PRESS RELEASE: UNICEF South Africa: International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October

Girls spend 160 million more hours than boys doing household chores everyday – UNICEF

 PRETORIA, 11 October, 2016 – Girls between 5 and 14 years old spend 40 per cent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ahead of International Day of the Girl on 11 October.

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AFRICA WEEK (10 – 14 OCTOBER 2016)


The UN is celebrating the achievements of Africa with a week-long series of events on Strengthening Partnerships for Inclusive Sustainable Development, Good Governance, Peace and Stability in Africa. The Africa Week will bring together at UNHQ high-level representatives of UN Member States, UN System entities, African regional and sub-regional organizations.

This week, Africa is at the centre of discussions at the UN. Bringing together institutional, traditional, new and emergent
partners of the continent, the discussion will focus on the best way forward, to build mutually beneficial relationships aiming at implementing the UN 2030 Agenda and the AU’s Agenda 2063 across Africa.

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New York, 4 October 2016

It is a pleasure for me to be here today discussing the important issue of youth leadership in peace and security. We have so much to learn from being more inclusive vis-à-vis young people as I know from being taught how to use my iPhone by my 10 year old grand-daughter! More »


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.© UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.© UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Later this month, Governments and their partners will meet in Quito, Ecuador, for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). Held every 20 years, the Habitat conference is designed to reflect on the state of human settlements and on what we want the towns and cities of the future to look like.



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Migration Dynamics, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa

africa-2On 19 September the United Nations General Assembly hosted its first ever High-Level Summit to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach to addressing the worst refugee crisis since the end of WWII. The summit provided an historic opportunity to develop a blueprint for a better international response. On the occasion of this meeting, UNAI asked researches at UNAI member institutions to submit articles highlighting their research and its implications in helping to solve this issue. Through this series, UNAI hopes to provide an understanding of refugee/migrant flows to its readers, highlight the importance of addressing refugee and migration flows in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and showcase the work of professors and researchers at UNAI institutions. Please note that the articles are for discussion, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations.

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