Nelson Mandela International Day is an opportunity to reflect on the life and work of a legend who embodied the highest values of the United Nations.
Madiba was a model global citizen whose example continues to guide us in our work to build a better world for all.
Today, we remember a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement who worked tirelessly for peace and human dignity.
The United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA), with the support of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), is hosting its 4th Annual Model United Nations: South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference. Running from 12 – 15 July, student delegates from various universities have gathered at the University of Pretoria to discuss the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
The conference holds model UN debates in which pupils from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds come together and debate on various topics relating to the United Nations and its goals. Based on the principles and format of a UN General Assembly debate, the Model UN provides an opportunity for improving relations between South African high school pupils from diverse backgrounds, while teaching them about the UN, international relations and issues of global and national importance. The project has always been funded in its entirety by the South African corporate sector.
Seventy-five inspiring, young leaders, gathered at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) to host their own negotiation session themed: ‘Connecting the past to the present: Young South Africans shaping a sustainable future’. The session was hosted as part of the fourth Young Leaders Conference and focused on equipping South African youth with knowledge and understanding of local and international issues connected to sustainability and helping them to tackle current challenges such as climate change, HIV/AIDS and women empowerment.