MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ZERO TOLERANCE FOR FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, 6 February

unflagFemale genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity, endangers their health, and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal. Sustainable development demands full human rights for all women and girls. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises an end to this practice by 2030. On this Day of Zero Tolerance, let us build on positive momentum and commit to intensifying global action against this heinous human rights violation for the sake of all affected women and girls, their communities, and our common future.

UNIC Pretoria Commemorates The International Day of Remembrance

Learners-from-Ahmed-Timol-Sec-School-gather-for-the-last-snap-with-Organizers

Learners-from-Ahmed-Timol-Sec-School-gather-for-the-last-snap-with-Organizers

UNIC Pretoria observed International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust on the 27th January 2017 with over 200 learners from Ahmed Timol Secondary School in Azaadville, Krugersdorp, West of Johannesburg. The Educational Programme was organized by UNIC Pretoria in partnership with The Holocaust and Genocide Centre in Johannesburg and Education Africa with the theme for this year being: “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”.

Through various activities, learners were informed about the work of the United Nations, watched an animated video about the Sustainable Developmental Goals as well as, discussed the relevance and significance of this International Day of Remembrance.

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STATEMENT BY THE UN SECRETARY – GENERAL ON REFUGEES

Secretary-General António Guterres. Photo: World Economic Forum/Boris Baldinger (file)

Secretary-General António Guterres. Photo: World Economic Forum/Boris Baldinger (file)

On my way back from Ethiopia, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa that for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbours, many times in dramatic security situations, I want to state the following:

· Countries have the right, even the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organizations.· This cannot be based on any form of discrimination related to religion, ethnicity or nationality because:– that is against the fundamental principles and values on which our societies are based;
– that triggers widespread anxiety and anger that may facilitate the propaganda of the very terrorist organisations we all want to fight against;
–  blind measures, not based on solid intelligence, tend to be ineffective as they risk being

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NEWS RELEASE : US travel ban: “New policy breaches Washington’s human rights obligations” – UN experts

OHCHR1GENEVA (1 February 2017) – A group of United Nations human rights experts today said that the Executive Order signed by US President Donald Trump on 27 January 2017 breaches the country’s international human rights obligations, which protect the principles of non-refoulement and non-discrimination based on race, nationality or religion.
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SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON THE INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON SYRIA IN ASTANA

unflagOn 31 January, 2017 the members of the Security Council heard the briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Mr. Staffan de Mistura, and reiterated their support for the United Nations’ efforts to facilitate the lasting political settlement of the Syrian crisis through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, and reiterated that the only sustainable solution to the current crisis in Syria is through

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