Category Archives: Press Releases

UN High Commissioner for refugees and South Africa government discuss refugees and asylum

By | 16 October 2019

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, concluded on Tuesday a two-day visit to South Africa. He met with President Cyril Ramaphosa, Home Affairs Minister Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi, and other senior Government representatives, with whom he discussed the situation of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country. Grandi commended South Africa’s commitment to protecting people fleeing countries affected by conflict, violence and persecution. He noted that many South Africans had themselves experienced… Read More »

State of the World’s Children 2019: Children, Food and Nutrition Report

By | 15 October 2019

Poor diets damaging children’s health worldwide,warns UNICEF Poverty, urbanisation, climate change and poor eating choices driving unhealthy diets South Africa has the highest percentage of overweight children under 5 and adolescents 10-19 years in the Eastern and Southern Africa region Pretoria, 15 October 2019 – An alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor… Read More »

South Africa must step up action to end ‘racial discrimination” against people with albinism, says UN expert

By | 27 September 2019

GENEVA / PRETORIA (27 September 2019) – The Government of South Africa must act urgently to end the dangers faced by people with albinism who face discrimination based on colour, a prohibited ground of racial discrimination, says visiting UN Independent Expert Ikponwosa Ero.  “Although apartheid ended 25 years ago and an inclusive constitution was introduced, people with albinism continue… Read More »

United Nations denounces violence against foreign nationals

By | 10 September 2019

Pretoria, 10 September 2019 – The Acting Resident Coordinator for the United Nations in South Africa, Ayodele Odusola, has expressed deep concern over recent and ongoing acts of violence against foreign nationals that have been spreading across several parts of the country, particularly in the Gauteng Province. “Over the past few days, we have witnessed, with… Read More »

Dr. Esther Mahlangu receives the first UNHCR Southern Africa NGO & Multi-Stakeholder Award in recognition of inclusivity & empowermen

By | 5 September 2019

Pretoria, 5 September 2019 – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in cooperation with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will organize the first ever UNHCR Africa Consultations with NGOs and Multi-stakeholders under the theme “Whole of Society Approach – Working better together” in Johannesburg on 10-11 September. UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner (Operations) Mr. George Okoth-Obbo will be… Read More »