Category Archives: Press Releases

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY, 3 May 2019

By | 2 May 2019

A free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights. A free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights. No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information. It is the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power.… Read More »

UN Deputy Secretary-General’s remarks at Press Briefing on Launch of 2019 Financing for Sustainable Development Report [as prepared for delivery]

By | 5 April 2019

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, The 2019 Financing for Sustainable Development Report is the result of collaboration among 60 entities from the United Nations system and beyond, including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.  Despite domestic public revenues in 80 developing countries rising in 2017, the… Read More »

UN Deputy Secretary-General’s remarks at ECOSOC Meeting on Cyclone Idai

By | 2 April 2019

Your Excellency, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank the President of ECOSOC for convening this meeting. Nearly three weeks since Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the needs remain profound. And the risks of more floods, spread of disease and more lives lost persist.   Many… Read More »

South Africa: families flee deadly attacks against foreigners in Durban

By | 1 April 2019

Pretoria, 01 April 2019: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is extremely concerned over the violent attacks targeting foreign nationals, including refugees and asylum-seekers in the Durban area in KwaZulu-Natal Province. At least six people have reportedly been killed and several others have been severely injured when mobs armed with metal rods and machetes broke into… Read More »

#FightRacism this Human Rights Day

By | 21 March 2019

UNIC/PR/2019/03/19 Pretoria, South Africa – The United Nations in South Africa will join South Africans in commemorating Human Rights Day on Thursday, 21 March 2019 in Sharpeville and participate in the Human Rights Festival at the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. The day is of special importance to the UN and the global community as it… Read More »