UNIC and APRM join forces to mark the 13th Anniversary of the African Body


Dignitaries from various African countries

Dignitaries from various African countries

13 years ago, on the 9th of March 2003, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a self-monitoring instrument of governance, was established by participating member states of the African Union (AU) in the framework of the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).  More »

South Africa’s human rights record to be reviewed by UN Committee

GENEVA  – South Africa’s human rights record will be reviewed for the first time by the UN Human Rights Committee on 7 and 8 March in Geneva.        More »

MANY LANGUAGES, ONE WORLD 2016 Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum

Share your ideas and be heard… perhaps even in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations!

60 Students will be selected as delegates to the 2016 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum, 25-31 July, 2016, where they will create action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The students will present these action plans at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. More »

The Secretary-General — Message on the International day of Zero Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation 6 February 2016

Never before has it been more urgent – or more possible – to end the practice of female genital mutilation, preventing immeasurable human suffering and boosting the power of women and girls to have a positive impact on our world.

The urgency can be seen in the numbers. New estimates reveal that in 2016 at least 200 million girls and women alive now have undergone some form of FGM. The numbers keep growing both because more countries are paying attention to FGM and collecting data – which represents good progress– and because progress in ending the practice is not keeping pace with population growth – which is not at all good. If current trends continue, more girls will be cut every year by 2030 than today owing to high fertility rates and youthful populations found in most communities where FGM is prevalent. And since the practice increases risks in childbirth, it causes harm to today’s girls as well as the next generation. More »

UN Human Development Reports points to gender imbalance in paid and unpaid work in South Africa

Johannesburg, February, 2016 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa has launched the global 2015 Human Development Report in Johannesburg. Titled ‘Work for Human Development’ the report examines links between work and human development and explores changes between job security, flexibility and demand for skills as well as issues of paid and unpaid work, including care, voluntary, creative and sustainable work. More »