Pretoria – The United Nations Information Centre, together with other UN agency staff, met with graduate students from the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy on 8 May 2013 for a briefing on the work of the United Nations in South Africa.
The students, part of the Capstone Project under the Acadamy’s Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Affairs programme, were on a field visit to South Africa from 5-12 May 2013.
The discussion focused on a number of issues, including refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa, the work around drug control, organized crime, illicit trafficking of persons and fighting corruption, as well as progress on the Millennium Development Goals. The UN team included Tina Ghelli, Senior Regional External Relations Officer with UNHCR covering Southern Africa; Sophia Janse van Rensburg, National Programme Officer at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for Southern Africa; Osten Chulu, United Nations Development Programme Regional MDG Policy Advisor for Eastern and Southern Africa; and Helene Hoedl, Officer-in-Charge of the UN Information Centre.
The Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy is offering each year a number of scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students. We just learned that it welcomes applications from South African students as well as those from other countries in Africa. For more information, visit www.ada.edu.az.