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UNHCR begins relocation of Mozambicans asylum-seekers from congested Kapise village in Malawi

22nd April 2016 Articles, Latest News, News and Media, Press Releases
A Mozambican family prepares to be board the trucks for the move to Luwani . UNHCR/K.Shimoh

A Mozambican family prepares to be board the trucks for the move to Luwani . UNHCR/K.Shimoh

Kapise, Malawi 21 April 2016 – This morning, UNHCR started the transfer of nearly 10,000 Mozambicans asylum-seekers from Kapise village located in the south eastern Mwanza district of Malawi. The first convoy transporting

103 people departed Kapise on the 72 km journey to Luwani refugee camp located in Neno district where they will join the group of refugees who have been there since last week.

Heavy rains in recent weeks had previously made the roads impassable, however, with dryer weather, UNHCR, together with other partners, was able to finally begin the transfer today. (more…)

Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda – 7 April 2016

11th April 2016 Information for Media, Latest News, News and Media, Press Releases, Secretary-General message

 

Secretary General Ban ki-Moon. UN Photo/ Mark Garten

Secretary General Ban ki-Moon. UN Photo/ Mark Garten

In 1994, more than 800,000 people were systematically murdered throughout Rwanda. The vast majority were Tutsi, but moderate Hutu, Twa and others were also targeted. On this Day, we remember all who perished in the genocide and renew our resolve to prevent such atrocities from ever being repeated, anywhere in the world.

We should all be inspired by the survivors’ courage in showing that reconciliation is possible even after such a tragedy. With the Great Lakes region still facing serious threats to peace and security, healing and reconstruction remain essential.

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Reflecting on the ills the Slave Trade  

18th March 2016 Information for Media, Latest News, News and Media, Press Releases, UN Activities
Group photo with UNIC staff and guests from the Transatlantic Slave Trade observance event

Group photo with UNIC staff and guests from the Transatlantic Slave Trade observance event

Over 70 school children and members of the public joined the United Nations to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. (more…)

UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office Celebrates International Women’s Day

14th March 2016 Press Releases

 

SouthAfrica_RingtheBell: Two musicians are joined  onstage by the Keynote Speaker, Public Protector of South Africa Advocate Thuli Madonsela; Zeona Jacobs, Director of Corporate and Marketing Affairs for the JSE; JSE Chairperson Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita and UN Women SAMCO Representative Anne Githuku-Shongwe (Left to right)  who together sounded the instruments to open the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as part of 'Ring the Bell' events around the world. Photo Credit: UN Women/Helen Sullivan

SouthAfrica_RingtheBell: Two musicians are joined
onstage by the Keynote Speaker, Public Protector of South Africa Advocate Thuli Madonsela;
Zeona Jacobs, Director of Corporate and Marketing Affairs for the JSE;
JSE Chairperson Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita and UN Women SAMCO Representative Anne Githuku-Shongwe (Left to right)
who together sounded the instruments to open the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as part of ‘Ring the Bell’ events around the world.
Photo Credit: UN Women/Helen Sullivan

UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office’s International Women’s Day Programme started a day early, on February 7th.In partnership with UNFPA, The Swedish Embassy and the Commission for Gender Equality, UN Women SAMCO hosted a panel discussion entitled: “The Elimination of Violence Against Women in South Africa: Moving the Agenda Forward”.

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UN Country Team on delivering better Results in South Africa

14th March 2016 Articles, Information for Media, News and Media, Press Releases, UN Activities
Heads of UN Agencies and Programme Mangers

Heads of UN Agencies and Programme Managers

The United Nations Country Team recently held a three day retreat in the south of Johannesburg at which they focused on two key objectives: to assess the UN’s “fitness for purpose” in the South African context and in view of current work structures, as well as to build on existing cooperation and better engage with the Government on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. (more…)