UN in South Africa turns Pretoria blue to mark its 70th anniversary

Pretoria, South Africa, October 24, 2015– The United Nations in South Africa today took part in the global campaign to commemorate UN Day and the 70th anniversary of the organisation. 70 students from schools in Tshwane joined UN staff and members of the public dressed in the UN blue, took part in a peaceful walk from the UN offices to the Pretoria Technical High School where a variety of activities such as song, poems, dance and speeches, took place. More »

The Secretary-General — Message on United Nations Day 24 October 2015

National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world. But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us.

That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea. More »

The Secretary-General — Message on World Statistic Day 20 October 2015

Good data and statistics are indispensable for informed decision-making by all actors in society. This was explicitly acknowledged in 2014, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics to promote citizen’s entitlement to public information. More »

Special UN4U session at Mosupatsela Secondary School

This week, the United Nations visited the Mosupatsela Secondary School in Krugersdorp, northwest of Johannesburg to give a talk to students about the role and work of the UN in South Africa. The visit was part of the UN4U, a week-long programme commemorated prior to UN Day on October 24. More »

The Secretary-General — Message on the International Day for the Eradication Of Poverty 17 October 2015

This year’s observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty falls as the world embarks on a bold new path towards a future of dignity for all guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More »