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A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information No. 112/16 September 2015

17th September 2015 News and Media, Press Releases

Syria crisis has propelled largest refugee exodus since WWII, UN official tells the Security Council
Addressing the Security Council on 16 September, UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien said that the plight of Syrian refugees desperately trying to reach Europe in recent weeks had shown that the effects of the Syria crisis were not just national or regional, but global in nature. “The conflict in Syria has propelled one of the largest refugee exoduses since the Second World War”, he stated. While urging stronger efforts to address the root causes that force people to seek asylum abroad, Mr. O’Brien stressed that for Syria, it should be clear to all that this means a political settlement to bring an end to the conflict. To that end, the UN humanitarian chief once again appealed to Security Council members to set aside their differences and work together to finally bring an end to this nightmare for the Syrian people.
http://reliefweb.int/report/syrian-arab-republic/under-secretary-general-humanitarian-affairs-and-emergency-relief-24 (more…)

Sustainable Development Goals

8th September 2015 Press Releases

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

● Globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty has declined by more than half from 1.9 billion in 1990. However, 836 million people still live in extreme poverty. About one in five persons in developing regions lives on less than $1.25 per day.

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End poverty in all its forms everywhere

● Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are home to the overwhelming majority of people living in extreme poverty.

● High poverty rates are often found in small, fragile and conflict-affected countries.

● One in four children under age five in the world has inadequate height for his or her age. (more…)

Public-private partnership led by First Lady of South Africa, Madame Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, set to curb HIV and TB

8th September 2015 Press Releases

South Africa has the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world, with more than 3 million people on life-saving antiretroviral treatment. While the country has made good progress in its HIV response, AIDS deaths remain unacceptably high. This is in large part due to HIV’s twin epidemic, Tuberculosis (TB). South Africa has the third largest TB incidence in the world, after India and China, and approximately 70 per cent of people living with HIV also have TB. It is widely acknowledged that an integrated health service delivery system is critical to curbing these twin epidemics. (more…)

Majority Female Ranger Unit from South Africa Wins Top UN Environmental Prize

7th September 2015 Press Releases

Pretoria, 7 September 2015 – The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, a South African and majority-women ranger group, has been announced as one of the winners of the United Nation’s top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award. (more…)

UN Country Team Meeting with National Treasury

7th September 2015 Press Releases

Heads of UN Agencies in South Africa recently held a meeting with senior Directors at the Department of National Treasury in Pretoria (more…)