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UN marks Madiba Day with school children from Atteridgeville

21st July 2016 Information for Media, Latest News, News and Media, Press Releases
Sefako Makgatho pupils with guests and speakers

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 commends South Africa for its leading role in tackling HIV and AIDS

19th July 2016 Information for Media, Latest News, News and Media, Press Releases

 

UN Secretaty-General Ban Ki-Monn and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

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 commends South Africa’s global leadership in HIV and AIDS fights

18th July 2016 Information for Media, Latest News, News and Media, Press Releases
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with South Africa's deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

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.

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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…)