The Secretary-General’s message on Africa Day

By | 25 May 2019

Earlier this year, during a visit to Ethiopia, I spent time with schoolgirls from 34 African countries who were learning to code. They were not only developing their skills; they were challenging gender stereotypes and embracing the inclusive digital technology that will be critical to take the continent towards a low carbon, climate resilient future.… Read More »

Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas assumes top position at the UN in South Africa

By | 24 May 2019

Pretoria, South Africa:  Nardos Bekele-Thomas has officially assumed her position as the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in South Africa, the most senior UN official in the country. Presenting her credentials at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) yesterday, Ms. Bekele-Thomas expressed her delight at the acknowledgement saying,

PRESS RELEASE: The Secretary-General’s message on the international day of biological diversity

By | 14 May 2019

From individual species through entire ecosystems, biological diversity is vital for human health and well-being.  The quality of the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe all depend on keeping the natural world in good health.  We need healthy ecosystems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to address climate… Read More »

UN Women announces global intergenerational campaign to bring women’s rights and empowerment to the forefront

By | 7 May 2019

To mark the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beijing Platform for Action in 2020, campaign “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future” will catalyze global actions on gender equality (New York, 6 May)—To mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, considered the blueprint on women’s rights and empowerment, UN Women… Read More »

UN and African Union in ‘common battle’ for development and climate change financing

By | 7 May 2019

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for a “quantum leap” in funding for development and climate change for Africa, speaking to journalists on Monday, following the plenary meeting of the latest United Nations-African Union (AU) Conference, which took place in New York. Mr. Guterres declared that the Organization’s work to promote peace and security, human… Read More »

Joint Communiqué of the Third AU-UN Annual Conference

By | 7 May 2019

On 6 May 2019, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat convened the Third African Union-United Nations Annual Conference, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  The Secretary-General and the Chairperson welcomed the strong cooperation and collaboration between the two organizations, particularly in the implementation of… Read More »