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban. During his visit, Mr Ban met with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and other senior government officials as well as civil society leaders. The UN Chief addressed media on the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on access to Medicines. More »
Sefako Makgatho Primary pupils
The UN Information Centre Library in Pretoria was a hive of activity this morning where dozens of school children from Sefako Makgatho Primary School in Attridgeville diplomats, UN partners and members of the public gathered to mark International Nelson Mandela Day.
The focus of the event was a UN donation of 60 school bags to the children, produced by a company called DeskBags which pioneered the idea of a special bag in which children can carry their books and use the hard flap-side of the bag as a lap desk. Made from recycled vinyl billboard materials, the bag flap is reinforced with ABS plastic, ensuring a hard and stable surface for children to write on, and is an innovative solution to the challenge of lack of school desks where children kneel on dusty floors, using the ground as a writing surface. More »
UN Secretaty-General Ban Ki-Monn and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Durban, 18 July 2016 – The Secretary-General today met with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the opening day of the AIDS2016 conference in Durban.
The Secretary-General commended South Africa for its progress in the fight against AIDS, particularly in giving access to treatment to people affected by HIV, recalling that the Durban Conference in 2000 had set very good guidelines to achieve such progress. However, he stressed that much remained to be done at the global level to ensure the ending of the epidemic by 2030.
Mr Ramaphosa expressed appreciation for the support lent by the United Nations, through leadership of the SG and UNAIDS in the fight against HIV and AIDS in South Africa and Globally. He expressed his best wishes to the UNSG for the remainder of his term of office.
The two leaders also discussed a number of regional issues. On South Sudan, they agreed on the importance of regional engagement to find a solution to the conflict. They also expressed their concern regarding the impact on civilians of recent incidents between security forces and the Renamo movement in Mozambique. On Lesotho, the Secretary-General appreciated the mediation efforts by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and on Burundi, he reiterated the need for an inclusive political dialogue, thanking South Africa for its efforts in facilitating such a dialogue. More »
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon with South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who is also the Co-Chairperson of the South Africa National Council
South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa this morning paid a courtesy call on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon ahead of the official opening of the 21 International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban. The courtesy call also falls on the Special International Mandela Day being celebrated in South Africa today. The UNSG commended the progress made in South Africa in fighting the HIV Aids epidemic and said South Africa had offered global leadership in this regard.
Nelson Mandela and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
Nelson Mandela International Day is an opportunity to reflect on the life and work of a legend who embodied the highest values of the United Nations.
Madiba was a model global citizen whose example continues to guide us in our work to build a better world for all.
Today, we remember a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement who worked tirelessly for peace and human dignity.