Archive for October, 2008

World Food Day 2008 Commemorated in South Africa

31st October 2008 Uncategorized

Pretoria – The FAO Representation Office celebrated the 2008 World Food Day by going back to the farmer. This year, WFD took place in Idutywa, a rural village in the Eastern Province of South Africa. Idutywa’s economy is highly dependent on subsistence farming therefore it was fitting for the celebrations to be held there. (more…)

World Food Day, 16 October 2008

9th October 2008 Uncategorized

The World Food Day theme for 2008 is “World Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy“. Rarely has World Food Day assumed greater meaning than at the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of hungry people, notes FAO’s Chief of World Food Day events, Sidaty Aidara. (more…)

Human Rights High Commissioner Pillay highlights pattern of xenophobic attacks after brutal killing of Somali family in South Africa

7th October 2008 Uncategorized

Geneva – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today condemned the murders of a Somali mother and her three children in South Africa and urged the authorities to take quick and effective measures to protect foreign migrants and refugees from any further attacks. (more…)

Model United Nations Conference to be held in Cape Town: 10th – 13th October

7th October 2008 Uncategorized

Pretoria, South Africa – The finals of the South African Model United Nations Debate competition will be held this week at the Cape Town Metropolitan Chambers on the 10th and 11th of October 2008. An awards ceremony will then be held on Robben Island on Monday, 13 October where 12 learners will be selected to represent South Africa in an international Model UN Competition in New York in early 2009. (more…)

No harmony without inclusion

6th October 2008 Uncategorized

“Can we celebrate today World Habitat Day with joy and hope?”

This year’s theme is “Harmonious Cities”.  Are the world cities heading towards harmony? One of every three city dwellers lives in a slum. The growth of slums in the last 15 years has been unprecedented. Today there are approximately 998 million slum dwellers in the world. UN-HABITAT estimates that if current trends continue. They will be 1.4 billion by 2020. (more…)