With 1 human in every 113 affected, forced displacement hits record high

Conflict and persecution caused global forced displacement to escalate sharply in 2015 reaching the highest level ever recorded and representing immense human suffering, according to a report released today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, which tracks forced displacement worldwide based on data from governments, partners including the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, and the organization’s own reporting, said 65.3 million people were displaced as of the end of 2015, compared to 59.5 million just twelve months earlier. This is the first time that the threshold of 60 million has been crossed. More »

UNHCR – Global celebrities join campaign calling on governments to take action for refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today launched a major campaign that asks the world to stand together #WithRefugees. In a stunning video message more than 60 global celebrities join with refugees and aid workers to echo the message, “we stand with refugees, please stand with us.” The petition appeals for government action on behalf of the world’s forcibly displaced

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Media Statement – International Albinism Awareness Day – Monday 13 June

“Light in darkness for persons with albinism” – UN experts hail progress despite dire obstacles 

GENEVA (10 June 2016) – Speaking ahead of International Albinism Awareness Day on Monday 13 June, a group of seven United Nations human rights experts* hails the fast-growing movement to defend the human rights of persons with albinism, and their increased engagement to fight for their rights. However, they warn that the way ahead is still long and fraught with hurdles. 

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Explaining the SDGs to young children during National Child Protection Week

Children,teachers and UN staff posing at the Child Protection Week event

Children,teachers and UN staff posing at the Child Protection Week event

More than fifty young children from the Tshwane Leadership Foundation (TLF) in Pretoria took part in learning and fun activities organized by the United Nations, to mark National Child Protection Week, which ran from May 26 to June 1, 2016.

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INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH AFRICA – UNITED NATIONS STRATEGIC COOPERATION FRAMEWORK ( 2013-2017) & COMMON COUNTRY ANALYSIS

The Government of South Africa- United Nations Strategic Cooperation Framework (UNSCF 2013-2017) is the overall framework for the work of the UN system in South Africa. The UNSCF was developed in 2012 through a participatory and consultative process, coordinated by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the UN Country Team (UNCT) – which comprises of seventeen United Nations agencies, funds and programmes accredited to South Africa More »