UN Secretary-General’s message for International Day of the Girl, 2019

By | 11 October 2019

10 October 2019: Today, more than 1 billion girls younger than 18 are poised to take on the future. Every day, they are challenging stereotypes and breaking barriers. Girls are organizing and leading movements to tackle issues such as child marriage, education inequality, violence and the climate crisis. As the theme of this year’s observance underscores, they… Read More »

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl, 2019

By | 11 October 2019

A fierce force to be reckoned with Friday, October 11, 2019 – There’s no doubting the unstoppable power of today’s young women and girls to stand up for their rights and the future they want. They are a fierce force to be reckoned with. I see the marches, hear their clear voices, and witness their impatient… Read More »

PRESS RELEASE:UNHCR and South African government continue to collaborate on refugees and asylum seekers’ issues

By | 9 October 2019

Pretoria – 09 October 2019 Some refugees and asylum seekers, including women and children, have been gathering in front of UNHCR offices in Pretoria and Cape Town since 08 October. We acknowledge the issues they raised, including employment and self-reliance, documentation, and personal security concerns.  UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is working closely with the… Read More »

Secretary-General’s message on World Habitat Day

By | 7 October 2019

7 October 2019: World Habitat Day highlights the central role our cities and communities play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  Well-planned and smartly managed cities can steer us towards inclusive growth and low-emission development.   At the same time, rapid and unplanned urbanization can generate or exacerbate many challenges, including the climate crisis.    This year’s… Read More »

A Climate Change:  An Unstoppable Movement Takes Hold

By | 4 October 2019

OP-Ed By António Guterres On the eve of the September UN Climate Action Summit, young women and men around the world mobilized by the millions and told global leaders: “You are failing us”.  They are right. Global emissions are increasing.  Temperatures are rising.  The consequences for oceans, forests, weather patterns, biodiversity, food production, water, jobs… Read More »