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PRESS RELEASE – Universal Children’s Day: Two hundred world renowned writers come together for children’s rights

16th November 2016 Information for Media, Latest News, News and Media, Press Releases
The youngest of the three contributors is Michelle Nkamankeng from Johannesburg, who, at only seven years old, wrote and published her first book “Waiting for the waves.”

Michelle Nkamankeng

Seven-year old Michelle Nkamankeng from South Africa joins Chimamanda Adichie, Paulo Coelho, Christina Lamb, Nuruddin Farah and writers from around the world to pen        ‘Tiny Stories’ highlighting the world they want for children 

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PRESS RELEASE – UNDP Launches New Publication on Climate and Weather Services in Africa

11th November 2016 Information for Media, Latest News, News and Media, Press Releases
The report, “A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services in Africa,

The report, “A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services in Africa,

UNDP Report Calls for Enabling Actions by African Leaders to Support ‘A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services’ 

Public-Private Partnerships, New Technologies, Regional Cooperation, Capacity Building Key to Resolving Sub-Saharan Africa’s Persistent Challenges in Maintaining Sustainable Climate Information and Early Warning Systems

Marrakesh, Morocco, 10 November 2016 – During today’s climate talks in Marrakech, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a report that focuses on a new approach adopted by African leaders to proactively support the sustainability of investments in weather and climate services across the continent.

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PRESS RELEASE: UNICEF South Africa: International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October

11th October 2016 Articles, Information for Media, Latest News, News and Media, Press Releases, UN days & Observances

Girls spend 160 million more hours than boys doing household chores everyday – UNICEF

 PRETORIA, 11 October, 2016 – Girls between 5 and 14 years old spend 40 per cent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ahead of International Day of the Girl on 11 October.

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UN marks Women’s month with a friendly soccer match against Vhakhegula Vakhegula soccer team from Limpopo

12th August 2016 Information for Media, Latest News, News and Media, Press Releases

 

UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka,UN Resident Coordinator, Gana Fofang

UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka,UN Resident Coordinator, Gana Fofang

The United Nations in South Africa all-female soccer team won 1-0 in a friendly match against the Vakhegula Vakhegula soccer team on Friday, 12 August 2016 at the CSIR soccer pitch in Pretoria. The match, in celebration of Women’s Month in South Africa, was aimed at bringing together women from various backgrounds who play a pivotal role in advancing the cause of disadvantaged and impoverished communities in their respective areas across the country. (more…)

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…)