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UNIC Pretoria marks International Day of Peace with students in Pretoria

23rd September 2016 Articles, Latest News, News and Media, Outreach Activities, SDGs, UN Activities, UN days & Observances
UNIC visit to Curro Independent School in Roodeplaat Pretoria for teh International Day of Peace commemoration

UNIC visit to Curro Independent School in Roodeplaat Pretoria for teh International Day of Peace commemoration

PRETORIA – 21 September 2016 – 

This year, to commemorate the International day of Peace, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) partnered with UN Volunteers and the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) to educate learners on peace and its link to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The day began at Curro Independent School in Roodeplaat where primary school learners were informed and quizzed about their knowledge of the UN and what peace means to them with many saying that peace “is to not fight and to find solutions to conflicts”

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South Africa’s Health Minister urges employers to support Breastfeeding mothers in the workplace

29th July 2016 Articles, Information for Media, Latest News, News and Media

 

Photo credit: www.returnofkings.com

Photo credit: www.returnofkings.com

The Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi says the low rate of exclusive breastfeeding in South Africa and many parts of the world is concerning as breastfeeding contributes to child survival.

“It is of great concern that exclusive breastfeeding rates globally and in our country are extremely low. Globally it is estimated that only 36% of moms breastfeed their infants for at least 6 months. In South Africa we estimate that only 39% of mothers breastfeed exclusively for 14 weeks after the baby is born and the figure is much lower at 6 months at only 8%. Our exclusive breastfeeding rates are amongst the lowest in the world. We must all work harder to ensure that we support mothers to exclusively breastfeed for at least six months and rapidly reach a target of at least 50% of mothers breastfeeding for at least 6 months after the infant in born. This will require an extra mile by all of us to encourage and support breastfeeding mothers by improving their workplace and social environment,” said the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. (more…)

UNASA hosts 4th Annual Model United Nations: South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference

14th July 2016 Articles, Latest News, News and Media, SDGs
Presenters: Ms. Thabang Mashego – Altitude Connection, Mr. Ntokozo Mahlangu – UNIC, and Ms. Karen Lingerfielder - DIRCO

Presenters: Ms. Thabang Mashego – Altitude Connection, Mr. Ntokozo Mahlangu – UNIC, and Ms. Karen Lingerfielder – DIRCO

The United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA), with the support of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), is hosting its 4th Annual Model United Nations: South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference. Running from 12 – 15 July, student delegates from various universities have gathered at the University of Pretoria to discuss the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

The conference holds model UN debates in which pupils from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds come together and debate on various topics relating to the United Nations and its goals. Based on the principles and format of a UN General Assembly debate, the Model UN provides an opportunity for improving relations between South African high school pupils from diverse backgrounds, while teaching them about the UN, international relations and issues of global and national importance. The project has always been funded in its entirety by the South African corporate sector.

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UNIC supports SAIIA Young leaders

14th July 2016 Articles, Information for Media, Latest News, Model UN, News and Media, Press Releases
SAIIA delegates and the deputy minister  Nomaindiya Mfeketo of the Department of International Relations and Coopertation

SAIIA delegates and the deputy minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo of the Department of International Relations and Coopertation

Seventy-five inspiring, young leaders,  gathered at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) to host their own negotiation session themed: ‘Connecting the past to the present: Young South Africans shaping a sustainable future’. The session was hosted as part of the fourth Young Leaders Conference and focused on equipping South African youth with knowledge and understanding of local and international issues connected to sustainability and helping them to tackle current challenges such as climate change, HIV/AIDS and women empowerment.

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UNAIDS warns that after significant reductions, declines in new HIV infections among adults have stalled and are rising in some regions

12th July 2016 Articles, Information for Media, Latest News, Model UN, News and Media, Press Releases

Globally, new HIV infections among adults and children were reduced by 40% since the peak in 1997. However, new analysis from UNAIDS shows that new HIV infections among adults have stalled, failing to decline for at least five years. The report outlines what is needed to step up prevention efforts

GENEVA, 12 July 2016A new report by UNAIDS reveals concerning trends in new HIV infections among adults. The Prevention gap report shows that while significant progress is being made in stopping new HIV infections among children (new HIV infections have declined by more than 70% among children since 2001 and are continuing to decline), the decline in new HIV infections among adults has stalled. The report shows that HIV prevention urgently needs to be scaled up among this age group. (more…)