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PRESS RELEASE: United Nations in South Africa extends its condolences on the passing of Ms. Conny Nxumalo

24 August 2020 – Pretoria: The United Nations in South Africa is extending its condolences on the passing on of Ms. Conny Nxumalo, who as the Deputy Director-General in the Department of Social Development, leaves a lasting legacy in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV). Ms. Nxumalo was instrumental in mobilizing South Africans to the Global Partnership to End Violence …


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COVID-19: Exceptional measures should not be cover for human rights abuses and violations – Bachelet

As Governments face the formidable challenge of protecting people from COVID-19, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called on them to ensure human rights are not violated under the guise of exceptional or emergency measures. “Emergency powers should not be a weapon governments can wield to quash dissent, control the population, and even perpetuate their time in …


COVID-19 likely to shrink global GDP by almost one per cent in 2020

Bold and urgent policy measures needed to protect the most vulnerable and promote sustainability.   New York, 1 April – The global economy could shrink by almost one percent this year—0.9 percent—due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and world output could contract further if imposed restrictions on economic activities extend to the third quarter of the year and if fiscal responses …

PRESS RELEASE: Forty years into the HIV epidemic, AIDS remains the leading cause of death of women of reproductive age—UNAIDS calls for bold action

Gender discrimination and violence, gaps in education and lack of economic empowerment and protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights are blocking progress GENEVA/JOHANNESBURG, 5 March 2020—Ahead of International Women’s Day, UNAIDS has launched a new report showing that the stark inequalities and inequities between men and women are continuing to make women and girls more vulnerable to HIV. We’ve got the …

World Economic Situation Prospects Report 2020 launches in South Africa

22 October 2020 – Pretoria – There is a fear that the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda may not be realized if the economic situation globally does not change. This is according to Dr. Kirsten Thompson, the Director of Research at Plus Economics, when she presented the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020 report today in Sandton, Johannesburg. “While …

UNICEF and The South African Red Cross partner to assist migrant children

15 January 2020 – Pretoria, South Africa, 15 January 2020 – South Africa is a major destination for migrant children on the move from countries throughout Eastern and Southern Africa. According to UNICEF’s latest Data Snapshot of Migrant and Displaced Children in Africa, more than 642,000 migrant or displaced children currently live in South Africa, making it the country with …