Archive for July, 2010

Coping with raiding elephants and hippos

19th July 2010 Uncategorized

FAO tests toolkit to lessen humans-wildlife conflict
Rome – Are raiding elephants bothering you? No problem. Drive them off with pepper spray. (more…)

UN Secretary-General sees the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as a Success

14th July 2010 Uncategorized

Cape Town – Following the final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the United Nations assesses the tournament as a great success for all involved parties. Irrespective of the result of the final, the real victor of the 2010 World Cup is Africa and the South African people. (more…)

The United Nations Celebrates Mandela Day

14th July 2010 Uncategorized

“We stand here today to salute the United Nations Organization and its Member States, both singly and collectively, for joining forces with the masses of our people in a common struggle that has brought about our emancipation and pushed back the frontiers of racism.”

South African President Nelson Mandela
Address to UN General Assembly
3 October 1994

Pretoria – In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/13 recognizes Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities. It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world. It is the first time that the UN has dedicated an International Day to an individual. (more…)

UN creates new structure for empowerment of women

5th July 2010 Uncategorized

Pretoria – In an historic move, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously on the 2nd of July to create a new entity to accelerate progress in meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide. (more…)

World Population Day, 11 July 2010: Everyone Counts

1st July 2010 Uncategorized

Pretoria – Counting everyone is an integral part of ensuring that we take everyone into account. Good demographic data is critical for planning schools, health systems and public transportation, for designing policies based on future population projections, for monitoring the effectiveness of service delivery and much more.