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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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AIDS Conference

14th July 2016 News and Media, Press Releases

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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…)

UN launches worldwide search for exceptional young leaders to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals

30th June 2016 Articles, Information for Media, Latest News, Model UN, News and Media, Press Releases, SDGs, UN Activities

Young Leaders

The United Nations today launched a new initiative to recognize exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities. Spear-headed by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the UN Young Leaders Initiative will recognize on an annual basis 17 young leaders who are driving change to help realize the Sustainable Development Goals. (more…)